This week on Code Black, three quarters of the cast head out in their high-vis vests to the scene of a multi-vehicle accident and it’s just as well they do since it doesn’t seem like there are any other emergency services planning to help out at all.
Back at the hospital, Gina and Jesse are both good fun and there’s an unnecessarily grim Carla sub-plot tacked on, but the field stuff is the main event, making this a very entertaining, if very silly episode lacking somewhat in the verisimilitude department.
So many cars and trucks scattered so far apart and so randomly, it looks more like a scene from a post-apocalyptic dystopia drama than a medical one; no police or firemen at all so it’s doctors who are pulling folk out of burning cars and freeing people from cement death traps; and all these Angels staff seemingly wandering about with no clear system of search or rescue, just saving / black tagging folk if they happen to come upon their cars while walking by…. while the saves are exciting and the losses sad, it’s hard to take much of it seriously when you keep thinking things like “Why is Mario the one who has to get the axe? Where are the professional firefighters with the bloody rescue equipment?”
For all that, the awesome Christa (Bonnie Somerville) has an absolutely gripping, terrific storyline which more than makes up for it: while wandering around looking for folk to save (*rolls eyes*), she finds an injured family, falls down a verge towards them, dislocates her shoulder and then has to work with their equally awesome daughter Lily to do all sorts of excellent field-type saves (including the classic pen-tracheotomy, trope fans) and hope for rescue. Since Neal
Handsome Hudson (Raza Jaffrey) has noticed she’s missing and is all worried, I’m hoping for a big soppy, huggy rescue next week – and perhaps an early internship for Lily because she’s ace – but I fear he’s going to get distracted by having to save the wretched Mario and Heather from the dude with the gun first. And then the wretched Mario and Heather will get together and my ship will STILL be the only one getting nowhere on this show. Sigh.