6 Reasons Why We’re Excited For 'The Knick'

Clive Owen pushes the boundaries of medicine in Stephen Soderbergh’s new TV drama

If you think a trip to the hospital today is bad, wait until you’ve had a look at the trailer for The Knick.

Steven Soderbergh’s new series focused on a New York hospital at the turn of the 20th century and based on the city’s real-life Knickerbocker Hospital.

Here are six reasons we’re excited.

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1 | Soderbergh
The Magic Mike director is known for his character development, but has a reputation for letting the plot slide slightly. In this case, the director has taken the reigns on every episode in the series, meaning he should have plenty of time to explore the tortured depths of Clive Owen’s soul – and hopefully craft a solid plot.

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2 | It looks disgusting
Severed arms, blood splatters and what looks like a tray of fecal matter mean The Knick should be the sort of show you watch between your fingers, and then spend all of the next day talking about.


3 | Opium
It seems almost impossible to explore the late Victorian / early Edwardian period without including opium. Sherlock Holmes was a fiend for the Chinese drug and Cillian Murphy’s Tommy Shelby would frequently chase the dragon in Peaky Blinders.

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The trailer shows Clive Owen looks worse for wear in a house with Chinese decorations. Could this hint at a drug-addicted doctor? Anyone for an Edwardian version of House?


4 | Protests
Pushing boundaries of medicine in turbulent times creates all sort of fiction. Luckily, it appears The Knick will feature a few dust-ups and window-smashings, instead of limiting itself to dull medical lectures.


5 | Clive Owen’s American accent
Based in New York, The Knick clearly calls for Clive Owen to do his best American accent. Will the accent match the heights of Owen’s monotone Sin City effort? Let’s hope so.


6 | Nurses
Obviously, with a drama based in a hospital, nurses are bound to be in plentiful supply. As we can see from the trailer, Owen’s character Dr. John W. Thackery isn’t just interested in pushing the boundaries of medicine, he’s also aiming for the hospital’s first ever HR investigation into sexual harassment.

Available on Cinemax from August 8

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