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Combat Hospital: Season 1 (2011)

Seasons:
1

tomatometer

40

Average Rating: 5.6/10
Reviews Counted: 15
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 9

Attempting to be a dramatic medical serial, Combat Hospital is instead comical, combining clichés with a blithe approach to the subject matter.

56

Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 4

Attempting to be a dramatic medical serial, Combat Hospital is instead comical, combining clichés with a blithe approach to the subject matter.

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User Ratings: 1

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Season Info

Fictional doctors and nurses from the U.S., Canada and the U.K., are depicted in the only season of this medical procedural set in a military hospital in Afghanistan. Canadian medical officers Rebecca Gordon (Michelle Borth) and Xavier Marks (Elias Koteas), and U.S. Army Capt. Bobby Trang (Terry Chen) are among those followed as they provide care to allied troops.

Genre: Drama

Network: ABC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jun 21, 2011

Welcome to Kandahar

It's 2006: Major Rebecca Gordon, a highly trained trauma surgeon, and Captain Bobby Trang, a brand-new doctor, report for duty at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, the only advanced surgical care hospital in Southern Afghanistan. Perched at the edge of the airfield, built out of plywood and canvas held together with duct tape, the temporary building that houses the Role 3 shakes every time a plane takes off. The hospital's commander, Colonel Xavier Marks, tells the newcomers to expect an experience unlike any they've had before. Rebecca thinks she can handle anything, while Bobby's acutely conscious of his inexperience. They both get off to a rocky start: it's humbling for both of them as Colonel Marks points out Rebecca's mistakes and tries to build Bobby's confidence. But over the next 48 hours, as they deal with rocket attacks, falling shrapnel and wave after wave of wounded U.S. Marines, Canadian soldiers, Afghan civilians and even a Taliban prisoner-they manage to rise to the challenge, even as they grow more and more exhausted. Welcome to Kandahar.

2
Air date: Jun 28, 2011

Enemy Within

Rebecca is nearly run over by a pickup truck full of Afghan National Army soldiers heading for the hospital. Their leader -- who turns out to be an American Special Forces operative -- carries in one of his men, delirious with a serious infection, one that neither Rebecca nor Bobby have encountered before. When another patient comes down with the same bacterial infection, it becomes evident that the team is dealing with a highly contagious and antibiotic-resistant strain. They have no idea what it is, where it came from, or how to stop it from spreading as their patients continue to deteriorate. Colonel Marks is left with no choice but to quarantine the OR, ICU and the recovery room - the Role 3 medics are forced to do surgery in the dining hall. If they don't get it under control fast they won't be able to treat the incoming wounded. Meanwhile, Rebecca accompanies Pedersen off base to the Women's Clinic where they find a local in dire need of emergency life-saving surgery.

3
Air date: Jul 5, 2011

It's My Party

Rebecca depletes the blood supply while she and Bobby operate on a soldier with severe gunshot wounds, forcing Colonel Marks to call for a walking blood bank. Pedersen questions the soldier's buddies about the circumstances that lead to the shooting, but their stories don't add up. Simon rekindles a relationship with an old flame - an attractive photojournalist on assignment. Marks appoints Rebecca as morale officer, whose primary duty is to plan the weekly staff party on the base. Reluctantly, she rises to the occasion and, with the team's help, orchestrates a shindig complete with Western theme, campfire, food, music, dancing and a mechanical bull. Vans discovers he has a knack for more than just translation.

4
Air date: Jul 12, 2011

Wrong Place at the Right Time

When Simon learns the medevac helicopter has to make a routine supply run, he hitches a ride to the farm he bought from an Afghan family which is en route. Plans go awry when the chopper's pilots spot white tracer fire and they have to make an unexpected stop to pick up an injured US Army soldier with multiple shrapnel wounds. Meanwhile, one of Rebecca's patients -- a Romanian civilian -- suffers a brain hemorrhage and emergency neurosurgery becomes vital to his survival. When Simon can't get back in time to perform the surgery, he must talk Rebecca through the operation via cell phone from the medevac. Bobby and Pedersen evaluate a high-ranking US Air Force officer experiencing *insomnia - the officer has a pending mission that is critical to the Air Force's strategic operations. No time for rest, Marks deals with an overheating CT scanner, an AWOL surgeon and delivering an unfavorable diagnosis.

