I finally got around to watching Boston Med. I don’t actually think it’s shit, I just think it misses a huge opportunity to actually show what happens in the “World’s Best Hospitals.”
Hospital life isn’t that exciting. I just spent five hours in the ED of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, one of the hospitals featured on the show, and though there are occasionally exciting cases (re: gunshot/stab wound victims), they are not the norm. The norm is drunks, drug addicts, cancer patients, and people who just couldn’t get in to see a primary care physician.
I don’t think showing that side of the hospital would make for bad TV. At the moment it just seems like a cheap alternative to Grey’s Anatomy, complete with relationship drama.
I guess “documentary” for ABC just means a montage of cherry-picked happy moments set to Lilith Fair music. I’m not against happy moments, but this show didn’t exactly make it clear that according to the United Network for Organ Sharing, the three-year survival rate for lung transplant recipients is about 50%.
What’s the harm in making this show a little more balanced?
I guess having patients leaving the hospital under a cloud of doubt about the future wouldn’t fit with the soundtrack selections.