ER – The Complete Ninth Season

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  • How do you separate your personal life from your professional life? Not easily. And if you’re on the emergency-room staff of Chicago’s County General Hospital, it may be impossible. Challenges at work and at home overlap in the series that remains the right prescription for powerful entertainment. Carter’s playful office love affair becomes a 24/7 crisis. Kovac’s partying affect

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Following the tumultuous cast changes of the eighth season, ER’s ninth season was still an engaging drama, and began in rousing fashion with what could be called Helicopter Incident #1, which forces one doctor to make big adjustments. Corday (Alex Kingston) returns from England but has difficulties on the job, especially when dealing with a new medical student who suffers from Parkinson’s disease (Don Cheadle). Kovac (Goran Visnjic) en… More >>

ER – The Complete Ninth Season

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  1. It is not the same without Anthony Edwards so I won’t be buying it, Seasons 1-8 is complete to me
    Rating: 1 / 5

  2. ER always suffered a little bit during times when a major character had exited the series. In February of 1999, George Clooney left as Dr.Ross and his absence left a huge gap for the remainder of the fifth season, while the seventh season dragged without Nurse Hathaway after Julianna Margulies made her departure. But the absence of Anthony Edwards as Dr.Greene created a permanent void, and one that Dr.Carter wasn’t able to fill. I also thought for a long time that Carter and Abby would work as a couple. We finally see that unfold with the start of this season, but once they were together they sort of, well, sucked. Then there’s Dr.Corday, who never showed any chemistry when the writers paired her with Dr.Greene and is now forced to be involved in some storyline where she’s training an upcoming doctor who’s keeping a secret about his disability. The real disability lies within the writers for creating a storyline that was totally boring as nothing compelling or challenging took place. We’re also subjected to the return of Abby’s mother as well as all the repeated tales of that relationship which took place two seasons earlier. There are many more flaws too numerous too mention, but let’s just say that the quality of this once outstanding series had declined so bad that I stopped watching the show by the time they were airing the spring episodes. I remember the previews for the season finale though, which involved Carter and Luka stranded on some African safari. What should have happened next was NBC yanking the summer reruns and announcing that the show died a peaceful death.
    Rating: 1 / 5

  3. I love ER. I like being able to watch all of the episodes of a season at my leisure. I can’t wait until 6/17.
    Rating: 4 / 5

  4. ER: The Complete Ninth Season (2001)

    On June seventeenth 2008 Warner Brothers released the ninth season of ER in a six DVD set.

    It’s rare that the jumping of the shark in a television series can be spotted so easily, but there it is in all its gory glory in the first episode (Chaos Theory) of season nine of ER.

    The proverbial shark in this case turned out to be the rotor blade of a helicopter that famed surgeon Dr. Robert “Rocket” Romano (Paul McCrane) manages to walk into resulting in the amputation of his arm. This shockingly graphic plot twist would eventually lead to the ruining of one of the greatest antagonists on television.

    Though attempts would be made in future years to introduce similar characters, none have been as well acted or appreciated.

    Season nine also marks the first full season without the stabilizing force of the now deceased Dr. Mark Greene (Anthony Edwards). That absence is felt throughout the season, as other leaders such as Dr. John Carter (Noah Wyle) and Dr. Kerry Weaver (Laura Innes) attempt to be a calming force in the ER. No help is given by other characters such as Luka Kovac who spends most of the season going from one bed and problem to another, or Abby Lockhart RN (Maura Tierney) who spends a substantial amount of time dealing with her family and her relationships.

    The family issues of Abby do allow for all-star guest appearances by Sally Fields as her mother and Tom Everett Scott as her brother. Unfortunately the characters are one-dimensional, and the writing allows for little range by these talented actors.

    The success of ER was built on the stories revolving around the patients coming into the hospital. After a trend that began years earlier, the ER storylines really hit a low point in season nine, as the focus is solely on the lives of the doctors, and little screen time is spent on the stories of the patients.

    Along with the set-up for the departure of the Rocket, we see the slow departure of Dr. Elizabeth Corday (Alex Kingston) and the second departure of Dr. Susan Lewis (Sherry Stringfield) as the writers struggle with writing for women in a season dominated by male characters.

    This season is not without good episodes. The opening episode of the season is certainly shocking, and the last (Kisangani) would lead to many great episodes in season 10. The writing is fine, but the focus could certainly have been more diverse. Season nine also includes appearances by Academy Nominated Actor Don Cheadle as the Parkinson disease stricken medical student Paul Nathan. Though the performance is solid, the character appears to only serve the purpose of giving Dr. Corday something to do.

    Not a lot of extras here. The deleted scenes are interesting in a few cases, but for the most part it is clear why they were deleted. The gag reel is fun.

    Recommendation: This is only for the true fans. Generally the writing and bringing in of guest stars seems desperate. Better episodes in season eight and ten.

    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. ER the 9th season came to me in great, new condition as I was expecting. Great value!
    Rating: 5 / 5

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