If you know when something is wrong and you know what's wrong then you also know that if you want realism: reality so in your face that it changes who you are and the rest of your life, you can always reenlist. You CAN feel the snap of a round as it passes by you, you CAN taste the MRE; soaked in the pouring rain or salted by your sweat in the blazing heat. You can see again all the rungs that are in the ladder that is the chain of command --from the bottom. Yes, you CAN do it all over again and experience being on television as often as the cast of survivor, experience wearing over 60 pounds of gear in the blazing sun while you look for those seconds of terror that tell you that you've been in a firefight, you can do it all by simply going to your nearest recruiter and saying you want to reenlist though this time, you want to be an infantryman.
Or you could just enjoy a few moments of peace and quiet while you watch a TELEVISION SHOW in the comfort of your home; a television show that, for the first time ever, shows a character, not only with severe PTSD, a character that has managed to overcome the PTSD enough to return to being an ER physician. A character that has managed to find enough resiliency to survive a stillborn son, a rejected marriage proposal, and being constantly surrounded by trauma and death without completely loosing it. More importantly, someone who talked about it and came back stronger for it because, for many Veterans, talking about it is nearly impossible.
Then, there is what the Army and all the other services could be: while the real Army still has a stiff neck from even acknowledging that gay people exist, in this TV reality, a gay man (wondrously acted by a straight guy) --in Texas no less-- who is married to his partner and acknowledged as such by the Army. Further, the Army, rather than just discharge a capable man, a combat Vet, finds him a billet wherein he can pass on the hard lessons. In this Army, people are not only able, they are expected to stay in contact with the people back home! Now, you never see them eat --that is, when they were in country-- but it is clear that THIS Army's food is HEALTHY and FLAVORFUL rather than food that, while of great quality and the product of people who care, is, decidedly, not the "whole grain", "fresh from the farm", "non-GMO", of the magazine athlete. Most of all, an Army that recognizes talent and sends a highly qualified medic to the Armed Services Medical School in Bethesda rather than discharging him and making him an LPN (nothing wrong with LPNs) or hoping that after being a civilian for more than 10 years that a newly minted general surgeon would want to reenlist.
This is not a perfect show and budgets are not unlimited; in fact, I doubt that any show that does not have Michael Crighton behind it and some cinema director could have the budget that ER had. So compromises have had to be made. Still, why shouldn't the physician get to do the fun and exciting part? Anyone that has ever worked any sort of medical emergency knows that coming back may be exciting but it will never be fun so why not?
Remember Emergency! I can tell you that just the extrications would get someone doing it that way today, skinned alive! It was, as realistic as they could make it under the conditions of the times: notice, no one is shown dead as you could not show dead bodies back then, the lights aren't always on, and the siren sound is added on. Nevertheless, while some of the stuff was cutting edge back then and some of it was already going into history, the show was and is extraordinarily entertaining and if there is EMS in your town, thank Robert A. Cinader, Kevin Tighe, and Randolph Mantooth because, even though it might have happened in time, the rapid adoption of EMS throughout the country in the 70's saved millions of lives (no, I do not think that is an exaggeration) and got people to call EMS rather than their doctor who may not have seen an emergency since medical school. What's my point? Emergency! got a lot of people "hooked" on becoming EMT-Ps and more; who knows what The Night Shift with Trauma Surgeons ready IN THE ER, physicians doing more than treating the lab, and soldiers HAPPY to be in and, PROUD to have been in, the Army will do? TC is not giving anyone precordial thumps as Kelly Brackett was wont to do but what medic or Corpsman would not respect the hell out of a physician that has gotten and is known for getting his hands dirty?
I love this show but it is not because it is cinema verite but because it is exceptionally entertaining and fantastically well acted. I wonder if the actors have ever seen Emergency! and if they see the show as perhaps today's Emergency!?
To the writers and producers of The Night Shift: imagine bringing in Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth as retirees that use their skills in an emergency situation and find themselves looking back at their own lives and to what EMS has become from an idea once opposed by physicians to one that none of them can imagine doing without.
Bad military writing and production. Bogus ranks, relationships between ranks, job titles, equipment and tactics. Get someone with real Army experience to vet the writing and production of Army related content.
This show is so realistic. The story lines are so real. The stuff that can and does happen in the real world. Please bring this show back for another season. I love this show! And it was nice to see Scott Wolf again.
Yes, this show has a lot of problems with the dialogue, the character relationships, the over-use of helicopter rides for the ER doctors (I mean seriously, doesn't this place have medics in the fire department?) and a couple other things that will hopefully be addressed next season. I get the feeling this show is trying to be like NBC's ER was back in the day but they're trying too hard. The show's premise is a good one. I would like to see even more emphasis on the military relationships (the gay soldier story-line was the best part of this show so far). The PTSD doctor isn't as sympathetic as he could be. I don't know if it's the acting or the writing, but I plan to tune in to see what happens next.
