How nice of Warner Bros. to release this set immediately following the airing of ER's final episodes!
As a huge fan of the show, I have been looking forward to this release for a long time. Season 10 was the first season I watched all the way through in it's original airing on NBC. It did not disappoint!
In the first episode, we are introduced to a new character, med student Neela Rosgotra (I know I probably spelled that wrong). Her addition, as well as Linda Cardellini as nurse Sam Taggart and Scott Grimes (recurring until season 12) as med student Archie Morris, breathes new life into the veteran series.
Highlights of the season include (but aren't limited to) Bob Newhart in an Emmy nominated role as a suicidal patient who is losing his sight, a devastating disaster at the hospital, a depressed Mother who sets herself on fire, Abby and Neela's hellish NICU rotation, a tragic mistake on the part of Dr. Pratt, and in the intense season finale, Dr. Kovac springs into action at the scene of an accident.
This season is fantastic, but not perfect. There are a few problems that don't ruin the season, but I think it could've been better without them.
One problem is the writer's extend the Africa storyline too much. The second Africa episode of the series, The Lost, was a necessary and
powerful continuation of the cliffhanger that ended season 9. However,
since Noah Wyle wanted some time off to be with his wife (who was pregnant), the writer's decided to reverse the storyline and have Carter stay in Africa and bring Kovac back to Chicago. I just wish the writers would've created a different explanation for Carter's multi-episode absense instead of leaving him in Africa.
Another downside is while in Africa, Carter meets Kem Likasu. In the most dull and draggty episode of the series (one I haven't been able to watch a second time) we are treated to spending another hour in Africa, where the main point is actually given within the first five minutes of the episode: Carter got Kem pregnant. Kem is an annoying character. She's whiny and critical (wait until the episode where she spends some time
in Chicago). Thandie Newton is a talented actress, and I feel sorry
for her that Kem wasn't a better character. Also, as we'll see in season 11, she really gives Carter a run around. I know she had a miscarrage, but please. Her behavior from that point on made her seem extremely selfish.
So those are my main problems with this season. I know it seems like a spent more time talking about the low points than the high points, but trust me, most of this season is VERY GOOD. The only reason I spent so much time on what I disliked is because this season (and the entire series) is so good that low points are very noticeable. But compared to the lowpoints on other TV shows, season 10's minor flaws are nothing.
If you are an ER fan, you already know why this season is so good. If you're a newer fan who has been following the series on DVD, add this to your collection. It will keep you hooked.