While it could legitimately be described as "ER IN SPACE!"—the visual style, with heavy use of SteadiCams and fast-paced Walk and Talk sequences, is a direct imitation—the show was more than that. It featured intriguing characters in a setting that felt like a small part of a larger, well-developed fictional universe.
This show provides examples of:
- Bottle Episode: nearly everything seen on screen took place in the Mercy Point facility
- Do Androids Dream?: there were hints that ANI might be self-aware and have emotions
- The title sequence imitates the early-season title sequence of a certain well-known medical drama running on another network
- The first scene of the pilot episode is a nurse waking someone up to get him to start his shift—just like the first scene of the pilot of ER