\"Ambush\" is the premiere episode of the fourth season of the American medical drama ER. Written by executive producer Carol Flint and directed by Thomas Schlamme, it was first broadcast on NBC on September 25, 1997, as a live episode, filmed twice for the East and West Coast. The episode was also pre-filmed in the event a technical issue happened.
Shown through the perspective of a PBS documentary film crew, the emergency room is filmed as a day in the life of the doctors. The episode introduced British actress Alex Kingston as Elizabeth Corday to the cast. Inspiration for the episode came from production staffers having worked in documentaries, with Anthony Edwards and George Clooney suggesting to do it live.
In its initial airing, \"Ambush\" received the highest rating of the week. Seen by a total of 42.71 million viewers, it became the most-watched season premiere episode for a drama series. Reception to the episode was mixed from critics. Praise was given to the live performances but the story and script writing was criticized being lackluster. \"Ambush\" received four nominations at the 50th Primetime Emmy Awards, winning one.
\"Ambush\" was directed by Thomas Schlamme and written by executive producer Carol Flint. Inspiration for the episode came from production staffers for the show having worked in documentaries and actors Anthony Edwards and George Clooney suggesting that they should do a live episode. The episode was filmed live twice for the East and West Coast of the United States. British actress Alex Kingston made her series debut as Elizabeth Corday.
The episode was shot at Warner Bros. Studios, Burbank, using 11 cameras throughout, five handheld. Rehearsals for the episode began a week before, with executive producer John Wells having been quoted that the process was \"more exciting than daunting\". A pre-filmed version of the episode was made in the event a technical issue happened on set. Flint remarked that if the episode was a success, it could lead to the rebirth of live television.
According to the ratings system developed by Nielsen Media Research, \"Ambush\" was the highest-rated television episode of the week from September 22 to September 28, 1997, in front of episodes from Seinfeld (The Butter Shave) and the series premiere of Veronica's Closet that aired the same week. the NBC episode was watched by 42.71 million viewers, making it the most watched season premiere of a drama series in television history. It also placed it among the top three most-watched dramas of all time, behind Dallas (Who Done It, November 21, 1980) and Magnum, P.I. (Resolutions, May 1, 1988).
The ER episode received mixed reviews from critics, praising the minimal gaffes during the episode. Variety's Ray Richmond, while finding the episode a bit contrived, considered it a \"pretty impressive, oft-compelling\" episode. Caryn James of The New York Times was critical of the writing, calling the script \"hackneyed\", and overall summarized the episode as \"terminally dull\". Steve Hall for The Indianapolis News, while finding a few moments to be \"undeniably powerful\", felt that the documentary crew plot device cheapened moments such as Dr. Morganstern suffering a heart attack.
Howard Rosenberg for the Los Angeles Times was critical of the episode and its live format, calling it a cynical gimmick to attract viewers and \"hardly the dramatic breakthrough and courageous theater that you would have thought from the gaseous hot air advertising it.\" Carol Flint and Thomas Schlamme would later write a rebuttal piece to Rosenberg's review, published in the October 6, 1997 issue of the LA Times.
A retrospective assessment by David Sims of The A.V. Club listed it as one of the best episodes of the series. While Sims did not believe the story was memorable, he called the technical work for the episode a \"substantial milestone\". In 2019, Gold Derby ranked it as the 12th best episode in the series.
\"Ambush\" is the first episode of Season One of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and the first episode of the series overall. Before its television premiere, the episode was shown on the Television Critics Association press tour on July 11, 2008 and later at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia in September. \"Ambush\" aired on Cartoon Network on October 3, 2008. Though it is the first episode of the series, \"Ambush\" is the fifth episode chronologically, being preceded by the later episode \"Supply Lines.\"
Jedi Master Yoda is on a secret mission to forge a treaty with the King of the strategic system of Toydaria when his ship is ambushed by Count Dooku. Yoda and three Clone troopers must face off against Count Dooku's dreaded assassin Ventress and her massive droid army to prove the Jedi are strong enough to protect the king and his people from the forces of the war.
Agreeing to Ventress' proposal, Yoda and his troops march through the coral forest as a Separatist landing ship carrying a full battalion of droids arrives. Yoda and his men then face off against a large number of droids and several tanks. The tanks find it difficult to penetrate the dense coral forest, forcing the droid commander 224 to send his troops out on foot, which allows the clones to ambush them in small groups. Eventually, Thire is wounded, and the group is forced to retreat.
