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Greek: Chapter 3

Greek: Chapter 3, which is actually the first half of the second season (Season 3 starts on ABC Family August 31) picks up with the characters dealing with fall-out from spring break hook-ups and melt-downs.  Casey is adjusting to her ZBZ presidency and has to adjust more when she finds out Frannie and Evan are a couple. Frannie is friendly to Casey for a while, but then does everything in her power to undermine her.  Rebecca is floundering after her father’s sex scandal and her own “Girls Gone Wild” shenanigans as she tries to make her relationship with Cappie work.  Rusty continues life as a pledge in the hard-partying Kappa House, and Ashleigh runs into money problems. The show definitely brings the drama.

While I had never seen Greek, it was easy to get into the storylines and understand the characters and their complicated and changing relationships.  The writing is sharp and witty, loaded with pop culture references, well-rooted in the college—not just Greek—experience.  Greek is more risqué than I thought ABC Family would allow.  It’s not out-of-bounds, by any stretch of the imagination, but the sex and drinking mean it is not the sanitized show I expected, and the TV-14 rating is probably a good guideline.

The characters and actors are all good, with Jacob Zachar a standout as Rusty, the geeky freshman Kappa pledge and heart of the show.  Spencer Grammer gives Casey a sweetness that keeps her likeable even at her most clueless or bitchy.  Grammer also plays especially well off the funny Scott Michael Foster, so it’s hard not to root for Casey and Cappie to find their way back to each other even as they’re entangled with other characters.

I enjoyed all ten episodes, though the ZBZ election storyline meandered too much and some of its twists abandoned logic, but its resolution more than made up for any problems with its set-up for future plotlines.  The other plots are much better paced and the stories are mostly engrossing.  In addition to the geometrical love relationships and other drama, there is plenty of hilarity in the show to keep it from getting too heavy: a definite plus.

The video quality is very good. The picture is clean with excellent color and contrast.  The sound quality is also good and the dialogue is crisp, but some of the music is overly loud, drowning everything else out.  For special features, there is cast and crew audio commentary on the episodes “Brothers and Sisters,” “The Popular Vote,” and “Hell Week;” a blooper reel, and a short but fun “20 Questions with the Cast of Greek.”  It’s not the biggest selection of extras and shouldn’t be a factor in deciding to purchase, but show fans should like them.

Greek is a fun, soapy college dramedy with interesting and relatable characters, twisty plots, and tons of parties.  I don’t know why this set only has ten episodes from season two when the entire season has already aired, but at least “Hell Week” feels like a natural stopping point.  It also left me wanting more and I’ll be catching up with the other episodes online before the new season starts.

Review by Michelle St. James