The Resident‘s “The Prince and the Pauper” started with a peek into the intimate lives of the doctors of Chastain. Mina (Shaunette Renee Wilson) and Micah (Patrick R. Walker) share a conversation about sticking together in his recovery after open-heart surgery. CoNic nibble on vegetable kabobs and dance on a twinkling rooftop while they try to have a distraction-free evening together outside of the hospital.
During the summer break, I admit I’d forgotten the appeal of my favorite medical drama. I sat down to watch the Season Two premiere “00:42:30” of The Resident rather reluctantly. TV seems overwhelming right now with all of the buzz of a million new pilots.
There’s been a lot of medical dramas — and there’s been even more shows put out there with overused plot lines and ideas that just don’t seem to work once they hit the screens — but The Resident drew me in all too quickly once again. All I have to say is three words: Steamy. Sex. Scene. Literally, the show started off with CoNic in a shower. The chemistry between Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry) and Nic Nevins (Emily VanCamp) is not only undeniable but it is everything that makes a TV couple lovable and — dare I say — desirable.
GLOW season 2 was an entertaining break from the summer heat and all of the daily chaos that seems to happen in our news cycle. There was a lot — perhaps too much — thrown at viewers in just 10 episodes; but overall, the entertaining, fun, 80’s-spirited second season featuring our favorite female wrestlers was a worthwhile distraction.
GLOW season 2 threw a lot of content at viewers, including a new wrestler, new relationships, and new drama. By the finale, I felt overwhelmed by all of the “extra” stuff thrown into the mix. Don’t get me wrong: the series’ second season was everything that I expected it to be. But the added absurdities almost took away from the heavier content GLOW was attempting to shed light on.
GLOW has just graced us with the trailer for season 2, which will be available on June 29 on Netflix. With the upcoming season almost here, and with a peek into what topics GLOW will be covering in season two, I want to talk about all that is gorgeous of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling’s first season.
On the surface, GLOW can come off as just another show trying to overwhelm the audience with curse words, cocaine-filled mustaches, and ill-natured bosses. Because the show takes place in the 80’s, viewers are also subjected to big hair, spandex, and more neon than the eyes can endure. When viewers actually break down the show to the brilliantly-casted characters and look at the real issues being presented on our television screens, it’s impressive what GLOW has tackled in ten episodes. Most importantly, it’s that a show that takes place in the 80’s focuses on topics that are very real and very relevant to our world today.
As someone who used to work in public safety, I found it incredibly difficult to sit and watch 13 Reasons Why without being left frustrated with how irresponsible a television show could be with real-life difficult topics. This isn’t just a show that is attempting to tackle taboo subjects like death or divorce — no, this is a show that has taken on the task of attempting to start conversations about opioid addiction, suicide, self-mutilation, mental health disorders, and school shootings. In today’s climate of violence and mental health awareness, I always can applaud the people who put entertainment that attempts to shed light on matters that people will not openly discuss, but how far does entertainment go that crosses a line? When does shedding light on stigma-involved topics turn into an exploitation of difficult subject matter for the purpose of shocking the viewer? On 13 Reasons Why, the shock factor is an incredibly inappropriate device, especially when used with the content displayed in the second half of the second season.
After conversing with other binge watchers like myself, I discovered that I was one of the rare few that was looking forward to a second season of 13 Reasons Why. Most people that I talked to either couldn’t finish the show because of the graphic content or thought that it was altogether too extreme. As someone who used to work in public safety, I am a bit hardened to graphic content; perhaps this is what makes me one of the few that was not so dismayed by the material. I felt the benefits of the series outweighed the parts that were a bit too much — in the first season, at least.
I can always applaud efforts to open conversations. When there are stigmas associated with topics, especially anything mental health related, people are always more afraid to open up and talk. For this, I applauded 13 Reasons Why for taking the chance of trying to hurdle that barrier. The characters were real and believable. I empathized with them, even the ones who had made questionable choices. When it was announced that there would be a second season, I actually internally commended 13 Reasons Why for going “there” — to the places that most shows don’t go: the aftermath, the repercussions, the hurt and pain that often follows these types of incidents for years.
Then, I began the sad, slow journey of getting through the first half of 13 Reasons Why season 2 and discovered the painful path that the writers decided to take with a show that could’ve had so many opportunities. This is the review of the first six episodes, so before those who watched the whole season weigh in, I am warning you that I am breaking these episodes down from the perspective of someone who formally worked in public safety.
Disclaimer: I am no expert in mental health, assault, addiction or medical issues; however, I come with some experience with working with people who struggle in these areas and have some familiarity with the topics.
The last few episodes of The Resident had me questioning my loyalty. I had already been hesitant about starting a medical drama in the first place but quickly learned that the show was so much more than another Grey’s Anatomy. Due to the fantastic casting, the series truly worked from the very first episode. Because that is what makes The Resident great: These actors are everything.
But when The Resident started taking a turn, causing viewers to question whether or not they fell into a bad crime novel, I started questioning the writers. This show does not need any elements of a thriller novel because it is way too good all on its own. The acting is TOO good for intense fluff. I loved these characters from the pilot — especially the dynamic and chemistry of #CoNic.
There’s a lot going on in “Total Eclipse of the Heart,” and I felt that the writers tied up this first season very well, considering all of the plot lines that were left dangling out in the wind. The Resident has been renewed for a second season; and with a new Chairman of the Board at Chastain, next season, things are bound to get interesting.