'9-1-1: The Complete Season One'
(Peter Krause, Angela Bassett, Connie Britton, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2018 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: '9-1-1: The Complete Season One' explores the high-pressure experiences of the first responders who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations.
DVD Verdict: Well, in truth, and getting this out of the way from the off, I guess some people don't get the satire in this wonderful show!
They took a very common, overused plot and made it different and funny. It doesn't have to be totally real, this is TV, so they can do anything they want. I know a great show when I'm bummed that the episode is over.
Very creative and entertaining, '9-1-1: The Complete Season One' now out on DVD via 20th Century Fox is, and without a shadow of a doubt, one of the best TV shows currently on our small screens.
That said, and playing Devil's Advocate here, the fact that they have the 9-1-1 dispatcher - who is like late-40's, early 50's - dating the hot young fireman who could be her son, do admittedly make me cringe every time they get together, sorry!
Moving swiftly on though, I do LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Angela Basset's character, Athena Grant. She is such an amazing actress in whatever she puts her talents to. The other characters on the sidelines are good too, with nobody letting the show down either.
And sure, come on now, we all know that sometimes it does all seem a wee bit unrealistic in the unfolding drama scenes, but it IS a made-for-TV weekly show that's all about entertaining! And that it definitely does, trust me!
Point in case, there were multiple cases where the dispatcher team talked about stuff from their private lives when they needed to save a life? That would never happen, of this we know.
There's also a character who answered their private phone in the middle of an emergency. It all takes away the severity and belittles real firefighters, to a lot of people's minds, but with the aforementioned characters being as jolly likable (and developed) as they are, this should easily be overlooked.
The cases each week are interesting and have a lot of diversity amongst them, and if you don't believe me that viewers are more taken with it than not, well, according to the ratings for the Pilot, viewership went up from 6.8 million to 10.6 million = a 57% rise! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with all 10 of the Season One episodes: Pilot - Let Go - Next of Kin - Worst Day Ever - Point of Origin - Heartbreaker - Full Moon (Creepy AF) - Karma's a Bitch - Trapped - A Whole New You.
'9-1-1' Season One Trailer