I started to watch the show tonight but begged off after I saw it was a repeat I had already seen. However, it was a very powerful episode. Here’s what I wrote in Marie’s comment section:
I saw that show when it originally aired last season. It was an amazing performance by Ray Liota. I couldn’t bring myself to watch it again tonight however. Too painful.There are tons and tons of crap on primetime network television and I’ll be the first to admit ER has its share. But I’ve always been impressed with that show’s ability, when it tries, to very effectively present thought-provoking stories. It often also takes on political issues and brings them home in ways no documentary could.
While we see his life as tragic at its end, we also are forced to examine our own life choices.
ER can often fall into the primetime soap opera mode but it also occasionally has some really excellent drama.
The show’s treatment last season (or the season before) on the realities of African civil wars and the AIDS epidemic there were more informative and revealing than a hundred 60-second cable news segments.