On January 21, 2018, The Resident premiered on Fox after the NFC Championship game between the Vikings and the Eagles to series high ratings. To this day, very few episodes have come close to the numbers of the pilot episode. The season 2 midseason finale and midseason premiere episodes are close on its heels, both of which are two of the highest rated episodes of the show’s second season.
In one year, The Resident’s fanbase has grown to the point of where it can trend on Twitter during an original airing of an episode. Whether it be the political statement about the state of the American healthcare system, the catchy storytelling, plot twists and cliffhangers, or the likability of the series leads Matt Czuchry and Emily VanCamp, this show has something for everyone.
I personally began watching the show to support Matt Czuchry. I’ve been a long time fan of Matt’s, and he is a major part of why I love this show. He brings a likeability to Conrad that I doubt any other actor could pull off. Even in the pilot, when he was being a colossal jerk to Devon, you still liked the guy. You knew that beneath it, Conrad Hawkins had a heart and he was willing to put it all on the line to help his patients.
Back in season 1, you hoped and prayed that a second season was on the horizon, as this show just has so much potential to get another order of episodes. Luckily, Fox has seen that potential and gave The Resident a second season. Originally, they gave 13 episodes, but expanded it to 22, after just airing three episodes of the second season.
Because of that, we have this full season for the writers and actors to work and develop their stories into something more amazing and richer. At least that’s the hope.
The Best Parts
There are many things that this show does well. It shows the good and the bad of the American healthcare system. It has a cast of actors that are talented and diverse. For the most, part it has amazing writing. Just keep reading to know why I say “for the most part”. Not all shows are perfect. It’s because we’re all human and this show is written and performed by humans, so it’s not going to be.
Speaking of that, one of the reasons I love this show is that the characters represent just that. That being human is not being perfect. In the medical world, you have to be pretty close. However, when you take off the mask and gloves you get these flawed characters that have major issues. What would it be if these characters were perfect? It wouldn’t be entertaining.
Some of my favorite TV characters are flawed. The best thing is when the character learns from their flaws and becomes a better person. THAT’S CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT! This show is beginning to show some of that in a few characters, and I’m here for it.
Some of them have major egos and some of them just want to do right by their patients. And some of them are both. And then there’s Bell, what can you say?
The Best Moments
In one year, The Resident has covered #MeToo, medical fraud, upcoding, the problems with drug trials, the crisis about the affordability of insulin, a whole episode showing that many hospitals forget to do generator maintenance, and much more. There’s so many topics for them to cover. I can’t wait to see where they go with it. If season 3 happens, it will definitely give more potential. I even wrote an entire article with ideas on why this NEEDS to happen.
Conrad and Marshall
Last season, Conrad’s father returned to his life to try to patch up their broken relationship. The father/son relationship between Conrad and Marshall is one my favorite parts of this show, and they’ve come a long way from that broken relationship. One where they hadn’t seen each other in 10 years to Conrad being Marshall’s power of attorney and making medical decisions for him when he can’t.
THAT’S A LOT!
It means Marshall trusts Conrad. Well, there’s the part that Conrad is a doctor, so he is knowledgeable about the issues Marshall faces. However, to trust someone so explicitly about this like Marshall is right is now major development for this father/son duo.
Not only that, but in the midseason finale Conrad tells Marshall he loves him, and then in the midseason premiere he they have a conversation confirming they both want to further develop their relationship with the other. Marshall promises to be a part of Conrad’s life from here on out, and vice versa. That is if he survives the complications from Chron’s. I just love that they will be there for the other through this. That’s what family is for.
It has taken Conrad a long time to trust Marshall, but with some pushing from Nic, the truth about his mother’s death, and Marshall’s health crisis, we FINALLY got there.
I can’t wait to see where this relationship goes! MARSHALL BETTER NOT DIE!
Conrad and Nic
I doubt there will many people to disagree with this point. Conic is definitely one of the best parts of this show. The rich history and development of this couple has been a beautiful thing to watch. There is no doubt that these two love each other.
Conrad learned from his issues and became a better man, just so he could be with Nic again. He’s fought tooth and nail to be with Nic. He still has issues with his PTSD, but he’s come a long way since that night where he beat the guy up in 404 Tavern’s bathroom because he sexually assaulted Nic. If that’s not worth rooting for, then what is?
Nic and Conrad battled a miscarriage and Nic still struggles with issues from it. She’s told Conrad she isn’t even considering having a baby right now. Her excuse is Jessie, but there’s more to it. Nic has anxiety issues. This is a major plot issue that the writers can use to develop Conic, and I’m hoping for them to eventually go there.
