dives headfirst into the world of paramedics and EMTs, following a team of first responders in San Francisco grappling with accidents, assaults, and catastrophes. Each episode teases your nerves; every scene that doesn't feature the regular cast is, quite literally, an accident waiting to happen, and some of those accidents are spectacular. Trauma
makes the most of this tension by sneaky misdirection--what happens is rarely what you think is going to happen. Giving some balance to the nail biting are the personal lives of the paramedics, EMTs, and doctors. Boone (Derek Luke, Antwone Fisher
) risks his marriage with infidelity; Nancy (Anastasia Griffith) vacillates between empathy and iciness; Marisa (Aimee Garcia, Go for It!
) and Tyler (Kevin Rankin, Friday Night Lights
) have secrets that could threaten their careers; and Rabbit (Cliff Curtis, The Last Airbender
), a cocky, domineering helicopter pilot, is driven by personal demons that lead back to his childhood. While arguing and jumping into bed with each other, this raucous crew deals with car accidents, drug overdoses, drive-by shootings, domestic violence, fireworks gone wrong, snipers, hostage situations, and more. Trauma
doesn't hold any surprises; it's solid formula television, capably executed and sincere. Basically, it's the classic 1970s series Emergency!
on steroids and with more sex--in a clever touch, one of the stars of Emergency!
, Kevin Tighe, appears in an episode as an old hand brought briefly out of retirement. Extras for Trauma: Season 1
include a commentary track for the pilot episode and lots of deleted scenes from the whole season. --Bret Fetzer
Like an adrenaline shot to the heart, Trauma is the first medical drama series set exclusively where the real action takes place - in the field. Cliff Curtis (Push) and Derek Luke (Notorious) star as ambitious heroes dedicated to one of the most dangerous professions in the world: first responder paramedics. When emergencies occur, the trauma team from San Francisco City Hospital is first on the scene, traveling by land, sea or air to reach their victims in time. From the heights of the city's Transamerica Pyramid to the depths of the bay, they must face the most extreme conditions to save lives - and give meaning to their own existence in the process. Executive Producer Peter Berg (TV's "Friday Night Lights") brings you every Season One episode of the gritty and unique series that critics praise for its "thrills with a human touch" (Tom Shales, The Washington Post).