March 19, 2008

IF YOU'VE NOT BEEN WATCHING IT:

The first four episodes of fine new show New Amsterdam are available at Fancast and at Fox. The protagonist was a Dutch soldier on Manhattan Island who stopped a massacre of natives. They saved his life...forever. Or at least until he meets "the one," the great love of his life. There are a lot of nice touches--he's been to just about every college at some point, calls his dog "38," knows the punchline to every joke, and so on. But there are serious themes too, among them the centrality of dying to being human.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 19, 2008 8:18 PM
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He meets Walt Whitman when he's working in a hospital during the Civil War, seeing the first iteration of PTSD. They did try the "crazy homeless Iraq vet as killer" angle, but that turned out to be a Mcguffin. "No Blood for Bethlehem Steel"would have been the slogan back then,

Posted by: narciso at March 20, 2008 9:13 AM
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