Station 19: S02.E15. “Always Ready”

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Screen Capture: Brett Tucker as Fire Chief Lucas Ripley in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”



The latest episode of Station 19 landed Thursday, 2 May 2019. “Always Ready” seamlessly picks up immediately after events depicted in the closing scenes of the Jesse Williams directed Grey’s Anatomy episode “What I Did For Love.” The seamless flow between Grey’s Anatomy and Station 19 is reminiscent of the Dick Wolf created One-Chicago-franchise in which characters from each show within the franchise are frequently seen in the other productions.

The Latin phrase “Semper Paratus,” not to be confused with the United States Marine Corp’s moto Semper Fidelis (usually shortened to Semper Fi), is the moto for the United States Coast Guard. The English translation of “Semper Paratus” is Always Ready. It is also a firefighter moto.

Promotional Poster
“Station 19” promotional poster. Image Credit: IMDb

Brief Episode Synopsis

Screen Capture: Boris Kodjoe and Brett Tucker as Captain Robert Sullivan and Fire Chief Lucas Ripley, respectively, in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”
Screen Capture: Boris Kodjoe and Brett Tucker as Captain Robert Sullivan and Fire Chief Lucas Ripley, respectively, in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”

Fire Chief Lucas Ripley (Brett Tucker), after an acid exposure, is facing death.

SPOILERS ALERT: If you have yet to watch this episode, please feel free to stop reading at this point in the article. Continue reading after you watch the episode.

If heights are not your thing, you might not want to follow Victoria Hughes’ (Barrett Doss) example. Despite this, a firefighter’s job revolves around selflessness. Placing the safety of others, without being reckless, is the job.

Screen Capture: Jake Borelli and Brett Tucker as Dr. Levi Schmitt and Fire Chief Lucas Ripley, respectively, in the DeMane Davis directed Station 19 episode “Friendly Fire.”
Screen Capture: Jake Borelli and Brett Tucker as Dr. Levi Schmitt and Fire Chief Lucas Ripley, respectively, in the DeMane Davis directed Station 19 episode “Friendly Fire.”

Station 19 episode “Friendly Fire” is not official part of the crossover event. Despite this point, it the closing scene sets the stage for what comes next. This is a fact not an opinion.

“Always Ready” puts to rest a narrative which many television viewers have been following since the first season. In the second part of the three-part crossover event, Grey’s Anatomy episode “What I Did For Love,” there was much humour. Like that seen with many good dramas, the people reasonable for bringing this narrative to our television screens are masters of misdirection. It begins with humour, continues with nostalgic reminiscent flashbacks of various happy moments and concludes with a huge kick to the heart. This level of pain is insurmountable to a lot of people.

Unreachable

It took way too long to track down Vic. There was too much content revolving around other characters discovering the fire chief and Vic were in a relationship. There is a reason the they wanted to keep the relationship away from people. Fire departments have rules prohibiting relationships between ranking officers and their subordinates.

Screen Capture: Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”
Screen Capture: Barrett Doss as Victoria Hughes in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”

Vic was assisting in the rescue of suicidal woman. Contrary to what Jennifer Ripley (Bre Blair) believes, Vic was busy in the field. It was not that she bothered to answer her phone which made her unreachable.

Screen Capture: Greta Jung and Barrett Doss as Gwen and Victoria Hughes, respectively, in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”
Screen Capture: Greta Jung and Barrett Doss as Gwen and Victoria Hughes, respectively, in the Nicole Rubio directed Station 19 episode “Always Ready.”

The suicidal woman story, relative to other aspects of the episode, seems a tad contrived. These scenes are only in the episode to give Vic a plausible reason for not being unavailable. It took fellow firefighters an obscene amount of time to locate her.

Is there a trailer?

Final Thoughts

If you have a real interest in multi-series franchises, it is difficult to not watch a series if there are crossover events. Crossover story arcs make for compelling viewing. It is what draws people to watch all series within a particular franchise. Crossover episodes garner phenomenal ratings. They are exciting. This is true for both Seattle based shows as it is for the Dick Wolf’s One-Chicago franchise. For many viewers, thee is a delight in seeing these story arcs play out.