Station 19 (2018– )
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Not only is the acting abysmal, the storylines are as well. Where 'Chicago Fire' is packed each week with firefighters/paramedics attending to car crashes, gas explosions, building fires, etc., ~ with the occasional romantic/personal situation thrown in, 'Station 19' is exactly the opposite ~ an hour long soap opera with the occasional fire related incident gratuitously worked into the plot line.
Note to Ms. Rimes: Just because you can, really doesn't mean you should. Gave a VERY generous 1* out of 10.
First of all, you need to get attached to a credible written show and this is not the case. No real background on fire fighter department work, artificial acting and ridiculous music more suitable for a comedy show that a serious one.
In summary, very amateurish series.
- Firefighter is not allowed to search a kids room during a fire.
- 50/50 male female fire fighter ratio.
- I'm waiting for a transgender quadriplegia to join the fire crew next.
The writing is awful. The acting is worse, but how can one act when one is given such an awful script. It's unrealistic. The camera work stinks. There's nothing redeeming. The casting is horrific. The female lead is just horrible. She might be good elsewhere, given the chance, but certainly not here. This show seems so cheaply made, as if someone just threw it together for the four to six year old crowd. What an awful failure. What an embarrassment for ABC.
I thought, when I saw the commercials this might give Chicago Fire a run for its money, but no way. Chicago Fire is a solid ten. Station 19 actually deserves no stars. If I was an actor on Station 19, I'd be truly embarrassed.
This is a colossal waste of time. A minute watching this is a minute too long. I have never in my life seen anything as bad as this program.
UPDATE...Although I vowed to never again watch this show, friends from out of town who were visiting wanted to watch the 4/12/2018 episode as they had never seen it, and it was sandwiched in-between Gray's and Scandal, which were all wanted to watch. My original opinion stands, although I have some additional perspective on it. For whatever reason, we all found something offensive about either Jaina Lee Ortiz's acting or her character or some combination of both. We all felt that if that character was removed, the story line about her dad promoting her to lieutenant dropped, along with the unrealistic captain competition, the show might have a better chance of survival. Her story lines, her character and her acting (weak) is what's pulling the show down. Of course, in all fairness, the story line comes from the writers. Still, the role needs an actress with more strength and more presence. She might do fine in another role, but not this one.
Do yourself a favor - don't waste any of your time watching this refuse.
The show is about a fire station in Seattle, but a visitor from another planet might think firefighters put out flames by talking them to death. One scene on the roof of a high-rise had more talking than a high-school debate team after a run to Starbucks, all while a fire supposedly was eating away at the structure beneath them.
Some of the talking is about firefighting, and that sounds like the writer lifted it from Wikipedia articles; the rest is about relationships and romance, as you'd expect from a network (ABC) and a night (Thursday) aimed at females. Women in the front seat of a fire truck on the way to a fire call spend their time preparing for the confrontation by talking about how hot the various men are and how they feel about them. One fireman even completes the old cliché by rescuing an attractive young woman from a fire. Too bad she wasn't holding a kitten.
Which brings up the question as to how fictional a TV series can be without descending into fantasy or even silliness. The series started with actor Miguel Sandoval ("Medium") as the captain of Station 19, whose daughter just happens to be his most trusted crew member. When Sandoval's character is sidelined by illness, his daughter wants to take over the firehouse as if it were some sort of family business but she is outranked by a male. No problem; Sandoval suddenly promotes her to that rank and tells them both to compete on an equal basis. Apparently the writer has never heard of the hard-won concept of civil service, seniority and merit promotions, or all that simply got in the way of a good plot twist. Worse, the daughter (Jaina Ortiz) is squawky and not very likeable, not a good position for your series star.
The producers' eagerness to make a Seattle firehouse look like their view of the world ends up with a place that doesn't look much like Seattle or its fire department. Women are everywhere. There's no need for all women today to be telephone operators, but firefighting requires certain qualifications that most women can't meet: pure physical upper-body strength, not only to handle the equipment but also to rescue people and carry them to safety. In real life the Seattle Fire Department is less than 10% female; "Station 19" is at least half. Of the men on the show, about half are black, but Seattle is one of the whitest big cities in the country; the city itself is only about 8% African-American. A real Station 19 in Seattle would be 90% male and less than 10% black; there's no need to match those figures, but a nod to reality could make the show more believable. Another unrealistic touch: one firefighter used to be a doctor, or a surgeon, or something, and keeps talking about his medical days.
Station 19's biggest problem, though, is a fictional 2,000 miles from Seattle in Chicago. "Chicago Fire" is on NBC the same night as "Station 19" is on ABC. The producers have had more seasons to develop the characters and the show looks more realistic. There are actually more men than women and the firefighting and rescue scenes are more believable. At the same time in the show the ABC series had people yakking on a roof, NBC had its firemen rescuing a man whose arm had gotten caught in a dough mixer and his lower arm had been turned completely. It was gruesome, but felt real. During the rescue, the firemen discuss (quickly) how to free the victim and one calls for a 9/16" wrench to disassemble the mixer, a truthful touch of the sort missing from "Station 19." There's still plenty of room in the script for humor, drama and romance, but in the fictional world of fire, you'd better hope your property bursts into flame in Chicago. Waiting for those Seattle firefighters to get through talking and get to work might cost you your home.