New Amsterdam 4×11 “Talkin’ ‘Bout a Revolution” is the type of episode of television we’ve come to expect from this medical drama. In just a few words, it’s very, very good. More importantly, though, it finally answers—or at least begins to answer—the question we’ve been asking ever since the series’ fourth season premiere: How.
Without getting into too much detail, the “how” actually should have been obvious from the start: with a lot of care, tons of interesting and complex questions about what health care really means, and…yeah…in a way that would probably makes our “favorite” shocked to know he’s still on a certain kind of show, even with it now set on two different continents.
Without spoiling anything that isn’t already out there in the universe through official channels, like the details showrunner David Schulner already teased after the winter finale, let’s look into our initial impressions of New Amsterdam‘s first episode of 2022.
And because we love this series far too much, Lizzie and I are going to go ahead and tackle this together.
- Real talk: You can see something in promotional materials and still not at all be prepared to actually watch it happening.
- Lizzie: Some people have implied the Max and Helen focus was going to get old at some point. Well, I’m happy to report that time isn’t now. Probably not anytime soon, either.
- Iggy? Useful? Seems fake.
- Lizzie: I know some things need setup, but the “pretend casualness” of one particular scene in this episode is…hilarious, to say the least.
- The first and last scenes are already setting us up for a very good 2022 indeed.
- Lizzie: There’s a moment, about a minute in, that felt so tailor-made for me that I think my heart actually stopped beating for a minute. I’m sure a lot of people will agree.
- Max is…Max. The Brits aren’t ready for his particular brand of well-intentioned chaos.
- Lizzie: It’s kinda refreshing to see Max being bad at something other than not pining after Helen.
- I just. I knew I’d love Dr. Wilder because Sandra Mae Frank destroyed me on Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist? But I love Dr. Wilder. I’d die for her. The end.
- Lizzie: This episode features one of the most awkward conversations in the history of awkward conversations.
- Meanwhile, a bunch of patients will probably die because of, as opposed to for, some of the other new characters, but I guess that’s none of my business. For now.
- Lizzie: There’s a character in this episode that just gives me a headache. Their existence just…makes my head hurt.
- There’s this one patient who just…He’s the mood.
- Lizzie: Some people should just be honest about what they want. We can see it. From inside the situation, though, it’s much harder to make sense of it.
- So many good storylines…and then there’s that one bad one that just won’t die. It’s a new year. Make a resolution to end it already.