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Emergency!: Season Two

Reviewed by: Scott Chitwood
Movie Rating:
4 out of 10
Extras Rating:
N/A out of 10
Movie Details:
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Rating: Not Rated

Starring:
Robert Fuller as Dr. Kelly Brackett
Julie London as Nurse Dixie McCall
Bobby Troup as Dr. Joe Early
Kevin Tighe as Paramedic Roy DeSoto
Randolph Mantooth as Paramedic John Gage
Ron Pinkard as Doctor Morton
Michael Norell as Captain Hank Stanley
Tim Donnelly as Fireman Chet Kelly
Marco López as Fireman Marco Lopez
Mike Stoker as Fireman Mike Stoker
Vince Howard as Officer Vince Howard

Special Features:
None

Other Info:
Fullscreen (1.33:1)
Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono Sound
Running Time: 7 Hours 47 Minutes

Synopsis:
This is the second season of Emergency! which originally aired in 1973 - 1974. The following text is from the DVD cover:

"When lives are on the line, the Emergency! team is there and ready for action. Reunite with Squad 51 and the heroic staff of Rampart Hospital in all 21 gripping Season 2 episodes of the pioneering series that was the first to show the real-life drama of being an EMT. From mysterious widespread viruses to dangerous overdoses to a treacherous gas explosion, there's no crisis too tough for brave paramedics Roy DeSoto (Kevin Tighe) and John Gage (Randolph Mantooth). With their trademark wit and humor, they're always ready to race to the scene of LA's most dire situations. Along for the ride are some of TV's most popular stars, including Dick Van Patten, John Travolta (Welcome Back Kotter), Deidre Hall and many more. From legendary producer Jack Webb (Dragnet) comes the incredible second season of Emergency! - the TV show that broke new ground for all action series to come."

Emergency! – Season Two is not rated.

Mini-Review:
I had actually never seen an episode of Emergency before, so I was interested in checking it out. I went into it without any preconceived thoughts or any feelings of nostalgia towards the series. However, upon watching it, I wasn't impressed. The show is incredibly dated. The stories were simplistic, the medical techniques almost laughable, and the acting very wooden. It doesn't hold up well at all compared to modern medical dramas like ER or Third Watch. Unless you watched this show when it first aired, I think you'll be rather underwhelmed by it.

Like many old TV series, Emergency features some cameos by once and future stars. Among the 21 episodes you'll find guest appearances by Jackie Coogan (The Addams Family), Dick Van Patten (Eight is Enough), Deidre Hall, Melissa Gilbert, Bruno Kirby, and many others.

If you're looking for bonus features on this DVD, you're out of luck. Universal hasn't provided any.

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