This isn’t your typical medical drama… and that’s a VERY good thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I love Chicago Med and Grey’s Anatomy as much as the next gal, but The Resident brings a breath of fresh air to the usually high-spirited and patient-serving hospital rooms.
By fresh air, I mean realness that sometimes, the patients best intentions aren’t always a priority.
The series makes it abundantly clear that the bottom line runs everything. Doctors welcome brain-dead patients to stay as long as the family would like if they pay the hefty bill on time. City officials get to skip the line for a heart transplant, even though someone younger, fitter and more-deserving did the time simply because it “looks better” in the PR-scheme of things. If new cancer trials make money, they’ll dismiss patients whose blood counts are way too low and scold the nurse for “questioning their decisions” in front of the staff. And if they have to blackmail medical students into doing their surgeries to cover up for hand tremors to keep up appearances, that’s what they’ll do.
This, unfortunately, is how the real world works. And all of this happened in the first two episodes of the series premiere.
That isn’t to say that there isn’t the do-gooders, the doctors that care more than they should and the ones who will bend the rules so that their patients will get the best treatment.
Dr. Bell and Dr. Hunter fall into the first example, while the rest of the cast, spearheaded by Dr. Conrad Hawkins, fall into the latter. Thank god.
Matt Czuchry, Conrad, is the new, upgraded version of McDreamy. Don’t be fooled by the tattoos, he’s damn good at what he does. That’s why his #1 rule to his intern Dr. Devon Pravesh is to always listen to him. Pravesh is thrown off by Condrad’s charming, yet egotistical, approach, but eventually, learns that in he, he must trust.
Czuchry is also able to distance himself from his most-notable role as Logan on Gilmore Girls, which is always a good moment for any actor.
Czuchry and Bell butt-heads, which is almost striking for a resident and a head surgeon. Yet, Conrad isn’t intimidated because he knows that Bell’s time should be up considering his nickname is HODAD “Hands of Death and Destruction.” He’s not afraid to call him out on anything and he’s even willing to play the role of “God,” which his ex Nic tries to tell him he isn’t when he switches blood sample labels to guarantee his patient will actually get the heart he so desperately needs.
At times, the banter is almost reminiscent of a father’s and son’s, which is unlikely but would be quite the plot twist.
Look, I don’t think anyone should ever hail themselves as “God,” but I too, would like to have this type of doctor on my team when I’m at my ends will.
By the end, Dr. Pravesh decides to stand up to Conrad, telling him that he’ll be standing up for himself because no one is capable of knowing everything. And yet, that was the lesson. Someone as bright as Devon would surely get that, which Conrad banked on. “You’ve passed Independence Day,” which translates to “welcome to the team.” You can’t have a doctor who is only willing to follow orders. If that was the case, anyone could do it.
Although, once again, the series makes it a point to break the doe-eyed med students who think that they know it all because they aced all their exams. Those, according to Conrad, are tougher to train because they literally have to “forget” everything they learned to grasp how things work in the field.
Nic takes on the role of the den mother. She’s got everyone’s best interests at heart, even Conrad’s, although she isn’t willing to give him another chance at love. And he tries, very, very hard.
It’s a striking contrast from Emily VanCamp’s Revenge character, but strong and demanding at the same time. She’ll be the glue that holds everything together here.
She also isn’t afraid to stand up for her beliefs and call out Conrad when he’s getting out of line and about to pull the plug on a brain-dead patient. Not under her watch.
Almost immediately, you’re drawn to Conrad and Nic’s relationship, even though you don’t know the history. She’s supportive yet distanced and not falling for his smooth talking.
With such a strong cast, you would have thought I’d mentioned everyone, but I left the best for last. Dr. Mina Okafor is a firecracker, whose stoic expression tells you everything you need to know.
She’s a no-nonsense type of gal, who is good and knows she is good but finds herself blackmailed by Bell, who refuses to vouch for her immigration visa if she doesn’t secretly assist him in a surgery, which he takes all the credit for.
It’s a tough predicament, especially when you can learn so much from a man like him, while also being completely disgusted with the reality for minority women.
Women do all the work, men take the credit.
Sometimes to get ahead, women take whatever is given to them, even the unfair hands.
Even with all of the tough cases presented, The Resident finds time to weave through some comedic moments. Taking pellets out of a man’s bum while he passes gas? Hilarious, unless you’re the one in the situation.
