I mean, it makes sense. It does. Some shows, like 911, cannot escape the coronavirus pandemic. And yes, for medical shows, it makes sense too. Grey’s Anatomy is also doing it. So it’s not that I’m surprised The Resident has announced they will be incorporating the coronavirus pandemic to season 4, particularly the premiere. It’s that I’m not sure how they keep it as the focus for only one episode.
And also, I’m not sure if I want all my medical shows to be coronavirus, coronavirus, coronavirus. By the time they come back we’ll have lived in the coronavirus world for a while already, and I, for one, watch TV for distraction, not a reminder of what the world is.
Co-creator Amy Holden Jones had this to say to Us Weekly: “Our premiere deals with the early days of the outbreak, focusing on the effect on our hero doctors and nurses as they risk their lives daily. Long-term, sadly, the after-effects of COVID-19 will go on, even after we have a vaccine, and we’ll be there to show that, as well.”
Thankfully, this show’s writing team includes several medical professionals and the show employs an on-set nurse who has been volunteering during the pandemic, so at least we can expect some level of reality to the storytelling.
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