ABC’s Station 19 presents current events


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Travis Montgomery, Robert Sullivan, Maya Bishop, Jack Gibson, Andy Herrera, Victoria Hughes, Ben Warren and Dean Miller star in the ABC show Station 19.

Audiences were highly anticipating the upcoming episode of ABC’s Station 19. After waiting many months, the NBC show came back with a bang.

SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read any further if you haven’t watched it yet and don’t want it to be spoiled.

Station 19’s fourth season was put on hold due to the current pandemic, but started back up again a few months ago. With this break, the show’s producers and writers were able to incorporate current events, such as COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, into their storylines.

Station 19 is a spinoff of the critically acclaimed show Grey’s Anatomy. The show follows the lives of the men and women of firehouse station 19 in Seattle, Washington. The show is a mix of drama, romance and comedy.

The show has finally cemented itself with it now being on its fourth season and going strong. So far, the show has had an LGBTQ+ storyline introducing a gay couple, as well as COVID-19, and most recently police brutality storylines.

The writers of both Station 19 and Grey’s Anatomy have always done an amazing job of displaying current events and making them flow and authentic. The most recent episode was no exception.

Season 4, Episode 12 talked about the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd. It goes into Black Lives Matter, protests, white supremacy and grief counseling. It also delves thoroughly into each character’s perspective of the current police brutality that is ongoing.

Ben Warren and Robert Sullivan, two of the only Black firemen at their station, go at Floyd’s death with anger and fear. Warren is more thinking about the family aspect, while Sullivan opens his eyes and realizes the reality of the issue and wants to create change.

In addition, Dean Miller and Victoria Hughes, two other Black characters on the show, have similar reactions. Hughes is mainly upset about how many people are still not taking action. However, Miller has taken this the hardest, having a mental breakdown during his session with a therapist.

The show also shows the perspectives of Andy Garcia and Travis Montgomery, other people of color. They feel like it hit close to home, but as if they didn’t have the right to. Since they aren’t Black, they think they shouldn’t be affected as much as they are when others more close to the situation are suffering more.

Viewers also see the perspective of Maya Bishop, the white fire captain, who shows another side of racism. She talks about how she learned about it in school and believed that it stopped a long time ago, or downsized in magnitude. She now is dealing with the repercussions and is realizing the severity of this issue.

The characters are diving deeper and deeper into this topic, and there is so much more to dive into. There is a lot to look forward to with this upcoming season of ABC’s Station 19, and viewers are excited to see what happens next.