A sixth season that incorporates the successful characteristics of the previous ones for Ryan Murphy’s procedural 9-1-1, but which however exaggerates a bit with the misfortunes that have befallen its protagonists. From February 22 every week on Disney+ Star.
There will be all the features that have made the fortune of the television franchise in the review of 9-1-1 season 6, starting February 22 every week on Disney+ Star. Six years ago Ryan Murphy and his associates brought on generalist TV the exaggeration in the borderline surreal missions of the Los Angeles firefighters and police officers, together with the operators of the emergency number, 9-1-1, and they don’t seem to want to let them go anytime soon. But in the new episodes, they seem to have gone overboard, while acquiring some interesting elements.
Cases bordering on the procedural
One reason for the success of 9-1-1so much so that it led to the creation of the spin-off 9-1-1: Lone Star, which enjoys equally good health, is having raised the bar of spectacularity and heart-pounding a lot towards the missions and cases that our heroes find themselves facing every week in sunny Los Angeles. Various situations have always been included and not just one in each episode (and therefore each week), as usually happens in other procedurals. Furthermore, since last season (the first post-Covid), the series has well thought of extending the cases for a greater number of episodes, thus inserting a disastrous maxi event to catalyze attention for the entire first part of each new year. while intertwining with the personal stories of the protagonists.
However, what Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear do in the new episodes is to exaggerate a little with the tragedies that directly affect the firefighters at the center of the story: on the one hand the Grant-Nash family, on the other that formed by Henrietta and Karen (Tracie Thoms, who is having a very good time on TV between Station 19 e Truth Be Told). Their past will be fished out to bring to light long-hidden truths that could undermine the balance painstakingly achieved by the two couples. As we said, in the sixth season of 9-1-1 the other lucky intuition is to have extended the maxi-disaster at the beginning of the season for more episodes (actually putting two in parallel, one citizen and one personal). Despite the exaggeration, the personal stories of the protagonists touch some highly topical topics such as the disappearance of a young black girl in a neighborhood of the apparently perfect American suburb and the experiments of a physics laboratory with potential chemical weapons.
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Family history and horizontal
Meanwhile, the protagonists are all at a crucial point in their lives, time to take stock after what also happened in the series with the pandemic. Athena (Angela Bassettfresh Golden Globe winner for Black Panther 2) has to face the history of his family and the empty nest after the departure of Michael with Harry, and May for college; while Bobby (Peter Krause) must try to make peace with the ghosts of his past, after the death of a loved one. May (Corinne Massiah) must understand if the choice to leave a stressful job that made her grow up very quickly like the one at 9-1-1 to go to university as she had promised herself is the right one. Hen (Aisha Hinds) must find a balance between her many roles and the goal of becoming a doctor and these new episodes will lead her to make an extremely important choice.
Chimney (Kenneth Choi) e Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt, returned regularly after the break taken by the pregnancy in real life) must figure out if they are ready to start again as a couple with the baby Jee-Yun. Eddie (Ryan Guzman) must resume his post in the barracks after the interlude of the office at 9-1-1 and face the adolescence of his son Christopher (Gavin McHugh). Buck (Oliver Stark) will always be Buck, always questioning himself and his choices, but this season could bring him some very important news. A season in which we talk about the legacy between parents and children and what we leave behind in the world once we’re gone.
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Enough is enough
The main defect of this sixth season of 9-1-1 is therefore substantially that it has exaggerated with the tragedies and misfortunes that happen to the protagonists, used to living in danger and on the razor’s edge but never like this season, with cases which directly affect their private individuals and their families. The rest – dynamic direction, tight editing, captivating pacing and many cases to keep viewers glued every week and not just one – remains almost unchanged. What will be the big disaster at the beginning of the season? A balloon that falls during a match in the stadium. You can already imagine the catastrophic consequences. It’s always a matter of taking inspiration from true news stories and adding the magic touch of the showmanship of Murphy and associates.
At the end of the 9-1-1 season 6 review, we confirm how the characteristics that have made the fortune of the franchise – limitless spectacularity, more cases per episode – continue along this line, however perhaps adding too much meat to the fire for the protagonists. On the other hand, the desire to lengthen the maxi disaster at the beginning of the season more and more horizontally as well as the personal life of the characters, inextricably linked to the professional one, is appreciable.
Because we like it
- The staging and the cases chosen each week, inspired by current events, continue to be spectacular.
- The protagonists, just like us in real life, find themselves taking stock of their lives after the pandemic.
- The authors take more episodes to tell the maxi seasonal disaster and the personal stories of the characters.
- Too many misfortunes happen in a few episodes directly to the protagonists.
- Buck is a character who in a certain sense keeps turning on himself.