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December was a good month for people looking for calming, easy-going, episodic entertainment on Netflix. Serious content was ever-present, but the month was also underscored by two brilliant shows in Virgin River and Soundtrack. January started with another serious outing from Netflix with the controversial Messiah, but to balance out the serious content here comes Medical Police.
Medical Police is from the same people who were responsible for the short format comedy series on Adult Swim, Children’s Hospital. Created by Rob Corddry, Krister Johnson, Jonathan Stern, and David Wain, the series star Erinn Hayes and Rob Huebel in the leading role and most of the Children’s Hospital cast is back in a supporting capacity or just as a cameo.
Watch: The trailer for the first season of Medical Police currently streaming on Netflix
With Children’s Hospital parodying all the medical shows on TV, Medical Police, in the same vein, is trying its hand at coming after all the spy thriller shows on the small screen. The show succeeds in conveying the ridiculousness of the spy thrillers on TV, but there were also some problems with the way some things were handled in the series.
Things we hope a second season will eradicate if Medical Police season 2 happens. There is a high probability Medical Police season 2 will never see the light of the day because of the middling response from the fans, but the critical reception for the series is good to great, which could convince the top brass as Netflix to make Medical Police season 2 possible. So, with the possibility of a second season, here are three things we want to see in Medical Police season 2. Friendly reminder, Major Spoilers Ahead, proceed at your own risk!
Medical Police Season 2 – Where Will Season 2 Focus On?
The collision of the medical and criminal world in Paraguay will lead Lola and Owen on their next mission in Medical Police season 2.
Medical Police had a simple ending with a gag about the last-second rescue while the clock is ticking, and it was cringe to hilarious the way the cable was inserted. The two doctors did their job, they saved the world and returned to their jobs at Children’s Hospital (which for some reason is located in California and Brazil, at the same time), but when a new threat arises, they are called back in again, by the new head of CDC.
Lola Spratt and Owen Maestro are back at the hospital and getting ready for their rounds as the public hearing of Sloane McIntyre, the new head of CDC, ends, and a news report explains a gang caught with gene-altering technology. The doctors were just talking about being done with all the ridiculousness of being cops and doctors when McIntyre calls them back for the Paraguay incident.
In the same way, spy shows set up the next season in the final episode of the previous season; Medical Police season 2 is also being set up the same way. McIntyre is the new head of CDC, and the secret division of the agency called G-932 (for some reason) calls the two doctors to get them back in action for Medical Police season 2. So, let’s start with the things we want to see in Medical Police Season 2.
3. More Action Set Pieces – Medical Police did Action Better than Most Other Spy Thriller TV Series
There is something to be said about the way comedy movies and shows are better at doing action than most of the films and TV shows. Medical Police is similar in the way it is able to execute action set pieces, but the first season was lacking in action-packed fun. We get it the show is about making fun of spy thrillers and not become one, but there is a huge opportunity for Medical Police season 2 to make fun of the action in the shows it is trying to parody.
In the same way Hot Shots! and its sequel managed to incorporate action and also showed the utter ridiculousness of the things put on screen; Medical Police can do the same thing in season 2. The show is capable of great action sequences; you need not look further than the plane fight scene from the first episode to know they can handle elaborate sequences, so for Medical Police season 2, more action and set pieces would go a long way to pierce those filler episodes.
2. More of Sloane McIntyre, The Goldfinch and Glenn Richie
The Goldfinch was a scene-stealing performer in the first season of Medical Police.
Except for the leads of the series, the other winners from the first season of Medical Police were Sloane McIntyre, played by Sarayu Rao Blue, The Goldfinch, played by Jason Schwartzman and Glenn Richie, played by Ken Marino. The filler episodes were passable because of the presence of these three characters.
Considering Sloane is now the head of the CDC, there is less chance of her playing an important role in Medical Police season 2. She needs to be in America while the two leads jump all over the world to stop the threat, which means we will not be able to see her go for more “recon” work in Medical Police season 2.
Glenn Richie and his dance moves were the best things about the first season of Medical Police.
Another standout performer we hope to see more of is The Goldfinch. He was the guy behind the computer all spy shows must-have, and The Goldfinch was by far the most hilarious and scene-stealing performer in the first season of Medical Police, among the supporting cast members. The guy can drive from Europe to America to Brazil super conveniently, what more can you ask from a guy in the van?
Finally, the person we hope to see more of in Medical Police season 2 is Glenn Richie. The character was only in two episodes of Medical Police, but he completely stole the series, and it was all because of his fabulous dancing technique in the finale. Those hips should not be able to move in the way they did, it was scary and arousing in its own way, so, more of that in Medical Police season 2, please.
1. The Relationship Between Lola Spratt and Owen Maestro
Doctor Lola Spratt and Owen Maestro’s romance is welcome in Medical Police season 2.
Lola Spratt, played by Erinn Hayes, and Owen Maestro, played by Rob Huebel, were on screen from the first frame of Medical Police to the last, and not for a second, it felt like they didn’t belong together. The chemistry between the two lead characters, along with the tremendous supporting cast, was the reason for Medical Police being as funny and watchable as it was.
As most spy thrillers on TV will show leading male and female characters falling in love while on the mission, the same twist happened in Medical Police, but this was more of a believable attraction and relationship, compared to the one Messiah creators wanted us to believe, involving Michelle Monaghan and Tomer Sisley.
So, in Medical Police season 2, we want to see more of the relationship between Lola and Owen. Those two are perfect working off of each other, and the funny moments keep rolling when they talk about their romantic relationship. So, we wouldn’t mind the writers of the show focusing more on the relationship between Lola and Owen.
Medical Police is in no way a great show, but it is a good sub-4-hours series, with pockets of meh moments and prolonged periods of brilliance. For people who just made some snarky comments about Medical Police not being Children’s Hospital, we just have one thing to say, “Park your snark in the dark,” you can enjoy them both. So, in the end, we loved Medical Police, and we would not say no to a Medical Police season 2 on Netflix.