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Review of the pilot of the series "Red Bracelets"

Curious series about teenagers in the hospital, the pilot series which offers bright characters, but only hints at potential conflicts.

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Senior high school student cheerleader Kara (Zoe Leuven) faints during exercise. When the "first aid" brings her to the hospital, the doctors find out that the girl is deadly sick and that only a heart transplant will save her. While Kara is getting used to the idea that her life can end when she starts, she gets to know other inhabitants of the pediatric department - cancer patients Leo (Charlie Rowe) and Jordi (Nolan Sotijo), an anoreksichkoy Emma (Kara Bravo), a guy with lung disease, nicknamed Dash (Brian "Astro" Bradley) and little Charlie (Griffin Gluck), who is in a coma, but hears and notices everything, and mentally communicates with those who are also on the verge of life and death.

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

The trouble does not come alone, and Hollywood plot ideas also do not like to walk alone. We did not have time to cry and fidget about the young heroes of the films "Stars are to blame" and "If I stay ...", as the Fox television station rolled out a whole TV series about teenagers suffering from deadly diseases.

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

The series is based on the same Spanish (more precisely, Catalan) show. The contract to shoot the remake was signed personally by Steven Spielberg, who was the executive producer of the American version of the Bracelets

They look, really, the children are pretty blooming - even Leo, bald with chemotherapy and already lost his leg (just like the hero of "The Star is to Blame"!) - and many critics have found this an insult to those real teenagers whose slow death is by no means "glamorous". But, frankly, almost all of us know how terrible it is to see how people close to us die painfully. And which of us would voluntarily turn the TV on week after week to "admire" how the charming guys make blood and walk under themselves? It would not be a television series, but torture. Or show for maniacs-sadists, enjoying childish pain. Showing the same heroes cheerful and apparently relatively healthy, the series only emphasizes the monstrous injustice that these teenagers at any time can go to intensive care and not return from there.

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

The creator of the original version of "Bracelets" Albert Espinoza spent 10 years, from 14 to 24 years, in the fight against cancer. During his life in the hospital, he lost his leg, lung and part of the liver

Yes, this is unrealistic, but it is traditional for the genre artistic convention. In addition, it is difficult to demand absolute realism from the show, where a child who has fallen into someone can penetrate into other people's thoughts and communicate telepathically. "Red bracelets" - rather a medical fairy tale than a medical document, and this is normal. What is not normal is that the pilot series does not quite understand what will happen in the next series. On the one hand, "Bracelets" are very similar to the usual teen series, which are built around friendly, romantic and conflictual relations between the children gathered at school, in a circle or, as here, in the pediatric ward.

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

On the other hand, if with friendship and romance in the show everything is in order, then for the conflict is responsible for a single Kara, who starts the show as an evil bitch, but noticeably softens by the end of the episode. If this goes on, then we are waiting for the series, exuding love and kindness, but devoid of interesting confrontations. And such shows, as a rule, quickly get bored. Some critics draw parallels with "Club "Breakfast"", Where also teenagers from different friendly circles and social strata gathered at the same place, not on their own will. But there, as we remember, the guys needed a lot of time to find a common language and overcome the barriers separating them. In the "Bracelets" is almost all - bosom friends already at the beginning of the show. So business is not done!

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

However, the writers will still have the opportunity to embroil the guys. Again, balancing on the brink of death itself can provide a lot of intense scenes, so it is unlikely that the drama in the "Bracelets" will be in short supply. And, finally, the show can occasionally introduce episodic negative characters to dilute so far suffocating cordiality and good-natured atmosphere in the hospital.

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

Shot from the series "Red Bracelets"

As for the main characters, the "Bracelets" are OK with them. Charlie's comatrist, really, is, perhaps, an inflection. But those heroes who communicate with words, not thoughts, are interesting enough as children of their age. Emigrant Jordi himself achieved his hospitalization, Emma has a curious sense of style, Dash is an adventurous scoundrel, and Leo resembles Augustus from "Stars are to blame", And in our mouths it is a compliment. Well, the attractive stinker Kara, who always says what she thinks, is a gift for any show that does not want viewers to miss.

As you can see, the main "pilot" test "Bracelets" pass. The series offers bright characters and hints at promising storylines. However, this is clearly not a show, which is definitely worth seeing. Just a series for those who adore the tragicomic teenage TV series and who are interested in the friendship and conflicts that can arise in the hospital walls.

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