Fire Country Round Table: Too Much Trauma in One Episode?

Things got bad in Fire Country Season 1, Episode 15.

Despite waiting a long time for a transplant, Sharon did not receive a kidney. The show told us about Rebecca’s dreams and aspirations, only to kill her off in that very episode. In the end, Gabriella and Manny go back to square one.

our fire country fanatics Jasmine, valleyAnd dennis gathered to discuss some of the episode’s biggest moments and what they thought of it.

How does this make you feel about Sharon not getting a kidney, and based on her reaction to the news, what do you think she would do?

Jasmine: I’m devastated and tired of it. I love Sharon, I really do, and I hate that we were making progress with her story, and now we’ve hit another snag with no idea what the outcome will be. I think their obvious solution is BOD, and they have to accept that and move forward with that process.

Vince and Sharon - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

valley: It was sad that Sharon did not get her kidney. But I think she’s missing the boat as far as solutions are concerned. Bod is ready and able to give him one of his own, so what’s the problem? Sharon is making the situation unnecessarily complicated.

dennis: I was angry with this decision. Can’t they find something else to write about instead of putting him in constant pain? They’re really wasting Diane when she has so much to give in scenes that demanded something a little different.

That said, sometimes cancer patients just don’t fight anymore, and I would understand that she might not want to go through that again.

Rebecca passed away. feedback!

Bode and Rebecca - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

Jasmine: I didn’t expect to be so affected by Rebecca’s death because she’s one of those characters I could take or leave. At least she was. Now that she is “abandoned,” I am sad that she is gone. Rebecca was a really good person trying to make up and do what was right; We saw how she died.

She died a hero’s death and helped Freddy and Bode before she did. I’m going to miss her.

valley: We were told that a “she” would die. And Rebecca was the least important of the three choices in this episode. At least they didn’t introduce a new character to write him off.

Rebecca was discardable. And thus, she became a hero. That way, we got a whole lot of drama, and the cast of the series isn’t worse for wear afterwards.

dennis: That death hit differently. She could have died an episode earlier, and we’d have been like “moving on”. They introduced her to us in episode one, only to kill her off. It was sad because it felt like we just got to know him.

Rebecca and Bode - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

Major tragedy strikes Eve’s first day as captain. How do you think this will affect him going forward?

Jasmine: I don’t see him getting ahead of any of these. He’s really pulled the short end of the stick here. Do the writers hate Eve or just love her enough that they’re willing to pile on all the trauma? I can’t always tell.

I think these are more setbacks for her, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she steps back and re-evaluates some things after this. She can’t win for losing, and I won’t say I like it for her.

valley: It will be interesting to see what happens next. Eve is a sensitive soul despite her tough exterior. I think she’ll take Rebecca’s death with her. But she will use it to positively inspire herself and others.

Freddy 2 - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

Also, how long will his injury keep him out of action? Will Jake also miss time from his accident during surgery?

dennis: Eve is another character they can’t wait to go through traumatic events. How much trauma can a person endure before saying enough is enough?

Do we like Jake’s mom?

Jasmine: I loved Jake’s mother. It seemed to me that she had a very realistic response to the situation, taking care of both her son and her friend. I appreciate the series showing this.

valley: She was very good! She readily admitted that she was conflicted. Sharon is his friend, and she wanted him to get her transplant. But at the same time, she didn’t want Jake to face any risk and encouraged him to back off. It turns out that she was right to be concerned as Jake had reacted badly to the anesthesia.

Jake and His Mom - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

Now she will work hard to find Sharon, who is not her son.

dennis: He is alright.

Eve was hurt again, Sharon still has cancer, and Gabriella and Manny have a bad relationship again. This episode made the show feel like it had scaled back and relied too heavily on painful storylines. What are your thoughts on this? Do you agree or disagree?

Jasmine: I can definitely agree with that. I was watching it with my mother, and every scene was somewhat painful, and she kept commenting on it being too much. It was a great watch, but one too many shocks at once.

Freddy - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

They need to lighten up the chain a bit. I know it’s a drama, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned through the pandemic and COVID plots and watching, it’s that there is such a thing as too much trauma at once, and the escapism of television needs more attention.

valley: I think it would be a pleasant change of pace to ease the trauma for an episode or two. Would a little good news be so bad?

Fire is inherently bad. How about balancing things out a bit? How about something modest, like Freddie making progress on his appeal? It’s a positive development that doesn’t detract from the drama for the main characters.

dennis: The show is already about emergencies and life-or-death situations; We don’t need more negativity. It felt like we were back in the early episodes where every story was new, except now none of it is.

Vince - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

What was your favorite quote, scene or story from the episode and why?

Jasmine: I grew to love and appreciate Rebecca during this episode, so invested was I in her story. I also liked how Sharon worked to save people until she fell off the wheel.

valley: My favorite was how Bode shrugged off his worries about Sharon’s surgery when he needed to focus on the crisis at hand: freeing Eve from the tree. In addition, he and Rebecca worked together to fight a rebellion among the firefighters.

dennis: It’s always a pleasure to watch Sharon when she’s working. She’s a strong woman, and we don’t see enough women on TV as being strong without being mentioned every two minutes.

Anything else, good or bad, you’d like to say about the episode?

Bode, Sharon & Vince - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

Jasmine: Sharon and Vince are such a dream couple. Seriously, I couldn’t care less when we have young couples. And so I can’t deal with Sharon not being alive.

I also loved that Jake’s mom was there and reminded him that he can get out of this if he wants to.

I’m the kind of person Jake is who would have made that promise and kept it because it was the right thing to do, even if it scared me and gave me second thoughts. My mom, like Jake’s mom, will be the person who reminds me that it’s okay if I can’t, advocating for me, if necessary.

I loved that scene.

valley: I’m confused about Gabby and Manny’s relationship.

Manny, Vince and Jake's Mom - Fire Country Season 1 Episode 15

Manny has been procrastinating lately because he’s done things he’s not proud of. But at the same time, Gabby has to cut her some slack as she tries to dig her way out. He must have some faith in his father who has been there for most of his life and who got himself into financial trouble trying to fund his dream.

dennis: It annoyed me that Gabi’s first thought was that her father was gambling. Their relationship is four to five seconds before it turns toxic.


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