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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Mercy Street

The latest tv series I've been streaming from Amazon is Mercy Street ...

an American period medical drama television series created by Lisa Wolfinger and David Zabel. It is set during the Civil War and follows two volunteer nurses from opposing sides who work at the Mansion House Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia.

Here's a bit more about it from the Futon Critic ...

[...] Based on true stories, the new drama follows two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War. Mary Phinney, a staunch New England abolitionist, and Emma Green, a willful young Confederate belle, collide at Mansion House, the Green family's luxury hotel that has been taken over and transformed into a Union Army Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia, the longest-occupied Confederate city of the war. As the boundaries of medicine are being explored and expanded, the role of women is also broadening. Here, in the collision of a wartime medical drama and a family saga of conflicted loyalties and moral dilemmas, the series plays out a story of the highest stakes.

Executive produced by Ridley Scott (Gladiator and Thelma & Louise), David W. Zucker ("The Good Wife") and Lisa Q. Wolfinger ("Desperate Crossing, The untold story of the Mayflower") and written by David Zabel ("ER"), the new drama is set against the backdrop of doctors and female nurses valiantly struggling to save lives while facing their own trials and tribulations. The intersection of North and South within the confines of a small occupied city creates a rich world that is chaotic, conflicted, corrupt, dynamic and even hopeful - a cauldron within which these characters strive, fight, love, laugh, betray, sacrifice and, at times, act like scoundrels. In the end, Mary and Emma will learn a vital lesson in a country split in two and ravaged by war: Blood is neither blue nor grey - it is all one color ...


I really like it so far. I don't know much about the history of the civil war era, so it's pretty interesting, and I do like Gary Cole, who played the devil in American Gothic :) Here's a bit about Mercy Street ...



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