"Polseres Vermelles" is a Tv3 program about a group of friends in a hospital. These five boys and one girl are all hospitalized during a long time and we see how their friendship helps them fight against their day to day problems, from the amputation of a leg, to the divorce of parents, and plenty of other circumstances not necessarily related to their illnesses.
The premise is good and from the first moment the series can get you hooked.
However, one would think that before recording a series to be seen by thousands of people you would verify the details of their illnesses. Roc is in a coma, but doesn't have any IVs, nutrition, catheter nor monitorization? Ignasi is told that he could have a problem in his "aortic vein" (it doesn't exist)? Ignasi remains unmonitorized for his heart during several episodes, oh my! What is Toni doing at the hospital? And the way they are solving Ignasi's heart attacks (or does his heart stop? it is never quite clear) is frankly mistaken.
Perhaps the author of the series, Albert Espinosa, thought that after spending so many years at a hospital with his cancer (experiences that led to the writing of the series) he didn't need to do any research for the script.
Nevertheless, Polseres Vermelles doesn't get it all wrong. From a humanistic point of view, it leads to a lot of thinking. Many of the things that characters say can leave you with chills. All of the medical mistakes haven't led me to stop watching the series because I still want to see if Roc wakes up, I still want to find out if Lleó is ever going to think about someone other than himself (I'm sorry, he's my least favorite Polsera Vermella), or if Cristina ever gets cured, and so on.
Unfortunately, though, I cannot watch it with the same "can't wait" feeling as I did at first. All the mistakes have made me realize that it is just a TV series and not reality. Perhaps this is not so terrible, as I won't care as much about the characters.
To sum up: Don't believe anything the nurses or doctors say.
Enjoy the lines and scenes that make you laugh (for instance, Toni's poker game) Cry and allow yourself to be overcome by emotion when the polseres are in their worst moments and show their vulnerability.
Enjoy the main message of the series, CARPE DIEM for everyone, and particularly for those facing serious and/or long diseases.
Also, make sure to take note of the incredible soundtrack, perfectly chosen with songs that are adequate for every moment. I would like to take a moment to congratulate the author of the soundtrack.