DVD Review: The Knick Season 1
We meet pioneering surgeon Dr John Thackery (played by Clive Owen) as he stumbles out of an opium den and heads off to work at the Knickerbocker hospital, on route he injects more narcotics between his toes, seemingly the only way he knows to appear lifelike and ready to take part in an early trial of aesarean-sections.
The Knick’s first season is directed by Steven Soderbergh whose solid eye for detail brings the evolution of modern medicine to life in sharp detail. From the dim gas-lit rooms, to the all-white surgical uniforms, which offer stark contrast to the blood socked and often messy surgery that forms the main basis for the story.
Graphic surgery and hospital politics have been done well before, ER ran successfully, but it’s the The Knick’s messy and flawed medicine, and intriguing characters that gives the show it’s own unique flavour. There’s a smart-mouthed abortionist nun, the greasy city officials, and the dirty ambulance driver, but the best character is Clive Owen’s Thackery – an anti-hero, maverick, and undeniably racist, but somehow manages to enamor himself and give the show it’s weight.
Rating: R16 Violence, drug use, sexual material, offensive language and content that may disturb.