Trauma

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot

3
Aired Monday 9:00 PM Sep 28, 2009 on NBC
AIRED:
8.0
out of 10
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We meet the first responder paramedic team from San Francisco City Hospital. They rescue by land, by sea or by air to reach and save their victims in time. In this episode, tragedy hits close to home and the lives and paths of each member of the team are forever changed.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • I thought from the first 30 seconds that this show had no chance. Then the helicopter collision, wow..thought well..maybe this will go somewhere even though these people can't act. Sigh..wrong again.moreless

    4.0
    As a young kid I watched the show Emergency! every week. My dad was a firefighter / EMT, I grew to be a firefighter / EMT. I just came across this show and had high expectations. If the pilot episode is any indication of what the whole series is going to be like, no wonder it's been canceled. The characters are all over acted, the medical terminology that is used sounds more like it was written by a medical explorer rather than someone who took the time to research the terminology and use it properly. I'll give a couple more looks at a couple more episodes but so far...not impressed, not impressed with the writing, directing and highly disappointed in the acting. Oh and SPOILER ALERT!!! The Flight Medic actually survived the mid air collision of two Helicopters!? Holy Smokes get the Epinephrine and the AED ready because I'm about to have a heart attack from laughing so hard at how stupid the writers think the viewers are! This show tries and fails to show the lives of First Responders both on and off the job.moreless
  • Accidents do happen.

    5.0
    Starting from the beginning with the helicopter crash, then to the lots of car accidents on the freeway, and last of all the accident created by a memeber of the own team. This were way too many accidents. So what happens to the second episodes? Accidents in the sea? What else can happen, where does the story go and how will it end?

    All these accidents keep happening one by one is starting to get pathetic already, and it's only the pilot.

    If these are all natural disasters, maybe it will still be more worth it to watch it. Just hoping the rest of the episodes will be much better than the pilot. Otherwise, I think it's pretty much a waste.moreless
  • explosive yet expensive

    8.0
    The pilot episode opened with an explosive first 6-8 minutes and had me mostly on the edge of my seat for about halfway thru the episode. But then it got real boring real fast after that. It's a medical drama (yes, another one of those) about a San Francisco medical rescue team, so much of the action takes place outside the hospital. Its approach in differentiating itself from all the other medical shows is to provide thrilling, engrossing, and high-powered sequences on the field week after week. Color me cynical, but I don't think a network would risk shelving out the required budget to sustain a costly and a possibly good show. I'm neither holding my breath nor caring enough to cross my fingers for a full-season pickup for this series.moreless
  • San Fransisco Paramedics at work

    8.0
    I don't care much for hospital shows, so E.R., Grey's Anatomy and all the others are easily overlooked by me. Paramedics are a different story.



    I was a fan of the Third Watch, and Trauma brings back memories from that show. Doctors might make life or death decisions all the time, but I find it far better tv to watch paramedics out at the scene of the accidents and crimes. The scenes vary alot more than in a hospital, and in tv that usually helps alot.



    This pilot is nicely done overall. There's definitely some interesting characters among the cast and they got that one year aniversary accident as a nice backstory. The respons scenes was well portayed and the drama didn't feel forced. It didn't quite manage to reel me in, but it's still a very solid pilot and I'll be keeping an eye on this show.



    My two worries for this show in the long run is: Third Watch have done alot of the same for paramedics a long long time ago, and I thought they did a very nice job. And unlike Third Watch Trauma is only following these paramedics, not the cops and fire squad as well. I fear Trauma will find themself running thin after a short while because of this limitation.



    I hope I'm wrong because Trauma feels quite fresh, and there's a place for this kind of show between all those made about doctors and cops.moreless
  • What if every episode was an "event" episode? That's Trauma.

    7.5
    You know how every once in a while you'll get an "event" episode of some doctor show? Like the ship/bridge disaster on Grey's Anatomy, or some huge catastrophe on ER? That's basically Trauma. Every week. It's a hook that might work, too. I like exciting explosions and death all around. But that's the only thing to take away from this new drama, and I worry they'll run out of exciting situations- or worse, they will desensitize them and it will become stale. The characters I'm not quite into just yet. The most interesting is the guy they call "rabbit", who after surviving an impossible helicopter collision (seriously impossible in every aspect- a problem I had with the episode) he believes he can't die. We get a scene later that mirrors one from Death Proof, where he puts it to the test. I kind of like him- he has more charisma than anyone else on the show. Also likable was his female co-pilot who was riding with him, she has fire and attitude, and is young and full of potential. There's some new guy, we barely see, the blonde chick upset over the death of a lover, who broods the entire episode (not fun for new viewers, btw) and a guy with a family who might be back at cheating on his wife. Basically the usual prime time drama fare. Fans of the usual medical dramas should get their fix, (an amusing scene where someone loses a finger was fun) but anyone else wondering if this stands out above the pack, let me tell you- it doesn't.moreless
David Hodges

David Hodges

Irish Bar Patron

Guest Star

Peter Quartaroli

Peter Quartaroli

Roter

Guest Star

Ryan Kennedy

Ryan Kennedy

Terry Banner

Guest Star

Carl Marino

Carl Marino

Head EMT Karl Sly

Recurring Role

Alice Kung

Alice Kung

Dr. Beale

Recurring Role

Christopher Greene

Christopher Greene

Dr. Ludden

Recurring Role

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