Anybody ever watch Children's Hospital? It's a spoof of all the cliched story lines of serious medical dramas. Very funny too, check it out. The Night Shift looks like the writers had never seen an actual medical drama so they just marathon watched Childrens Hospital and reverse-engineered it into what they thought the real thing should be. The funny part is how many incongrous cliches they try to cram into the same episode, because that's what Childrens Hospitas does with the spoofs. If you like things that are fascinatingly bad (morbid fascination, I think it is called) then by all means watch this. If you love House, Nurse Jackie, MASH etc. etc. (ya'know the good ones), then consider The Night Shift DOA
I want to like this show, but it just won't let me.
On the plus side: I love Freddie Rodriguez. Also Ken Leung is good, and Roswell alum Brendan Fehr and Paul the new Doctor have interesting characters.
On the negative: Much of the acting is really stilted, and the writing is pretty poor. The 'shrink' is DREADFUL - I shudder to think where this character got her training as she is a woeful psych liason: if anyone dealt with an adolescent admission in this way they would be struck off!!! The Nazi beard face storyline was bizarre and really OTT, and the heart transplant nonsense laughably far fetched.
I agree whole-heartedly with dougiedoug411: that many staff on a night shift??? In everyone's dreams... If the unbelievable storylines were portrayed through believable characterisation perhaps this show could at least be enjoyable to watch and you could suspend your disbelief, but that is sadly not the case.
Rodriguez is like a one man floatation device, but does not have the ability to keep this sinking ship above water by himself.
Oh my goodness! I thought that for once . would get a big golden star. But after two episodes, I was wrong. Another ponderous, medical show rip-off replete with impossible situations engineered to fill in the awful gaps left by the extremely noticeable lack of writing offered up to try to keep this dead whale afloat!
I think nbc is finally getting some of it mojo I'm pissed that I can't watch it and several other new shows on hulu. But the night shift is (in a soapy way) surprisingly good. I have been reluctantly to watch any new nbc shows. Due to their unsuccessful show line up. But night shift is cross between greys and er.. I don't like that the actors have the same look as the greys cast... Thats just lazy.. But I do love the army inspired characters.. And it's nice to see storyline set in the southwest and focus on er/nightshift.. I see so many zany storylines abrewing. I hope the show will take some pointers from ER and go that direction. But If u like medical dramas give this show a chance.. I suggest watching 2 episodes before making a final decision.
What the hell is going on with these heart transplantations? What about matching? Not even the blood type is mentioned, let alone other factors of compatibility. Does that not matter in this show's universe?
I am not a doctor, nor an expert, but I know organs cannot just be transplanted like that...
This is truly one of the worst medical shows of all. Last night a cop took a bullet in the left ventricle and was in and out of open heart surgery and in less than 2 hours, was extubated , placed on a nasal cannula and talking to everyone. Some lame suit is running around the hospital acting like a hospital administrator. I have worked at over 100 hospitals and no suit works night shift. There are hardly any nurses at all and 20 md's, not one respiratory therapist and the docs do the patient transports to all procedures. This hospital has no PCU ( recovery room for you laypeople who think she show is good) no ICU only an ED(emergency department). Injections are given to rowdy patients thru their clothing (a practice that could lead to infection) and docs put sleeper holds on patients like it was routine. I am ashamed that NBC didn't bother to hire a medical consultant to supervise the lame antics that are portrayed in this sadly put together medical show. And did the lead character really think that a dope addict would be a good donor for a heart transplant? There are comments about the playground they have on the roof, trust me no one who works under the high stress of a medical environment wants to hang out at the hospital before or after head straight to the I don't cause I don't IF I DID!!!!) and get this all surgeries are performed by ED docs.... during the first episode one of the specialist docs was in Houston hours away(hint San Antonio is the second largest city in Texas, Houston is the largest and within the two of them they have several specialized docs)
its only a pilot. It was not that bad , although it was not great. But give it a chance. How many successful series began with a "below the base" pilot. And because Grey's and other similar series existed , doesn't mean that there is no room for an other one. Just think how many similar series exist in each gender.. This one has quick scenes, which looks interesting.
It looks like central casting brought out their diversity checklist for this show. White male - check. Hispanic female - check. Black male - check. Etc, Etc. I kept wondering who was going to be the gay and I wasn't disappointed. Like Southland, they picked the most masculine looking white male to be gay. Do we have to have the gay agenda shoved down our throats on EVERY show?
A re-heated stew of every medical drama since 1975. But some of the characters served in Afghanistan so it is "modern". Some doctor rides a motorcycle so it is "edgy". (What, no Born To Be Wild playing while he speeds down the road and casually pulls a tree trunk out of some guy on the side of road?) They have a rooftop lounge with a basketball hoop. Are they not hip non-conformists now? And, oh my, however will the inevitable workplace romances develop? Tis a mystery, ya'll!! Snore.........
A mix of Greys Anatomy, . and a lot of other soapy medical dramas.
I've only seen the pilot, but it was a bit too soapy for me.
The characters are not very well rounded right now. Hopefully they will concentrate more on the 'pressurized environment' of a night shift at a hospital, (rather than the soapy aspects the pilot over indulged in), as the season progresses.
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