There’s a new medical drama on NBC that might be worth a look called Transplant. It’s about a doctor who immigrates to Canada and is hired by a Canadian hospital. There are a couple of issues including that Syria will not allow his original medical school transcripts to be sent to Canada which means he can’t legally practice there. And, it turns out, that using “seat of the pants”  and outmoded kinds of medical techniques are frowned upon in a modern hospital.

In the premier episode, a Canadian law enforcement officer believes that the doctor, Dr. Bashir Hamed, is acting oddly after an accident, and so he behaves — professionally.  Didn’t see that coming did you? Dr. Bashir is also respectful of the officer but would rather not be dealing with the police because he has relatives in the country whose papers are not completely up and up. In the end, the officer realizes that Dr. Bashier had no part in the incident in question and lets him go.

Here comes the spoilers:

Of course, the way the series begins is that Dr. Bashir heroically saves a bunch of people when a truck slams through the restaurant where he is working as a cook. This is what gets him the job at the hospital.

The people at the hospital aren’t overly pleased with this interloper primarily because he doesn’t know modern hospital techniques and he certainly doesn’t know proper procedure. Of course, skipping procedure saves a few patients right off the bat which is totally expected otherwise Dr. Bashir wouldn’t be a hero and there wouldn’t be much of a show, would there?

There’s an interesting scene in the second episode where Dr. Bashir writes in a patient’s chart that a bruise is “suspicious” which kicks off a chain of events where a child is temporarily removed from her parents. Dr. Bashir ‘suspects’ the patient is in liver failure. The father says “I may lose my child because you can’t speak English?” What a great time to throw in some wokeness! But what does Dr. Bashir do? NOTHING! He’s just perplexed that he can’t explain the situation to the social worker because “it’s too late now.” Didn’t see that coming did you?

We can also use Rotten Tomatoes to determine whether this show is any good.

As you can see, the Audience likes it because it’s reasonable good drama about an interesting situation and the Critics don’t much like it because it doesn’t “break any new ground”

If you like medical dramas, Transplant is pretty good. It blends the medical with an interesting personal story without getting preachy about either. Of course, it’s early in the season and there’s plenty of opportunity for them to screw it up.

You can stream the first two episodes at . The show is on NBC at 10 EDT. As they say, “check your local listings.”

Mark Rosneck

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