'The Resident - The Complete Season One'
(Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2018 / 20th Century Fox)
Overview: Starring Matt Czuchry (The Good Wife), 'The Resident' is a powerful new medical drama that focuses on the final years of a young doctor’s training and rips back the curtain to reveal both the good and the bad in hospitals across the country.
DVD Verdict: OK, and playing Devil's Advocate here, and being truthfully honest, sure, most other hospital dramas touch on the broken American healthcare system, but 'The Resident' is the first one to make is the focus.
Sure, it's kind of corny at times, but at its root it has a great heart - nurses being the unsung heroes, insurance company super villains, new technologies lost on aging surgeons unwilling to hang up their stethoscopes, and the treatment of patients as numbers instead of human beings by hospital administration.
Sometimes the way the patients are talked about and treated by the hospital management is harder to watch than any surgical treatment. It's worth a watch, just for those moments, but there are characters you want to root for (ie: the do-gooders), and there are characters you love to hate (ie: those who are selfish, rich and really in the wrong business!)
Matt Czuchry does an outstanding job as our lead underdog hero here, and is a great leading man for the show. Again, and it really should be nailed home, the show is a bit over the top - but in today's society, I don't doubt that these things happen in the medical field.
We all know that every industry has a dark side re: law enforcement, government, etc. so like I said before, this show can be a wee bit extreme at times, but it does show how dysfunctional certain industries can be (giving us all a peak behind the curtain, so to speak).
That all said, you all should also know that one of the writers on 'The Resident,' Roshan Sethi, is actually a prominent doctor at Massachusetts General Hospital! More than that, he is one of three who co-wrote this show.
So, if you're asking for a medical consultant to aid with the show, well, you got someone a lot better. It can't be helped if there are haters out there for shows like these, but knowing (as we all do) that here are a lot of "grey areas" in medicine means we should view this wonderful, refreshing show with our minds fully tuned in, people - for you never know when you will hear something that somewhere down the line, in your own personal life, might actually come in handy to know!
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with all 14 of the Season One episodes: Pilot - Independence Day - Comrades In Arms - Identity Crisis - None The Wiser - No Matter The Cost - The Elopement - Family Affair - Lost Love - Haunted - And The Nurses Get Screwed ... - Rude Awakenings And The Raptor - Run, Doctor, Run - Total Eclipse Of The Heart.
'The Resident: Season One' Trailer