The Resident 5, the review: the medical drama that no longer surprises

The review of The Resident 5, the fifth season of the medical drama with Matt Czuchry from November 24 on Disney + Star with a weekly appointment.

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The Resident 5: Badger Feldman and Matt Czuchry in a scene from the fifth season

In the dense world of procedural you need to be able to stand out and The Resident years ago did so by showing the most rotten and black side of the American health system, bringing to the screen a complaint that others, especially on generalist TV, did not have the courage to make. Five years later, we find ourselves writing this The Resident 5 review, from November 24 on Stars at Disney+, saddened to see how the show has lost its distinctive feature, while not forgetting it entirely, and has had to face heavy goodbyes in the cast.

Shock implications

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The Resident: Bruce Greenwood in a photo of the second season

The authors of the medical drama produced by Antoine Fuqua, after the farewells of last season in full pandemic (on and off the screen) by Shaunette Renée Wilson (interpreter of the promising resident Mina Okafor) and Morris Chestnut (face of the perfidious neurosurgeon Barrett Cain), in the new episodes they faced another serious loss, which we will not reveal in order not to spoil. The very structure of the medical therefore had to restructure and give more space to new entries already mentioned last season, such as Nic’s teenage friend, Billie (Jessica Lucas), a former Chastain graduate who was chased away for a mistake with a patient and now reinstated, Anuja Joshi (Leela Devi), a dyslexic resident of Indian origin, and Trevor (Miles Fowler), a young man who returns from the past of one of the characters as anticipated by the last season finale, in addition to Dr. Bell. Given that many of these choices were made by the performers and the writers had to adapt their characters’ exit from the scene, the blame cannot be entirely attributed to the latter, but it could certainly have been done better. If in the “season of Covid-19” – as we could rename last year for many generalist series, especially procedural – The Resident had been able to insert the pandemic in an interesting way in the storylines of the characters by choosing to go directly to the after with all the consequences of the case , this year we find ourselves with somewhat redundant and shaky characters’ stories and evolution, which we continue to follow more out of affection for the characters after five years than out of real interest and originality.

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Medical villain

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The Resident 5: a scene from the fifth season

The one whose absence is felt most of all this season is a villain, which represents the rottenness of the US health system, to be reported and tried to eradicate. Until last year the role was for better or worse attributable to Dr. Cain, after the incident the latter was partially redeemed, although not at the level of what happened almost between the lines to Dr. Bell (Bruce Greenwood) compared to to the inaugural season. The latter is in fact the most emblematic example of this change of course of the FOX medical: initially responsible for some suspicious deaths in the hospital due to a hand problem and the impending age, that storyline seems to have almost gone under the table. make him become “one of the good guys” of history, joining the “clique” of Conrad and the medical staff rather than staying against them by supporting the upper echelons. Of course, the hospital has changed a lot in these five years, becoming public and therefore only partially being able to denounce the inequality of health care in private clinics, but the evolution of the character, precisely because it happened above all behind the scenes, leaves a little ‘perplexed. Not even to do it on purpose, however, this season the theme returns, bringing back the “past faults” of Dr. Bell together with the mystery element that has always characterized the show and which will also try to link the exit of the scene. yet another key figure. This element therefore remains the prerogative of the denunciation of the rottenness of the system.

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The Resident 5: Matt Czuchry in a scene of the fifth season

The real protagonist of the serial, despite being a choral product, has always been Conrad Hawkins, the structured of the title played by Matt Czuchry (and not Manish Dayal alias Dr. Pravesh as one might initially think) and the poster and the storyline of this season they confirm it once and for all, if ever anyone was left with the doubt. The hospital will face a hacker attack at the start of the season, and while Conrad will have his pretty pussies, family and love will join the path of the other characters. The love and family storylines in fact become more predominant this season, trying to act as a glue between old and new characters, but succeeding badly. In short, to try to fill the void of what has been. Will they succeed? It would take a “medical miracle” to survive the change of identity of the show, which had already changed its skin in the first years of its life, distinguishing itself in the dense generalist and gender landscape, after having already survived a global pandemic.

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We conclude this review of The Resident 5 by pointing out how the series has had to cope with heavy abandonment of the cast and this has not helped the authors to find plausible tricks and to naturally evolve the storylines of the characters in this fifth season. Unfortunately, the serial has lost the identity of what it was and what distinguished it from other medical drama and now the viewers remain more than anything else the affection for the remaining characters, than a real interest and curiosity for the new entries and their relationship. with the old guard.

Because we like it

  • The themes of love and family that try to unite old and new.
  • The mystery element left on the show …

What’s wrong

  • … But as a prerogative of the denunciation of the American health system which has almost totally disappeared.
  • Not very incisive new entries that lead to redundant and unconvincing storylines.

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