The Good

Emergency!: Season One is a highly detailed TV show that shows the dichotomy between the paramedics and the emergency hospital staff.

The Bad

This show never grabbed me the way I thought it would.

Emergency!: Season One stars Kevin Tighe and Randolph Mantooth as two paramedics who are called upon to do (and be) many different things in the course of doing their jobs. Whether they are trying to save a boy trapped in a condemned building, helping a woman who is having heart problems (who also happens to be stuck in an elevator), or simply dealing with the chaos of the emergency room, viewers are treated to average men and women becoming superheroes.

What made this show really work for me was the relationship between Roy (Tighe) and John (Mantooth). These two worked very well off of one another and I believe that it was their chemistry, that probably helped Emergency! have a 7 year run on TV.

Features

No extras came with this DVD.

Video

1.33:1 - Full Frame. With it’s muted colors and traditional camera setups, Emergency!: Season One is another 1970s document of the way television used to be. I loved the look and everything else that this show captured. The way the older fire engines looked, the clothes people wore and just about everything else. Clocking in at almost 11 hours, the 11 episodes that make up this set all look like they haven’t been hurt by their DVD’s compression.

Audio

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono. The sound was a little low on these discs, I thought. However, I was impressed with this shows ability (at least in “The Wedsworth-Townsend” TV movie) to go long stretches of time where the characters don’t say anything. Emergency! is very much an action show, and even though there is good dialogue, it wasn’t afraid to sidestep that and let the action carry the narrative.

Package

The front cover is split up between a shot of the cast of Emergency!, and below them are some fire trucks that are responding to a call. The back features various shots showing us the geography of the show, a description of the 11 episodes that make up the 2 discs and some technical specs. For some reason, both discs that make up this collection are packaged in regular amaray cases, when it seems like this box set could have been of the digipack variety.

Final Word

As one of the first shows to try and show us the world of paramedics and emergency rooms, it is easy to see why viewers were fascinated by this show. Following in the footsteps of Robert Altman’s M.A.S.H., this show may not be as gritty a depiction as that movie was, I think it still managed to convey a world that I hope to see as little of (in real life) as possible.{@@@[email protected]@@}{@@@[email protected]@@}Sadly, as much as I did enjoy being introduced to this show, I thought it would move a little quicker. I know that TV was different then but my reviews of “Classic TV” are usually a bit more enthusiastic. A treat for the fans, ultimately I found Emergency!: Season One a tad slow on arrival.{@@@[email protected]@@}{@@@[email protected]@@}Emergency! was released .