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Combat Hospital: Season 1 (2011)




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.


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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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




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.

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.

Air date: Jul 5, 2011

It's My Party

Rebecca and Bobby operate on a severely wounded soldier, and the blood supply dwindles; Simon runs into an old flame (Tia Carrere), a photojournalist who sparks his interest anew; Marks names Rebecca as morale officer; and Vans discovers a new talent.

Air date: Jul 12, 2011

Wrong Place at the Right Time

A medevac helicopter spots white tracer fire and has to make an unexpected stop to pick up an injured U.S. soldier; one of Rebecca's patients suffers a brain hemorrhage and needs emergency neurosurgery to survive.

Air date: Jul 19, 2011

Hells Bells

Version. A wedding party is caught in Taliban crossfire and the bride goes missing.

Air date: Jul 26, 2011

Inner Truth

Version. Seven soldiers are brought into the Trauma Bays with injuries, but the soldiers are hopeful as they await the arrival of their lucky charm, 19-year old Private Henry Flax.

Air date: Aug 2, 2011


Rebecca withholds treatment to a soldier, but she comes to doubt her decision during an investigation into the incident. Adam Beach guest stars as Snake Eater.

Air date: Aug 9, 2011

On the Brink

Version. The relationship between the doctors and nurses is strained when Bobby makes a controversial decision to try to save a patient against all odds.

Air date: Aug 16, 2011

Shifting Sands

Vans' friend is injured in an explosion, and allegiances are called into question.

Air date: Aug 23, 2011

Reason to Believe

A troubled Army chaplain must deal with her lapses of faith when Colonel Marks orders her to hold vigil with Simon during a difficult surgery.

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.

Air date: Aug 30, 2011


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?

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

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

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:

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