Steven Soderbergh may not be a big fan of film, but he sure does love the movies. As much could be gathered from watching just about any one of his impeccable features — shot digitally, his preferred method of filmmaking — but it’s also exemplified in the 30 second trailer for Season 2 of “The Knick.”
While the first shot in the above spot is of The Knickerbocker hospital itself, the second is of a film projector. Is this a nod to the antiquated nature of the device, as “The Knick” is set at the turn of the 20th century? Is it an ironic joke that the old means of displaying film is being captured by the new “filmmaking” method? Or is it simply a reference to the time period itself? However you take the brief image, the trailer continues to showcase Soderbergh’s inventive style with immediately alluring shots of Dr. Thackery at a burlesque show, on a boat (I think) and in the surgical room.
Perhaps most telling of what’s to come in the upcoming season is a sign stating “Quarantine” affixed to a barbed wire fence. People are seen mingling in the background, but no faces can be distinguished. Will the doctors of “The Knick” help these people, or has one of their own been infected? We’ll find out when “The Knick” returns for Season 2 on October 16.