Robert Pine and Cornelius Smith Jr. Season 1 Episode 1 in “Five Days at Memorial,” CR: Russ Martin/Apple TV+.

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is one of the saddest, most frustrating series. I wanted to scream out loud at the lack of leadership, naivety of believing this could never happen in America, and total waste of humans and pets. 

Hurricane Katrina did not bring the city of New Orleans to its knees. The aftermath of the broken, damaged levees and consequential flooding did. This series shined a horrible light on how quickly our institutions and government agencies can go to hell in a handbasket. We must not ever let this happen again. This is a lesson that cannot repeat in the future. 

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is based on true events at Memorial Hospital. The decisions that had to be made were horrific and real. The writers and the entire ensemble did an excellent job creating a tiny window into what those five days felt and looked like. It is a tough series to watch. My heart ached for every person that lived through that ordeal, as well as for those who died. Often it was not only the dialogue that was compelling but also all those silent moments and looks of utter despair that tore me apart. To be able to take an audience inside and relive those hours, and make it look authentic and feel raw is television at its finest. I wish the outcome for everyone had been different and more accountable. I only have four words to add…don’t miss this series. 

FIVE DAYS AT MEMORIAL is available to stream on APPLE TV+. 

Esta Rosevear

Esta Rosevear has been a Theatre Arts teacher and director for 35+ years, published Children’s author of the Rebecca series, and is passionate about playing her violin, walking, gardening, and reading murder mysteries.

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