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Transplant Season 1 Episode 3 Review: Your Secrets Can Kill You



Medical mistrust was the theme of the hour on Transplant Season 1 Episode 3.

It’s a familiar theme, but very topical to today’s America. When this first aired in Canada, the pandemic wasn’t even a figment of our imagination.

So it’s impossible to think that the writers anticipated the rise in anti-vaxxers in the coming months.

It doesn’t really matter because it was clearly relevant to BashirIt . Imagine being from a country where being vaccinated is not an option.

Transplant makes continual references to the Syrian conflict that caused Bashir and his sister to seek refuge in Canada. Now we learn exactly why Bashir had to leave. The war makes it difficult for people, especially children, to get vaccinated.

Jared Abbott: Max got one vaccination when he was a baby, and it left him paralyzed for a week. Half his little face was frozen.
Claire: Reactions like that are rare and almost never serious.
Jared: Until they are. We were lucky that he bounced back. After that we were done with it. The body builds its own immunity.

It’s no surprise, based on what we know of him, that Bashir would not stand for it and that he would take risks and break laws to ensure as many vaccinations as possible. It is completely in keeping with everything we’ve seen him do since Transplant Season 1 Episode 1.

He cares about people and patients. He is reckless, but it is only because he knows that if you don’t act, people die.

I was strange to see him raise his voice to Tristan’s father because he is usually so gentle. It made sense.

Bashir risked everything and could lose everything because he was determined to get vaccinations to those in need, and the guy had the option and passed.

Bashir and Mags Talks Vaccines - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

It’s kind of like when someone from America tries to explain bulimia to someone from a third world country.

The idea of someone having too much food, and then purposely vomiting when the food is perfectly good is not something they can understand. Bashir does not understand how this father would endanger his child in this way.

Bashir: Do you see a lot of unvaccinated children?
Mags: More than we should. People afraid of side-effects, primarily autism.
Bashir: But that study was retracted.
Mags: Yeah, and a ton of misinformation is taking its place. Are there anti-vaxxers in Syria?
Bashir: People there are desperate for vaccines. We fight to get them into the country.

It seems the father has learned his lesson though, and hopefully, when this is over, Tristan will get every vaccination in the book.

His brother Max, meanwhile, was a star. Sure, I liked him initially because I recognized him from The Gifted (I’m still not over that show’s cancellation) but he really brought it with the emotion.

Theo Tries To Help Tristan - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

Frankly, I felt more for Max than for Tristan, or I guess I felt for Tristan because of Max.

What was going on with Tristan was tragic, but we never actually met the kid. He was unconscious the entire time. Mas brought thestory across, and of course, Bashir, who always sells with the medical empathy.

Max: My dad says its all chemicals.
Bashir: He may have a point about that.
Max: He’s not happy with me.
Bashir: I know. But you did the right thing by telling us about Tristan.
Max: You know he, he talks about getting me through the measles as if him and my mom are heroes, you know, but it wasn’t like that for me. At all. I never told them but I, I was so afraid that I was gonna die. Then after my mom, if just got even harder to talk to him, so.

Max’s struggles were hard to ignore. You gotta respect the kid for getting vaccinated and for standing up to his father.

In the end, his father did right by his sons. He wasn’t a bad guy, just misinformed and scared. His love for Max and Tristan, plus an angry outburst from Bashir, set him straight.

Khaled Gives Bashir Forgeries - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

Bashir accomplished some impressive feats, though that’s nothing new. What is new is that it seems the other doctors are starting to trust him.

He has to pay his dues and play by their rules a bit, but as Wendy said, they work as a team. They saved Tristan’s life, and now the Abbotts can start fresh, hopefully with all their vaccines.

Bashir: Forgeries, corruption, that was supposed to be behind us.
Khaled: These are your grades, brother. You earned them. Who cares where the paper comes from?

Sadly, as good of a doctor as he is, Bashir’s employment is still up in the air. Bishop went to bat for him; there is clear affection and respect from Bishop, in addition to gratitude for saving his life. He knows Canada needs doctors like Bashir. But those stupid transcripts!

It was a little surprising that Bashir was considered an enemy of the state, but not very. All the signs were there, in retrospect. And it’s tragic.

As much as this is a medical show, it’s really shining a spotlight on significant political issues, from anti-vaxxers to immigration, asylum, and the costs of war.

I’ve heard people express concern that once Bashir stopped being the unknown that he was on Transplant Season 1 Episode 1, this would just be another medical show. That is clearly not the case.

Bishop Warns Bashir About Legal - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

Bashir’s story is likely a common one for refugees, and especially for doctors who are apparently targeted in Syria.

