NBC’s new captivating medical drama, ‘Saving Hope,’ provides summer audiences with a refreshing twist on the genre by adding an intriguing supernatural element. Much like CBS’s ‘A Gifted Man,’ this series combines the scientific with the spiritual. Each episode examines the complex dilemmas that are faced in the tangible world and beyond.
Chief of Surgery Charlie Harris (Michael Shanks, ‘Stargate SG-1’) and his fiancée, Alex Reid (Erica Durance, ‘Smallville’), work together to save lives in Toronto’s Hope-Zion Hospital. However, their world drastically changes when the happy couple gets into a car accident on the way to their wedding and Dr. Harris ends up in life-altering a coma.
Reid is devastated and struggles to save her betrothed. Meanwhile, Charlie’s spirit wanders through the halls of the hospital. He surprisingly meets the spirits of patients who died or are on the brink of death. Harris narrates his experiences. He explains what goes on in the hospital and shares a doctor’s perspective on the life or death decisions they make. When Harris is stuck in limbo, Reid’s already disheveled life grows more complicated. Joel Goran (Daniel Gillies, ‘The Vampire Diaries’), Alex’s former flame and a hot-shot surgeon, joins Hope Zion’s surgical team.
Faith, Hope and Love
Harris and Reid navigate through their parallel lives and fight for their love across two worlds. Flashbacks reveal details of their relationship and how their romance blossomed. In the present, Reid is torn between following her head or her heart. She strives to save her true love and battles mixed emotions. Goran pragmatically appeals to her medical reasoning, while Harris metaphysically encourages his fiancée to never give up hope.
This article was originally published on Examiner.com on May 27, 2012.