That was a very moving episode and totallky back to old style ER. Maybe its the fact that the original cast just had something special, I don't know but the writers seem to write so well for Dr Green etc. Or maybe its the familiarity as we are used to seeing those actors whearas we've never got to know the new lot as much. Apart from Abby and Luka and spose Neela none of them have had much exposure to some personal storylines to get us to get to know them and gell to them. I spose it takes time to unravel some storylines. I am very naustalgic now! AB did a great job though. Loved the line where she says thereis no word for losign a child. Really sad
I hadn't watched any epi ( first time in my ER life ) since ABBY left.
And I wasn't particularly thrilled to watch this one.
IT HOOKED ME FROM THE VERY BEGINNING.
It was a fantastic epi, ER AT his best.
I liked how well structured the epi was, the past was so naturally intermingled with the present.
When I heard MARK 's voice, I was overwhelmed. Couldn't think I had missed hime so much ( me, a blind LUKA ADDICT ).
What I liked was that MARK wasn't the main character :)of the episode, only DR GREENE at his best, caring for his patients and doing his job normally, even though the day should have been a tough one, he was dealing with his cancer and Elizabeth apparently didn't know yet.
And ANTHONY EDWARDS didn't seem to have aged much. ( more baldy )
ROMANO, I miss him all the time. Nobody will ever replace him. He was a SOB most of the time but he really cared for people behind his armure. Remember when LUCY was stabbed, or when ELIZABETH that he truly loves, has just learnt about MARK's cancer ( they were separated at the time ) and she is crying in the lounge. ROMANO is watching her very sweetly, and when she starts shouting: " What am I supposed to do ? Go home and watch him die ? " ROMANO answers very quietly: " Yes, he is your husband, and you love him ".
I haven't been rambling like this about an ER epi for quite a long time, but I wanted to point out how SURPRISED I was to find the episode so well done and intense, without any grandiloquence.
And now I am keeping the best for the end:
I didn't like ANGELA BASSET' s character when she showed up at COUNTY, she was too arrogant and smug. Here, she took my breath away and I bawled like a baby. But her acting with COURTNEY VANCE was phenomenal.
As a Mom myself, she totally broke my heart when she said: " Losing a parent, you are an orphan, losing a spouse, you are a widow, but losing a child, there are no words for something like that." And when COURTNEY VANCE start sobbing, holding the football against him, I couldn't see my screen which was completely blurred.
MORRIS was just listening! GREAT ACTING too.
I hope that saving the little girl and being able to express her grief will help BANFIELD start HEALING after 7 YEARS OF DENIAL.
AND I LOVED LIKE A KID THAT ANTHONY EDWARDS WAS IN THE REGULAR CAST!
What is sad is when episodes like this one were heartbreaking and intense, we used to rush to our comp to share our feelings with loads of posters.
I am guilty as charged, having given up on ER some weeks ago.
BUT I AM FLABBERGASTED THAT THIS OLD OLD SERIES CRITICIZED BY SO MANY PEOPLE ( MYSELF INCLUDED) AND WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE JUMPED THE SHARK YEARS AGO.................IS STILL SO ALIVE AND KICKING.
Sorry for the boring monologue!
PS: ERIQ LA SALLE's tribute to MICHAEL CRICHTON was very nice and appropriate.
Post by Christabelle on Nov 17, 2008 0:07:00 GMT 10
Zelda, you rambling is always so heartfelt and full of emotion, you alway manage to say what am feeling, that i can never get across.
I would be the first to admit and probably not the last to say that ER isn't like it used to be. I still enjoy the show dearly but not as much as i used too. However, this episodes proved me wrong. The spark that the ER once had that we all loved so much is still there. It just needed an episode like this to show the shows brilliance again. The flashbacks, the old credits at the beginning, the brilliant acting, reminds me why i love this show so much. It's just why can't they show this spark all the time?? And bring back the old style credits?? I do miss them....
It was such a suprise to see the old credits at the beginning ! I appreciate a lot the tribute to Michael Crichton, it was great to see that in the same time than Dr Green return.
Anthony Edwards is still the same! I had the impression they shot the scene 8 years ago ! I also loved the fact that we saw some others characters, Jerry, Kerry, and especially Romano who was so...Romano
The storyline was good and emotional but I still have some difficulties with Banfield, she seems still cold and arrogant to me...
I so agree with you Marianne, I noticed when she said "there is no word for that", because this is just the truth...we never dare invent a word for that
I was having goosebumps from the moment i saw Mark till the end! I knew, that Dr. Greene returns, but everytime I saw some old ER buddy, I was like - "No way, Benton! If there was also... OMG, she's there, incredible! Kerry.. " Then Jerry and Romano... I was enjoying this, really.
I loved the scene where Kerry came in with her crutch!
And I loved the colors of the old ER - walls, nurses' scrubs, everything.. But they forgot to give Mark a bit older and bigger cell-phone and that monitor in trauma room was pretty new, too. Just some details
For me, the storyline of this eppy wasn't Banfield and her son, but Mark and his folks.
I'm looking forward to the next eppy!
Last Edit: Nov 19, 2008 4:07:14 GMT 10 by jennifer
I never saw any opening credits . Does anyone have a link?
The old credits were only a briefly shown at the beginning to remember Michael Criton, if you blinked you missed them!!
but Jennifer i agree with what you said about, 'the old colours and scrubs of the ER'. It was like an episode taken right out of season 8. If it wasn't for Green looking older, we would never have known...
IT HOOKED ME FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. It was a fantastic epi, ER AT his best.
I liked how well structured the epi was, the past was so naturally intermingled with the present. .... BUT I AM FLABBERGASTED THAT THIS OLD OLD SERIES CRITICIZED BY SO MANY PEOPLE ( MYSELF INCLUDED) AND WHICH WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE JUMPED THE SHARK YEARS AGO.................IS STILL SO ALIVE AND KICKING. ....... PS: ERIQ LA SALLE's tribute to MICHAEL CRICHTON was very nice and appropriate.
Well said, Zelda! I agree with what you said (even though I didn't quote all of it)!
So, I'm somewhat behind with watching the episodes, but hope it's ok I'm posting a comment right now on this thread.
For me the best moments were absolutely the ones of the old cast, just like it has been said, I didn't know I missed them so much. I loved how everyone was so in character, even after so many years (you'd think TPTB have difficulties with that, but they didn't). I just loved it and missed it at the same time.
Angela Basset/Banfield was great as well, the losing a child lines were heartbreaking, as were the scenes with the husband. Overall a very good episode, well written, I enjoyed it very much.
It just makes me sad to see that most of the time (past season, this season) the characters seem so dull now, and I can't get myself to care about any of the storylines. Sure, I like Neela, and Morris, and Sam, and I'm interested in Banfield's story, but most of the time they just aren't the complex, layered personalities we've known before. But well, never mind, ignore these ramblings. All has been said before.
But I'm determined to watch the rest of the season, although I still need to do some serious catching up here! Can't just let our dear ER's last season slip away. Some of the spark is still there.
(and sorry again, just pretend I posted this post in November!)