Dr. Bishop: Legal’s up in arms about your missing transcripts. They won’t accept that you can’t get the originals out of Aleppo.
Bashir: Any chance they’ve watched the news in the last five years?
Dr. Bishop: Apparently not. They want to see you before making a decision.
Bashir: A decision?
Dr. Bishop: Render judgment. Call it what you will. They’ve asked to talk to you tomorrow.
Bashir: Anything, in particular, they want to know?
Dr. Bishop: About the Syrian doctor who showed up out of nowhere wielding a power drill? I think they’re going to want to know everything. To them, you’re just a giant flashing neon sign that reads “liability, do not proceed.” Tomorrow, 6:00 p.m., and wear the kind of tie you’d wear when your entire future hangs in the balance.

Right now, we know how important doctors are, espectially with the pandemic. To think that there are countries that would target people who dedicate their lives to saving the injured and the sick is, well, sick. Hopefully, this show will raise awareness and affect change.

The Abbott’s weren’t the only ones working against the doctors. In a cliche, yet shiny and new storyline, someone pledging a fraternity got hurt because of it.

June sympathized with Ethan, but he felt he needed to do what he needed to do. Making connections to kickstart your career is a big motivator. You’ve gotta respect the kid for looking ahead.

Who would have guessed that drinking a whole bottle of soy-sauce would be dangerous? Gross, sure. Uncomfortable? It depends on your taste?

Vivian Barnes Smiles At Bashir - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

June: I just had to tell that kid’s parents that their only son died trying to get into a frat. Stupid Meaningless way to die.
Bashir: Doesn’t make it any easier when they die for a reason.

But to learn that it could cause something called hypernatremia, where you have too much sodium and not enough water, and that that could lead to a heart attack? That’s a new one.

The unlikeliness didn’t make it any less tragic. June was clearly affected. She had some prejudice against stupid frat boys and frat rituals, but that isn’t surprising.

Brett was really to be pitied because he’s going to have to live with what happened to Ethan for the rest of his life. Maybe he’ll go to med school. That would be quite the origin story.

June seems like an interesting character, but we don’t know much about her yet. We know she gets dismissed easily, despite her capability, most likely because of her gender and skin color.

June and Lou Off Duty - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

She’s a little rough around the edges, though hints have been dropped of her romance with the security guard.

June: Ethan, is it really worth beating yourself just to be accepted by a collection of entitled assholes?
Ethan: I’m here on scholarship, and half the alumni get the kind of finance jobs I want to have through business school, so, yeah, it is.

As unrealistic as it is, people in medical shows have to date each other because if they don’t, too much of the romance happens offscreen, and then it dies. If you don’t believe me, consider Devon and Priya of The Resident.

June and Lou could be good, though the power dynamic between a doctor and a security guard could get very messy.

June isn’t the type to give an inch, and right now, she seems to want to keep the romance under wraps.

Sneaking around can be fun, but these sorts of things usually cause problems down the line. I’m all for a romance, though.

June Dismisses Lou - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

Vivian Barnes: I heard you had a few choice words with the father. I find that having an outlet helps keep the frustration from boiling over.
Bashir: What’s yours?
Vivian: Boxing. Sometimes bourbon.

The ‘shipping is minor at this point. I think they might be setting something up between Bishop and Claire, but it’s subtle.

It’s the sme with Bashir and Mags. Really, there was no other reason for him to catch her in her car with the headphones if they aren’t going to be a thing. It does make me wonder where she lives. Why didn’t she go home?

Mags is another character they haven’t explored a lot yet. We know lots about Bashir, but with everyone else, we’ve barely scraped the surface. We do know Mags needs to solve a mystery. She’s a classic workaholic and needs to know she was right.

She felt a lack of closure with the amnesia patient, which makes sense as we never learned why he lost his memory of even saw him regain it.

Mags Examines John Doe. - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

Not showing us his recovery put us in the same position as Mags, and that was a good move, helping us to relate to her frustration and unease.

Maybe he’ll come back since they don’t know what caused it. Who knows? It could happen again.

The medical aspects of this show are very dramatic, as are the political aspects. Bashir has a lot of challenges to face and obstacles to overcome.

It’s good they’re focusing on Bashir for now, but I wouldn’t mind them fleshing out some of the other staff at the hospital. Hopefully, in time, we’ll learn more about June, Mags, Claire, Bishop, and Theo.

