What’s Your Emergency?

Name: 9-1-1
Season: 1
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Year: 2018

This TV series really got me bingeing after one episode. The originality in the series keeps the audience on edge showing every aspect of how emergencies are dealt with by the first responders. This is not like normal traditional rescue personnel shows – the unorthodox and incomparable storylines perfectly reflect how emergencies can be unpredictable in real life.

9-1-1 focuses on showing all elements of first responders in the moment of crisis. Connie Britton stars as Abby Clark, a 9-1-1 operator who is usually the first person to find out about the emergency. Peter Krause co-stars as Bobby Nash, the loyal and strong-willed leader of the local fire and rescue department. Completing the crisis team, we have Angela Bassett, who plays the brave and powerful police officer Athena Grant.

Early on in the first episode, it is very clear that this isn’t the usual emergency drama we are used to on the television. Some emergencies are dramatized and exaggerated for the series but outstandingly catches the audience’s focus, having them praying for a quick and safe solution. What I enjoy about the series is that there are more than one crisis in an episode – giving the series itself the quick paced rush reflecting the adrenaline of real first responders.

From rescuing a baby caught in the building’s plumbing to a snake nearly killing its owner, the emergencies can be extreme and time sensitive. The audience are left wondering how the creators will top the last case, and I have not been disappointment yet.

But this show isn’t just emergency after emergency, it also delivers an emotional and tense drama focusing on the personal lives of our first responders. This allows the audience to see another side of the characters. Athena for example, is one of the toughest people on the police force, using her attitude and bravery for people to take her seriously. While at home, we see her struggling with her husband’s sexuality reveal slowly makes her life falls apart. This is a great way to show the audience that in life, people may look put together and living the best life, when in reality everyone struggles with something, looking for someone to listen and help them through their rough times.

Not all storylines are as powerful as this and some feel a bit of a waste of time. One for instance is young fire-fighter Buck, who wants to sleep around with all beautiful young woman of Florida. He thinks he can get away with anything and abuses his position in the fire and rescue department. When Captain Nash terminates his position, he soon learns that he must chose either the playboy lifestyle or buckle down and become a better man. Even though this shows character development, and helps the audience empathise with Buck, I felt like the storyline itself was a bit outdated and unnecessary.

The series really shows the horrifying jolt of urgency as soon as the phone rings in the 9-1-1 call centre. Without knowing what could be on the other end of the phone, the show really grabs the audience’s attention straight away thrusting our emotions and worries sky high.

While watching this show, I fully allowed myself to believe the superbly thought out dynamics of the unbelievable crises and emergencies mixed in with personal twists and shocking storylines of the characters. I automatically knew Ryan Murphy was involved with the series, being a fan of his previous work American Horror Story and Glee, with his creative camera styles and storytelling. I was completely engaged from episode one.

I look forward to seeing how the series develops and how the creators keep us on edge with new and exciting emergencies in the next season of 9-1-1.

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