Welcome to Monday world. I hope everyone had plenty of sunshine to enjoy over the weekend. I’ve decided to name 2019 the ‘year of zoom’ because it feels like this year easy cruising on by at an incredibly fast pace.
New Amsterdam is back on Sept. 24th. 🙂 Everyone seems to be hanging on to who survives the horrible accident in the season finale. I’m concerned too, but I’m still kind of looking back.
So I’m going to give my personal top 5 episodes from season 1 of New Amsterdam. It wasn’t easy choosing 5 out of 22 so I picked the episodes I keep going back to watch.
Let’s get started.
No. 5 — Three Dots
This episode hit me for the ‘message’ moments more than anything. Max (Ryan Eggold) learns how he wants to treat his cancer through interactions with a Rabbi (George Wyner) dealing with critical decisions of his own.
A young Chinese American woman (Poppy Liu) buckles under the perceived stress of parental expectations. I think many can relate to her world.
The fun part is watching Dr. Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) celebrate with the ‘best birthday present ever.’ Hint: It’s not at all what you think.
No. 4 — Domino Effect
This episode is an easy pick because there is hope, hope, hope — implied, spoken — throughout the episode. I talked about it in a previous post.
No. 3 — Pilot
I’ve always referred to this episode as ‘punchy’ in the sense that it starts with a bang and sets the tone for the rest of the season. The episode also reveals a lot about all the primary characters and their working relationships.
No. 2 — Anima Sola
There is so much to love about this episode. From portraying Max’s response to chemotherapy with truth and humor to the Ocean’s 11 style heist to help a woman regain her eyesight. The opening is a superb glimpse of the dynamic between Max and his wife, Georgia (Lisa O’Hare) followed by a scene withWalking on Sunshine playing in the background.
This episode has that same punchiness as the pilot in my opinion.
No. 1 — Sanctuary
And, yes, I can hear it now. Sanctuary? Seriously? Yes. Of course. While many of the New Amsterdam episodes have a theme of hope in them, I chose Sanctuary because of how it was cast in darkness.
The darkness, to me, signaled changes ahead. And the episode was different but played very well.
Sanctuary solidified the worldviews of Helen (Freema Agyeman) and Max. Helen emphasizes we have to choose or triage. Max refuses to leave anyone behind. After the lights come back on, Helen chooses and withdraws from her role as Max’s oncologist.
And in the next few episodes, the characters have to deal with some dark issues (Max getting worse, a fatal double ambulance accident, a psychiatrist accused of inappropriate behavior).
Other great moments: The scene with Dr. Kapoor (Anupam Kher) in the elevator helping Dr. Agnes Kao (Christine Chang) while dealing with a foot cramp was priceless.
Loved when Dr. Candelario (Nana Mensah) walked into the surgical suite and basically showed how surgery can be successful without power.
And Burl (Olafur Darri Olafsson), the prisoner who helped save the day and return power to the hospital. I hope the writers bring him back.
Abbi will be back sooner rather than later. I have some NA DOI to discuss and I promised a post with ‘little’ in the title. It will be Little Drummer Boy. Enjoy the sunshine.
A ship is always safe at the shore but that is not what it is built for.Albert Einstein