Tuesday, September 8, 2020

REVIEW: 'Transplant' - Bash Faces Uncertainty During His First Shift at York Memorial in 'Tell Me Who You Are'

NBC's Transplant - Episode 1.02 "Tell Me Who You Are"

As Bash joins the staff at York Memorial, it is clear that his experience as a doctor during the war in Syria informs his unconventional approach.

In 2019, the television industry aired 532 scripted shows across numerous outlets. The way people consume content now is different than it used to be. It happens according to one's own schedule. As such, it's less necessary to provide ample coverage of each episode in any given season from a show. Moreover, it is simply impossible to watch everything. As such, this site provides shorter episodic reviews in order to cover as many shows as possible. With all of that being said, here are my thoughts on the next episode of NBC's Transplant.

"Tell Me Who You Are" was directed by Holly Dale with story by Sarah Glinski and teleplay by Joseph Kay

The viewer is accustomed to believing the qualifications of a new drama's main characters immediately. When a character is introduced as being a trauma surgeon, the viewer is likely to accept that as the baseline. From there, we can go on to see what the drama has in store for the character. It's always critical for the show to depict them in action. It can't just be information always said. They have to prove their worth sooner than later. This drama did that right off the bat. The premiere established Bash's skills as a doctor. He leapt into action the moment a trauma occurred. He saved lives. One just happened to be the head doctor at York Memorial Hospital. He is offered a job there after previously being turned away. It's a decision meant as an uplifting signal of what Bash's life in Canada can now become. He was struggling upon being welcomed to the country as a refugee. And now, he is at home again in a hospital. He is treating patients. His medical expertise is being put to use. However, he still has to constantly prove his worth to those around him. Apparently, Dr. Bishop didn't tell anyone that Bash had been hired and would be joining the staff. Mags is surprised to see Bash again in the emergency room. He hops into one of the emergencies as it is brought in. People are confused. This isn't how this place usually operates. In fact, people are questioning Bishop's judgment. He seemingly made this decision based on an impulse. His life was saved and he felt grateful. He did this out of the courtesy of his heart. However, Bash still has to present his credentials to the hospital administration. The business needs to check that he is exactly who he says he is. He needs to be licensed in all of the skills he claims to have. He is starting his residency over again. That is the best position Bishop can afford to him. Bash is excited because of this opportunity to help people once more. And yet, the future remains uncertain. It's not because anyone should question his skills or training as a doctor. The paperwork isn't lined up to have easy access for when Bash needs it the most. He stumbled at first upon landing in Canada. He couldn't work as a doctor. He hopes the copies of his credits are enough to satisfy the hospital administration. They aren't. He only has a short time to get all of his affairs in order. He does so while he is simultaneously falling in love with this environment. He struggles during his first shift. Working in a war zone doesn't translate to the bureaucracy of the emergency department. His way of practicing medicine is different than the other doctors and nurses. He has to earn Mags' respect if she is going to stand up in support of his presence here. She is saddled with babysitting him to ensure he doesn't do any damage. And yes, he makes life harder for his patient's family because of his obliviousness in filling out the paperwork. He still has a lot to learn. Advancements have been made in medicine. His training was sufficient to do a lot of good in Syria. People care to learn more about his background. He doesn't willingly provide those personal details. He too has to feel comfortable and trusting. This could be the start of a solid working arrangement. And yet, Bash still has to go to Bishop to tell him that he is exactly who he says he is even though he doesn't have all of his papers together. That could present as the most dangerous threat to his medical career. He has compassion and empathy for the people he treats. He is doing his best to raise his younger sister. He looks out for people in his community. These are all important skills to have in a doctor. Sometimes, the system isn't set up to listen and respond with compassion. He may challenge the system in that way. He isn't the only doctor though. June advocates for her patient eventually as well. The time spent waiting and even discharging her prove to be detrimental though. The world can be cruel and perilous sometimes. It's important for people to know when to speak up and advocate for themselves. These doctors have to do so for their patients as well with the belief that they will be respected no matter what. The hospital is still a business though. And so, Bash being on the staff could create problems if he doesn't figure out a solution to this problem soon.