Thursday, October 25, 2018

REVIEW: 'Station 19' - A Dangerous Fire Leads to Several Firefighters Getting Trapped in 'Lost and Found'

ABC's Station 19 - Episode 2.04 "Lost and Found"

Everyone is less than enthusiastic when Sullivan assigns each member of the crew a specialty skill to learn. During a house call, Ryan is caught off guard when he comes face-to-face with someone from his past. Sullivan, Andy and Maya handle a structure fire in a derelict building.

In 2018, it has become very difficult to keep up with every television show out there. It's even more difficult to provide adequate coverage on this site about the episodes that air every week. Not every show can get full coverage because of my busy and hectic viewing schedule. As such, some reviews will now be condensed to give only some summary thoughts. But it also affords a space for me to jot down my thoughts on the various episodes. And so, here are my thoughts on this week's episode of ABC's Station 19.

"Lost and Found" was written by Jim Campolongo and directed by Marcus Stokes

The intensity is turned up this week. That's especially true when it comes to the latest fire that the station responds to. That is a very precarious situation. At first, it presents as easy and by-the-book. It's a good first call for Maya to practice her leadership skills. Then, it takes a turn when children are discovered inside. This building may be condemned but it's the perfect place for these squatters to turn up. Things just keep getting worse too. The fire spreads quickly and pops up in many different places throughout the building. The water to the fire hydrant outside the building has been shut off due to local maintenance. And finally, the sprinkler system in the building is actually full of chemicals that will accelerate the growth of the fire even more. It means that Sullivan has to take command of the scene in order to rescue everyone trapped inside. Everyone emerges completely safe though. Even the kids are all accounted for with none suffering terrible injuries. There just comes the uncertainty of what will happen to them as soon as they are discharged from the hospital. They will be sent back to group homes that can't take care of them. They could very likely end up back on the street. That already seems to be the fate for the kid that Jack reached out to help. He wanted to support him and prove that he could be relied upon. But then, he had to run back into the fire which only stirred up this kid's abandonment issues once more. Meanwhile, Andy is able to make a difference in the life of the girl who keeps going back in looking for her friends. It's so dangerous for her to be in this environment. It means that Andy is looking over her to ensure that she isn't injured in this situation as well. But she also sees the spark of a potential firefighter within her as well. She was disappointed when Sullivan ordered her to flex her influence in recruitment. And yet, she seems like a natural in pitching the department and making people feel heroic for the actions that they take during the scariest moments of their lives. She sees a bright future for this young girl. Moreover, she sees the potential that Sullivan may be a great captain after all. Before now, Maya was the only one who could see it. He took a keen interest in her and has been pushing her hard because he knows she is capable of more responsibility around the station. He wants every member of the station to step up and proof that they are the best firefighters they can be. That means learning even more skills to be even more useful whatever the emergency may be when the call comes in. Andy doesn't like the idea of being saddled with recruitment. And yet, it shows that Sullivan already has a keen understanding of the people who work for him. Pruitt may be angling to get his job back instead of coasting into retirement. But he may now be the one in competition because of the strong influence Sullivan has had in the job. Elsewhere, Ryan finds himself face-to-face with his dad once more. Now, Dermot Mulroney is excellent casting for the role. It proves that the season will be delving even more into Ryan's complicated past. However, it's mostly just an introductory story here. All of the big, meaningful drama will happen later on in the season.