Well folks, this is it–the end of a long and strange trip with the boys out at Nip / Tuck: the sixth and final season. The folks out at Warner Brothers sent me a copy of this one for review, and I have to admit, I was impressed.
I hadn’t watched a lot of Nip / Tuck before–every so often I’d catch an episode–but watching the sixth season bit by bit was just incredible. See, back in its day (like the first five seasons, give or take) McNamara / Troy was a big deal in the plastic surgery game. They were making money hand over fist and throwing it out about as rapidly.
But then, in a maneuver that I positively LOVE them for, they got hit by the credit crisis back in 2008 (that’s technically still going on right now) and the bottom fell out of the plastic surgery market. The sixth season will see them grappling with the fallout of that credit crunch, reinventing themselves, trying desperately to survive the disasters that befall them. The Christian / Liz marriage is in flames and both parties are battling, legally and personally. Kimber’s line of…”adult merchandise”…is buckling. Matt’s mime career is an even worse disaster than expected, and frankly, the horrors just keep on coming. Will McNamara / Troy collapse under the weight of its sheer blinding obsolescence? Or will they recover to see the light of a new day? This is where all those questions get answered, once and for all.
Like I said, I LOVE that they did this. This is like what might have happened on, say, Dynasty or Falcon Crest if Black Monday had hit them, and you never saw that kind of thing happen on any of those shows.
It’s a strange, impressive sort of hybrid drama, part medical show (the plastic surgery jargon is REALLY impressive and at least sounds authentic. Bits of it actually are, I think.) , part rich-people-drama, part romance drama, lots of different kinds of dramas all welded together into this frightening chimera of drama. And this is probably why it lasted six seasons.
Seriously, I”m all sorts of impressed with this one, and if you’ve only just started, or have been in since day one, you’re going to love the last gasp of Nip / Tuck. And lest you think it’s all drama, there will be some laughs in here too. I won’t spoiler, but sometimes, Nip / Tuck will get hilarious.
The Screenhead Ten Scale gives Nip / Tuck The Sixth and Final Season an eight out of ten for being all kinds of great drama–it may well be one of the best dramas out there, and if you’re even vaguely into drama, then you’re going to love this one.