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Code Black: Season 1
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GOOD MEDICINE. GREAT DRAMA.
In the country’s busiest emergency room, you’re either looking for a miracle…or performing one. In CODE BLACK, Season One, Residency Director Dr. Leanne Rorish (Oscar winner* Marcia Gay Harden) leads four first-year residents through the life-or-death challenges that will change the course of their careers and lives. Rookies Christ Lorenson (Bonnie Somerville), Malaya Pineda (Melanie Chandra), Mario Savetti (Benjamin Hollingsworth) and Angus Leighton (Harry Ford) dive into the chaos of Angels Memorial Hospital, hoping to learn from the best while facing some of life’s worst. Head Nurse Jesse Sallander (Luis Guzman), affectionately known as “Mama,” administers tough love as the ER’s main manager and Dr. Rorish’s closest friend. Each doctor has their personal reasons for being here, and the scars of their past come into play even as they work to save others’ futures. In this 5-disc, 18-episode collection, great drama cures all.
Top customer reviews
The cast is superb. Marcia Gay Harden is outstanding. As with all good dramas there is lots going with individual cast members but we get to see so much real humanity. The compassion, the fear (from both patients and medical staff) and elation are all in abundance. The first hand training we see from experienced medicos to juniors and/or those who've lost some confidence is also very revealing and great to watch.
We can't wait for season 2 to become available.
Someone is addicted to a prescription drug.
Someone is forging prescriptions from someone else's prescription pad.
Someone is struggling to overcome their rough background.
A son has an issue with his father.
A doctor has to choose who gets a chance to live.
A doctor follows their conscience and disobeys their boss. What *will* the consequences be?
OK: which hospital drama am I describing? Yeah, pretty much all of them.
This series started out great and quickly turned into a soap with a lot less concern for technical accuracy. Unclaimed bodies are buried in a nice plot two weeks after they aren't claimed. In L.A.? Seriously? A doctor performs a tracheotomy to bypass a crushed trachea distally rather than proximally... why?
This show could have covered some really cool new ground and/or it could have been more educational. Instead, the producers decided to cover the same old ground from "General Hospital" to "M*A*S*H" to "House" and a dozen more in between.