Station 19 review, Season 4: the spin-off continues

We offer you the review of the fourth season of Station 19, a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy, soon available on Disney Plus along with all the other seasons

ORIGINAL TITLE: Station 19. GENRE: Drama. COUNTRY: United States. CREATOR: Stacy McKee. CAST: Jaina Lee Ortiz, Jason Winston George, Gray Damon, Barrett Doss, Jay Hayden, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Boris Kodjoe, Stefania Spampinato. DURATION: about 45 minutes per episode. DISTRIBUTOR: Disney Plus. RELEASE ON THE PLATFORM: 16/07/2021

We begin the review of the fourth season of Station 19 with a necessary premise: it is always difficult for a spin-off to create its own identity that differs from the parent series from which it was born. Especially, then, when the series in question is the decan Grey’s Anatomy, now in its 17th season. We cannot fully say that Station 19 has succeeded, but this last season, thanks to the current issue of the pandemic, brought greater cohesion and development to the Seattle firefighting history.

Plot and Trailer | Station 19 review

Station 19’s plot revolves around the Barracks 19 of the Seattle firefighters, to which Ben Warren was awarded. The series tells the emergencies that the team has to face every day, alongside the private lives of the main firefighters. Typically, each episode features more than one intervention from Andy, Jack and their colleagues, who often interface with the police, especially Officer Ryan Tanner, and with Gray Sloan Memorial Hospital. In this fourth season, the element of COVID has been included, which has not just influenced the real release, delayed by two months compared to expected.

Not unlike Grey’s Anatomy, from which it was born, Station 19 finds itself having to deal with the storylines truncated in the finale of last season and which must be resumed and adapted to the new health situation characterized by the global pandemic, also transposed into fiction as for other shows, especially medical drama.

The new life in emergency | Station 19 review

Moving between flashback and sequences set in the present, the episodes lead viewers to discover what happened between the finale of the previous season and the “new normal” made up of masks, social distancing and hitherto unknown symptoms and problems. COVID has naturally influenced everyone’s lives, but in the type of work done by the protagonists of the fire station it multiplies the dangers and forces everyone to be more careful.

Since last season Krista Vernoff has become showrunner, thus creating a unique and cohesive universe also with the mother Grey’s Anatomy, in which crossover moments find more and more often space: not only through the great event of the premiere and the final midseason, but also with short forays of the characters one series into another and vice versa, like a big family. And family is the central theme of this fourth season of Station 19.

Station 19 review, Season 4: the spin-off continues

In particular, Andy (Jaina Lee Ortiz) must deal with the aftermath of his father’s death, the discovery that his mother is still alive, and the aftermath of Sullivan’s (Boris Kodjoe) confession about his addiction to painkillers about their newborn (possibly premature) marriage. Sullivan’s story will also affect the other members of the team, starting with Ben Warren (Jason George) and his first aid ambulance project, while Captain Maya Bishop (Danielle Savre) must face awareness of the psychological abuse suffered. from his father and the newborn relationship with Carina.

Narrative cohesion | Reviews Station 19

What Station 19 demonstrates, in its sentimentalist inspiration, is the ability to better manage the narrative balance between past and present, justifying the various and often intricate storyline, linking them in a cohesive way to the pandemic and thinking about new experiences for the various characters, without affecting too much the plot that had obviously been previously thought.

The mix of action, romance and drama, which has characterized the show even up to this season, trying to bring the characters towards an (at least apparent) emotional stability. Current events are always treated with tact and showing the daily aspects: those who worry, those who try to live the situation without too much stress, those who take it perhaps too lightly, those who do not respect the rules, those who respect them too literally, and so on.


We close the review of the fourth season of Station 19 by noting that, like the sisters Grey’s Anatomy and 9-1-1, the series has tactfully addressed the new normal due to COVID, while developing the storylines that had been started in previous seasons.

Points in favor

  • The new episodes give the right space to all the protagonists
  • The cases addressed in the episodes are always captivating

Points against

  • The identity of the series fails to detach itself from Grey’s Anatomy

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