E.R.: The Complete Tenth Season (DVD)
Combining the extraordinary talents of best-selling author Michael Crichton (Jurassic Park) with Peabody-, Humanitas- and Emmy-winning producer John Wells ("The West Wing," "China Beach") and Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television, the multiple Emmy Award-winning ER provocatively explores the chaos of an urban, public hospital emergency room and the lives of its devoted doctors and staff. When the difference between life and death rests on split-second decisions, only one thing endures--the power and passion of these dedicated medical professionals in the ER.
Few arrivals and departures in ER
's long history were quite as spectacular as those in its 10th season. In the arrival department: new nurse Sam Taggart (Linda Cardellini) enters in almost superhuman fashion to take down a rogue patient, while other new faces include students Neela Rasgotra (Parminder Nagra) and residents Archie Morris (Scott Grimes) and Nick "Coop" Cooper (Glenn Howerton). In the departure department: Romano's (Paul McCrane) response to a labor situation ushers out several stalwart characters, and then there's what we'll simply refer to as Helicopter Incident #2, which along with a military tank almost pushed the season straight over the top. Carter (Noah Wyle) and Luka (Goran Visnjic) continue their adventures in Africa, and the former finds a love interest in AIDS worker Makemba "Kem" Likasu (Thandie Newton). Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) befriends an architect losing his eyesight (Bob Newhart in an Emmy-nominated guest appearance), Chen (Ming-Na) and Weaver (Laura Innes) suffer through difficult personal situations, Abby (Maura Tierney) resumes medical school yet stays on as a nurse, and Pratt (Mekhi Phifer) is accused of wrongdoing. Corday (Alex Kingston) becomes head of surgery, and an incident of road rage provides the season-ending cliffhanger. Notable guest appearances include Hallee Hirsh as Rachel Greene, daughter of the late doctor who visits the ER while on college tour. --David Horiuchi