However, there’s this crappy POTENTIAL love triangle that I don’t like. SERIOUSLY, you couldn’t think of another obstacle for them than another person. Really? Because the baby issue and the health of Jessie and Marshall seems like a lot and would’ve been enough. The POTENTIAL love triangle just seems like too much.
PLEASE DON’T MESS UP CONIC. LET THEM GROW AND DEVELOP FROM THIS!
The Addition of Kitt Voss
Jane Leeves’ Kitt Voss is a new addition to the show that I love. She’s one of the best parts of the second season.
She’s feisty and a revered orthopedic surgeon who has been working with Conrad, Mina, and AJ on many cases. However, it’s not her life at the hospital that I’m itching to find out about. I want to know more about her personal life. She’s a mom. A grandmother. She’s divorced, at least once. I want to know more about her personal life.
She’s an amazing character, and I’m itching to find out more about her.
AJ & Mina
I’ve loved their professional relationship since AJ’s introduction to the show. It’s taken me much longer to accept that it’s inevitable that the boundary between professional and personal will, one day, blur for them. I’m anticipating it.
This is one of the love triangles I’m referring to. It’s been hinted at that eventually Mina will have to choose between Micah and AJ, and that it will be a frustrating ride to get there. However, this is the love triangle that I can bear a lot more than the one with Devon, Priya and Julian – or the potential one with Conrad, Nic and Alec. Hell, I’d even deem it needed.
Their partnership is definitely one of the best parts of the show, and I can’t wait to see how the writers handle it. When will the lines blur between them? I’ll be waiting to find out.
The Nevin Sisters
A relationship I’m ready for more of is the sister bonds of Jessie and Nic. The Nevin sisters. I want to know their history. How did Jessie become an addict, whereas Nic became a nurse practitioner? How did they grieve the loss of their mom and grow from it? Or, are they still dealing with it?
I want more background on them, but most importantly, I want more sister bonding time between them. I loved them in “Nightmares”.
This is one the best parts of this show so far, and I’m itching for more.
The Worst Moments
With good, comes the bad. It’s inevitable, right?
Between Bell and Devon, I don’t who had the worse moments of the show. So , I’ll discuss both.
Over that past year, Devon has not been developed very well, and I think that’s a shame. He has amazing potential. Even now. It just hasn’t happened, yet. I’m waiting to see when it does.
The worst part of his plot is the love triangle that resulted in him being wifeless and homeless upon the airing of the midseason premiere of season 2.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the character. Like I said he has potential, but right now I’m so mad at him. I think Mina can speak for the fandom when she notes she has no pity for his current situation, despite the fact that she did give him a temporary place to live.
Will it provide potential for development? I’m waiting to see.
Randolph Bell is many things, but a saint he is not. Not by a long shot. He is the most flawed character on this show. He’s a huge misogynist and he’s been given the nickname HODAD (Hands of Death and Destruction) by the hospital staff. However, Bell is too far into whatever it is he’s into learn from the situation and grow. I doubt there’s any development to be had for Bell.
He still has some of his moral compass, believe it or not. However, it seems he uses that for his own convenience more than anything else. Prime example is when he found that Hunter was murdered that he deleted his resignation letter to the board and went on with life, believing that his issues were taken care of.
This past year, he’s gotten worse and worse. While he keeps me entertained with wanting to know what he’ll pull next, or will he ever see what he’s done bite him in the ass. I’m looking forward to seeing if he gets it handed to him. After all, that’s what this show is about, right? Righting the wrongs of those who abuse the bad parts of the American healthcare system.
When will he go down?
I have very few criticisms of this show, but one of them is the overuse of the love triangle. In the year that the show has been on the air, there have been TWO love triangles on this show and there is potential THIRD one on the horizon. Seriously, it’s a cliché for a reason, and it needs to not be used on this show anymore.
It really could make The Resident be the cheesy medical drama that the writers don’t want it to be. Don’t let this show stray too far from its roots because of bad writing, and this is. It’s annoying. It’s redundant. It turns fans off your show. Please, with everything I have, don’t use this trope again. I have stopped watching TV shows because of unneeded love triangles. As much as I love this show, and I do, this is one thing I know will make a fan drop a show so fast.
So, PLEASE don’t go the love triangle route with Conrad, Nic, and Alec. I beg of you. If you ruin Conic, I may be able to endure it to see what happens, but you won’t hear the end of it from me about unneeded love triangles it is IF it happens. I vow to that.
Why in the world would you have two love triangles running at the same time? It’s CRAZY!!!! The writers are better than this, I know that.
Happy 1 year Anniversary! Let’s make it another!
Hopefully, in that time some of the characters will begin to grow and develop, and the ones that are will just continue to do so. Same with the relationships. Oh, and no more love triangles.
The Resident airs Mondays at 8/7c on Fox.