To replace season 16 of “Grey’s Anatomy”, TF1 launches this evening “The Resident”, a new series which approaches the American health system in a realistic and cynical manner. Is this medical drama with Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp worth the detour?
What is it about ?
Devon Pravesh, a young medical intern freshly graduated, joins the team at the Chastain Memorial Hospital in Atlanta and discovers under the supervision of Doctor Conrad Hawkins, brilliant and arrogant doctor, that the reality of the medical world is far from the one he had imagined. Because if Conrad does not hesitate to circumvent and denounce a sometimes unjust system, questions of money, yield and prestige unfortunately most often come before the Hippocratic oath.
Every Wednesday at 9:05 p.m. on TF1 from April 22 (3 episodes per week)
What does it look like ?
Who is it with?
Fresh out of The Good Wife, Matt Czuchry plays the conformationist Conrad Hawkins. Next to her, Emily VanCamp (Revenge, Brothers and Sisters) plays head nurse Nicolette Nevin and Manish Dayal (Halt and Catch Fire, 90210), beginner Devon Pravesh. The face of the person in charge of the surgery Randolph Bell camped by the veteran Bruce Greenwood (The man of nowhere) is exposed on the frontage of the Chastain hospital (complex of god, obliges). Finally, Shaunette Renée Wilson (Billions, Black Panther) plays the prodigy of the scalpel, Mina Okafor.
The Resident is a creation of Amy Holden Jones, Hayley Schore, and Roshan Sethi (Black Box, Code Black).
Well worth a look ?
Much like the police or judicial series, the medical community is an old tradition of the small American screen. Because the hospital is a crossroads where everything can be treated: drama (Emergencies), romances (Grey’s Anatomy), comedy (Scrubs), the natural flow of time, the contraction of life and death. Serial history is populated by important figures, anchored in the collective imagination, whether they are doctors (Dr Green, Dr House, Dr Gray, Dr Doogie, …), nurses (Carol Hattaway, Jackie Peyton, Carla Espinosa , …) or non-nursing staff (The Janitor of Scrubs, Jerry Markovic in Emergencies). Who hasn’t trembled at Dr. Benton’s speeches, laughed at the jokes of J.D., held his breath in the mysteries of House or calmed down before Shaun Murphy?
The medical series is the place of great declarations where it is inevitably a question of ethics, morale, vocation and especially of the human. An often idealized vision, more rarely idyllic but always filled with this feeling of nobility of the Hippocratic oath. Even House, under his air of insensitive executioner, showed a consequentialist doctor, seeking to relieve the patients of his ills, whatever the cost. That was until The Resident. Rarely has medicine appeared so cynical, cold and pragmatic. Doctors are as much guardian angels as gravediggers, philanthropists as selfish, noble as unsightly. The series recalls that health is a business like any other and that profits are the watchword. On the one hand there are the good patients who report and on the other hand the bad ones who are expensive. In the middle, feelings have a hard time finding a place.
All rotten in the kingdom of the Chastain Memorial? Hopefully not. The Resident manages to find the balance between an authentic representation and these small deviations from reality to print romance and above all empathy. For a Randolph Bell, monster of self-sufficiency and puffed up by his own starification, there is a Conrad Hawkins in the sense of self-denial who would qualify him as a saint on the Chastain scale. And for a venal Lane Hunter (Melina Kanakaredes), there is the dedicated nurse Nicolette “Nic” Nevin.
If the series operates a little too systematically a very vertical distribution (the good at the bottom of the scale; the bad at the top of the hierarchy), this allows him to appreciate a panoptic vision of the functioning of a hospital. Understand that the profits claimed by the horrible leaders are also used for the proper functioning of the barracks. Of course, it may be offensive that a patient is the subject of negotiations between clinics, that a luxurious floor is reserved for VIP clients, or that a pharmaceutical test is less directed in order to save the world. than imposing his name in history. But The Resident brings the romantics of medicine down to earth, who have been rocked by years of Emergencies, Grey’s Anatomy or Chicago Hope. Because the ruthless world of this new series owes more to Dallas than to The Good Doctor.
In a television landscape that put the hospital back in the center of the map (Grey’s Anatomy, New Amsterdam, The Good Doctor), The Resident has something refreshing. If in the ranks of reproaches, it should be emphasized that there was a bumpy, chaotic achievement, and have you seen me with little justification, the series turns out to be an excellent surprise, clever, intelligent … and a bit creepy.