Here’s another in my series of old “Rescue 911” segments.
I notice that these haven’t gotten much commentary here. I don’t know how many of you watch them, but I continue to find them fascinating as well as incredibly moving. I think one of the reasons is that, whenever possible, the show used the real people (the ones originally involved) in their re-enactments.
If you never watched the program you wouldn’t know that, and it may mean nothing to you anyway. But, having seen very many of these segments, I’ve long found it interesting how good most of the re-enactments are—how realistic, and how profoundly moving.
This one is no exception. My theory is that, for the non-actors involved, the re-enactment functions as a sort of psychodrama in which they’re not exactly acting but are instead actually reliving at least some of their original feelings, and that accounts for the series’ believability and power.