NBC medical drama ‘Nurses’ showing signs of life

By | December 16, 2020
NBC medical drama ‘Nurses’ showing signs of life

NBC medical drama ‘Nurses’ exhibiting indicators of life

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Generally it’s unfair to guage a brand new sequence (in any style) on its first episode — until it’s an apparent winner or outright stinker.

So I’m right here to report that after a disappointing premiere, NBC’s Canadian import, “Nurses,” has quickened its dramatic pulse and presence in an already-crowded area of medical dramas — together with its NBC stablemate “Transplant,” additionally from Canada (CTV) and not too long ago renewed for a second season.

“Nurses” premiered final January on Canada’s International TV and Dec. 7 on NBC, once we met its ensemble forged of beginner nurses working their first shift at a bustling hospital in downtown Toronto: hardened Grace (Tiera Skovbye); combative Ashley (Natasha Calis); nervous Keon (Jordan Johnson-Hinds) and Sandy Sidhu (Nazneen Khan); and wiseguy Wolf (Donald Maclean Jr.) The opener was forgettable and even foolish at occasions, together with a scene the place a health care provider donated blood for a affected person…within the emergency room. Proper.

These contextual laughers have been rectified a bit in Tuesday evening’s second episode, the place we realized extra in regards to the nurses and noticed the primary glimpses of budding romances, together with a flicker between Grace and the chiseled-with-perfect enamel Dr. Evan Wallace (Ryan-James Hatanaka), additionally sporting the requisite stubble (however in fact he’s).

The titular nurses, bland and cardboard-cutout apparent within the opener, grew a bit extra fascinating this week as their backstories have been revealed: Grace was fired from her earlier job for leaving sponges in a affected person throughout surgical procedure (it seems she was being groped on the time by that hospital’s “sensible” surgeon); Wolf has leukemia, and pops a handful of high-priced capsules every day to maintain his sickness at bay; Nazneen is ashamed of her rich, privileged upbringing; and Keon stop a promising school soccer profession after by accident paralyzing an opposing participant with a sort out. Who is aware of what Ashley’s story is, however she did present a hotter facet in an emotional scene with Grace so there’s that.

A scene from "Nurses."
A scene from “Nurses.”
Ben Mark Holzberg/eOne/NBC

One component that “Nurses” has in its favor is that it shines a light-weight on these professionals who usually go unacknowledged or are, with some exceptions, secondary characters in the usual medical drama, constructed across the standard assortment of snarky, sensible, conniving, humorous, emotionally broken medical doctors — most of whom are sleeping with one another (or did so at one time). It’s a refreshing change and one that’s lengthy overdue in a style too usually lazy in its storytelling.

That doesn’t imply that “Nurses” is out of the woods…but. It nonetheless has a strategy to go when it comes to offering weekly doses of watchable TV drama — however it’s exhibiting some particular indicators of life.

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