TV Show Review – Chicago Med
Rating: 3 (out of 5). NBC rounds out their Dick Wolf Chicago trilogy this week with Chicago Med, following the same formula as his other two shows, Chicago Fire and Chicago P.D. with the critical consensus being that, like its two forebears, it is good, but not great, though with a good cast. The critics compare it to ER and this year’s new Code Black saying that it measures up, but doesn’t expand upon the genre.
Variety thinks “a strong cast is put in service of a fairly mundane drama, one with strong echoes of “ER” that’s perhaps a hair better than CBS’s Code Black”
The New York Times writes “The premiere starts out fast and rarely slows down.” They say “You know what follows: Each patient has a story; some live, some don’t. Each doctor and nurse also has a story, which will be revealed a little at a time.” And they think “The show is almost indistinguishable from CBS’s “Code Black,” another emergency-room newcomer this season.”
The Chicago Tribune says “Character details drip out during the pilot, but as is customary in these shows, they emerge through the prism of the patients and those who pass through their professional orbits.” They think “It’s possible to admire the competence of “Chicago Med’s” execution – and little moments, with Oliver Platt as the gentle chief of psychiatry – while at the same time feeling as numb as if a strong sedative were being administered.”
The News & Observer states “Chicago Med follows a successful formula.” They call it “your basic hospital ER drama with nothing really new to offer the genre” but say it’s “well done and has a strong cast.”
Rogerebert.com says “There is NO new ground broken here. And yet, like “Chicago Fire,” there’s something that works.” They call the “Chicago” trilogy “Comfort Food TV, delivering us something familiar but satisfying. “Chicago Med” fits in that model snugly.”
Deadline writes “ it’s a solid procedural for the network – no better and no less.” They say “Chicago Med is exactly what you expect it to be. With a ripped-from-the-headlines format Wolf perfected on the original Law & Order and has ripened over the decades, the hospital-set series is already scheduled for a crossover with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Law & Order: SVU early next year.”