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As Barrow and The Knick prepare to move uptown, Dr. Edwards lobbies the hospital board to be appointed permanent chief of surgery in Dr. Thackery's absence. Though his suspension has been lifted, Dr. Gallinger refuses to return as Edwards' subordinate, so he heads to Cromartie Hospital in hopes of getting Thackery to return to work. Lucy's attempts to make amends with Bertie are rebuffed; Cleary schemes to make extra money; Ping Wu demands regular medical checkups for his prostitutes; Speight attempts to trace the origins of a new plague; Cornelia nourishes a quarantined neighborhood in San Francisco.

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The caduceus with two winged intertwined serpents is oftentimes mistaken as the symbol of medical practitioners, however it is the Rod of Asclepius with a snake wrapped around the deworming rod, which represents the healing arts. The caduceus belonged to Hermes, the god of trade, travelers & tricksters, and was put into use as a symbol by American hospital stewards responsible for managing hospital staff and medical records in the mid-1800's. An argument could be made for the use of the caduceus in an administrative capacity as a symbol of commerce, although at the time it was not the justification for its use. See more »

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Soderbergh is back, at full speed
17 October 2015 | by See all my reviews

It's 1901 and the New York's Knickerbocker hospital is planning an expansion. Dr. Edwards is the acting chief of staff, with Dr Chickering as his patient assistant. With the usual racial tensions being on the rise, coupled with a complicated family situation, Dr. Gallinger is still on leave, yet unable to overcome his ego and come back working under Dr. Edwards.

Mr Barrow is busy handling the new hospital building, whilst simultaneously trying to settle his debt with Mr Wu, the owner of the Asian opium whore-house that Dr. Thackery used to frequent. Lucy is turn keeping busy with her nurse duties, whilst hopelessly writing letters to Thack, hoping he would get well sooner.

And finally the amazing Dr. Thackery. Soderbergh plays an almost too sarcastic, grimy, suspenseful joke on the viewer by initially showing Thack on duty, performing a nose correction surgery on a patient, in what seems to be a private setting of some sort, rather then a hospital. The wave of optimist that John has gotten better quickly vanishes with the smoke, as he sadly offers additional services for a few vials of heroin or cocaine. After all, the way season 1 ended, we should have not expected Thack to get any better.

A visit from an impatient and overwhelmed Gallinger only further emphasizes how Tchackery's situation has not gotten any better, while John begs Everett to steal some drugs for him, at the same time checking his watch every other minute, clocking the time until the next dose.

Powered by anger, disappointment and disgust Gallinger literally steals Thack from 'rehabilitation' center and takes him on a brutal boat ride through the ocean, where John has no means to escape, with an attempt to cure the disease and bring Dr. Thackery back to life and to the Knickerbocker.

Needless to say, The knick picked up right where it had left of. Soderbergh does a masterful job in lensing these times in a very dark, vintage-like manner. Different groups of characters and places have drastically different backgrounds, musical scores and color palettes, which makes The Knick truly stand out.

The plot itself is highly intriguing, indulging and interesting, however coupled with a steady, moody, unforgiving hand of Steven Soderbergh and minimal, ambient, spacey sounds of Cliff Matrinez, truly make The Knick one the most beautifully and unique show on the television.


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