It’s only been six weeks since the premiere of New Amsterdam and John Amsterdam is in mortal danger again. Or is he?
Since the pilot, John has been pursuing Sara Dillane, the doctor that saved him after his heart attack in the opening segment. But did she save him? She was the one who found him on the subway platform and worked on him. But didn’t he still end of in the morgue, pronounced dead by Sara herself?
It was in the morgue that he woke up, a result of the work of a blessing/curse (depends on how you look at it) by an Indian shaman in 1642 granting him immortality until he finds his one true love.
But John was sure that the heart attack was a sign that he’d come across “the one.” He thinks it is Sara and has been courting her ever since.
Then in last night’s episode “Reclassified,” John says he’s feels different when he’s beaten to a pulp by some Russian mob thugs. Is that proof that Sara is indeed having an impact on his mortality or is it wishful thinking on his part? He seemed to have healed without issue.
Then in the closing moments, John is shot by the Russian mobster’s little brother and the question of his mortality is answered. Or is it?
If you think that Sara is indeed John’s true love you could argue that the shot wasn’t fatal as proof of his survival. Could he have survived because their hearts haven’t been fully intertwined as one yet? Could the fact that he woke up in a hospital bed instead of the morgue be evidence that there has been some change within John?
Nevertheless those same arguments could be used if his mortality savior is someone else that he is in current contact with.
Personally, I don’t think that Sara is the one. I think the fact that she couldn’t save him in the ER in the opening episode was foreshadowing that she isn’t the one to save him from eternal life. But I believe that the heart attack is a sign that his true soul mate is near (otherwise, it would be a pretty boring series if there was no hope that he will find reconciliation with his mortality).
So if it’s not the doctor, who is it? Was it someone he saw in passing in that first episode? Or is it someone we see ever week? Right now, besides Sara, John sees two other women regularly – his partner Eva Marquez and his boss Callie Burnett (Susan Misner).
Callie wasn’t in the pilot, but since we don’t know how this blessing/curse works the heart attack could have been the sign of a future meeting.
However, my money is on Eva. John was with her moments before his heart attack. Besides they seem to have chemistry as partners. Yet, she’s right there in front of him, but he doesn’t really notice her. And she will not be easily won over by his charms like the good doctor.
Sure John Amsterdam is not without appeal and he’s had nearly 400 years to perfect his pick up lines for women, but I think the woman that is to be his true soul mate has to stand out from all the other women he’s known. She won’t be easy to woo. She will have to be a match for him on more than just looks. They will have some common interests, goals. She will be his equal, not another conquest. Someone that he will not be able to put aside even if he doubts she’s the one.
And put aside is what it looks like he might due to the sweet doctor next week if he doubts her role in his life. Next week marks the finale of a short eight-episode season.
We know that John can survive a gunshot to see another day, but will New Amsterdam survive to see a second season?