ABC’s final drama of the season premiered Tuesday night. Body of Proof follows Dr. Megan Hunt’s (Dana Delany) new career path as a medical examiner. She was one of the finest neurosurgeons in her field but had a terrible accident that left her with numbness in her hands. Therefore, she is unable to practice anymore. As a result, she took her skills to the Philadelphia Medical Examiners office. We learn that Megan was married but is now divorced from her husband and estranged from her daughter. It’s unclear at this point how much of the strained relationship is due to Megan’s former career or her ex-husband making her appear worse to her daughter than she actually is. I have a feeling it’s a little of both. Either way, Megan is trying to rebuild her relationship with her daughter.
BoP has the makings of a really good show and I enjoyed the pilot. I did think there were some cheesy moments and some pretty predictable scenarios. I chalk it up to it being the pilot and the fact that they are laying the ground work for the characters and the series. So I can overlook some of the cheesiness. I just hope it is minimized moving forward so we can really jump into the characters.
It’s a typical format. Megan is the no-nonsense doctor that no one likes and is hard to get along with. She is unconventional and is always pushing the envelope and doing things during the investigation that she really shouldn’t. The biggest question I had is why she was with the detectives interrogating suspects. Since when does the medical examiner go with the detectives (or on her own) to question suspects? It may be completely common in the real world but I wouldn’t think so. That may be the trickiest part about doing a show about a medical examiner. It’s hard to do a “who done it” show without showing the investigation. It’s very rare to spend the whole time in the autopsy room. And if Megan is the main protagonist (maybe in her case the antagonist) they have to find a way to keep integrated with the show most of the time. But I do think the supporting cast is strong enough to stand on its own.
Jeri Ryan is the chief medical examiner, Dr. Kate Murphy. Shockingly, she and Megan don’t see eye to eye on how they should handle their job requirements. I wouldn’t say they don’t get along…it’s too early for that and I get the impression Megan doesn’t get along with many people…but they have their issues in the work place. Megan also works with a medical investigator, Peter Dunlop (Nicholas Bishop.) I’m not really sure of his role other than following Megan around and commenting on her personal life but I’m willing to give it some time. The two detectives that Megan will be working wtih primarily are detectives Morris and Baker (John Carroll Lynch and Sonja Sohn.) I really like both of these actors and I already like them in this show. Again, it will be interesting to see how they work with Megan considering you don’t usually see the med examiner assisting on a street level like Megan was in this episode but I like how they handled her.
All in all I like Body of Proof. The cast is good and there are plenty of back stories to peak my interest…what was Megan like in her old life? What was her family life really like before the accident? Who did she kill on the table and what led up to that moment? How did she decided to become a medical examiner and not pursue some other area of medicine? I also would be interested to see more of the science behind the autopsy and how they go about doing that and what that information tells them. But I am going to stick with it for the time being.
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