June, Theo, and Bashir Discuss Paychecks - Transplant Season 1 Episode 3

Bashir: I have documents proving my identity.
Tyler MacCauley: But not your credentials. And without those the hospital assumes a serious risk, one we can’t afford. I mean, how can we be sure you’re truly qualified?
Bashir: I suppose you can’t.
Bishop: No actually you can, because I hired him, I’m sitting here because of him.
MacCauley: With respect Dr. Bishop, that’s not enough. I’m not diminishing anything he did for you, but this is –
Bishop: He just performed an emergency cricothyrotomy on a kid who has a disease that shouldn’t even exist here.
MacCauley: Even still, this is about us needing a paper trail that proves he is who he says he is.
Bashir: They targeted doctors. In Syria. Especially ones who smuggled vaccines into the country to try to prevent typhoid, dysentery, diphtheria, it’s simple, the state controls the university and I am an enemy of the state. There is no paper trail because of who I am.

Overall, I’d say this was a great new installment, and I’m anxious to know what happens next already.

What about you, Fanatics? Did you empathize with Max as much as I did? Do you appreciate the political and topical elements of the story? Do you think Bashir will find a way to stick around?

Let us know in the comments, and remember, you can watch Transplant online right here via TV Fanatic.

Transplant airs on Tuesdays at 10/9 c on NBC.

Leora W is a staff writer for TV Fanatic..


House Of Dragon: Official Release Date Confirmed!




House Of Dragon, the game of thrones prequel to be released soon. This one is actually the second spin-off series of GOT. Apparently, there was the first one though to be titled The Long Night, however, it was axed soon after the pilot episode. So, there’s something we never got to watch. Well, now to the good news we have HBO boss Casey Bloys confirming House of Dragons.

Casey Bloys has confirmed that the House of Dragon is still on track for a 2022 release. Although we do not have an exact release date, we can expect to watch it around mid-2022 or perhaps in October of 2022.

According to the deadline, they found out through an interview that casting is officially underway. According to Knife Edge Media, a casting call for three leads was released earlier this year. The call was for the famous Targaryen siblings Aegon, Visenya, and Rhaenys.

Seeing the pace in production we can positively hope for a 2022 release.

The prequel will take a deep dive into the origins of the Targaryens. Set 300 years before the events of Game Of Thrones we might see it going for an end towards the birth of John Snow. Well, this is still a guess.

However, it is adapted from the book Fire and Blood by George R.R Martin. Well, as we are set to see the Targaryens we certainly will see the Starks, Lannisters, and Baratheons. Moreover, we will also get the answers to several questions from GOT, for instance, how did Benjen survive North of the Wall. Further, we will also see the mad king in action. Moreover, we might also get to see the famous rebellion and Jamie Lannister getting the title of King Slayer. However, that’s more towards the end.

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Doctor Who’s Sonic Screwdriver Started Out As A Literal Screwdriver




Modern Doctor Who uses the sonic screwdriver for a variety of uses, but the handy device began in the Second Doctor era as a literal screwdriver.

Doctor Who fans are used to seeing The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver perform miracles, but the device’s name was originally very literal. Those familiar with classic-era Doctor Who are generally quick to point out how the current show differs from the first run, which charted The Doctor’s first seven incarnations. From romance in the TARDIS to a heavier focus on companions, there’s no shortage of differences between classic and new Who, but one of the most immediately obvious changes is how the sonic screwdriver is used.

Today, the sonic screwdriver is a weapon, a tool, a scanner and a plot device all rolled into one convenient package, sitting in The Doctor’s pocket ready to be whipped out in a host of different scenarios. Despite only appearing to have a single button, The Doctor’s sonic screwdriver can open doors, interact with machinery, scan the atmosphere and enact repairs in mere moments. Sometimes, The Doctor doesn’t appear to be sonic-ing anything at all; just pointing and hoping for the best. Modern Doctors also have a habit of posing with their sonic screwdrivers like guns – something Doctor Who‘s 50th anniversary episode openly mocked through John Hurt’s War Doctor. But despite the omnipotent nature of the sonic screwdriver in the 2000s, the origins of the device are far more humble.

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First introduced in 1968, the sonic screwdriver’s intended purpose was, as the name implies, loosening screws. The Second Doctor landed back on Earth with his two companions, Jamie and Victoria, and something had evidently gone horribly wrong – a gas pipe was generating sea foam in vast quantities, creating an eerie, alien landscape. The Doctor goes to inspect the pipe, but as a meek fellow, can’t dislodge the iron casing. For the first time, the sonic screwdriver is introduced, allowing The Doctor to remove the screws and peek inside the pipe’s control box. Although the original sonic screwdriver was far simpler in design (a small, metallic pencil with a light on the end), the familiar whirring sound was still present. Younger Doctor Who fans might think the term “sonic screwdriver” is just The Doctor’s quaint sense of humor at work, downplaying the power of the device. In truth, the sonic screwdriver was, once upon a time, a literal screwdriver that used sonic waves instead of physical strength.

