Thursday, November 15, 2018

REVIEW: 'Station 19' - The Firefighters Deal with Multiplying Tragedies During a Chaotic Storm in 'Weather the Storm'

ABC's Station 19 - Episode 2.07 "Weather the Storm"

As the team gathers for a Friendsgiving celebration at Dean's, a violent windstorm touches down in Seattle. As the storm picks up speed, creating dangerous fire conditions, the crew must put the festivities on hold and report for duty, leaving some of them in a life-threatening situation.

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.

"Weather the Storm" was written by Stacy McKee and directed by Oliver Bokelberg

Ben and Bailey may be the only characters who maintain an ongoing connection between Grey's Anatomy and Station 19. However, the universe they share is still important to the creative teams and the audience. A wind storm hits both shows tonight. They both decide to end on cliffhangers as well. Of course, Andy and Sullivan immediately present in peril though - which is different than the Grey's Anatomy cliffhanger. If Boris Kodjoe hadn't been promoted to series regular this season, then it may have seemed obvious that Sullivan was about to die because of his injuries suffered during the storm. Having him as a regular though keeps him safe for a little while. The introduction of his tragic backstory does so as well. The show even twists the knife by having him and Andy respond to an accident that is eerily similar to the one that killed his wife all those years ago. He believes he is able to save his patient this time around. And yet, technical difficulties keep them from having clear directions of where to go. As such, they are trapped in this storm which is absolutely terrifying. They are completely isolated as well. The rest of the firehouse stays together when they respond to a disaster. They are hit with multiplying tragedies as well. Before even getting to the emergency, a tree crashes down on the truck and blocks the street. Then, their focus is split even further once a home catches on fire due to the sparking power line. It means that everyone in this family is in danger and not just the man trapped in his car underneath a collapsed structure. But it's also so rewarding to watch as the station is able to bring this family together. They are introduced as barely being able to stand each other. They want some peace and quiet to enjoy life by themselves. Instead, they are annoyed by each other. But they end everything being thankful that they all survive this horrifying ordeal. The firefighters are able to rescue the husband from his vehicle while the fire doesn't injure anyone trapped inside. Sure, it's very tense as Ben goes back in to try and save the opinionated and overbearing mother. She made a grand sacrifice in making sure that the newborn twins got to safety first. But this tension is ultimately nothing more than a solid dramatic beat before a break to commercial. Ben is rescued as well and there is no reason for anyone to be worried. In fact, this response shows that Maya is ready to be promoted to lieutenant. It just comes with the likelihood that she could be transferred to another station because Station 19 doesn't need three lieutenants. And yet, that's operating with the understanding that Andy and Jack will still be fulfilling those roles. Anything could happen to any of them. Andy's life hangs in the balance at the end of this hour. The ambulance was blown off the side of the road and down a steep cliff. Meanwhile, Jack has done nothing to address his PTSD. He finds himself unable to just sit still. He needs to be out in the action. He needs to keep moving in order to feel fine. Pruitt telling him to relax and trust that the team will respond with whatever they need is solid advice. But he doesn't listen to it either. He continues to isolate himself which could get him into trouble sooner rather than later as well. So, anything can happen as the status quo at Station 19 is bound to shake up once more.