SPOILER ALERT: Don’t read if you haven’t seen “Let the Games Begin,” the season 6 premiere of “9-1-1.”
“9-1-1” returned to Fox in all its crazy glory Monday with the premiere of its sixth season. During the episode, Oliver Stark’s Evan “Buck” Buckley tackled a hot air balloon emergency with his team on the 118—and yet somehow that wasn’t the biggest hurdle he had to overcome in the season 6 premiere.
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Here, Variety breaks down the episode entitled “Let the Games Begin,” featuring Stark and how it lays the groundwork for Buck’s journey throughout the remainder of “9-1-1” Season 6.
What do you think of Buck’s feelings about being passed over as substitute captain while Bobby is gone? What does he have to do to one day be ready to take on that role?
I think being a firefighter is such a big part of Buck’s identity. I think it’s probably what he leads with when he meets anyone in the world, so I think it’s only natural that he wants to progress in his career and, as we’ve come to know over the seasons, is he a bit too aggressive ho and rushes into things too fast. So I think it makes sense that he would try to get into this promotion a little bit fast. I think it’s too early for him to take on such a role. In addition, Buck has such a close mentor-mentee relationship with Bobby that he might have thought, through some sort of nepotism, even though they’re not really related, that he might have a leg there. But it’s definitely something beyond just the first episode. And he has this lovely conversation with Bobby at the end of the premiere that will really stick with him for the next few weeks and then we’re going to see how that affects his decision making.
Have you discussed the symbolic nature of the “girlfriend” couch versus “single” recliner with showrunners Tim Minear and Kristen Reidel, and what the choice to stick with the chair means to Buck in Season 6?
I think that whole couch/armchair thing is going to be such a symbol for him in this episode. And towards the end of it, the choice not to go and buy a new sofa, but to be happiest and accept that all you have is an armchair, shows that it is a single seat; that he makes peace with the fact that he will be alone for a while, and that he must be alone for a while. Speaking to Kristen, a big thing for her has always been the fact that Buck chose to end his previous relationship, something we’ve never seen before. He was always the one to break up with. So I think the two things overlap, that he made this decision for himself and now he has to go on that path and find out, without the input of anyone else, who he is in the world.
There have been times in the past when we thought Buck would be single for a while, but then rushed into another relationship. Do you think he will really take time for himself this time?
I love that that’s the case, because I think that’s very lifelike. We often have things we know we shouldn’t be doing, whatever it is, eating junk food – but we do it anyway, nine times out of ten. So I think that’s a very appropriate path he’s been on. But I think this time because he has these other focuses, for example, as we discussed the ambitions of being captain, I think he has other things to put his energy into, which is always helpful to get on the right path. to stay. . So whether complications arise or not, it’s the world of “9-1-1”. I think, especially at this point, his head is well screwed in and he’s heading in the right direction.
Will we see Buck in action as Uncle Buck this season, now that Maddie, Chimney and Baby Jee-Yun are back home?
I’ll tell you, we haven’t done that yet. But I do believe that everyone at “9-1-1” knows there is a desire to see more Uncle Buck. So I can only imagine getting to pick up that baby sometime in season 6.
You know the fans of “9-1-1” are dying for another crossover with “Lone Star”. Do you think the upcoming wedding between his friend TK and Carlos, aka “Tarlos,” would be a good time for an emergency that will bring Buck back to Austin?
I mean, my main thought is, where’s my invite? Maybe it went straight to my junk mail or something. I love it. It’s such a beautiful relationship on that show and one of many beautiful relationships on that show. That would definitely be a great opportunity; However, firefighting comes with a lot of responsibilities, so I don’t believe there’s a crossover in that. But now that you’ve mentioned it, I’m going to send some texts saying, where’s my invite? I think it’s a great idea.
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