Peer reviews were the at the center of Station 19 Season 1 Episode 8, and I was happy to see the person conducting the interviews was the chief.
He was unbiased, professional, and a master at extracting the information he wanted out of every single person who sat to talk with him.
Let's start with Montgomery.
I think his opinion was the most honest of the lot. The chief was saying that Warren's was, and I'm not saying Warren wasn't truthful. I'm sure he was, but Montgomery has a perspective like none of the others.
He was supposed to keep Michael safe! He was supposed to help, but he didn't.Montgomery
He suffered a devastating loss at the hands of an inexperienced captain, so his focus is on choosing someone who will get the job done and keep everyone safe.
It's a perfect balance of the two. I didn't agree with his ultimate opinion, although I can see why he chose Andy.
I don't think she has the experience at this point for the job. Maybe she will be the right person when she gets a little more time under her belt.
I did agree with all of them in that Andy made the right choice to stop, though.
What else could they do? Leave bodies on the road? Please.
The chief made the interviews mainly about that one call which happened that one morning. This race for captain has been going on for how long now? A while. There have been a lot of dicey calls, and he should've weighed them all.
Maybe he did, but it wasn't coming off that way.
Hey-o, one more thing. On today's call. Who did you agree with? Gibson or Herrera.Chief
Maybe he was trying to manipulate the crew into telling him the truth, and by using a controversial call, he thought he could force them to tell him what they really thought.
In that case, it worked.
He had Maya singing Jack's praises without breaking a sweat. I loved her reaction to that, by the way. She was just so shocked the words were coming out of her mouth, and it cracked me up.
Anyway, all he was trying to do was get the truth out of them all, so he could make the right decision. I think he accomplished that.
The biggest surprise, but one I happen to agree with, was Captain Herrera's decision. He chose neither, and I've said that before.
Andy's not going to be happy about that when she finds out. And she will find out.
I'm curious, though, what his ultimate recommendation will be. I wonder if he'll agree with me and make them co-captains or something.
How would that work, though? Nobody would know who to listen to. No, that won't work because a team needs a leader.
Maya: I'm picking sides.
Jack: Good to know.
Back to the peer reviews, and who made the right call that morning, it was the right call to stop. There was no other option.
The other station, being eight minutes away, literally meant life and death. There was no way to know this Peter dude was a seeker, looking for a fix.
Thank goodness Jack was in there because the way he handled himself was great. When you're a firefighter, you're trained in a lot of things, but at some point, your instincts have to kick in, and you have to make split-second decisions.
He did that, and he got the Peter situation under control without compromising what was going on in the road.
That's a leader.
On the other hand, Andy showed strong decision-making skills. First with stopping, then with ditty bopping from case to case, making sure everything got handled.
Also a leader.
It's a tough call, but I'm sticking with my guns and agreeing with Papi Herrera. The captain goes to neither.
So, if you can't get the rest of the department up to speed, the least you can do is not give some sub-par outsider the keys to our castle.Vic
Who to choose then? I don't have an answer for that. Yet. They all have their strong points, but they're weighed by their weaknesses, so none of them fit the captain role.
Maybe, just maybe, the captain will choose himself.
Tell me, Station 19 and TV Fanatic fans, who do you think fits the role as captain? Did you agree with Andy to stop? Who do you think the captain will choose to take his place?
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Kim Russell was a staff writer for TV Fanatic. She retired in January 2019.