“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. Another thing that changed during spring break was Cappie’s fling with Rebecca; turns out its more serious than either of them planned. 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. Cappie, who has trouble staying out of trouble, manages to slip around the new laws while sneaking around with Rebecca. Cappie’s relationship with Rebecca doesn’t sit well with Casey, but she has other things to think about when Lizzie tells her it’s time to reinstate suspended Zeta sister, Frannie (Tiffany Dupont). Meanwhile, Rusty falls for Tina (Lisa Wilhoit, “My So-Called Life”) who is anti-Greek and has trouble coming to terms with where their relationship is or isn’t headed. While most of the series focuses on relationships, 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, this season offers several stories with not necessarily new situations, but good writing that helps make “Greek” an enjoyable series worth checking out.
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:“A New Normal” Commentary with Executive Producer Patrick Sean Smith and actors Amber Stevens, Senta Moses and Paul James. There are moments of high energy here, however this commentary is filled with several silent moments.
“Freshman Daze” Commentary with Executive Producer Lloyd Segan and actors Spencer Grammer, Scott Foster, Tiffany Dupont and Jake McDorman. There are moments here that are more like a play by play commentary, with a “what’s happening” approach, but it picks up rather quickly. Segan does discuss setting up the flashback aspects and how they wanted to make an effort to approach the flashback episode in a new way. There’s lots of conversation going on here with some laughs and some behind-the-scenes information and tidbits. This is a lively commentary where the people participating seem to be having a genuinely fun time talking about the show.
“47 Hours and 11 Minutes” Commentary with Co-Executive Producers Sean Piller and Patrick Sean Smith and actors Jacob Zachar and Dilshad Vadsaria. This is probably the most straight forward and informative commentary. Both producers comment on being writers guild members and how they were on strike during the writer’s strike. Discussion of bringing in new actors to play the students parents is discussed here as well as why the episode was written.
About 3 minutes of outtakes that while not necessarily hilarious, do offer some humorous moments that fans will enjoy.
“Flashback Episode: ‘And So It Begins’”
This is a nice feature that incorporates discussion and behind-the-scene tidbits about the flashback episode as well as actors reminiscing about the changes they’ve had in two years. With clips from the series and interviews, this is a nice feature that will definitely appeal to fans.
“Natural Disaster” -Plain White T’s (who appear in the show) music video.
Final Thoughts: "Greek" continues to entertain in season 2, with solid performances from the show's engaging ensemble cast. The DVD offers very good audio/video quality, along with a nice set of supplemental features.