I have been a mostly-loyal viewer of ER since the very beginning. After watching tonight’s season opener, I have become convinced that they’ve now exhausted all possible “what could happen in an emergency room” plotlines.
While there are still mildly interesting, or at least diverting, “field trip” plots, like the African trip (that appears to have killed off the most significant Croat main character on primetime), the whole “electricity goes out / water main breaks / kids shoot kids / evil virus from away / really bad winter storm” story idea bin has been used up. And almost everyone has slept with, had an affair with, or had a crush on everyone else, suffered from a major drug, personal, physical or medical crisis, and had an attack of “what am I doing in medicine” conscience.
One day earlier, on ED, this is an important year because they’ve blown the “anticipating the main characters getting together” tension, and need to replace it with something compelling beyond “will their relationship work out?” Witty banter — and they have some of the wittiest witty banter, finely tuned almost exactly at my demographic — will only carry them so far.
I’ll tune in to both next week.