NBC...many people will say it took balls. Other poeple will say that they're pushing the envelope. I think their scarred and will try to do anyhting to keep people watching by appealing to nothing more then car crash mentality. NBC relegated themselves to nothing more than FOX level broadcasting. E.R. in it's glory days would create a sense of dread by quick camera work, fast action, a pounding soundtrack and good all-around acting. Now with the departures of Anthony Edwards, Eric LaSalle, George Clooney, and Julianna Margulies...NBC felt it necessary to shock the audience into watching. Pressure from CBS shows like CSI and Without a Trace have scarred the shit out of NBC so they push the envelope and we sit back and say ok what will be next. I never thought I had a line but the E.R. premiere crossed it, I guess. I'm not offended by the gore...believe me...Halloween is my favorite night of the year. The Re-Animator remains one of my favorites but when do we start to say enough? I know, I know, watch something else, turn off your T.V. but why do people idly sit back and let the networks even try this kind of sensationalism. The over-the-topness of it all is what offends me. It was out-of-place in a show that used to be well-written. Even my wife commented that after the Romano event the rest of the show was pretty boring and I would have to agree. I don't think they pushed the envelope, I don't think they had balls. I'm disspointed in their LACK of creativity. They've forgotten that some of the best thrillers had no blood and no gore. More intelligent writing and character development please and less cheap parlour tricks. Thanks FOX(oops I mean NBC).