“Life is short, make the most of it.” So opines Cappie, the unlikely but semi-effective Confucius of ABC Family’s college drama Greek. And I, for one, find myself most willingly drawn into the life of amusement and joy he advocates.
Greek: Chapter Four, which was released on DVD March 9, is the best season of the show to date. What is particularly appealing about these 12 episodes is that, more than the other seasons, the plot lines are about fun and the characters actually become friends, or at least frenemies, rather than utter nemeses.
At the risk of ignoring a truism of dramatic writing, I find conflict much less entertaining that just watching friends enjoy, or even struggle through, life together. This season of Greek is filled with well-written scripts of the latter kind, and seeing the rapport between characters such as Casey and Ashleigh will inevitably put a smile on your face.
The fact that Jesse McCartney joins the cast as a new Kappa Tau pledge this season was highly publicized but, perhaps because I still don’t know who he is, his role struck me as underwhelming. The only guest character whom I have ever really found endearing on Greek was Max, but even he seems to slip into the background this season. However, I think it speaks well of the show that the guest characters are not forced to carry each episode, and the main characters are certainly captivating enough to warrant watching this season.
In the tradition of what makes Greek one of the few shows I will make time to watch, this season is laugh-out-loud funny! It took me a while to realize what a compliment that is, but when I watch shows or movies alone, I find that I am much less likely to laugh aloud than when I am with a group of friends (I only laughed once watching The Hangover). Yet every episode of Greek: Chapter Four got me to chortle a least a couple of times.
Dale has grown into his role as the comedic relief, and he has many brilliant moments this season, like when he captures media attention by seeing Jesus in the university lawn. I am a big fan of Rebecca’s character this season, and she is much more successful as a comedienne than as a backstabber. One of my favorite scenes is when she and Evan get trapped in her car, which is stuck in the impound lot (or “car jail”) after a ferocious dog eats her keys.