Sunday, April 3, 2011

Just Catching Up

So it’s been a busy week but I couldn’t let it go by without commenting on two shows.

Body of Proof
Sassy swagger is great but I'm going to
need more than that if I'm going to keep
a new show on my TV schedule.

Dana Delaney is a medical examiner in Body of Proof. The pilot aired Tuesday and although it was sort of rocky, I’m willing to give it another chance. Delany’s Dr. Megan Hunt is a former neurosurgeon who can no longer practice because of an injury to her hand several years ago. Clearly a career switch was in order, enter medical examination.

The case involved a jogger who was found dead by the Delaware River. Hunt and her partner, ex-cop Peter Dunlop (Nicholas Bishop) are assigned to the case. Needless to say, they clash with the homicide detectives assigned to the case, Bud Morris (John Carroll Lynch) and Samantha Baker (Sonja Sohn). Her boss is played by Jeri Ryan - who offered little more than a cameo in this episode.

This was a pilot episode so I’m willing to give it some time to gel. Right now, I enjoyed watching Dr. Hunt and her cocky brilliance, but no one else was really allowed to shine, the rest of the characters fell flat and there was little chemistry between Hunt and her partner. I’m going to need them to flesh out the supporting cast a little bit before I am completely on board with this show.

Also the de rigueur story line with the ‘evil ex-husband’ and the 'estranged' pre-teen daughter is already tired to me so I hope they take that in a more interesting direction very soon.

Grey’s goes Glee
If I watch this/ If I just watch this/
Would you promise me to/ Never do it again?
A singing dramatic episode immediately brought Cop Rock to mind. The difference being I never actually watched an episode of the short-lived, ill-fated musical drama. I did watch this. And well, it was … okay. It was wildly uneven with some questionable song choices but okay. I’m saying okay because of the non-musical elements not so much for the singing. I liked the way the relationship between Mark and Arizona and Mark and Lexie were handled. As far as the singing, it should never ever happen again. Also why have Addison come in for a cross over cameo and only give her like two lines? What was the point of that?

Back to the music. Thankfully, Callie did most of the singing. She won a Tony for Spamalot. In the first song, Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol, she was joined by Broadway vet Chandra Wilson (Chicago, Carolyn or Change, Avenue Q and On the Town) and Kevin McKidd (who plays Owen), who has a strong rock vibe. The lyrics fit the scene with Callie being worked on by all of the doctors (We'll do it all / Everything / On our own / We don't need/ Anything / Or anyone / If I lay here / If I just lay here / Would you lie with me / And just forget the world?)

However, as the show rolled on, I found a lot of the songs didn’t fully fit the situation like How We Operate (Gomez). Breathe (by Anna Nalick) worked best as well as The Fray’s, How to Save a Life at the end - although the singer lost a friend because he didn't know how to save a life. Then there was Running on Sunshine which gave everyone a chance to have a little light-hearted sex romp montage while Callie and baby fought for their lives. I’d give Shondra Rhimes and company an A for effort … I mean they did try something different; but I’d give them a C on execution.


CC said...

I agree with everything you said! I didn't care for the musical episode although Callie can sang! The song choices for the most part were kind of whack.

DivaSoulSista said...

They picked songs that they'd played in the background over the years. They sounded fine then but when you put them front and center like that, then you focus on the lyrics more and it just didn't work.

Besides Glee (and Cop Rock) hired actors who can sing. Apparently there were a lot of actors on Grey's who couldn't sing and it just looked kind of awkward! LOL!