Chicago Med season 4 DVD review

"Who Can You Trust" Episode 411 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nate Santana as James Lanik, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson)
"Who Can You Trust" Episode 411 -- Pictured: (l-r) Nate Santana as James Lanik, Yaya DaCosta as April Sexton -- (Photo by: Elizabeth Sisson) /

The Chicago Med season 4 DVD set has been released by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Here’s our review with details, special features and specs.

Just before the new season, Universal has dropped the Chicago Med season 4 DVD collection to give One Chicago fans a chance to rewatch the latest episodes. So do you need the most recent season on your shelf?

This six-disc set contains all of last season’s 22 episodes, which is two more installments than the previous season.

Since Chicago Med was only part of one of the season’s two One Chicago crossovers, there’s only one crossover event included on this set.

More importantly, this is the last season for three series regulars: Rachel DiPillo (Dr. Sarah Reese), Colin Donnell (Dr. Connor Rhodes), and Norma Kuhling (Dr. Ava Bekker).

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As that huge amount of turnover indicates, this is a season where Chicago Med is in transition. Fans may not remember, but Med was rumored to be at risk of cancellation in 2017 when NBC ultimately decided to pull the plug on Chicago Justice instead.

Two seasons later, season 4 feels like the show is both reorganizing itself and placing more emphasis on the characters’ personal dramas—as if it’s trying to separate itself from traditional medical shows and appeal to a broader audience. That will work for some viewers, and others will find it less appealing.

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By the end of the season, only two of the show’s main characters will work primarily outside of the Emergency Department, as more of the focus goes toward the ED and the characters and cases who come through those doors.

Meanwhile, Dr. Will Halstead (Nick Gehlfuss) spends a lot of his season involved in an FBI operation, Dr. Ethan Choi (Brian Tee) has to devote a large chunk of time to his sister Emily’s (a returning Arden Cho) issues, and Dr. Ava Bekker (Kuhling) becomes a full-on antagonist who may have traded sex for money, orchestrated a fake kidnapping, and then killed someone.

It’s a wild season, filled with plot twists up to and including the season finale. Some of them feel like they’re there solely to have plot twists, but a lot changes during season 4.

The Chicago Med DVD specs are the same as those on other DVDs in this series. The video comes in HD widescreen, similar to the HD presentation fans saw on NBC. Audio is Dolby Digital 5.1 and in English only—there are no foreign language audio tracks.

There are English closed captions for the hard of hearing, and French subtitles for those who are French-speaking viewers. But if you need any other language, it’s not included here.

What are the Chicago Med DVD special features? They’re the most sparse of any release, given that the show was left out of the season’s second crossover. This set comes with the Chicago PD and Chicago Fire episodes that made up the three-way crossover from September, and that’s it.

If you’ve bought past seasons, you know that this is no surprise; Universal hasn’t been interested in creating extras for these sets. Their omission, though, is particularly glaring during a season that has three cast members leaving, including a fan favorite.

So this set is worth it if you want to own the episodes on physical media—not underrated when streaming services can crash and we don’t know if the whole franchise is moving to a new streaming platform in 2020—but if you’re content with streaming, then it’s something that you can skip this time around.

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