There are a lot of medical shows on the air, three of them new.
I don't know if it's because of the success of "House" or "Grey's Anatomy", or
because "ER" went off the air. The other two new shows, Mercy and Trauma, are
very good. Clearly whomever developed and wrote those shows put a lot of thought
into them, or they are just amazingly talented.
The third show, "Three Rivers", is not of the same caliber as those other shows.
I am wondering if they just wanted some vehicle for the actor, Alex O'Loughlin,
who was so popular on the vampire show "Moonlight" a few years back. Someone
said, "Hey, how about a medical drama" and that's how we get this show. The best
thing that could be said about it would be that it's a very pale imitation of
ER. That might be giving it too much credit, though.
ER was a very good drama. The plot was gripping most of the time. The characters
were very well-defined and interesting. They made you care about them right
away. The ER was a very action-filled, hectic place, with the unexpected and
shocking happening every week. You didn't know who would live or die, and things
were seldom predictable. "Three Rivers" is not like that at all. It may be
unfair to compare it to ER because it just started.
The actors in the show, including O'Loughlin, are very good, especially Alfre
Woodard. The material is just lacking and doesn't give them very much to work
with. They deserve far better than this predictable show.
Alex O'Loughlin plays a heart surgery, Dr. Yablonski. O'Loughlin was great on
Moonlighting, but he's very blah here. As the vampire, he had an air of tragedy,
danger, mystery...but not on this medical show, I'm afraid. He's just cute and
earnest. I hope he and the rest of the cast find something better in the future.
I'm not saying it's a bad show, it's just not very interesting. It's mediocre.
Shows like ER and Chicago Hope (and even Grey's Anatomy) raised our expectations
about what medical dramas should be like.
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