This fall brings new dramas and comedies, new loves, and new hopes, so here is the rundown on what too watch, and what too avoid this fall. Now, has NBC found their new ER in a action and medical orientated Trauma, set in the Bay City a change for many shows….
NBC Says: Executive producer Peter Berg (NBC’s “Friday Night Lights”) delivers “Trauma,” the first high-octane medical drama series to live exclusively in the field where the real action is. Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, “Trauma” is an intense, action-packed look at one of the most dangerous medical professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco General is first on the scene, traveling by land, by sea or by air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city’s Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the San Francisco Bay, these heroes must face the most extreme conditions to save lives — and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Starring in “Trauma” are Derek Luke (“Notorious”), Cliff Curtis (“10,000 B.C”), Anastasia Griffith (“Damages”), Aimee Garcia (“George Lopez”), Kevin Rankin (“Friday Night Lights”) and Jamey Sheridan (“Law & Order: Criminal Intent”). “Trauma” is a production of Universal Media Studios and Film 44. Berg, Sarah Aubrey (“Bad Santa,” “Friday Night Lights”), Dario Scardapane and Jeffrey Reiner (“Friday Night Lights”) serve as executive producers. The pilot was written by Scardapane and directed by Reiner.
The Good: The main draw for Trauma is very obvious to with the promos which is high stakes action and it is done really really well in the pilot. There is a feeling of tension and exhileration felt when watching the chracters in medical emergency.The action sequences, for example a helicopter crashes into a high rise, is a movie like quality with nice photography work to capture the drama however….
The Not So Good: I for one can’t think they can keep it up week to week. The money must have been high to create it and it has to stay up there to recreated it. Trauma has the situation of switching from the field a hospital which it does not handle well in the pilot. Jamey Sheridan, the head of the hospital’s ER which it is based acts well in the pilot but lacks presence while only seeing him talk on the phone to folks in the field. The other characters were not fleshed out well in the show and I hope more information will be revealed in later episodes. Trauma is a well made show and if they can keep up the action and suspense, I will be along for the ride.
Trauma airs after Heroes on NBC, Mondays starting September 28th at 9/8c.