Wednesday, 17 October 2018

DVD Review: The Resident: The Complete Season One

Fox; 615 mins; Not Rated; Amazon
The last thing network television needs is another medical drama, as there are already way too many of them, but here I am writing a review for The Resident: The Complete Season One DVD, which was recently released by Fox Home Entertainment. There are no special features or extras on the three-disc set.

Created by Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi, the series stars Matt Czuchry, Emily VanCamp, Manish Dayal, Shaunette Renée Wilson, Bruce Greenwood, Moran Atias, Merrin Dungey, and Melina Kanakaredes.

The series centers around the medical staff at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Manish Dayal plays Devon Pravesh, a first-year medical intern who is assigned to a third-year resident internist, Conrad Hawkin (played by Matt Czuchry).

Hawkins is a hot-head doctor, who wants Pravesh to do exactly as he says to do. He's a little bit of a risk-taker, but he also cares very deeply for each one of his patients. When he's not attending to his patients, he's trying to get his ex, nurse practitioner Nicolette "Nic" Nevin (played by Emily VanCamp), to take him back. He also likes to bunt head with the chief of surgery, Randolph Bell (played by Bruce Greenwood), an aging doctor who will do anything to keep his position at the hospital.

Episodes on the DVD set include:
  • Disc 1
    • Pilot
    • Independence Day
    • Comrades in Arms
    • Identity Crisis
  • Disc 2
    • None the Wiser
    • No Matter the Cost
    • The Elopement
    • Family Affair
    • Love Lost
  • Disc 3
    • Haunted
    • And the Nurses Get Screwed...
    • Rude, Awakenings and the Raptor
    • Run, Doctor, Run
    • Total Eclipse of the Heart

Considering most medical dramas are less about medicine and more about soap opera-style relationships, The Resident is more of a refresher to the genre, but at the same time it feels a little unrealistic. I don't know anything about the medical field, but some of the medical cases feel too Hollywood and are exaggerated for entertainment.

The series features a solid cast with Matt Czuchry and Bruce Greenwood being the two standouts. The directing and writing is pretty good for this type of series.

The picture and sound quality for the episodes are decent for a DVD release. There are no special features of any kind on the discs, not even one commentary!

Overall, I enjoyed watching The Resident: The Complete Season One. It's not perfect by any means, but it was entertaining enough to keep my interest.

*Note : I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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