Thursday, November 19, 2020

REVIEW: 'Station 19' - A Tiger on the Loose Escalates Tension for Several Relationships at the Firehouse in 'Wild World'

ABC's Station 19 - Episode 4.02 "Wild World"

Andy takes the day off to continue to sort out her family life. Maya and Carina do their best to maintain their relationship while unable to physically see each other due to COVID-19 restrictions. Sullivan strives to work on his sobriety. Meanwhile, the team responds to a call involving a wild animal.

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 ABC's Station 19.

"Wild World" was written by Emmylou Diaz and directed by Bethany Rooney

A tiger on the loose puts things into slightly better context for the state of Dean and Vic's relationship. She remains confused as to why he kicked her out of the houseboat so suddenly. She grew incredibly attached to Prue. She knows how to properly care for this particular infant. He played it off with one excuse. That didn't last long. She has found another place to stay. But this friendship has been damaged. It was hurt because Dean was growing romantic feelings for her. He doesn't want anything to compromise their friendship. And yet, his caginess over the whole matter has only made things worse. He doesn't want to confess what actually happened. He feels like there is nothing he can do to prove to Vic that there was no ill intent to his actions. And then, the tiger enters and Dean gets to make his point clearly. He saves Vic after she is caught out in the open. It's a terrifying and tense moment for her. He flings meat to the other side of the room so she can escape to safety. It's the action that anyone in this firehouse would take to save one of their own. It's a heightened situation as well. The tiger seems out of place in this environment. But there are exotic animal owners all across this country. Travis and Vic talk about how insane and ridiculous it is. All it takes is one startling moment for this animal to start mauling people. Her owner dies as a result of that. It still puts things into context for what matters in these key relationships. Vic doubted that Dean still had trust in their friendship. She feared that it was broken because he no longer wanted to live with her. He relied on her too much. He can't be honest with her. This situation affords him the ability to showcase his love and appreciation for her. He will save her from being mauled by a tiger. As such, that should allow them to go back to some semblance of normalcy. And yet, these feelings may continue to pop up for Dean. The future remains uncertain in that regard. It's still a clarifying moment. That is appreciated as well. At the moment, the world is so chaotic and out of control. The pandemic is forcing everyone to make choices they wouldn't normally make. Maya and Carina are completely committed to quarantining together now. That action shows that trust has been restored in their relationship. They have to do what's best for them and their relationship as well. They can't model themselves after other people because their circumstances are completely different. Ben and Bailey are uplifted as the model relationship. They aren't quarantining together. That's because of private circumstances and underlying conditions though. Ben would love to be with his wife. He appreciates every moment of time he gets with her. This is a sacrifice that has to be made for the greater good. It shouldn't stand in the way of love happening though. Maya and Carina get to celebrate that. The opposite can be true as well. Sullivan needs time away from Andy in order to be more secure in his sobriety. He needs to put in the hard work by himself in order to be the man she deserves. Amelia and Richard are more than willing to help him make the right decisions. In the meantime, Andy can easily fall back into the same love she had with her family as a child. She remains devastated about the truth regarding her mother. But now, her world has opened up once more with the addition of her aunt, uncle and cousin. It's just like it was when she was a kid. That's freeing. They can even forget about the darkness of the world for a little while. It still always creeps in. And yet, these people are always driven by wanting to do right by those they love. Those bonds are powerful and worth cherishing for as long as possible. Love presents itself in many forms as well. The future has always been uncertain. Secrets are kept that could absolutely cripple these relationships. Things can play differently in hindsight. But the family at Station 19 is made stronger because of the actions everyone is willing to take to care about the health and safety of the people they work with. That is more intense at this specific moment. But it has always been a highlight for what has made this firehouse so special and worth preserving no matter what.