A spin-off to 9-1-1, the Sky Witness series 9-1-1: Lone Star, created for Fox by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, aired in the UK in September 2020. Focusing on a set of fire, police, and ambulance departments located in Austin, Texas, the series follows a team – Owen (Rob Lowe), Michelle (Liv Tyler), TK (Ronen Rubinstein, Grace (Sierra McClain), Judd (Jim Parrack), Marjan (Natacha Karam), Paul (Brian Michael Smith), Carlos (Rafael L. Silva), and Mateo (Julian Works) – as they work to save people’s lives while trying to solve their own personal problems.
As a huge fan of 9-1-1, I was more than happy to have something similar to fill the void. While this spin-off isn’t as fun and the characters aren’t as compelling as its origin show, Lone Star is still a thoroughly entertaining series with more interesting cases and engaging characters, which yet again explores a number of important and relevant topics in an engaging way.
With a vastly diverse set of characters who face a broad series of issues – Owen has lung cancer, TK is openly gay and a recovering addict, Marjan is a devout Muslim, Paul is a trans man, and Mateo is dyslexic – what I love most about the 9-1-1 franchise is how complex it makes its characters to tackle many serious and emotional melodramas while keeping the overall tone enjoyable and upbeat.
The series is certainly full of charisma, but most of all it’s full of heart, showing the human being behind the uniform and bringing the audience together with a sense of pure joy.