9-1-1:

The Complete First Season                  review by Bobby Blakey

Every season there are always new shows focusing on police, lawyers and hospitals. This past season FOX debuted 9-1-1 that brought all of the above together with a great cast including Angela Bassett, Peter Krause, Oliver Stark, Aisha Hinds, Kenneth Choi, and Rockmond Dunbar. With the series heading into its second season what better time to revisit or check out it out for the first time with bringing home the complete first season.

9-1-1 follows the high-pressure experiences of police, paramedics and firefighters who are thrust into the most frightening, shocking and heart-stopping situations. They must try to balance saving people with solving problems in their own lives. I must admit that I was mildly interested in this show, but opted to pass on it when it originally aired. There was no other reason for not watching it other than time, but I can say that I am glad I finally did because this is a really great show.

I knew it would feature a variety of crazy situations, but I didn’t expect it to get as heavy as it does at times. Sure there are all the relationship and personal issues that usually overshadow the characters getting in on the action, but it works here. They make sure to keep a lot of varying cases happening throughout every episode. I’m pretty impressed with the level they push the boundaries with them sometimes too complete with a baby in a pipe, bones sticking out of legs and person completely ripped in half to name a few.

The cast all do a great job with their roles and have great chemistry across the board. Sure there are some over the top moments, but as a whole they try and keep it pretty grounded in reality. There are numerous familiar cases brought in that people may recognize from the news making them all the more entertaining to see how they play them out here. After about 2 or three episodes I was all in and looking forward to see what craziness they bring to the table in the all-new season.

This release doesn’t offer up any bonus features, but does include all the episodes from the first season that is worth checking out. Answer the call and grab your copy of 9-1-1: The Complete First Season available now on DVD from 20th Century Fox. 

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