In the summer of 2020, Chemical Hearts, a Christian-based drama series, was set to premier on CBS Television Network. A young high school junior falls for a new transfer student with a heart-wrenching secret. With the help of a new friend and his own family, the boy begins to uncover the truth about his new love.
This multi-dimensional drama offers a wide array of emotions and actions from a variety of different characters. The series focuses on relationships, with most of the episodes focusing on a single relationship between the central characters. These characters include: Dr. James Taylor (Javier Colon), a loving, caring, compassionate medical doctor; Donna (Zachary Levi), a young, attractive woman with whom a deep friendship develops; Dr. James Taylor's best friend and business partner, Jim (Brian Baumgartner); and Amy (Jessica Stone), a woman whose loyalty and compassion are challenged by her husband's suspicious activities. Chemical Hearts also features some familiar faces: John Cazale as the principal; Jessica Stone as a former patient who helps the show's main character; and Melissa Leo as a friend of Jim's who is also involved with him and helps him solve his case.
Despite the positive outlook that Chemical Hearts presents, some of the shows more controversial scenes can be found in one episode. There are many moments where Jim, Donna, and Jim's girlfriend are attacked, threatened, or otherwise abused by a few of the characters, which can make the series very upsetting for some viewers.
One scene that can upset some viewers involves a scene in which Dr. Taylor and Donna argue about a patient. Donna claims that she needs to get back at the doctor for stealing her husband's car in the first place. While this argument between Donna and Dr. Taylor is not shown, it is clear that Dr. Taylor believes Donna is being too demanding. This could be a point where a parent or guardian of a small child who is seeing Chemical Hearts should be concerned.
Juan Edgardo (John Cazale) is another popular character from this series. His character is a man of faith who believes that everyone deserves a second chance, especially those who have committed serious crimes. In an episode where he was attempting to win back the love of his life, Juan's plans were derailed when his new girlfriend died. Although this is a tragic event for Juan, he believes that this is God's way of leading him to redeem himself.
While Juan's relationship with Donna has been a bit controversial at times, Juan and Donna's relationship with Jim are much less problematic. Juan openly accepts Jim into his family, showing a love and understanding for his friend that seems to surpass anything he had in previous relationships. When Jim asks him to take part in a risky mission to save a boy's life, Juan allows Jim to take control of the situation without question.