TV Review – “Remedy”: Questionable Methods Yet Slightly Addictive

Written by Emily Stewart June 03, 2014

Cast of "Remedy"

The first few minutes of “Remedy” gave me hope that I’d found a show that isn’t another conventional drama.  There is an intense scene where Griffin Conner (Dillon Casey) is rushed to the hospital because of a fight in a strip club that involved a machete. The fast pace and panicking characters are intriguing, so there’s a chance of it bringing something new to the table. However, “Remedy” is no different from a serial yet episodic drama. I even questioned the ethics of these medical professionals throughout the season. This show is addictive, though, and the characters are fairly enjoyable with witty comments from time to time.

Family Matters

The story focuses on the Conner family, all who work in a hospital. The father, Dr. Allen Conner (Enrico Colantoni) is the Acting Chief of Staff.  The oldest daughter, Sandy (Sarah Allen), is a nurse. Melissa (Sara Canning), the youngest, is a surgeon. Griffin, a recovering drug addict, just started at the hospital which concerns Melissa. She even compares putting her brother in a hospital to having an alcoholic working in a bar. She’s the most responsible and uptight out of her siblings despite being the youngest.

The Conner siblings in "Remedy"
The family tension is definitely there. By family tension, I mean sibling rivalry to the point where it’s hard to tell who’s the favourite.  It’s especially relevant when Melissa yells at her dad, blaming him for her exit in the middle of surgery; however, they are supportive of each other in the end. The tension is still present in the final moments of the season at Sandy’s apartment.

Are they allowed to do this?

I was asking my mom this as I watched “Remedy” with her. Granted, I’ve asked myself this since the first episode. Specifically, when Sandy sampled blood from an unconscious patient to test for HIV, but appears to still have her job by the end of the season. Out of all the characters, she is the most likable. It’s hard to hate Sandy because she’s so soft spoken and means well; however, her actions are still unethical. To say she’s the only character doing questionable things, though, would be lying. Throughout the season, at least one of the characters screws up each episode and, frankly, it’s a bit of a shock some of them aren’t fired.

Diego Fuentes of "Remedy"

Other characters’ screw ups include walking out of procedures, listening to dubstep on shift, and accidentally knocking a senior patient out with a basketball. Good lord. I’m not a medical professional, but I’m sure that’s not allowed. I’m not sure if I find the staff reliable with their questionable methods. That said, I understand that it’s television, and it’s meant to entertain. I’ll admit myself that some of the mess ups are entertaining, and enough to start some nervous laughter.

Well, that was fast!

The only two main characters who aren’t family are romantic interests. Zoe’s (Janelle Williams) relationship with Griffin seems out of place, but still genuine. They had no chemistry until that plot was introduced, but at least they seem to care about each other.  Sandy and her fiancé, Brian (Matt Ward) seemed excited about getting married at first, and I hoped to see their wedding by the end of the series. However, she calls off the wedding and the relationship. She realized she only stayed because didn’t want to be alone. It’s obvious she was having doubts, and her reasons are valid. There’s an entire episode dedicated to Brian being confronted about his lack of rapport with his patients. His relationship with Sandy was about the same. Honestly, she was smart for leaving him. Should a second season pick up, I’d like to see the aftermath of the relationship.

Dillon Casey and Janelle Williams of "Remedy"

Despite my criticism, I must say I find “Remedy” enjoyable, and even a little addictive. I wanted to see the outcome for each patient per episode,and the fate of the hospital. The antics of the characters cracked me up, and I looked forward to each episode. Only time will tell if it’s ready for a second season or more. Medical dramas are a popular melodrama sub-genre, but so many have been done before.  There’s worse things to watch, but also no guarantee “Remedy” will survive.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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About Emily Stewart

Emily is a Media, Information and Technoculture student at Western University who likes to put her critical thinking skills and passion for writing to good use, including reviewing TV shows for We Eat Films.

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