5
Air date: Jul 19, 2011

Hells Bells

A civilian wedding party is caught up in Taliban crossfire and the Afghan groom and some of the guests are brought in to the Role 3. Pedersen heads to the clinic off base to help the wedding party's female victims and Rebecca initiates a search to find the bride. Bobby exercises his authority as Captain and attempts to ground a Sergeant intent on postponing medical tests in order to accompany his men on a mission. Bobby impresses Marks on a medical conference call. Rebecca and Bobby participate in Pedersen's group therapy session, leaving Rebecca feeling vulnerable when she over-shares. Marks receives a worrisome call from home and confides in Pedersen.

6
Air date: Jul 26, 2011

Inner Truth

Seven soldiers, who are brought into the Trauma Bays, anxiously wait for the arrival of their lucky charm, 19-year old Private Henry Flax. When the Private's entire unit survives their injuries without complications, Marks acknowledges lady luck and miraculously, the new CT scanner arrives. Rebecca tries to fulfill Flax's dying wish by rewriting the protocol for organ donation. When Nurse Suzy Chao is assigned to help Bobby with his research, she develops a crush on him. Rebecca reveals to Simon that she is jealous of Bobby's recent success and discusses her feelings with Pedersen. Rumours about Simon circulate when he receives an unusual number of calls from England. Meanwhile, an attractive Canadian Forces Warrant Officer falls hard and fast for Pedersen.

7
Air date: Aug 2, 2011

Reckless

Under intense investigation, Rebecca doubts her decision to withhold treatment to a soldier, which may have resulted in his death. Will her brash actions come back to condemn her?

8
Air date: Aug 9, 2011

On the Brink

The relationship between the doctors and nurses is strained when Bobby makes a controversial decision to try to save a patient against all odds. Can the team put their conflict behind them, or is this the beginning of a widening rift between the doctors and nurses at the Role 3 hospital?

9
Air date: Aug 16, 2011

Shifting Sands

Vans' allegiance is questioned when one of his friends brought in after an IED blast may have been more then an innocent bystander.

10
Air date: Aug 23, 2011

Reason to Believe

Col. Marks orders an Army Chaplain questioning her faith to hold vigil with Simon during a difficult surgery.

11
Air date: Aug 30, 2011

Brothers in Arms

Bobby loses his composure during a hockey game between the allied forces; a prank goes awry for Simon; and the investigation into a suicide bomber raises ethical questions for Pedersen.

12
Air date: Aug 30, 2011

Triage

When Col. Marks is injured in an explosion, Rebecca takes charge of triage. But as the pressure mounts, will she stand her ground, even if it means going against Colonel Marks?

13
Air date: Sep 6, 2011

Do no harm

An attack on the Women's Clinic takes its toll as Major Samizay, Rebecca, Pedersen, Suzy and Pam fall under siege. The Role 3 Hospital must then contend with significant losses while fighting to save the life of the wounded Assailant.

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (9)

Combat Hospital has accomplished what a few years ago I would have thought impossible: it has made the dramatizing of an ongoing war boring.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

If it's willing to be a little more creative and take some chances, there may be more story potential.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Fanatic
TV Fanatic

Not bad, but not something I'm going to be rushing back to watch.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: HitFix

The "medical drama" is far too paltry to sustain the series without ramping up the relevance of the war context.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters

It may not be the worst new drama to hit TV screens this summer, but it's certainly the blandest.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: AV Club

Combat Hospital leaves no cliche unturned.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Combat Hospital still has flashes of intelligence. Definitely worth a second look.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

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.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The promos notwithstanding, it's a low-key, well-acted pilot

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

A smart, sedate Canadian production.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's unlikely that any TV drama filmed in Toronto could ever come close to the bloody reality of war, but Combat Hospital makes a pretty compelling attempt at doing so.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Not the best pacing considering the subject matter.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

It's too bad Combat Hospital is such an uninspired piece of work.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Combat Hospital doesn't gloss over the ugliness of war but neither does it take a political stance. And that's refreshing.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

Hospital is at its least convincing when it attempts to feign lightheartedness within such a relentlessly dire setting.

June 21, 2011 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

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