Wow. That is one seriously fucked up show. I love it.
I only discovered it recently, so I’ve just seen a few of the past episodes–when I could find them! I was hoping that they’d run some kind of marathon of episodes, so I could catch up, but I didn’t see one. I think I’ll just nip over to TVTome and tuck into the recaps.
Speaking of recaps, I wonder why TWOP doesn’t recap this one. It would seem to be good fodder for them.
–I am so glad Roma Maffia has joined the cast permanently. She’s one of our great underappreciated character actors. (One of the reasons I love Law & Order so much is that they make such good use of female character actors. Roma Maffia was on several times as a big-mouth public defender.)
–Speaking of casting, this show is cast brilliantly. One of the things that impresses me so much about it is that the people on it are actually so much less perfect than the Hollywood ideal. For example, by any normal standard, Joely Richardson would be a 10. by Hollywood standards, she’s not. This lends a disturbing note of realism, especially since the show is ABOUT acheiving perfect beauty.
–Speaking of casting–again–I thought they did a great job with using Vanessa Redgrave. My inital thought was “uh-oh. Stunt casting.” Of course it’s not at all uncommon for real-life relatives to portray that same relationship onscreen. Why not? At least it looks realistic. But I loved how this show took the opportunity to explore some of the ramifications of the physical similarities of a mother and daughter. And how it showed the competitive nature of that mother/daughter relationship–especially as it related to that physical similarity. Brilliant! Plus, they just seemed so natural with one another. I admit, it occurred to me that maybe they weren’t 100% acting. I have absolutely no idea what their real-life relationship is like, but they deliberately put something on screen that would make people wonder about it, and perhaps jump to some bad conclusions. That takes real guts, and I admire that immensely. (Not that anyone ever accused the Redgrave clan of not being gutsy!)
–The characters of the two doctors is amazing. It would have been so easy to make Christian the “bad guy” and Sean the “good guy.” And that’s exactly what they are on the surface. But it’s hardly that simple. In many shows, complex characters are still shown within the basic framework of good vs. bad. Not here. From what I’ve seen, so many of Sean’s failings come from the fact that he is weak, afraid to take a stand. And though he is supposedly the more ethical of the two, he’s not. He talks a good game, but routinely makes deeply unethical decisions. Like forming a partnership with a doctor that he knows is inept, and deliberately promoting the notion that he is highly competent.
And I have a lot more to say, but I gotta go!