Think of Code Blue as a cross between E.R. and Grey’s Anatomy for its medical dramatics and character (doctor & patient) stories. But in this case the character stories and romantics are not overly dramatic (like in Grey’s). Another comparison would be to Trauma (which I think tried to copy Code Blue) for the plot concept of ‘helicopter doctors’ and medical response.
I thought ‘not overly dramatic’ would be a good thing but maybe it wasn’t dramatic enough — kinda dry honestly. Maybe they went too hard with the whole disciplined & learning angle because on-screen its like some random people are wearing scrubs and doing medical stuff.
“… A medical team is dispatched to the patients on a helicopter to provide medical care in the field as soon as possible. One day, four young physicians are assigned to this latest medical system. The doctors experience traumatic medical situations, deal with personal ambitions, witness the fragility of life, and they grow personally and professionally.” —Fuji TV
I did enjoy watching the team of young doctors (flight doctors-in-training) trying to perfect their craft and work together in season 1. Code Blue stars popular Yampai and my favourite Toda Erika. The supporting characters made it a well-rounded medical drama: nurses, pilot, flight doctor (mentors) and of course the patients. I never got around to watching the SP or 2nd season. Many scenes were shot with a real helicopter so the only cheesy part is the ketchup-water blood.
aparoo says 3/5 for action, human & medical drama
Viewer Rant (not review)
If Toda Erika wasn’t in this series I wouldn’t have even finished the first season. Toda Erika pics