I was excited to watch this show because although I have
never been a fan of Dick Wolf's "Law
and Order" franchise, I have enjoyed watching "Chicago
Fire" and "Chicago PD" since their first seasons. I was,
however, a little wary to see another medical drama, since I
haven't really found one that I enjoy watching since "ER"
ended its series run. I do enjoy watching the
NBC summer series "Nightshift," but it doesn't quite fill
the hole that "ER" left for this fan of medical drama. I
think that "Chicago Med" may just do the trick. The series
follows senior resident Will Hallstead (Nick Gehlfuss), who
is the brother of Chicago PD's Jay Hallstead (Jesse Soffer).
It's clear that Will is a doctor who doesn't like to follow
the rules and is more concerned about saving his patients
then hospital rules that sometimes get in the way of patient
care. In the pilot, Will gets upset when he can't operate
on a young lady that is a surrogate mother because the
parents of the baby won't give consent to operate, since
there is a risk to the life of the baby. Also, an L train
derails and Dr. Connor Rhodes ( "Arrow's"
Colin Donnel) is on the train and quickly starts to
help the injured, bringing them into the emergancy room.
Dr. Rhodes is the doctor that all the ladies are talking
about at the hospital, which is made clear as soon as he
arrives. Dr. Hallstead and Dr. Rhodes will probably be at
odds during the season because Dr. Rhodes likes to treat the
patients and let them go, and Dr. Hallstead likes to take a
little time to get to know his patients, as well as make
sure they have follow-up care if needed. The cast is great
and includes S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, as well
as Oliver Platt as Dr. Charles.
I really enjoyed this show. It had touching moments as
well as moments of excitement as the doctors try to save the
lives of their patients. I am looking forward to getting to
know the doctors of Chicago Med because in the pilot you
didn't really get to know too much yet about the lives of
the hospital staff. I hope that comes in future episodes. I
give this show 5 out of 5 stars! It is fast-paced and wil
grab your interest from the start. You'ill find yourself
emotionally invested in the lives of the staff and the
patients of the hospital.
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