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The Resident - The Complete Season One

by Michael  Cox
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Monday Oct 15, 2018
The Resident - The Complete Season One

Medical dramas have been some of the most popular and longest running shows on television. We thrive on watching the bloody surgeries, the diagnoses of rare conditions, and of course the sensational treatments. We love them for their high stakes, their life and death, and their depiction of ordinary people with extraordinary careers.

But "The Resident" does something rather incendiary for the genre. It focuses not only on rare diseases and the geniuses that saves lives but also on the contriving of greedy capitalists in the medical industry — people who are putting lives at risk.

Matt Czuchry (Cary Agos on "The Good Wife") plays the senior resident internist Conrad Hawkins, a cocky yet brilliant doctor who often knows better than his superiors and isn't afraid to tell them, and TV's beloved Emily VanCamp ("Revenge," "Brothers & Sisters," "Everwood") plays an equally brilliant nurse practitioner "Nic" Nevin, a woman with nearly all the medical foresight and none of the ego of her male counterparts. Together they guide the medical miracles that take place at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, while constantly fighting issues of malpractice and bureaucratic corruption.

Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal) first-year resident internist graduates from Harvard Medical School with endless optimism about being a doctor. This is quickly squashed when he gets a good look at the realities of his profession. It isn't so much the long hours, absurdly difficult work and the responsibility of live and death that shock him. It's the overwhelming narcissism and psychopathic greed of some of his colleagues.

The famed Chief of surgery at Chastain Park, Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), covers up the fact that he has a hand tremor and has been repeatedly botching surgeries and losing lives. To hide his secret he coerces the dexterous if emotionally distant surgical resident Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson) to do his work and give him credit. But even more terrifying is the cunning oncologist Lane Hunter (Melina Kanakaredes) whose private clinics may be concealing something even more shockingly sinister.

Originally developed as a much darker medical thriller, this new series retains the ominous edge of a crime series without the stylistic elements that usually accompany that genre.

Now out on DVD, Season One of "The Resident" provides all the heart-stopping and heart-warming moments that you expect in this kind of a drama, but it's the mysterious malfeasance lurking under all the lifesaving that keeps you coming back for more.


"The Resident: The Complete Season One"
DVD $29.98
www.fox.com/the-resident/

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