Series Review: New Amsterdam

Series Review: New Amsterdam

I finished watching the Amazon Prime series, New Amsterdam last week and I loved it so much that I thought I would write down my thoughts!

What’s It About?

New Amsterdam is set in New York where new medical directer Max Goodwin sets new rules. It’s based on the book: Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital by Eric Manheimer. Max disrupts the status quo and wants to breathe new life into the underfunded hospital that doesn’t refuse any one. Max is determined to set things right, no matter what, even if that means going against the board. However, the staff are not sure whether to believe him when he says he can do anything for them.

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We learn in the very first episode that Max has cancer but his job is his life so he will stop at nothing to make sure the hospital runs smoothly. The series stars actors such as Ryan Eggold and Freema Agyeman (Dr Who) and shows what life is like every day in New Amsterdam, for both the patients and the staff.

My Thoughts

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this series but I’ve seen a few bloggers watching it so thought I would give it a go. I was not disappointed. I’m not a fan of blood and guts but I am a fan of Casualty and Holby City so I wasn’t too worried.

I thought it may take a while to get into but I warmed to the characters straight away. I especially liked Dr. Iggy (Tyler Labine) the psychiatrist and Miss Sharp (Freema Agyeman). I also enjoyed watching the relationship between Max and Sharp unravel so that they could support one another. Everyone was really like able (apart from Max’s wife, I don’t know why, I just can’t stand her.) And I loved the way the series shows the struggles of the doctors, from drug abuse to estranged family. It shows that everyone has problems, including doctors.

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I loved the story line, even if it’s too far fetched that a hospital would be able to do what ever they wanted. I absolutely loved how Max came in and changed everything around for the doctors and patients (including renting a homeless man a house). He has made such a big impact and I can’t wait to see season two.

The show deals with all sorts of important topics, from being transgender to infertility. From social and political issues to drug misuse. These are all vital topics that should be covered but aren’t always depicted in the right way.

I hope you enjoyed my review! Have you watched New Amsterdam yet? What did you think?

 

Sadler’s Wells Review: The Thread

Sadler’s Wells Review: The Thread

So on Friday night I went to see the world premiere of Russell Maliphant and Vangelis’ The Thread.

First of all, I want to take a moment to appreciate the costumes designed by Mary Katrantzou. The outfits fit in so well with the Greek myth concept.

The dancing wasn’t like anything I’ve ever seen before, it was flowing one moment and then fast paced the next. The balance between both worked well, as did the music alongside it. I really enjoyed the calming, tranquil melody of Vangelis’ work. It almost made me feel like I was doing meditation because it was that type of music.

‘In a word, or rather, in a line, the Thread is the energy which connects us to the universe.’ I really felt this when all the dancers were synchronising together. The mixture of dance and movement and music was oddly calming. The only part that wasn’t relaxing and a little bit of a let down was a song that made my head spin. It sounded like cow bells being banged hard against the floor. It made me put my fingers in my ears!

However, I did feel connected in that moment when they all danced in a rhythm together. But apart from that song, I absolutely loved all of the performances, from the solos to the group dances. They all told a story which felt magical.

The lighting by Michael Hulls, which I wouldn’t usually comment on, was actually really well executed to make the dancers seem like they disappeared in one place and popped up in another.

I found myself amazed at the fact all these dancers could remember all of that choreography. It was quite a magical evening with the idyllic music and storyline. I would definitely recommend seeing the Thread for the dancer’s amazing effortless performance and Vangelis Oscar winning music.