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on 27 May 2010
One year in the life of New York's emergency services - focus here on the police, paramedics and firefighters of the 3-11.00pm shift. Prepare at once to be swept away by the pace, depth, sheer realism of it all. The first few episodes are a bit hard to take in with so much happening, so many people involved. Soon the central characters become more familiar - all totally believable and extremely well acted.
Each episode provides much food for thought and is completely involving - viewers destined for laughter, tears, at times unbearable tension and the occasional very real shock. Here there is no such thing as an ordinary day, especially with so many guns around.
Characters forever surprise, showing unexpected aspects. At first Bosco seems just a "Jack the Lad" - ultra right wing, homophobic, but revelations about his childhood increase understanding and there are many instances of a more caring side. Yokas, a thoroughly dependable cop, at one point is goaded beyond endurance and deals devastatingly with a jeering gang leader. We grow to care what happens to them - and to Doc, Kim, Bobby, Jimmy, Carlos. The relationship between new recruit Ty Davis and veteran Sully is of special interest - Ty the son of Sully's former partner, shot dead in front of him ten years earlier. Nobody thought Ty would last but he emerges all the stronger. In a way, so do we.
Episode 17 deserves special mention - for once, no frenetic activity. The crews are on standby as Presidential hopefuls debate. They reflect on callouts never to be forgotten, politics, religion, the death penalty. Here is a script to treasure. Absolutely superb (as they all are actually).
This is television of a very high order - unsurprisingly as it comes from the creators of "The West Wing" and "ER". What DOES surprise, and greatly sadden, is that it was never given a prime viewing spot over here.
Thank you, Amazon reviewers. Your wholehearted praise alerted me to a series I would otherwise have missed.