USA's Complications: Is It Just What the Gun-Toting Doctor Ordered?

Complications Pilot Review

Jason O’Mara ran into Complications as the star of USA Network’s new Thursday-night drama. When compared to standard-issue medical dramas, is this fresh twist just what the doctor ordered?

In the 10-episode series, O’Mara plays John Ellison, a suburban doc who, still processing his daughter’s recent death (and while in the course of rushing an ailing squirrel to the vet), lays witness to a drive-by shooting. John leaps out of his parked car and tends to the critically wounded victim — Antoine, the 11-year-old son of the Vine City Crew’s incarcerated gang leader, “EZ” Tyler — only to find his curbside triage interrupted by the returning shooters. John picks up a gang member’s discarded pistol and fires at the approaching vehicle, killing the driver (with uncanny aim), but the passenger flees.

In the aftermath, John is hailed as a hero back at the hospital (if not by the cops), but the incident is far from over. Rather, the Latino Nortenos Locos gang first tries to sneak someone into the hospital to finish the job, now that Antoine is out of surgery, but John spots and snuffs that plan. Later, as more and more hoods ominously populate the ER waiting room, Complications Pilot ReviewJohn enlists a rule-bending nurse, Gretchen (Gossip Girl‘s Jessica Szohr), to sneak Antoine off to a nearby surgery center under a false name — while he creates a distraction by going positively apes–t on the loitering punks.

Antoine is hidden away and recovering, so all is good, yes? No, John learns, when Vine City Crew No. 2 Darius (Gotham‘s Chris Chalk) pays his house a visit in the middle of the night, spooking wife Sam (Leverage‘s Beth Riesgraf). Darius makes clear that the good doc is to keep Antoine safe, availing himself of the gang’s resources (via a burner phone) when needed.

Indeed, Darius & Co. have barely left the Ellisons’ doorstep Complications Pilot Reviewwhen John discovers that Antoine has gone missing at the surgery center. To help search for the boy, he enlists a Mexican nurse, raising Darius’ suspicions, but eventually they discover that the kid had faked sedation and went to hide in the basement. But still, no flowery “Thank you” card from the Vine City Crew!

Gretchen meanwhile has her own rogue tendencies, in the first episodes fudging an abuse victim’s charts to get her admitted for possible meningitis, so as to nudge the gal into seeking help. All the while, by-the-book Dr. Bridget O’Neil (Grey’s Anatomy‘s Lauren Stamile) keeps a watchful eye, especially given John’s recent outburst in the waiting room, a bit of behavior for which he now answers to shrink Constance Zimmer.

What did you think of Complications‘ intense first two hours?

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  1. James says:

    This sounds complicated

    • Mike M says:

      More complicated still – even Matt didn’t get it right…

      Vine City Crew No. 2 Darius (Gotham‘s Chris Chalk) pays his house a visit in the middle of the night…

      Incorrect. It is CJ (played by Conphidance) with two other unnamed Vine City Crew members that break into (hardly a visit) John’s house in the middle of the night.

      It is again CJ that John first sees and talks to at Ansley Surgical Center and only THEN is the No 2 Darius introduced inside the SUV in the parking lot, after CJ demands John go outside to meet him.

  2. Cobra says:

    Seriously impressed with this show. I went in with some reservations, not knowing quite what to expect, but I thought it was really good.

  3. Cassie Barker says:

    So happy to see Jason O’Mara back on the small screen! Really enjoyed watching the first couple of episodes. I’ll definitely keep watching. Is this a 10 episode event series?

    • johnhelvete says:

      10 episode season but if by event series you mean one season and done, no the show can be renewed for additional seasons.

      • n8frogg says:

        An “event series” is typically one and done. A lot of people don’t understand this. This series is not an event series, just like you said. Some people still think its the norm to have 22 episode seasons.

      • smartysenior says:

        Thank you for clarifying this. The reviewer should have known this is a “season” not a series.

        • Matt Webb Mitovich says:

          I’m sorry, what’s the confusion? This is a TV series, 10-episode first season. Eligible for renewal.

          • smartysenior says:

            “In the 10-episode series” sounds like a ten and done event series. It should have been a “l0-episode season” to distinguish it from the growing popularity of event series. I’m happy to sit back and watch a l0 and done series where I’m not at all content to commit to a seasonal, Lost type endless storyline anymore unless I really love it. I do not really love this so I was glad a comment cleared that up for me.

  4. cjinsd says:

    So boring…I miss the old, fun shows.

    • n8frogg says:

      Yeah because great fun shows are so few and far between right? Seriously don’t know how people still have time to complain about the shows they don’t like with so many high end dramas on today, even in the summer.

    • liame says:

      What does that even mean?

    • HAP says:

      Matt Nix is behind this show. He also created Burn Notice. While I was watching last night, I couldn’t not think that the cast needed a Bruce Campbell (Sam) type character for a little comic relief.

  5. Will says:

    Wasn’t too sure about this show, but it turned out great! I’m in.

  6. Jane says:

    The first hour was ok. The second hour was not good. Not sure if I will hang around for the next. Jason O’Mara was good but the nurse, Gretchen, was just annoying.

  7. Ricky Lee Jones says:

    Loved the show and can’t wait for next week. Jason OMara deserves a hit after all those failed attempts.

  8. R says:

    i could have sworn i saw previews for this show last summer…was it supposed to be on last year and was bumped???

  9. Jan says:

    I just couldn’t find a character to really like or relate to … something necessary for me to enjoy a show. Just about everyone has a dark side. Many of the situations seem improbable. I was tempted to stop watching; just stuck with it to the end because there was nothing else on.

  10. Tiwanda says:

    Woke up to this in my tv and was instantly engaged! Great so far….yes Complicated!

  11. This show is about as realistic as a talking can of tuna fish

  12. Barbara Z says:

    First 2 episodes were a strong beginning. The third episode was the best so far because it gave the viewer more character development and really jump starts Complications and it’s 4 stars.
    Keep the episodes coming!!!!

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  14. lsperling says:

    Love looking at Jason O’Mara, but this show is too far-fetched and unbelievable for me to continue watching.