9-1-1 season 5, the review: post-traumatic stress disorder

Our review of the fifth season of 9-1-1, starting January 12 on Disney + Star, in which the protagonists will face a disastrous event in Los Angeles, PTSD and postpartum depression.

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9-1-1, season 5: a scene from the series

It is the series that started the new “for adults” section Stars at Disney+ in Italy and now returns with the fifth explosive (it is appropriate to say) season. We’re talking about 9-1-1, the procedural drama by award-winning firm Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear that has made exaggeration its trademark, along with raising awareness on many issues, not just LGBTQIA +. And it is precisely in this perspective that ours is inserted review of the fifth season of 9-1-1, January 12 on Disney + Star.


Post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD) in psychology and psychiatry is the set of psychological consequences on a person after a traumatic event suffered. Be it catastrophic or violent, and we have both examples in the fifth season of 9-1-1 returning this time without its schedule mate, the spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star, which we will find later. It returns with a premiere which, as usual, now presents a maxi disastrous event that hits the city of Los Angeles. In this case it is a blackout, which sends the city into a tailspin, forcing the protagonist “heroes”, firefighters and policemen, to be divided and separated on the streets of the City of Angels but always with the same desire to help others. And even freeing the zoo animals around LA.

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9-1-1, season 5: a still photo from the series

Between situations at the limit of the possible and heart-pounding twists, the first episodes propose a horizontal storyline that crosses almost all the characters who will have to face their fears and their traumas, whether they want to or not. First of all Athena (Angela Bassett) and her having perhaps taken lightly the consequences of the attack suffered by the serial killer of women who had nearly beaten her to death, and whose fate is now underway. Athena’s family – including her children May (Corinne Massiah) and Harry (Marcanthonee Jon Reis) will be hit hard by the ensemble of events that will follow, forcing all the protagonists to deal with PTSD, too often underestimated for relapses. physical it can have on a person. Speaking of consequences and families, the one formed by Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Chimney (Kenneth Choi) will also suffer a severe blow with her postpartum depression after the birth of little Jee-Yun. Another psychological-physical factor on which to raise public awareness, with Chimney and Buck (Oliver Stark) not sure how to best help and support the woman. Eddie (Ryan Guzman) will also be taking greater risks than ever before at work and his son Christopher (Gavin McHugh) will have to suffer the consequences.

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Cases of the week

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9-1-1, season 5: Megan West and Oliver Stark in a scene from the series

The storylines of the various characters, which primarily involve the Grant and Buckley families – and consequently the other extended ones – do not make us forget the procedural nature of the show and the cases of the week, which, however, will blend well with what the protagonists will have to face in their own private. . Although not all of them will be handled fairly and equally compellingly. The cases will often prove to be a narrative pretext to go and discover the origin story of some minor characters or workplaces, such as the birth of the first group of first responders in Los Angeles, or the beautiful Christmas episode on the theme of community and than what we could do for each other with so little effort at heart, very topical in these times of pandemic. We say “cases” in the plural because, again as per tradition, there are many extreme situations that our people have to face every week, and not just one as happens in other procedures. The tension is always on the razor’s edge when the protagonists are in action, thanks also to the tight editing in the more action sequences.


We conclude our review of the fifth season of 9-1-1 satisfied with how the series has been able to renew itself this season, proposing strong horizontal stories that connect almost all the protagonists to tell the PTSD, against the backdrop of a disastrous event like the earthquake added up. at the blackout. At the same time there is also talk of post-partum depression, all without forgetting the cases of the week, in the plural, involving the protagonist team.

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Because we like it

  • Not having forgotten your procedural nature with multiple cases of the week.
  • Having enriched it with horizontal storylines, which reflect on important issues such as PTSD and postpartum depression.
  • The disastrous event at the start of the season does not disappoint expectations.

What’s wrong

  • Not all individual character storylines are developed at their best.

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