Critic Consensus: "Mr. Paris Shoes" successfully delves into deeper thematic territory, further establishing conflicts and drawing viewers into the lives of its characters.
as Dr. John W. Thackery
as Dr. Algernon Edwards
as Lucy Elkins
as Herman Barrow
as Cornelia Robertson
as Dr. Bertram "Bertie" Chickering Jr.
as Tom Cleary
as Sister Harriet
as Dr. Everett Gallinger
as Jacob Speight
as Eleanor Gallinger
as Capt. August Robertson
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
as Jesse Edwards
Critic reviews for Mr. Paris Shoes
The flood lamps are turned on the players, exposing soft underbellies, torn seams, and frayed edges, as standout conflicts slowly emerge and present themselves as full-on personal battles.
The Knick - come for the horrifyingly botched surgery, but stay for the unspeakably racist doctors!
If it all feels a little clunky in how the writers are setting everything up, there's no doubt these are the pins that are going to be knocked down throughout the season's run.
It's a satisfying second episode that plays off the premiere's set-up quite well, while also demonstrating where the series' storytelling strengths are. Unsurprisingly, the majority of those strengths are evident through Soderbergh's meticulous eye.
Viewed from a distance of 114 years, all those interactions feel downright deplorable, fictional though they are... we are given a stark look at race relations, which might have been otherwise ignored on another show.
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