I really thought Dr. Hunter would be the backbone of the series a la Sharon Goodwin, but it seems that the upper management has been in this for so long, they’ve lost their sense of purpose.
Hopefully, the younger doctors will continue to keep them in line as the series progresses.
And if not, at least we have yet another bar to frequent when the medical jargon becomes too much. Sorry, Molly’s!
‘The Resident’ Season 4 Will Tackle the Coronavirus Pandemic
The season 4 premiere of The Resident is going to hit a bit close to home.
For years people have turned to television for an escape, but lately, reality and fiction are beginning to bleed together.
Our everyday experiences and dilemmas are beginning to shape and influence the content we see on television, and, in turn, that content becomes a direct reflection of our society and provides poignant commentary on current events.
For the most part, it’s exciting to see our daily lives reflected on screen as it offers a more robust and representative experience. However, it also means that it’s harder to escape the monotony of everyday life in lockdown.
There’s absolutely no way to escape the pandemic plaguing our world — it has consumed every part of our lives.
Everywhere you look, you’ll (hopefully) see face masks, people using hand sanitizer, and practicing social distancing.
And now, you’re going to see more of that reflected on the small screen.
The medical drama, which often draws from real-life scenarios for inspiration, will tackle the pandemic in its upcoming season.
Series co-creator Amy Holden Jones told Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily.
She added: “Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
The show’s writing team includes several medical professionals who weigh in on storylines to ensure accuracy. Daniel Lama and Eric Lu penned the coronavirus inspired episode.
Meanwhile, an on-set nurse has spent her time volunteering in New York City and Texas during the pandemic.
Jones said the episode would honor the heroes fighting on the frontlines stating, “their stories are moving, deep and tragic and continue to accumulate to this day,” Jones added. “We hope soon to share all we have learned.”
The show hasn’t begun production on the season just yet, so it may take a bit until we get to see these pandemic episodes considering, you know, we’re in a pandemic ourselves, and that pandemic has made it harder for cast and crew to film new episodes of our favorite TV shows.
However, this wouldn’t be the first mention of coronavirus in the series as the season 3 finale dealt with a highly contagious superbug that was initially compared to coronavirus.
The Resident also won’t be the only drama incorporating the pandemic into their storylines. Grey’s Anatomy previously announced that they would touch upon the pandemic with showrunner Krista Vernoff stating, “there’s no way to be a long-running medical show and not do the medical story of our lifetimes.”
It’ll be interesting to see these two shows tackle the virus in their own unique ways. As we look to relate to our favorite characters in our shows, you have to admit,, there’s nothing more relatable than seeing their lives altered by the same disease that has stripped us of so many joyous moments this year.
Do you think it’s a good idea for shows to address the pandemic? Sound off in the comments!
QUIZ: Which ‘The Resident’ Doctor Is Your Soulmate?
When you’re strolling the halls of Chastain, which exceptional doctor is your soulmate? Is it Conrad Hawkins? AJ Austin? Randolph Bell? Or Devon Pravesh?
Take our quiz below to find out!
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‘The Resident’ Renewed for Season 4 at FOX, Expected to Return in 2021
The Resident has a pulse!
Fox has renewed the beloved medical drama for a fourth season!
The exciting news means that The Resident will be able to conclude the storylines that were interrupted by the coronavirus outbreak, which shut down production on shows indefinitely.
Season 3 ended abruptly because it wasn’t able to finish filming the episodes.
We’ll also get to see more of the power-dynamics at play at Chastain as Logan Kim turned his back on the once-invincible Dr. Cain and attempted to schmooze up to Conrad Hawkins.
While he medical drama had been critiqued for exaggerating and portraying unrealistic incident by medical professionals and the industry, the series has also amassed a rather dedicated following largely due to its thrilling weekly patient cases and the relationship and chemistry between many of its cast members.
Plus, fans love that the series tackles on “ethical” issues surrounding the healthcare industry head-on.
TV Series Finale indicated that the audiences have tapered off with a 21% drop since the second season, but despite the lower-ratings, there’s no denying that The Resident has a strong pull amongst dedicated fans who watch faithfully.
Unfortunately, similar to many The CW shows, The Resident won’t return until 2021 as FOX released its 2020-2021 fall TV schedule, which relies heavily on football (if the seasons returns as expected) and many animated series. The network plans to hold all scripted offerings for midseason premieres.
FOX also renewed sitcom Last Man Standing leaving Prodigal Son and Outmatched on the fence.
Are you thrilled The Resident was renewed for season 4?
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