Critic Consensus: Characterizations of The Knick's major players -- especially Zaraah Abrahams as Opal Edwards -- are augmented by Soderbergh's mastery behind the camera in "Wonderful Surprises."
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 Jacob Speight
as Eleanor Gallinger
as Capt. August Robertson
as Dr. J.M. Christiansen
as Jesse Edwards
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Critic reviews for Wonderful Surprises
On paper, the introduction of Opal Edwards might look like a fabricated point in a love-triangle. But the sublime scene of her and Algernon dancing at a Harlem club... elevates this relationship beyond a cookie cutter complication.
One of the big themes running through "Wonderful Surprises" is how money helps the unfortunate, be they sick or of a race considered, in 1900 New York, inferior.
As much as we admire the dexterity and nimbleness of filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, The Knick writers and showrunners Jack Amiel and Michael Begler, should be given credit for the bon mots and more of "Wonderful Surprises."
It almost seems unfair to the acting and writing of The Knick to keep harping on about Steven Soderbergh's work behind the camera and the use of the editing software on his laptop.
Unlike this show's previous episodes, this week's offering doesn't send us trundling deeper into the dark recesses of humanity's infected soul, but instead suggests that... redemption, satisfaction, and even happiness are within reach for some.
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