I was not a fan of the HawthoRNe pilot episode because I found it slow and not that compelling, but I did find it presenting a few interesting issues. It sticks out as a very nurse-focused drama, and not more like ER, Grey's Anatomy, or even Scrubs that's focused on the doctors, but also includes nurses. This show seems to be trying to be unique by not only starring the nurses and having the doctors pop in, but is actually doctor bashing and nurse-glorifying.
Yes, that sounds a exaggerated, and maybe some of that was just pushing the view that Jada Pinkett Smith's character, Christina Hawthorne, works really hard and is important at the hospital, despite the often background roles we see for nurses.
But really? Opening representing doctors as sleeping all day on the job, showing up late to a surgery, reaming out nurses for calling while on call and out golfing (or something of the sort) was giving the impression that doctors are rich elitists who just don't care about patients. Or at least, once they got enough money and authority, they didn't care about the day-to-day care of the patients, and don't respect nurses.
I appreciate an alternative view of hospital life, and I'd be fascinated by this if only they were making a more compelling plot to follow.
We have Christina Hawthorne, the Head Resident Nurse who lost her husband a year earlier which seems to be related to her having to make the decision to pull the plug. She now has to deal with her grief, her teenage daughter acting out, and her obnoxious mother-in-law.
Then we have a few other nurses and doctors who are mildly interesting, the best being Bobbie who we discovered has a prosthetic leg (kudos to the writers for not showing that until a guy rushed into the ER after his wife to stab her and stabbed Bobbie's fake leg instead!), Dr. Tom Wakefield who's pretty to look at, slutty nurse Candy Sullivan, and nervous nurses Ray and Kelly.
Bobbie is fun and interesting, and I liked seeing her decide to date the hottie from Coyote Ugly, and the rest of the nurses are okay too, but they're all going to have to get a lot more interesting for me to keep watching.
Also, besides Christina's trauma of her husband's friend and cancer patient at the hospital trying to kill himself jumping off the hospital roof, the patient drama was not that fascinating. And really, when we had a guy jumping off a roof, the main character getting arrested around that incident, a diabetic patient code, and the homeless woman Christina befriended appear with a baby then later hemorrhage because it was hers, well, that sounds like a great deal of really good drama. Yet, it wasn't.
So maybe they just kept things a little slower-paced because it was the anniversary of Christina's husband's death, so they wanted to develop that story more than focus on rapid ER drama, but they need to find a better balance to make a compelling drama.
Overall, I enjoyed the characters and I think HawthoRNe has potential, but I don't know if that hope will get me to watch. So what did you think? Were you an instant fan of HawthoRNe, or do you think you'll need some big improvements to keep tuning in?