er, again

12 Sep

The joy of iPlayers, across the past five months, every night I have been watching two episodes of the hospital drama, er. All 331 of them, it became a nightly joy, to see the familiar faces.

Ask anyone who was/is a fan and they’ll remember Clooney as Doug Ross yet he left after season three and Julianna Margulies as Carol Hathaway who left end of season six. Both relatively short lived characters across the fifteen seasons. Noah Wyle appeared in the most as John Carter, closely followed by Laura Innes as Carrie Weaver.

There are countless storylines of the core characters that stay with the viewer after the credits have rolled, when the helicopter crashed on Robert ‘Rocket’ Romano, the incredibly moving illness and death of Mark Green, played by Anthony Edwards, the poem recited by Abbie Lockhart (Maura Tierney) when she married Luca Kovac (Goran Visnjic) I Carry Your Heart With Me by EE Cummings. Some of the more amusing scenes, the patient magnetised to the mri scanner because the students forgot to switch gurney, a Jerry the desk clerk and the new interns getting stoned by gifted brownies. Every corner of life seemed to cross the threshold after suffering some impact, it never shied from the hard hitting issues hiv/aids, dnr and assisted suicide, domestic/sexual abuse, the complexities of religion and families.

It felt so ordinary, by which I mean unstated, not falsely acted, and that’s a testament to the writing, the dedication of the actors and the whole crew, and the attention to detail. It did lose its way a little after Michael Crichton died but thankfully pulled it back for the last two/three series.

After so enjoying revisiting this delight, the first night after watching the final episode, I was at a loss what to watch, so ended up watching various things on YouTube and was left deeply unsatisfied.


Posted by on September 12, 2020 in General, Review


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4 responses to “er, again

  1. snowbird

    September 14, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    It’s awful when a series ends! I know exactly what you mean, you feel bereft for a while. Like finishing a wonderful book. xxx

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    • AnneMarie

      September 15, 2020 at 11:03 am

      I put off reading Terry Pratchett’s last book as I didn’t want dis world to end, lol.


  2. menhir1

    September 15, 2020 at 3:58 pm

    That was an awful fiery ‘er’. Then I read on; silly me, Emergency Room. I have to admit, I don’t know a fair number of the series you mention. I was a Downton Abbey fiend. I will get back to it.

    I stopped listening to The Archers after umpteen years of listening, when they went into monologues during Lockdown. It just didn’t work for me. It made it easier for me to disconnect. All compliments to the production team for trying.

    I rarely read the same author twice these days. Harry Potter was, I felt, a tremendous book series, always something to learn whatever age we are. Seeing the films, very well cast, were like seeing friends, apart from the second film. It was not such a well produced one. The rest were really enjoyable. Watching (Hugo?) Grynt develop into a much easier flow of acting was fascinating. I wonder what he’s up to now.

    An intresting post Anne-Marie.

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    • AnneMarie

      September 15, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      Downtown Abbey is always rewatchable. The film was good too and there are rumours of a second but I wonder how much further it could comfortably go. I enjoyed Upstairs Downstairs when that was re-aired, along with Tenko. I’m waiting for the next series of Victoria and when BFF is here we will watch The Crown.

      I have enjoyed The Archers in lockdown, recently it has progressed from internal monologues to a few two-way conversations and they have started in-studio recordings again. As ever some of the storylines are daft, some are entertaining and some are riveting. I hope they don’t drag the Philip/Gavin gang master/slave story on for too long (poor Kirsty).

      There are two authors I reread, Terry Pratchett and Deric Longden. I read all of Agatha Christie’s work by my late twenties but haven’t reread any.



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