Primetime Show Reviews
"Mercy" Series Premiere
Review by Suzanne
Airing on NBC Wednesdays at 8/7c
This is a very good show. It's nice to say that for a change.
It has excellent writing and a great cast. Not only does it seem to be free of
most TV stereotypes, it surprised me and made me laugh and enjoy it.
In some ways, the show is a combination of "ER" and "Grey's
Anatomy". It has just the right combination of hospital and personal drama
without going too far astray. However, one big difference in this show is
that it focuses mostly on the nurses instead of the doctors.
The main nurse, Veronica (Taylor Schilling), is an Iraqi war vet
who is separated from her husband and has some secrets that we learn in the
first episode. She and the other nurses work well together, and she is good with
patients, but she sometimes has issues (either left over from the war or from
her own personality, we're not too sure) that make it difficult for her to deal
with the doctors. The other nurses are Sonia (Jaime Lee Kirchner) and Chloe
(Michelle Trachtenberg), and they are interesting characters as well.
Since the show's main focus is nurses, we see more of a
working-class environment than we did with the doctors on the other shows. It's
very down-to-earth and realistic, yet it's entertaining as well. I can't praise
it enough, really.
The other main star of the show is James Tupper, who was
formerly so wonderful on "Men in Trees". Here he plays a doctor with a past who
joins the staff. I could tell you more, but then it would ruin one of the
surprises of the episode if you haven't seen it yet.
I think the show should do well as long as it keeps going with
the same high level of quality. It doesn't have a ton of competition in its time
slot, except for reality shows.
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