In viewing the series, one could wonder why season nine was even done, but since the boys had gone off to war in season eight, season nine served to bring them home. The stories of the boys at war that are quite prevalent throughout this season lack the intensity necessary to convey the stories being told, and are extremely limited by the locations, sets, and special effects. This season is not without some nice moments, and the last regular season episode is pleasant as the entire cast gathers at the home of the Baldwin sisters (Mary Jackson and Helen Kleeb) for a celebration.
One would think that the final regular season would be a prime opportunity to fill the three-disk release with bonus material, but alas, there is none to be found. Guest appearances by the previously mentioned Dick Sargent, as well as Marc McClure, William Schallert, Mary Wickes, and Jennifer Jason Leigh, are enjoyable distractions, from what is essentially a poor product. The packaging contains some nice photos, but the disks themselves are poorly marked.
Recommendation: Season nine is the weakest of the series, and is only for those who need to complete their collection. Regardless of your opinion of the quality of season nine, each episode ends with the music of Jerry Goldsmith and narration by Earl Hamner Jr., which is sure to place a reminiscent smile upon the face of the faithful who grew up with The Waltons.