The Knick: Season 1, Episode 1

Method and Madness (8 Aug. 2014)

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Dr Thackery is Chief Of Medicine in a 1900 New York hospital, The Kickerbocker, battling a cocaine addiction, high mortality rates and bureaucratic corruption to save lives in a world before antibiotics and blood transfusions.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Elkins
Dr. Bertie Chickering Jr.
Jesse Edwards
Dr. J.M. Christiansen


In New York City in 1900, Dr. John W. Thackery is named Chief of Medicine at the Knickerbocker hospital when his colleague, J.M. Christiansen, commits suicide after a failed attempt at a Caesarian section results in the death of both mother and child. Now a member of the hospital Board, he finds his preferred candidate for deputy chief, Dr. Gallinger, rejected by chairman Cornelia Robertson in favor of an outside candidate, Dr. Algernon Edwards, who has an outstanding resume. To Thackery's surprise, Edwards is an African-American and he wants nothing to do with an integrated hospital. Poverty and unsanitary conditions provide a steady stream of patients for the Knick. Medicine is still in a primitive state with most surgical deaths the result of infection. Thackery has his own demons to deal with however in the form of a cocaine addiction. Written by garykmcd

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The New Refined Age of Medicine...Not So Refined Thanks To Human Nature
5 December 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Knick is a story about people behaving badly, for the most part. Some are narcissistic in that they believe they're operating on a higher plane in which whatever they desire is justified. Some are bottom-feeding criminal types who have thrown away acceptable morals as justification to get what they can because it's a "dog eat dog" world. And some are really good people who have to use a little bad to actually get to good. Well, it's complicated no doubt.

You may think this is a medical show. It's a medical show like General Hospital was, and remains, a medical show. Not a medical show per 'se, it's a drama about the doctors, patients, administrators, all manor of unsavory types, and public servants who intersect in and around the Knickerbocker Hospital. If things are not really wonderful today, the years surrounding the turn-of-the-century is a worse time - corruption the norm and bigotry accepted and encouraged. All this, plus the medical sciences are still pretty arcane in many ways such as the life expectancy is not yet made it to an average of 50-years.

I do not pretend to be a "deep" reviewer as I've only watched the pilot episode. I do like what I see. The show is a gorgeous time capsule allowing the viewer to glimpse into a late 1800's world with tremendous accuracy and lush cinematography. Each scene is as if it took the better part of a year to craft into a seamless view of a time well past. Oh, the props and the costumes! They're great. Clive Owen is, more or less, spot-on as the plenty mysterious doctor you love to hate. In his role here every crease of his face is as if perfect in bringing this character to fruition. I think we have a possible series for those of us who will miss that recent other great period drama "Boardwalk Empire". An excellent start.

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