Second Doctor sonic screwdriver in Doctor Who

Given The Doctor’s alien origins (he hadn’t yet been revealed as a Time Lord), it’s natural that his toolkit would contain some futuristic pieces. The sonic screwdriver was science fiction’s answer to a real life, ordinary screwdriver, removing screws that would otherwise be too tough for a manual tool held by an older man. Unlike more recent episodes, it never felt like the Second Doctor was “packing heat” and fans were seldom left asking “why didn’t he just use the sonic?

While modern Doctor Who undoubtedly changed the role of the sonic screwdriver, the device’s usage was expanded long before Russell T Davies came along. The sonic screwdriver began its transition to a science fiction swiss army knife in the Second Doctor episode “The Dominators,” where it cut through a section of wall, albeit only with a special attachment. But it was Jon Pertwee’s Third Doctor who truly brought the sonic screwdriver to the fore, using his model to open doors, scan new areas, and much more. By “reversing the polarity” during “Frontier In Space,” the Third Doctor proved the sonic screwdriver could be customized to open up new settings, which were subsequently written into the sonic screwdriver’s capabilities.

Despite the sonic screwdriver becoming more versatile in the Third Doctor era, the device was still nowhere near as prominent as it is today, featuring far more sporadically compared to the revived series. But as soon as this fascinating concept was introduced to Doctor Who, writers realized the potential of The Doctor’s new accessory, and quickly began relying on the sonic screwdriver to overcome plot wrinkles and quicken the pace of each episode. The Third Doctor ushered in a new era of Doctor Who, designed to be more accessible and action-based, and expanding the sonic screwdriver’s array of utilities helped deliver that change.

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Republican Senators Push Back Against Netflix Over ‘Game of Thrones’ Creators’ New Series




The streamer announced earlier this month that David Benioff and D.B. Weiss would be adapting Liu Cixin’s sci-fi trilogy “The Three-Body Problem.”

Republican senators have sent a letter to Netflix chief content officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos pushing back against the streaming service’s upcoming series “The Three-Body Problem.” Netflix announced September 1 that “Game of Thrones” creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss are adapting Liu Cixin’s science-fiction trilogy “The Three-Body Problem” for the streamer with the help of “The Terror: Infamy” writer Alexander Woo and executive producers Rian Johnson and Rosamund Pike. The letter claims that by producing the series Netflix is “normalizing” the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province.

The senators point to an interview “Three-Body Problem” author Liu Cixin gave in 2019 to The New Yorker in which he expressed approval over the imprisonment of Uighur Muslims. Human right abuses are reportedly taking place in Xinjiang province, including the detainment of over one million Uighur Muslims.

When asked in 2019 about imprisoning Muslims in Xinjiang, Liu Cixin responded, “Would you rather that they be hacking away at bodies at train stations and schools in terrorist attacks? If anything, the government is helping their economy and trying to lift them out of poverty.”

The letter to Netflix is signed by Martha McSally (R., Ariz.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), Rick Scott (Fla.), Kevin Cramer (R., N.D.), and Thom Tillis (R., N.C.). The Republican members ask Netflix to rethink its working relationship with Liu Cixin considering his comments, while adding, “Does Netflix agree that the Chinese Communist Party’s interment of 1.8 to 3 million Uyghurs in internment or labor camps based on their ethnicity is unacceptable?”

“Netflix’s company culture statement asserts that ‘Entertainment, like friendship, is a fundamental human need; it changes how we feel and gives us common ground,’” the letter concludes. “This statement is a beautiful summary of the value of the American entertainment industry, which possesses innovation largely unmatched in the global market. We ask Netflix to seriously reconsider the implications of providing a platform to Mr. Liu in producing this project.”

Disney came under fire earlier this month for filming its live-action “Mulan” adaptation in parts of the Xinjiang province. The end credits of “Mulan” also include a “special thanks” to the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uighur Autonomy Region Committee” and to the public security bureau in the city of Turpan, which is where detainment centers are reportedly in operation.

With the first installment of the “Three-Body Problem” series, Liu Cixin became the first writer in Asia to win the prestigious Hugo Award. The book is set during the Cultural Revolution when humans establish contact with an alien civilization on the edge of extinction. After the aliens invade earth, humans split off into two camps: one in favor of takeover by the superior aliens and the other determined to resist.

IndieWire has reached out to Netflix for further comment.

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