I can admit when I'm wrong. Not gonna lie, I was not particularly interested in Trauma.
And I mostly only watched it because I'm nursing a grudge on FOX for having such a solid Monday night lineup that no other network can compete. But after watching the pilot I have to say, it was pretty good.
- There was some overkill on the character development, but that's understandable given that it's the first episode of a new show.
- The characters are a little cookie cutter. There's the one with the omgpersonaldrama, the crazy-ass maverick genius, the personality-less comic relief, the wise and wisecracking father figure.
- Some of the interpersonal drama seems a little bit over the top (see: Rabbit and Nancy).
- The actual procedural part of the EMT job is quite well done. It isn't gross (which I usually root for) but it does seem credible.
- There was a helicopter crash. With fire. In the first few minutes. Things I was expecting? Not that. Which is a great thing.
- Cliff Curtis is playing the aforementioned "crazy-ass maverick genius" character and he is working it. He manages to play emotional and completely wacko with equal believability. And he has sweeeet car.
I don't know that I would call Trauma's pilot spectacular, but it was definitely solid. Medical dramas aren't really my thing, just because I don't have the same level of interest in them that I do in crime dramas. But Trauma does seem to be a cleanly presented show with decent writing and an impressive cast including Kevin Rankin, Jamey Sheridan, and Anastasia Griffith. It isn't a great show, but it's still early in the game.
(This review also posted on my blog at http://meltedbrain.wordpress.com)