Is it Glee meets Faults of our Stars on Fox? Some might think that. Octavia Spencer plays a tough but caring nurse. She might be the best part of the show.
“Red Band Society”— which is set in a hospital, among a group of sick teen-agers who party, bond over impending surgeries, and engage in a variety of doomed, freighted romances — isn’t especially interested in the downside of terminal illness. Everyone is Abercrombie hot; cancer, in this world, seems suspiciously correlated with high cheekbones… The show mines a primal adolescent fantasy: that sickness might be a form of glamour, making a person special and deeper than other humans…
Whether you find this conceit offensive or escapist will depend on your mood. For me, the crassness outweighed any charm. -SMD
“Everyone thinks that when you go to the hospital life stops,” Coma Boy intones. “But it’s just the opposite: life starts.”