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New Amsterdam Character Review: Floyd Reynolds

*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series New AmsterdamRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

Life, if nothing else, is a series of choices. While we may not be fully aware of the outcomes of our choices until they come to pass, the choices will forever play a part in the paths we take. On New Amsterdam, Floyd Reynolds (Jocko Sims) is the head of Cardiovascular Surgery at the fictional New Amsterdam hospital in New York City.

Like all of us, Floyd has made many choices. Some have ended well, some have not. When we meet him, he has been newly promoted to his new position. He is also still in the will they or won’t they stage with his ex-girlfriend and colleague, Lauren Bloom (Janet Montgomery). While still unsure about his relationship with Lauren, he starts to develop feelings for another colleague, Evie Garrison (Margot Bingham). Ironically, it was Lauren who set them up in the first place.

If this was not enough, Floyd is unsure if he should stay at this hospital while his boss, Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) has a meltdown. Though he chooses to stay at the hospital, the decision is not an easy one. Eventually, he does leave New Amsterdam. Evie, who he is now engaged to, has gotten a job at a hospital in California. In spite of the fact that his mother dislikes her and knowing that he is leaving his professional family behind, Floyd follows Evie to California.

To sum it up: Floyd is an interesting character because of the choices he makes. He chooses to be in a relationship with Lauren and then with Evie, knowing full well that he may not receive the approval he is searching for . He chooses to go to a new job and a new life in California, not knowing what lies ahead for him.

That is why he is a memorable character.

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New Amsterdam Character Review: Max Goodwin

The next group of characters I will be reviewing is…the characters from New Amsterdam.

*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series New AmsterdamRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

Life is all about balance. Most, if not all of us have a lot on our plates. It is merely a choice of what to prioritize and what to put on the back burner. On New Amsterdam, Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) has more than enough on his plate.

As the medical director of the fictional New Amsterdam hospital in New York City, Max has to deal with the needs of the patients vs. the sometimes bloated and arcane bureaucratic hospital system. He is also married to Georgia (Lisa O’Hare), who is carrying their first child. On top of all this, cancer is ravaging his body.

Max’s trademark question within the hospital is “How can I help?”. This question often leads to unorthodox methods of doing business, which riles the feathers of those who hired him. As work ramps up, his relationship with his wife and his need to treat his cancer suffers.

After Lisa dies in birth, Max adds two more things to his plate: raising his daughter alone and dealing with his wife’s unexpected passing. After his grief passes, he briefly gets involved with Alice Healy (Alison Luff). Like Max, Alice lost her husband very early into her daughter’s life. Though the relationship does not last, it provides the emotional jumping point for Max to move on with his life.

To sum it up: Finding a balance for everything in our lives is difficult. In an effort to maintain that balance, one or two things may end up being inadvertently dropped. But, in the end, we find that balance. Max finds that balance, but not without some heartache and tough decisions.

Which is why he is a memorable character.

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New Amsterdam Review

Anyone who has ever been in a management position can attest that a good part of their daily workload includes putting out figurative fires.

In the new NBC show, New Amsterdam, Dr. Max Goodwin (Ryan Eggold) is the new medical director of the fictional New Amsterdam hospital in New York City. New Amsterdam hospital is one of the oldest public hospitals in the country. He believes that treatment of patients comes before billing, which might not sit well with upper management. While he is juggling his new job, Max is dealing with his own health issues and the upcoming birth of his first child.

I really enjoyed the first episode. The writing, acting and pacing of the episode was just right. The show, for me, at least also highlighted that the medical industry has partially lost its way.  Patients come second, billing comes first.

I recommend it.

New Amsterdam airs 10pm on Tuesday night on NBC.

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