One of the biggest stories of the season was that between Luka and Abby. The talented Forest Whitaker guest-starred as Curtis Ames, a disgruntled former patient of Luka’s that came to take out his revenge on Abby and the baby. Whitaker was nominated for an Emmy for this role in the category Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. The storyline was explosive and for most of season you were left guessing as to whether their relationship would survive the pressures of Luka’s new position at the hospital, the effect of the trauma, and the arrival of their new baby.
The last three episodes of the season were at times incredibly tragic and sad and the season ended with the promise of even more action and wider changes than ever before.
The cast and acting were always incredible in ER and this season was no different. I believe the strongest performances came from Parminder Nagra in her role as Dr. Neela Rasgotra and Shane West in his role as Dr. Ray Barnett. Special mention must go to Chloe Greenfield who plays Sarah, the daughter of Dr. Tony Gates. Chloe would have been a pre-teen when the season was filmed and she showed herself to be a talented young actress as her character loses her mother and fights to stay with Tony.
The region 1 DVD release of the complete thirteenth season of ER consists of six discs and has an information booklet complete with episode summaries. Extra features include outpatient outtakes on several episodes which provide a bit of comic relief when some of the storylines get quite hectic. There are unaired scenes too which are quite interesting but in most cases you can see why they were left out. The set has English and French subtitles on the main episodes but not on the extra features.
As frustrating as it is to wait so long for the ER seasons to be brought to DVD, it is wonderful to watch them all again and to recall what made this television series great in the first place. This award-winning and powerful drama is greatly missed and I would certainly recommend this box set. I wait patiently for the region 1 releases of the last two seasons.