ER: The Final Season
So the end has finally come, 15 glorious years of the best medical drama on TV. But how would they end it all? I was thinking a cement truck full of fertilizer and other nasty stuff would get driven through the front doors and erupt in a big Timothy McVeigh style explosion. Fortunately I don’t write to TV, ER it seems, was destined to go out the way it came in, by delivering another great season of shining the spotlight on the select lives of a few fictional, but ever so heroic doctors and nurses that staff the ER at Chicago’s County General.
With it’s trademark mix of medical drama – highlighting the bizarre along with the run of the mill as well the the occasional high octane life and death struggle, ER hit the ground running with an explosive first episode that saw the loss of one of the beloved characters. This had me momentarily worried, please don’t let them slowly whittle down the cats until there is nothing but strangers.
Ah, the contrary, the writers designed ingenious ways to bring back old favorites, if even for only one episode, including the deceased Doctor Greene (in a very well made flash back episode).
New people arrive, including key characters. Nothing about season 15 screams ‘THIS IS THE END.’ It’s just another year in the life of County General. It’s this that makes it such a memorable ending, the normality along with the occasional blast from the past.
It’s a fitting end to a great legacy.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Release date: October 13th, 2010
Stars: Goran Visnjic, Maura Tierney, Mekhi Phifer, Parminder Nagra, John Stamos
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Studio: Warner Bros