Another really strong episode!
This week’s episode of 9-1-1 has a pretty big message behind it. The series always touches on important topics, but they really took it far this time. It focused a lot of issues that still happen to this day, such as racism and anger issues. There’s a reason why the episode is called “Rage”. Every character is dealing with their own rage. This shows that we are all mad at something in out lives.
I feel like this was the episode that focused the much on our characters. We had a few injuries but everything that happen was to highlight something about a specific character. Of course the main issue of the episode is still Buck, which I don’t mind.
Buck really made me sad the last episode when he decided to sue LA and this episode didn’t begin the best way to change that. We see Buck going through with the lawsuit and basically exposing every “secret” from his friends, which didn’t leave them that happy.
Meanwhile, we see what is going on with Michael, May and Harry – the second main story of the episode. They are approached by an officer that asks them to pull over. As you see this starting, you know where this is going to end. Of course they are victims of racism. The officer(s) treat them as if they are dangerous and even almost shoot Harry. This starts a discussion between Michael and Athena. The latter realizes that she can’t really side with her colleagues and takes matter into her own hands.
Another instance where we witness another type of racism is with Eddie, when a guy argues with him about a spot for disabled people. Eddie was using that car spot because he was dropping Christopher at a party and the didn’t believe Eddie. This is a really touchy topic because not only it talks about “racism” towards disabled people but also the assumptions that people make without knowing the full story. Personally, that is something that really bothered me. Although I did not agree with Eddie’s action, I would also feel really mad if I was in his place. And well, that anger leads him to punch the guy and go to jail. Lena pays the bail and basically shows him a way to get his anger out – a fighting ring.
The episode ends in a good note though. Buck apologizes for his actions, doesn’t take the money and Bobby tells him that he is being reinstated to the 118 due to the potential backlash the city might face.
I don’t know how that is going to affect the rest of the season but I hope everything goes back to what it was. I just miss this family being happy. I’m not sure about Eddie though, because he was pretty mad at Buck in the end of the episode.
In the end, I think it was a good episode, but maybe a little too on the nose. I would like for them to not be so obvious with the “statements” and maybe tackle them on a lighter way – maybe just do one at a time. But I did like the episode and, as always, looking forward to more.
And well, let us know all your thoughts on this episode in the comments and I’ll catch you up on the next one – Monday, October 28 at 8/7c on FOX.