Almost two years after the original airing of \"Ambush,\" a prequel episode titled \"Supply Lines\" aired on September 24, 2010 as part of season three. It revealed the Republic's original purpose to use Toydaria as a staging ground to help the Twi'leks and supply them with food and medical supplies, which intertwined with the Ryloth Trilogy of episodes which aired later on in Season One.
Yoda is on his way to a super-secret meeting with King Katuunko of Toydaria (which a few may remember as the home world of Watto, the ugly winged dude from Phantom Menace) to convince him to join the Republic's war effort. Things don't go smoothly though, as they are ambushed by Dooku's apprentice Ventress, who is also trying to win the pudgy flying king's favors. Yoda and his 3 clone troopers must then fight their way through an army of droids to get to their rendezvous.
A brutal ambush on a police convoy leaves three officers dead and a protected witness fighting for his life. AC-12 turn their spotlight on Lindsay Denton, the officer who led the convoy but escaped unscathed.
The episode opens on 5th September 2013 in the 4th Street Station with Sergeant O'Neill knocking on DI Lindsay Denton's door with an urgent call for the duty inspector. The call is from DS Jayne Akers who has an urgent request for assistance, with an immediate and credible threat to life. Denton tells O'Neill that they need Gold Approval to sign off on the operation, but O'Neill advises her that the Chief Superintendent Raymond Mallick has gone home. Denton tells him to call the Mallick at home. They try to reach Mallick but only get his voicemail. O'Neill says that they should give Mallick five minutes to get back to them, but Denton walks out and O'Neill looks frustrated and says \"There she goes\". Denton calls Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden and receives Gold Approval from him for the operation with Akers, although Dryden addresses her as Linda.
Back at the ambush scene, the crime scene techs are preparing to start their investigation. The media have already gathered and around surrounding the scene with cameramen, photographers and journalists. Jo Dwyer appears at the crime scene cordon and updates the press. She tells them that evidence recovery is ongoing and for them to respect the cordon. Deputy Chief Constable Mike Dryden also appears at the crime scene and signs in. He looks pretty shocked by the scene, especially knowing he gave the order for this to go ahead. He is then introduced to the press by Dwyer, Dryden gives a statement to the police saying that this is an attack on the police, three officers lost their lives and they are starting an investigation.
DC Georgia Trotman is waiting in AC-12 for Hastings and Arnott, she's to be his new partner for the investigation. Hastings confirms they have the parameters of the investigation, witness protection is off limits and major violent crime is going after the gunmen. This leaves AC-12 with investigating the suspicion that someone leaked information which led to the ambush. Arnott complains that by not being able to investigate fully they are only left with Denton to question. Hastings says then they should go after her. Georgia leaves the room and Arnott asks Hastings if he thinks she's up to it, Hastings says he thinks so.
Hastings then asks them to look at document seven in their folder, which is a map showing the location of the safe house, the ambush and 4th street station. Arnott shows the most direct route between the safe house and the station, and then shows the longer route that was taken and that the ambush happened almost directly after Denton had turned left onto Long Lane. Hastings asks Denton to agree that was the case, which Denton does. Arnott asks why the decision was taken to not go via the fastest route, Royal says that Denton was following Akers' instructions. Arnott asks specifically if Akers specifically chose the route and Denton says yes. Arnott says that this route would have lead to the 4th street station if the cars had continued along Crown Avenue, but that they turned off onto Long Lane. Denton again says that this was Akers' decision. Hastings asks if Denton questioned this. Denton says she didn't. Arnott asks if she had a radio, which Denton says she did. Hastings asks again why Denton didn't question this decision. Royal interrupts to ask them to take a step back, Denton is a witness and they should remember that. Hastings immediately steps back and becomes friendly smiling at Denton. Denton answers that the decision appeared to make sense at the time. Denton says that there were roadworks on Crown Avenue, with a temporary traffic signal controlling a single lane. Denton explains that this was a potential hold up and could have left them vulnerable. Arnott says that there were no roadworks on Crown Avenue that night, that they had been completed the day before. Denton says she wasn't aware they had finished. Hastings asks if she made a point of getting up to date travel information, she says she didn't. Arnott says that even though Akers' chose the route, Denton seems very familiar with the arguments for that specific route. Hastings asks isn't it more likely that Denton and Akers' discussed the route between themselves, isn't that more likely. Denton looks confused and struggles to answer. Royal steps in and asks to stop the interview there. Hastings asks if Denton is withdrawing her co-operation, she hesitates, Hastings pushes her and she says that of course, she'll cooperate. 59ce067264