In the second season, The Knick faces an upheaval, as Dr. John Thackery’s absence (due to his hospitalization for cocaine addiction), a dearth of affluent patients, and financial missteps have led to the board’s decision to shutter the hospital in favor of a new building uptown. In this world of corruption, invention and progress, everyone is searching for the new path that will help him or her survive. Whether it’s a path toward justice, freedom, love or just plain survival, nothing comes easy. As relocation plans proceed, the gifted but under-appreciated Dr. Algernon Edwards jockeys to become Thackery’s successor as chief of surgery, while fellow doctors, nurses, nuns and administrators grapple with challenges at work and in their private lives.
What We Thought:
It’s funny, as good as The Knick is, it’s never been a show I’ve gone out of my way to watch. I always wait for it to hit Blu-ray/DVD to watch.
It’s weird because I do genuinely like the show. I like Clive Owen a lot and he’s pretty fantastic in this. He’s been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance and the show itself has been nominated for Emmys. Yet I never watch it when it airs.
Season 2 is about Thackery’s return. There’s politics in the beginning and who’s replacing who and how his return changes things. All the episodes are connected story wise, but they do seem to have an individual story as well.
Whether it’s trying hypnosis, finding a new treatment for syphilis, conjoined twins, construction costs and more, each episode seems to be about something specific while always being tied in. It’s also all very dramatic especially when you mix in relationships, dating and everything in between.
I like the show because the acting is pretty fantastic. Owen plays Thackery flawlessly. The cast is just great. Set design and production value are also through the roof. The show looks and feel authentic for the time period.
The Blu-ray looks even better. The coloring, the shading, the set design are all perfect in HD. Audio has full, easy to hear dialogue and score. It’s pretty packed with bonus features too.
If you liked Season 1 then you definitely need to see The Knick Season 2. If you’ve never seen the show, I recommend trying it if you are currently in a “show-hole”. Owen is great, the story is great and the setting is even better. I can’t explain why I don’t watch it when it’s on because it’s a show I like and have seen every episode of now!
- “The Knick Under Construction” – go on an exclusive walking tour of the most notable sets from The Knick with the man who envisioned them, Production Designer Howard Cummings. See the amazing detail that went into the creation of the Surgical Theater, Men’s Ward, and the brand new Mt Sinai Operating theater.
- “Inside the Costume Shop” – costume designer Ellen Mirojnick is joined by actors André Holland (Dr. Algernon Edwards) and Juliet Rylance (Cornelia Robertson) backstage in her costume shop for fun, revealing conversations about how she went about creating their looks for the series.
- “Invitation to the Ball” – an extensive look at how director Steven Soderbergh and show creators Jack Amiel & Michael Begler went about creating the extravagant charity ball featured in Episode 7, from Steven’s amazing long single tracking shot through the ball to the research that went into creating these memorable scenes in the series.
- “Inside the Body Shop” – four in-depth looks at the show’s medical procedures including the eye-opening ocular surgical sequence, a bloody leg abscess, a brain surgery and a guts-and-all analysis of a heroin addicts autopsy.
- “Behind the Scenes” – five vignettes with cast and crew discussing the season’s plotlines including eugenics, feminism, addiction, race relations and corruption.
- “Post-Ops” – ten inside the episode recaps.
- “Knicktoids” – get the real scoop behind many of the fascinating details seen in Season 2
- Audio Commentaries – three commentaries with cast and crew.
Along with Owen, the series regulars include André Holland (Dr. Algernon Edwards), Eve Hewson (Lucy Elkins) and Juliet Rylance (Cornelia Robertson), Eric Johnson (Dr. Everett Gallinger), Michael Angarano (Dr. “Bertie” Chickering Jr.), Cara Seymour (Sister Harriet), Jeremy Bobb (Herman Barrow) and Chris Sullivan (Tom Cleary).
Cast & Crew:
- Clive Owen
- Andre Holland
- Michael Angarano
- Jeremy Bobb
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