New Amsterdam: Reclassified - VIDEO
(S01E07) A show like New Amsterdam is bound to have a lot of unanswered questions. Luckily for us viewers, many of those questions get answered in each episode. For instance, in this episode we finally learned that Chris Bauer is the father of Buffy Summers.
Seriously though, it sure was nice to see familiar faces from two of my favorite shows of the past. I understand that Kristine Sutherland has taken a break from acting but I don't understand why we don't see more of Chris Bauer. I always thought his character on The Wire could easily have his own show.
It was nice how they managed to work 9/11 into John's history. It only makes sense that a person with such strong ties to New York would be extremely affected by such a tragedy.
It was also refreshing to see something from John's more recent past. Personally, I find the period flashbacks a little hokey. The clothes, the music and especially the references. At least with this episode, the worst thing we'll get is some lame Giuliani reference.
I know Andy was John's first partner and all but I find it hard to believe that after seeing everyone he ever cared about grow old, infirm, incoherent and eventually die, Andy's death would be so hard to take. He's had wives and children pass on right before his eyes and this guy is the one who really made an impact? It's not a leap I'm willing to take.
Once again, I am less interested in the crime being solved and more intrigued by the people from John's past. I enjoyed seeing how Andy's happy home made such an impression on John and it made sense to me that it would be particularly hard to get back to those memories when he feels so close to living a normal life. I still feel that he and Dr. Sarah ended up together way too fast but it's becoming increasingly clearer that John desperately wants to be mortal. For me, that is what this show is about.
Of course, there had to be some corruption involved in this convoluted story. I don't mind that Andy was trying to rip off the criminals, but what made him think he wasn't going to get exposed eventually? If John is investigating the shooting, he has to find out about Andy's reason for being there. Andy's sudden concern for his pension and his reputation was too much for me to swallow.
Even more ridiculous was Joe's ex-partner getting arrested in the end. I was hoping that I was wrong about him being the shooter but that was clearly too much to wish for. I guess we just have to assume that he went to prison quietly without telling anyone the entire story.
We can assume that the whole point of the ending scene was for John to realize that he is still immortal and Dr. Sarah isn't the one for him. However, considering how ambiguous the whole thing is anyway, how can he be sure?
This show barely keeps me coming back from week to week and tonight's episode made me look forward to the series end.
|Kristine Sutherland||44 (57.9%)|
|Chris Bauer||22 (28.9%)|
|Isiah Whitlock Jr.||10 (13.2%)|