Emergency! Season Six
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Gear up for groundbreaking action as Emergency! Season Six blazes a trail onto DVD for the first time. Ride along with courageous paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth) as they storm head first into the face of danger. Aided by the heroic staff of Rampart General Hospital, including Nurse Dixie McCall (Golden Globe® nominee Julie London), they race to the rescue of Los Angeles’ most desperate citizens. Featuring popular TV stars Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains), Linda Gray (Dallas) and more, these 24 gripping episodes of pulse-pounding action and heart-tugging drama are more enthralling than ever in this collectible five-disc set!
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Norell had quite a flair for slapstick comedy which resulted in three very funny episodes: Insanity Epidemic, Hypochondri Cap, and Upward and Onward. Welcome to Santa Rosa County also was well-written and stressed the need for good medical care in a remote area. Humor seemed to be prevalent in several other episodes....this season
showed stories on the lighter side of life, and showed more interaction between the staff of Station 51! If I had any reservations, it would be that the season ended without any closure......and suddenly there was the movie, The Final Rescues, and Gage and DeSoto were promoted to Captains. How did the transition happen....we never found out! They were Paramedics and then they were Captains! The crew at 51 vanished...only to be seen in flashbacks. What an opportunity was missed when a whole possible storyline was never produced. Very sad! The same thing happened with the Pilot film....except Station 51 was introduced....but hurriedly with very little tranistion as well!
This is common.....events happen and one never sees how it all started and never saw the develpment of the story. I liked the crew at 51 and thought they worked well suppementing the major stars....especially Mike Stoker who gained more ease with his lines and performance as the series progressed. He had less performance time because he, being an actual firefighter, was often on duty during filming. I was happy to see his presence increased with time and he was given more spoken lines.
That I liked the series is evident.....not every episode though! Randy Mantooth once said,"this was the little show that wouldn't die". It worked....despite contrivance, technical errors, silliness, and cost-cutting. But we liked the characters, the good writing and acting, the humor, the compassion, the use of actors from different ethnic groups, and the realism of life itself.
That brings up a great point. This show was made in the 70's before CGI was even thought of, the special effects relied on different filming techniques and live action stunts which were great. Despite all the technological shorrcongs they had some of the best pyrotechnics especially considering if was a weekly TV show. Yes they put all the FX budget on the screen
The show did not lack for action either. Not only did Emergency introduce us to the paramedic, it also showed the beginnings of emergency trauma medicine. It was a show for the times on the cutting edge of emergent care.
What I did was to wash them under running water and dry them off really good. Solved all the issues.
My only gripe is that these are fairly basic DVDs with no extras. I'm not a big fan of commentaries anyway, but I'd love to know about how they filmed many of the rescues. Plane in tree? Climbers on hilltop? Worker on tall oil tank? The distant shots are obviously on location, but what about the close-up shots of Roy and Johnny? Sound stage or on location with a shooting platform? (Someone help me out here...) Would've been nice to know some of this. Also the stations and/or rescues- Station 51 was located in Carson, but they seemed to answer calls all over the county. So where was that boat rescue? Anyway, it's a minor gripe, but I feel enough of one to drop to a 4-star rating.
If you grew up watching Emergency!, you know that it is much more than a television show. Johnny and Roy become a part of your life and you find yourself thinking about being a Paramedic. You probably did it as a kid, and will do it again as an adult.
Let me put it this way...I am 44 years old and recently sold my small business. I have an appointment at a local college in a few weeks to check out their Paramedic program.
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