I think it is safe to call the 2009-2010 television season the ‘year of the medical drama’. Only a year ago the only two network shows that focused on trauma based patients were ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy and the final season of NBC’s ER. This year NBC came back with two new series, Mercy and Trauma. Now, CBS has started airing the midseason replacement, Miami Medical.
While Mercy focuses on the nurses and Trauma deals with the first responders to an accident scene, Miami Medical follows a team of trauma surgeons set up in a trauma-only facility. As one of the main character states, the team deals with “the golden hour,” the 60 minutes after being critically injured when a patient’s life hangs in the balance.
The cast is full of relative unknowns save for a few. The standout is 90’s teen star and brother of film star Cuba Gooding Jr., Omar Gooding (Smart Guy). Gooding stars as Registered Nurse Tuck Brody who is the backbone of the team. The only other really recognizable cast member that is recognizable is Elisabeth Harnois (My Date with the President’s Daughter). However, the team plays backbone to the cases at hand.
Being produced by Jerry Bruckheimer (the CSI franchise), you can expect the same stylistic touches of the rest of his series. The close-ups of blood, heavy CGI-animated action scenes, etc. None of it is overly bad, but many of it is stuff we’ve all seen before. However, the series does boast beautiful surroundings as Miami proves to be a perfect setting for the series.
The pilot episode was average, but many times better than Trauma, but only slightly more so than Mercy. The highlight of the pilot was the cameo appearance of Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street, Hack, Men of a Certain Age) at the beginning of the episode as the former head of the unit. I won’t spoil why he leaves, so watch the episode to find out.
Overall, the series isn’t horrible. It will likely be picked up for next season since it’s first episode ratings have already been what Numb3rs has posted in the same timeslot. The series isn’t groundbreaking, but it sure beats Grey’s Anatomy.
Final Grade: 7.5/10
Miami Medical currently airs at 10 PM, Fridays on CBS.