9-1-1 Season 5 Episode 1 Review: Panic
It’s the end of the world as we know it.
And we don’t feel good, people!
Our favorite first responders were back in Episode 1 of Season 5 of 9-1-1 and to say it was a wacky, wild and crazy hour would be the understatement of the century. Where do you start after a payment like this?
This show, you guys.
9-1-1 has a trick. And this thing goes above and beyond for their first episodes every season.
The tsunami first comes to mind because it was just the next level with the special effects and the whole idea of Los Angeles underwater. But seeing the city spiraling into madness, as technology literally crumbled before our eyes, was perhaps the most fascinating “disaster” to date.
Starting things off with a flashforward was perfect, and it set the stage for now.
We knew we were going to get to a point where the streets were emptying and everything was a mess, but we didn’t know how we were going to get there. And you could slowly break things down as the minutes went by.
A ransomware attack is a terrifying thing. Think about the world we live in and how intrinsically linked we are to just about everything. Phones, computers, cars, etc. We all use them on a daily basis, whether for fun, work or whatever.
Hacking a computer system can have a catastrophic ripple effect.
And that’s what we see play out here.
Much of last season was about the aftermath of Athena’s attack and her struggles with the job and trauma of that event. Here she was plunged back into that trauma when the Hudson trial began.
Athena Grant is one of the strongest characters on television. And its resilience is unmatched.
Asking him to essentially confront the man who almost took his life takes incredible strength. Not to mention being there for the other Hudson victims and doing your best to be strong for them too.
It’s such a fascinating story, but the whole time I was watching I waited for the other shoe to drop because you knew it was coming. It was only a matter of time before it all got out of hand, and of course, it’s happening there when they’re all in the courtroom together.
As soon as the courtroom was invaded, you knew Hudson was going to escape. But to be honest, I didn’t feel like he was going to be found right away.
So, it was a little surprising when Athena was able to piece everything together so quickly and figure out what Hudson was up to.
Hudson is a bully and a coward. He gets away with having the upper hand and asserting any domination he thinks he has over women. That’s why he fired his lawyer in the middle of the courtroom. And why he wanted to be his own lawyer in the first place.
He goes to Lila’s to assert his “power” once again, but Athena defeats him again, and Ransome gets there before he can take off into the wind with his kidnapped victim.
If you thought of a fantastic way to end this story then, join the club. But that momentary sigh of relief makes what happens next all the more devastating.
Look, Ransome is a recurring character, but he’s been through A LOT with Athena. And he has become someone the public can trust. So, yes, his death is both shocking and incredibly sad.
Lile becoming a disillusioned mess plagued by the charms of a sociopath was not something I saw coming at all. And it’s a testament to how the story unfolded that it was such a shocking moment.
And just like that, we’re back to where we started with Ransome on the loose. And now Athena will have to piece together another puzzle in the dark.
The 118s were bouncing all over the place to perform rescues, and damn it, it was nice to see them again to make jokes and help people.
There hasn’t been a single BIG rescue here, but you know there will be plenty on the horizon. Instead, the focus here was more on the little things and the characters, especially Eddie, who had a little medical setback himself.
There’s always so much going on in the show, with lives on the line every week, that you can forget all of the traumatic events that each of the main characters went through.
For Eddie, he’s only a few months away from the sniper shootout. And while he is back at work and apparently well physically, he suffers from a panic attack which surprises him.
It makes sense that Eddie is anxious, even though he’s not ready to admit it. There can sometimes be a distorted perception of anxiety, like you have to be in a disturbing context or under duress to be anxious, and that just isn’t true.
You may be sitting outside on a beautiful day enjoying nature and suddenly be struck by that overwhelming feeling of darkness and pain that can almost mimic a heart attack.
This is what happens with Eddie when he is just minding his own business trying on costumes and collapses on the floor.
It’s unclear where this story goes, but what if it gives us more of Eddie and a little more information about his mental state after a domestic terrorist attack? It sounds very intriguing.
And buckle up in best buddy Buck worrying about Eddie? Yes please. Some of the best moments on this show will always be with Buck and Eddie, and it will be so great to see them again.
It’s great to see everyone again! We missed you, 9-1-1!
- Ana and Taylor back is interesting. Will these couples last the season? Time will tell us.
- The best rescue was the lady who drove into the canal because it didn’t look right at all.
- I can’t wait for the wild animals to roam free and scavenge in Sephora and Forever 21. CAN. NOT. WAIT.
- Maddie seems to be struggling, and with all the chaos swirling around the city, it will be a tough time for her.
It was a fabulous first, and it looks like this ransomware story will last a few episodes, which will be a really good time!
What was your favorite rescue?
What are you looking forward to seeing this season?
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