Why in the name of the gods has it taken this long for people to realize the value of Asians on TV???? I'll be honest; I was never into ER, I'm over my Scrubs phase (for now), and I've only recently reconnected with Grey's Anatomy, so I wasn't looking for yet ANOTHER medical drama. But as you can see, the way Brian Tee fills out those maroon scrubs is enough to make a pygmy pause and reconsider.
Now, I like Tee no matter what the hell he's in - the Drift King in Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Liu Kang in Mortal Kombat: Legacy, even as Chow Liang in that Gabby Douglas movie. To see him cast as Dr. Ethan Choi, a 3rd-year resident and Navy reserve is just a cherry on top.
That being said, my one big beef with his character is the same beef with all the characters of color on this show: he's subordinate to bunch of White people.
To be fair, the show is only two episodes in and the actors are still feeling out their characters. But we have ONE person of color in charge (S. Epatha Merkerson as Sharon Goodwin, Chief of Services; whom we see only every so often for 5-10 seconds), while the rest take orders from a bunch of cliched, uninteresting White characters...in a city where POC actually outnumber non-Hispanic Whites.
Which is why I hope that Ethan Choi hooks up with April Sexton.
Nurse April Sexton is portrayed by the ethereally beautiful Brazilian-Nigerian model Yaya DaCosta. There are three fails I've already noted with this character. 1) She's written as a nurse, not a doctor. 2) She doesn't get much screen time. 3) In the most recent episode, the charge nurse Maggie Lockwood (portrayed by the fabulous Marlyne Barrett) is helping to plan a surprise baby shower for one of the doctors. While speaking to said doctor (a thin, white actress who's supposed to be pregnant on the show but hasn't gained any weight anywhere except her prosthetic belly), Maggie says they're having a "ladies' night" and they need her to come along as a wingwoman for April.
'Cause apparently, April hasn't been on a date in a "loooong" time, and the Powers that Be think she needs a married, white pregnant woman to "lure" the guys in for her.
See, that's what clamoring for more "diversity" on TV gets us in 2015 in America. Moving on to my main point then....
I want Ethan and April to get together. I hope it's soon, I hope it's beautifully organic and allowed to grow over time without the usual cliched bullshit. If there is to be one healthy, solid, sane couple on the show, I want it to be them. I don't want the usual bullshit break-ups, emotional misdirection, and overall soap drama. I want them to get married by, like, Season 3 in a glamorous Blasian wedding, and I want the show to make la special event out of it, complete with high-def promo pics.
*sips tea* NBC, make it so.