“Greek” is a series on ABC Family that follows sororities and fraternities as they accept new pledges, battle each other for rank, and do their best to survive not only college but relationships old and new. At the center of the series is Casey (Spencer Grammer), a Zeta Beta Zeta whose life revolves around two things: the sorority and her boyfriend, Evan (Jake McDorman). Things start to change when her brother, Rusty (Jacob Zachar) who she calls “not fraternity material” arrives, ready to begin school and change his life by pledging. The series focuses on several aspects of Greek life, including the relationships that suffer at the cost of pledging, the bonds made with fellow brothers and sisters, and the pressure it takes to maintain not only the status of each chapter, but also the sanity of each pledge.
The first chapter of “Greek” on DVD provides a lot of character development that lays ground for the second half of the first season as well as future seasons to come. Casey’s relationship with Evan is put to the test when she finds out that the senator’s daughter and sorority sister, Rebecca (Dilshad Vadsaria) slept with him. Not to mention the fact that Casey’s ex-boyfriend Cappie (Scott Michael Foster) is always around and in the same fraternity as her brother. It’s not just Casey who has her good days and her bad; Rusty has his first real romance and Casey’s sorority sister, Ashleigh (Amber Stevens) thinks she has feelings for Omega-Chi pledge, Calvin (Paul James) who’s keeping a big secret. While a lot takes place in the first half of the first season, it’s easy to see why “Greek” gained a following with good acting, a variety of characters, and enough drama to keep the series moving forward without feeling like a melodrama.
The second “Greek” chapter released on DVD picks up mid-season where chapter one left off. At the end of chapter one, an in-depth story was printed, trashing the sororities and fraternities and bringing extra havoc on the Zeta Beta Zetas. Not only does the story leave the whole Greek system in upheaval before spring break, newly instated Zeta president, Casey and her brother Rusty leave for home with broken hearts. When they return to school, some things have changed for the worse including the Zetas reputation as well as Calvin’s place amongst his fellow brothers. While the Zetas are determined to right whatever wrongs they’ve committed as a sorority, they’re surprised to find out that Zeta national representative Lizzie (Senta Moses) will be staying with them until she can prove that the Zetas are “back on the straight”. Getting Zetas under control creates a ripple effect for the rest of the Greeks, with new laws implemented for all sororities and fraternities.
The third chapter of the series is the first 10 episodes of the second season. It picks up where the second chapter left off, with the characters returning from Spring Break and finding themselves having to have to adjust to the unexpected. Rebecca remains upset about the affair her powerful father became involved in, and engaged in some risky behavior of her own over Spring Break, evidence of which comes back to haunt her. While Rebecca continues to date Cappie (Scott Michael Foster), it's evident that there's a growing rift between the two. There's also major drama as while Casey campaigns for a second term as ZBZ president, yet Frannie tries to maneuver her way towards being able to make a future run at the position herself.
While most of the series focuses on relationships and drama (and relationship drama), there are several humorous moments throughout, as well as moments where characters are forced to figure out who they are and who they want to become. Grammer and Foster have great chemistry together and Stevens offers a fantastic performance as Ashleigh who is easily one of the most likeable characters in the series. Overall, enjoyable writing and a solid ensemble make “Greek” an series still worth checking out.
23. 2- 1 26 Aug 08 Brothers and Sisters
24. 2- 2 2 Sep 08 Crush Landing
25. 2- 3 9 Sep 08 Let's Make a Deal
26. 2- 4 16 Sep 08 Gays, Ghosts and Gamma Rays
27. 2- 5 23 Sep 08 Pledge Allegiance
28. 2- 6 30 Sep 08 See You Next Time, Sisters
29. 2- 7 7 Oct 08 Formally Yours
30. 2- 8 14 Oct 08 The Popular Vote
31. 2- 9 21 Oct 08 Three's A Crowd
32. 2-10 28 Oct 08 Hell Week
VIDEO: "Greek" episodes are presented by Disney in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. Sharpness and detail are excellent, as the picture remains crisp and detailed throughout the show. No edge enhancement or flaws on the elements were seen, but a couple of tiny instances of artifacting were seen. Colors remained bright and natural throughout, with no smearing or other concerns. Overall, this was a solid presentation with no major issues.
SOUND: Not a whole lot is required of the show's Dolby Digital 5.1 presentation. Surrounds occasionally offer sound effects and ambience, but the majority of the audio comes from the front speakers. Audio quality remained first rate, with crisp dialogue, effects and score.
EXTRAS: Audio commentaries with cast and crew are offered on three episodes - "Brothers and Sisters", "Hell Week" and "The Popular Vote". There's also a featurette where cast members are asked 20 questions and some moderately funny bloopers. As with the prior seasons, the commentaries are not terribly in-depth, but they do provide some enjoyable tidbits/behind-the-scenes stories and the cast/crew sound as if they're having fun chatting about the episodes.
Final Thoughts: "Greek" continues to entertain in chapter 3, with entertaining stories and continued fine performances. The DVD offers very good audio/video quality, along with a nice set of supplemental features.