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TV Review: NBC's 'Trauma'

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'Trauma'
Three stars
8 p.m. Monday on WMAQ-Channel 5

If it's true that you can't look away from a car crash, this new show should do very well. "Trauma" starts with a bang - a spectacularly horrific helicopter collision in San Francisco. (I suppose you could also count the sex scene inside the ambulance with a paramedic known as "Naughty Nancy," but let's not be crass.)

One year later, a team of emergency medical technicians struggle to come to grips with the tragedy, as well as the everyday fallout of their jobs. Racing to the kinds of gruesome accident scenes that any sane person would run away from takes its toll.

Derek Luke ("Antwone Fisher") plays a family man trying not to bring his grief home. Anastasia Griffith ("Damages") is magnetic as a tough Tatum O'Neal lookalike. And Cliff Curtis ("Whale Rider") struts around as Rabbit, a rebel helicopter pilot.

"Trauma" is determined to shock and awe, and it succeeds. Warning: There are some serious gross-out moments. But the biggest surprise is the last scene, which is quiet and affecting. After all the numbingly high-adrenaline action, you might be surprised to feel some real emotion.

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Unbelievable, yet predictable plots. Characters are not realistic. I didn't finish the first episode, and I won't be watching again.

Unbelievable, yet predictable plots. Characters are not realistic. I didn't finish the first episode, and I won't be watching again.

AS A PARAMEDIC, I AM OUTRAGED AT THE CRAP THEY SHOWED ON NATIONAL TELEVISION MONDAY NIGHT. EMS IS A PROFESSION...WITH PROFESSIONALS THAT CARE FOR PEOPLE AND ARE NOT A BUNCH OF WILD, RECKLESS, ARROGANT IDIOTS. THIS SHOW NEEDS TO BE CANCELLED BEFORE NBC WASTES ANOTHER DIME! I WOULD RATHER WATCH RE-RUNS OF ER!!!!!

Decided to take a chance on TV and watch the premiere of Trauma. Don't know if it's gonna be around long. Way too bigger than life characters, like "Rabbit". Heavy on action with (very)improbable scenarios(crisis developing within a crisis), and kinda ridiculous with melodramatic corny plot scripting. Not decided if I will tune in again.

I thought the special/visual effects were absolutely awesome, but once the accidents stopped happening, the episode immediately stalled. The dialogue was stupid throughout and the cool twist in the beginning was horribly misused. I actually enjoyed Mercy more than Trauma. There were some times I actually smiled at something. With Trauma, I was constantly pausing to shake my head at the disaster in front of me. Full review of the episode.

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