The Resident’s 2×04 “About Time” was a busy episode. Generally, I am not a big fan of stuffing as much plot into an episode as possible, but there was a lot here that was really worth the congestion. Other plot points (mostly to do with Julian and dresses), not so much.
The overall theme of “Three Words” was trust. Viewers were privy to trust issues in a marriage between two patients. We saw the broken pieces of a parental relationship between Conrad (Matt Czuchry) and his father possibly slowly being put back together. The uneasiness and deceit of a business relationship between Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood) and Marshall Winthrop (Glenn Morshower) was revealed. Viewers saw a rare moment where Dr. AJ Austin’s (Malcolm-Jamal Warner) trust in himself and his own decisions wavered briefly. Devon revealed his own trust issues in a medical device provided by Julian Booth (Jenna Dewan) in an elderly patient. Finally (FINALLY!), we were let into the very beginning of CoNic (Czuchry and Emily VanCamp) and what went wrong the first time they attempted a relationship.
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.
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.
Every year, early May is a stressful time for TV fans. If your favorite show ended up on the bubble, this is the time when the anxiety sets in. You’re waiting on pins and needles to hear if your show has been renewed and will live on to see another season.
This year, there are a lot of series on the bubble. Some deserve to be there after a shitty season, but some of them still have us scratching our heads in confusion as to how they ended up there at all — yes, we’re talking about Timeless.
So, we gathered a few writers and TV fans to discuss which shows deserve to die a painful death and which ones absolutely need another season, lest we be the ones who might die of a broken heart.