A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Conflict, death, and danger are all around, but there's a pervading sense of teamwork and cooperation conveyed with a generally serious tone. The team consists of doctors and nurses from a variety of countries, including Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia.
Positive Role Models
The doctors and nurses in the medical unit do their jobs with intelligence, courage, and compassion. That said, some Middle Eastern characters come off as two-dimensional, and there's at least one doctor who isn't really a "team player."
Violence & Scariness
Visuals include explosions, bloody surgeries, deaths, etc.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Mild sexual innuendo; one character worries she might be pregnant, etc.
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Words include "damn," "badass," etc.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
One character keeps prescription drugs and a flask of vodka in his room; everyone else seems too busy to indulge.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this medical drama series is built around the idea of conflict -- it's even in the title -- but the visuals aren't over the top in terms of gore. That said, some of the surgeries are bloody, with close-ups of incisions, etc. There's also some low-level language (including "damn" and "badass") along with some light sexual innuendo and some references to alcohol and prescription drugs.
Is It Any Good?
In spite of its serious subject matter, there's something about Combat Hospital that feels like a gag, or at least like one of those trumped-up TV shows they slip into real movies for the sake of comedy. Maybe it's because the title's so literal … and oddly reminiscent of the heavily satirical Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. But it also doesn't help that the first few minutes are filled with enough clichés to make you wonder whether it's OK to laugh.
For the record, it's not. Or, more importantly, you're not supposed to, because the producers set out to create a serious series about a serious subject. (They even meticulously modeled the set in Toronto after a real-life NATO Role 3 Hospital in Kandahar.) But whether it's a function of a weakly scripted pilot or two-dimensional characters who have yet to be fully realized, Combat Hospital's earnest launch feels like a serious misfire.
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