Thanks to Hulu.com — rumored to be contemplating a subscription fee, and I think it should — I’ve been revisiting some old television pilots, such as ST. ELSEWHERE and HILL STREET BLUES. The pilots hold up pretty well, although I see (or am simply reminded of) the elements that would later disturb me in SE.*
Revisited any blasts from the past as of late? How did they hold up? I also re-read SPIDERWEB FOR TWO, and it’s divine. I cried at the last line.
*My central complaint about almost all television dramas is they devolve into stories about who’s sleeping with whom. Let me put it this way: an MSRA infection would be the least of my worries if I had to go to the hospital in ER. SE’s pilot actually has a subplot about a doctor with VD, who has to contact all his sexual partners on staff — and it turns out to take a lot of time, and he can’t even remember if he’s actually had sex with the women in some cases.
The most interesting relationships on SE, IMHO, were between Dr. Craig and the resident played by Ed Begley Jr., or possibly Morrison and White, before they made White a rapist. The latter was more interesting as a simple jerk.