There's nothing exactly wrong with this show... but that doesn't make it necessarily must-see TV either. It's just sort of your typical cookie-cutter emergency medical show, filled with doctors with problems and strange and wild cases. The cast is decent, but it isn't exactly pushing any envelopes or shaking anything up here -- these are not the kind of roles that are going to win anyone Emmys. However, it might keep them employed for a few years. I guess there's something to that, especially if your name is Lana Parilla and you've had bad luck landing a long-term series.
Since the show is set in Miami, it naturally had to open with a bunch of gratuitous shots of women in bikinis, and the cinematography has that orange glow that is a requirement for all series set in southern Florida. Then there was a huge explosion (which was actually pretty sweet) that introduced the patients of the week: a happy couple expecting their first baby who are injured in the blast. Also, the employees of the ice cream shop that blew up and some other random passersby.
The patients are shipped off to this high-end trauma unit. It's not to be mistaken for your ordinary old ER. No, instead it's a swanky place that is exclusively set up for trauma patients. They've got helipads galore, plenty of top-of-the-line equipment and apparently no budget concerns whatsoever. Andre Braugher heads up their elite Alpha team, until he has a meltdown, and then Dr. Zambrano (Lana Parrilla) and Dr. Deleo (Mike Vogel) butt heads for the top-dog position. Well, until the mysterious Dr. Proctor (Jeremy Northam) walks in like he owns the place and rumors swirl about why he left his cush private practice for this high-stakes job that leaves doctors burnt out after less than five years.
There's also cute little newbie Serena Warren (Elisabeth Harnois), who is just fighting to prove herself as a doctor, and nurse Tuck (Omar Gooding), who seems to just take it all in stride. They deal with urgent cases (no stuffed noses or infected paper cuts for them) that fall into something called "The Golden Hour." It's the sixty minutes right after an incident occurs, which is basically the make-it or break-it time for survival.
The show has a good pace, it's pretty tightly written and there's a fair amount of action to keep people entertained, but it still isn't as engaging as its timeslot predecessor. I'm not entirely sure that I care about any of these characters, and I really don't need to find out why Dr. Proctor is hiding his scar and his past. It's just mindless TV to veg out with on Friday night at 10 PM, and though I wouldn't feel guilty about watching it again, I'm pretty I never will.
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