ER: Season 14
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Still one of the highest-rated dramas on television, the Emmy®-winning ER continues to set pulses racing in its 14th season. Created by best-selling author Michael Crichton and producer John Wells, the series centers on the medical staff of County General Hospital, where heroic doctors and nurses are faced with life-and-death decisions on a daily basis. Season 14 brings more conflict and more drama as the new Acting Chief (Stanley Tucci) faces off against his staff. And as Abby (Maura Tierney) descends into alcoholism, only the return of Luka (Goran Visnjic) offers hope of redemption. Alongside regular stars Mekhi Phifer, Parminder Nagra, John Stamos, Linda Cardellini and Scott Grimes, this season also features a number of notable guest stars including Steve Buscemi and the return of Gloria Reuben as Jeanie Boulet. Don't miss a single episode!]]>
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One of the few positive effects of the 2007-2008 Hollywood Writers Strike was
delaying ER's demise so that this mediocre (by comparison to other seasons) year was not the way the most emmy nominated drama of all time signed off.
We'll never now how the second half of season 14 would've gone if there wasn't a writer's strike, but I can say with certainty that the first half of the season,
which was written pre-strike, wasn't up to the challenge of sending ER out
with a bang. Too many subplots are end abruptly and uneventfully (example, Archie's
relationship with Hope). Maura Tierney gets a great storyline with Abby
falling off the wagon (much harder than that wink and you miss it season 8 sub plot) and her performances are excellent. The problem is, the writers seem to put all their effort into that storyline, and don't balance it out enough with patient storylines or well developed arcs for the other characters. The 300th epsiode
is decent, but pales in comparison to other milestone ER episodes.
After the 300th episode, things improve somewhat. We get fantastic guest appearances by Gloria Rueben, Hal Holbrook and Steve Buscemi, and more fast paced medical storylines (the first ten episodes of season 14 are very soapy).
It's still an entertaining season. But I'm glad the writers strike gave
the pwoers that be some time to plan a stronger final season.
Most notable of the excellent performances by a guest is that of Stanley Tucci as Dr. Daniel Moretti whose subtle brilliance as the new head honcho brings a sense of class to the show from his appearance in the season opener: The War Comes Home. Despite the fine performance of Tucci, the impact of a new chief on the ER has simply been seen too many times before, and thus the first few episodes of season fourteen seem dissappointingly familiar. Like many of the storylines throughout the season, that of the restrained Dr. Moretti takes an abrupt turn as writers struggle to get rid of someone who had not signed on for a fifteenth season. The same can be said for many relationships throughout the season, as storylines begin and end awkwardly.
In anticipation of the end of the series, the cast of regulars had been whittled down to just six (Parminder Nagra as Dr. Neela Rasgotra, Linda Cardellini as Nurse Sam Taggart, Scott Grimes as Dr. Archie Morris, John Stamos as Dr. Tony Gates, Maura Tierney as Dr. Abby Lockhart, Mekhi Phifer as Dr. Greg Pratt) and that allows for not only the audience to truly appreciate those that are there, but also for each of the talented actors to be given plenty of time to shine. Tierney takes full advantage of the opportunity as Dr. Abby Lockhart runs the gambit of trials and tribulations throughout the entire season.Read more ›
I was also disturbed by the apparent acceptance of some behaviour like doctors lying to childrens parents to perform or withold treatment on the children, police attacking a patient and striking an attendant who got in the way, none of which resulted in any action taken against the doctor or policeman, or even any outrage from those who witnessed it, or were victimized by it.
It did improve near the end, and the last episode suggests one or two characters will no longer be with us in season 15. If you are an ER fan you will buy it, but if you have to miss any of the 15 seasons, this is probably the one to miss.
I normally do not write reviews but after seeing the 2 positive reviews that seemed out of line with my experience, I decided to put my 2 cents in. I still look forward to season 15, but expectations are not high.
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Huge fan of this series! This season helps complete the series.
It is amazing how this show took a dive. Hard to watch after season 11.Published 6 months ago by tonya
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