ER Season 9
I used to love watching ER, it rated as my favourite TV show ever. But then life got busy and TV slowly went out the window.
So when season 9 came out on DVD I had to have a look. It had been a while since I had caught up with the team at County General and I was interested to see if there was anyone left that I recognised.
It hit me almost immediately during episode one, a sudden sense of déjà vu. A quick look on the Internet confirmed my fears; I had already seen most of season 9. The reason? It first aired in the US on 26 September 2002. I’d probably been watching my last season of ER on TV sometime during 2003. Not that it mattered too much, there was sufficient gap as to make the season an enjoyable recap.
It’s interesting how ever; that a legendary TV show like ER takes so long to come out onto DVD (American’s don’t even have season 8 on DVD!) yet recent hit shows like Lost and Prison Break are normally out on DVD within months of finishing their run on TV.
ER is of course a totally different concept to a lot of modern TV shows – it doesn’t depend on an ongoing storyline (though there is one) and end of episode cliffhangers to keep you coming back. It has a more episode-by-episode focus and a cast of interesting characters who get the chance to develop and grow, because they are what the show is about – them and a wide variety of medical and moral situations.
ER manages to be compelling TV by having the excitement of Emergency Room bedlam, with a healthy does of medical politics, personal issues and plenty of non-stop action. It’s a testament to the writers that they manage to keep the show fresh and interesting for over 9 seasons.
One last thing that I have to give kudos to: where every other TV show that I’ve seen on DVD thinks that we still need the weekly recap (previously on….) or were just too lazy to remove it, ER knows that DVD viewers don’t need a weekly recap (probably because were not going to wait a week between episodes) and remove the blight to make the viewing experience just that little bit more pleasurable.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read.
Rating: R16 – Contains Content That May Disturb.
Duration: 941 mins.
Genre: Television Drama.
Actors: James Cromwell, Kellie Martin, Sally Field, Anthony Edwards, Goran Visnjic, Noah Wyle, Gedde Watanabe, Ming-Na , Laura Innes, Eriq La Salle, Zeljko Ivanek, Deezer D, Abraham Benrubi.
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Release Date: Available Now.