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Our Thoughts on THE KNICK Season Three

Our Thoughts on THE KNICK Season Three

This speculation of what could come ahead in a third season of Cinemax’s smash hit was prompted by two reports from Variety.  Information comes via an interview with Clive Owen and secondly of reports of an outline in the works. Exactly how it could all unfold with one crucial character seemingly deceased is a mystery. But, then so is John Snow!   First, is a portion of Owen’s interview: Just to get the elephant out of the room, is the last we’ve seen of you as Dr. Thackery? It certainly looks that way.   Did you and Steven talk at the beginning of the season about your fate? Was this pre-conceived or did you just get...

The Knick Season Two Finale: “This Is All We Are”

The Knick Season Two Finale: “This Is All We Are”

You have no idea how hard I yelled at the television screen in front of me. In a terse, emotionally charged season finale, we see some of the good guys win and we see the seedier elements get what they want. Is it fair? Is it morally just? It all depends on what you’re personal definition of morality is. Fans watched as Cleary came to rescue John from off the floor at Ping Wu’s heroin establishment. It pretty much goes downhill from there and this episode was not one for the weak or faint at heart. Fans watched as Cornelia was given information that implicated her brother in their father’s death and the fire of what was going to be...

The Knick: “Do You Remember Moon Flower?”

The Knick: “Do You Remember Moon Flower?”

We’re witness to many awful things in the penultimate episode. (First, if you need to witness the last one, go ahead.)  There were four themes that I picked up on during this one: sex, racism, parental roles and how power tends to corrupt all. In a flashback to 1894, we see the history between Robertson and Thackery and how Thack saved an entire village from small pox. We see how Robertson made his fortune and how he was able to cut costs by travelling through Nicaragua, in order to save time and money, to get to the Pacific. Robertson also brought with him disease (cargo full of small pox germs), which the local police held him...

The Knick: “Not Well at All”

The Knick: “Not Well at All”

Is there a cure for a broken heart? And why do bad things have to happen to good people? We all waited with baited breath for the other shoe to drop. Of course, just as things started to look good for several characters on The Knick, the heavy hand of fate stepped in to remind them that well, things were looking a little too good and our folks at the Knickerbocker needed a cold dose of reality. As if the last episode wasn’t enough? This week we see the after effects of one of Thack’s patients, who was struggling with addiction: the man overdoses on medical fluid and is found dead. Slimeball Brockhurst has come to claim his property...

The Knick: “Williams and Walker”

The Knick: “Williams and Walker”

Sex. Sabotage. Surgery. Social standing. Sex education. Just another week (here is last week’s) in the life of the Knickerbocker Hospital. Dr. Thackery finally performs the revolutionary surgery on the conjoined twins. It was a success and he and the team were to be commended. The operation was also recorded with the rudimentary motion picture camera. Here is more detail on that scene with the Post Op clip: Note in the episode how Lucy wondered how the other pretty blond nurse knew that Henry Robertson had a camera. Kind of hoping that comes back to bite Henry in the ass. More on that later. Thack has a moment of insecurity and...

The Knick: “There are Rules”

The Knick: “There are Rules”

  First, if you missed it here is last week’s review. Now, in this week’s episode of The Knick, we see how rules are meant to be bent, broken and stretched to capacity. Take for instance the ideology of having a black man perform a surgery at the Knickerbocker hospital, even if the suggestion comes from another prominent doctor on staff. Do you really think the Board of Directors is going to look the other way just this one time? Also, isn’t going by the book and adhering to rules something that Dr. Zinberg is constantly preaching to his staff? For her part, isn’t Sister Harriet always trying to do the right thing, only...

The Knick: “Whiplash”

The Knick: “Whiplash”

I knew that Henry Robertson was a rake, a philanderer. I knew that his money gave him a sense of entitlement, after all he’s plowed through all the nurses at The Knick. All but Lucy Elkins who is seen repeatedly rebuffing his advances. Another nurse though, Daisy, foolishly allowed herself to be recorded – this is the first time we see what would appear to be soft core – in a simple black and white movie of this woman nude. She poses playfully for Henry, unaware that he now showing it to his equally wealthy, entitled friends. What a pompous ass. Karma has a tendency to catch up with jerks like this. But speaking of catching up and...

The Knick: “Wonderful Surprises”

The Knick: “Wonderful Surprises”

  As we delve deeper into the hearts of the characters at the Knick, we see some filled with promise and determination; others with malice and greed. In 1901, the medical field is ripe for change: cutting technology such as the X-ray machine and fever cabinets help give doctors a better understanding on how to treat their patients. We also see the enlightenment of other characters who wish to embrace change and/or higher learning. All of the running around Thack has been doing, experimenting on corpses and such looks like it’s starting to pay off. The pig seems to be getting better and Thack sets his sights on his former fiancée,...

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