In series two of The Good Karma Hospital, British expat Dr. Ruby Walker (Amrita Archaria) is allowed to take on more prominent roles at the hospital, and expanding roles mean extra drama and higher stakes. Vibrant scenes of coastal India (filmed in Sri Lanka) beautifully balance the tension, however. The clothing is colorful, the people are quirky and realistic, and Good Karma Hospital is as busy as ever. The show doesn’t drop its pace in the transition into its second series.
The Good Karma Hospital is still well balanced between medical cases and the development of recurring characters. No one stands still for too long, and everyone is allowed to grow and evolve as the show continues. Although Dr. Ruby Walker’s mentions her father only once in passing in series one, we learn more about him and why he abandoned her as a child. Relationships continue to grow and breakdown, and the patients of Good Karma Hospital don’t merely come and go, they’re affecting and poignant.
Its atmosphere is infectious. The music often builds in the right moments to create either sentiment or drama. The characters are developed well and seem realistic. The landscape is gorgeous, natural, and warm. The majority of this show is well made and worth watching.
It’s good for easy-watching, but it doesn’t have enough high-level drama to binge. The storylines are usually tied up well and don’t leave you biting your nails. Lack of emotion is not necessarily a bad thing, because the atmosphere can be relaxed and tranquil. It’s great for a relaxing Sunday, but not so great if you want a fast-paced medical drama. The show was filmed in Sri Lanka and might upset those familiar with India.
There is an excellent 30min documentary of behind the scenes footage.
The Good Karma Hospital Series 2 Final Thoughts:
The Good Karma Hospital is a genuine and sentimental show with tear-jerking moments of both happiness and sadness. The atmosphere is vibrant, warm, and immerses you in the world. The production has brought India to life on the screen by accurately mixing traditions with contemporary life. I enjoyed this show. It has the hustle and bustle of highly-populated India, but it also has moments of pure tranquility. Fans of Call the Midwife, The Indian Doctor, and The Durells in Corfu may enjoy this show.