T One summer years ago I managed to catch about a season’s worth of Dawson’s Creek reruns on daytime television, and the show has been on my watch list ever since. Because it was so long ago the only thing I really remembered was what happens in the series finale (which I watched live back in 2003 amidst all the screaming girls on my 8th grade class trip), but in no way was already knowing what happens in the end going to stop me from watching!
The old WB has supplied me with a great many shows through the years (Buffy, Angel, Felicity, Roswell, Gilmore Girls, Everwood, Veronica Mars…) and Dawson’s Creek, while it may not make my list of favorites, is still pretty great. I must say it is quite refreshing watching an older show like this that’s actually about real people dealing with real problems. Nowadays all television dramas seem to fall into 1 of 3 categories: 1.) a semi-soap about the rich and the beautiful, 2.) a procedural about doctors, lawyers or cops, or 3.) a combination of 1 & 2 with some sort of supernatural spin (kudos to the raging popularity of Twilight). [Side Note: I am a BIG fan of supernatural shows (Buffy the Vampire Slayer being my all time favorite show in the world), but, aside from The Walking Dead, I don’t think any of the supernatural shows currently airing on television are doing the category any justice.] The only recent show I can think of that felt like classic older television to me and not just the modern trash we’ve been calling television is Friday Night Lights, but I think it’s high time we applied this “real people with real problems” theme to a show about adults and not just high school or college students.
But back to the item at hand- When I think of Dawson’s Creek my brain seems to automatically start singing what I thought was the show’s iconic theme song: Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait.” However, watching the reruns on Netflix (and I’ve only gotten through season 4 so far, so it’s possible that it does change later) the theme song used is actually Jann Arden’s “Run Like Mad.” I’ve done a bit of research on this and everyone seems to be saying different things, but I think basically Run Like Mad was the theme song for season 1 in every country except for the United States, but after season 1 the theme song used everywhere was I Don’t Want to Wait. Due to financial reasons, however, the theme song used on Netflix and on the DVD box sets was changed back to Run Like Mad. Apparently there was a big uproar about this because people in the US especially had never even heard this song before. Personally, I actually really like Run Like Mad because I think the lyrics are more fitting for the show, but Dawson’s Creek and I Don’t Want to Wait will still be forever linked in my brain!
Seasons 1 and 2 of Dawson’s Creek were not the best, but they were still good enough to keep me watching. I guess any show can be addicting if you sit and watch episodes back to back, but there is A LOT of talking on this show and those first two seasons were a little too teenage angst-y for my liking. By season 3, however, the show was really in its prime with the addition of a few new characters and less of a focus on the Dawson/Joey dynamic. Season 3 also marks the beginning stages of the relationship between Joey and Pacey, and if you ask me, the two of them together makes the entire series worth watching!! One thing I can say for this show is that the characters grow multitudes each season, both in personality and appearance. For actors who were in their early 20’s playing 15-year-old teenagers it kind of shocks me to see how different they look at the start of every new season, but it’s exciting at the same time.
Anyway, I’m really enjoying watching Dawson’s Creek. I’ve only got two seasons left to go, which is a bit bittersweet, but my television watch list seems to grow daily and I’ve got to work hard to keep up with it. But I’ve definitely fallen in love with the Creek Cast and will now be even more obsessed with Joshua Jackson on Fringe, as well as diligently following the careers of Michelle Williams, Katie Holmes, and Mr. JVDB.
Season 1: B-
Season 2: B
Season 3: A-
Season 4: B