Other than Criminal Minds I don’t really talk about television very often on my blog. I want to, lord knows it is an absolute passion of mine. I could go on and on about shows that I love that I want you to love as well. I’ve even written a television run down for Erin at TheMomBuzz.com. But rarely does a show actually mean something more than entertainment to me. Three Rivers has come along and I need this show to work. Let me tell you why.
Organ donation is near and dear to my heart. The fact that there are people on waiting lists who will never receive an organ that they need to survive, while so many people take their healthy organs to the grave, baffles me. When you apply for a drivers license you can check off whether or not you would like to be an organ donor. However if something were to happen and your family disagreed with your decision they could stop you from saving someones life.
I strongly believe that instead of opting in for organ donation, we should have to go out of our way to opt out. My personal belief is that organ donation should be a requirement and you should only be able to refuse for religious beliefs. But in general if you are going to die and nothing can keep you alive, your organs should be harvested if someone can benefit from them. I know that this belief is not shared by all, my own husband thinks my idea is “dangerous”, but it is mine and I will not be swayed.
Imagine sitting at your mother, spouse or even worse your child’s bedside every day and watching them deteriorate. Knowing that you are waiting for a new heart. Knowing that someone will have to die to save your child’s life. Knowing that every second counts and your loved one is working against the clock to survive. This situation would leave you a sick, stressed out, emotional wreck. I never want to have to be in this situation. This is why I am a currently an organ donor. I can also tell you that if anything, god forbid, ever happened to my children I would be sure their organs gave another family the gift of life.
Three Rivers is one of the first shows of its kind to tackle such a touchy subject. Each week we meet someone who needs a transplant and each week we meet a family who can make that happen. Of course there is always going to be a family member who is worried that the doctors have given up care on their loved one in order to save the life of someone more deserving and that person will learn the truth behind organ donation.
Alex O’Loughlin from Moonlight stars as Dr. Andy Yablonski who will stop at nothing to save the life of every patient that is in need of an organ transplant. He is the heart of the show. Alfre Woodard is Dr. Sophia Jordan, the big boss lady. Her role is more of the conscience of the group. It is her job to be sure every decision made is the right one, and for the best. My favorite character is played by Daniel Henney. Dr. David Lee is the cool, collected transplant surgeon who seems to always have the right answer. He is also the eye candy of the show. Katherine Moenning plays Dr. Miranda Foster and she is ultimately looking for a home. Filled with self doubt and a lonely childhood this doctor needs to be reassured that what she is doing really is for the best and that she continues to strive to be the best in the field.
The way these doctors and nurses deal with the families of transplant patients seems so realistic. Families often don’t want to hand over organs and recipients are often scared of receiving an organ from a stranger. The team tackles the fears, tears and raw emotion of each and every character as if they were born to do it. On Three Rivers, they were.
Watch Three Rivers on Sunday Nights at 9PM EST on CBS.