'Rush': Do you love USA's new bad-boy doctor or is this bad medicine?
Where do you fall?
Why you should like Rush
Rush isn't that bad a guy in the grand scheme of things. Compared to gun-toting gangs of drug dealers, cheap billionaires with broken penises and psycho baseball players, Rush is practically a saint. It's also important to note that none of the doctor's vices hurt anyone other than himself.
On top of that, Rush is just a lot of fun. Charismatic and usually cheerful, this is a guy you want to know -- as long as you can keep a safe distance from the self-destruction, of course.
That's perfect for TV.
Why you should dislike Rush
Has there ever been anyone so selfish on TV before? We're talking about a guy who seems to be in it solely and completely for the money and to keep up the supply he needs for a drug habit. Rush doesn't care too much about most people, he seems unimpressed by fame, and even medicine seems incidental to him.
He just wants the money and the position at the top.
Even the arrival of Sarah, Rush's supposed great love, does little to ease any of this essential selfishness. He is nice enough when she delivers frightening health news, but mostly he just wants to get her into bed.
On the balance
Selfishness is not a mortal sin. And, when faced with true evil, Rush does tend to take the better path, even if it is at his own cost. Plus, the doctor's lack of self-guilt over his own situation is kind of refreshing in a world of constant moral tales.
"Rush" just needs to keep the charm on, and we're all good. The show airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on USA.