A decade and some change ago, I started getting into hit shows at the time such as Law and Order (and its numerous spin-offs) ER, and even some of the more recent ones such as Southland which I absolutely loved. Now comes Fox’s take on all of the popular hits out there like CSI, Chicago Fire, and more with the 9-1-1: The Complete Season One DVD set. Featuring a great cast and ever greater stories ripped from today’s headlines, this show dials in all the right numbers for a thrilling good time.
This drama series follows the lives of the Los Angeles 911 operator Abby Clark (Connie Britton) and the some of the first responders from the police, firefighters, and paramedics both on and off the job. Starting with the Fire and Rescue team, we have Bobby Nash (Peter Krause) who is all about helping others and caring for his team, but has some drinking and temper issues. Then on the police side of things we have Athena Grant (Angela Bassett, one of my all time favorites) who is often involved in the same cases Bobby gets called on. As with him, she has her own personal demons to work out, namely with her husband Michael (Rockmond Dunbar) who shares a secret that can potentially destroy their marriage and careers.
Between their lives, Abby dealing with her mother who has Alzheimer’s, and all of the insane cases they deal with on the job, from suicide jumpers, arsonists, armed criminals and more, there’s never a dull moment for our heroes and the viewers watching. And this is just the tip of the iceberg as I’d hate to spoil any of the dramatic goodness here that comes from all of the stress the characters deal with on and off the clock. As with any good procedural, there are times when tensions are high and they turn on each other, making yet another layer of drama for them to work through that will keep you glued to the TV to see what’s going to happen next.
You would think for a show this intense that Fox would’ve released it on Blu-ray, but the DVD’s don’t look or sound too bad given the medium they’re on. Sadly as with The Gifted DVD set, there’s a lack of special features as well. Even if it just had some cast and crew interviews or promotional videos, that’d be nice.
Those the love procedural shows like I do will want to dial in some intense drama with 9-1-1: The Complete Season One. A great cast brings the characters and drama to life with such intensity, it will keep you binge watching through the ten episodes here until they breeze by all too quickly. Thankfully the second season just started, so you can continue the thrills on TV when you’re done with the set at least.