7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good series, cut too short,
This review is from: Body of Proof - Season 1-3 [DVD] (DVD)
Dana Delany (China Beach) stars as Dr. Megan Hunt, once a neurosurgeon with high standing, until injured in a car accident & the tragic death of one of her patients, cost her, her medical licence. Her strong will pushed her back into the medical profession, this time as a medical examiner in Philadelphia where she wants to give justice to the families of the dead, out of some penance, to redeem herself for her own actions.
Overall the show has an interesting mixture of detective work in the field & laboratory investigations to compliment uncovering the truth behind the premature death of the residents of Philadelphia, and battling epidemics & red tape along the way. Being a medical examiner of course, there are a lot of graphic autopsies in the show, akin to CSI, which are recreated very realistically with prosphetics & i'd wager meats from the local deli, which aren't for the squeamish. The cases are a good mixture of difficulties to deduce & try to solve yourself along with the cast. The personal lives of the main characters also offers up some interesting distractions from police work. Mainly Megan's difficult relationships with her daughter, mother & question marks over the death of her father which haunt her. And as a repercussion means she is reluctant to start any romantic relationships.
The acting is pretty good overall, although there were some changes in the cast for series 3. Dana Delany is great as the strong willed medical examiner with an impeccable taste for fashion, who is slow to trust, but follows the evidence with unrelenting conviction, occasionally her passion spills out of control. Which is where her boss, the equally strong willed & ambitious, Kate Murphy (Jeri Ryan-Star Trek: Voyager) has to keep her under control. Megan's love interest with ex-cop now medical investigator Peter Dunlop (Nicholas Bishop - Home & Away) replaced in series 3 by the brilliant Det. Tommy Sullivan (Mark Valley-Human Target) both offered up that great, will they ? won't they ? relationship cliffhanger. The cops, Detective Bud Morris (John Carroll Lynch-Zodiac) & Detective Samantha Baker (Sonja Sohn-The Wire), both replaced in series 3 by Det. Adam Lucas (Elyes Gabel-World War Z), add the investigative ground work, interviews & shaking loose a few tongues of suspects, along with personal life backs stories. Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Curtis Brumfield (Windell Middlebrooks-Scrubs) & forensic fellow Ethan Gross (Geoffrey Arend-500 Days of Summer) both inject the show will a little humor. Ethan's enthusiasm getting the best of him at times, putting his foot in his mouth a lot. And larger than life Curtis, who tries to be strict but has a soft heart really. While Megan's mother, Joan (Joanna Cassidy-Who Framed Roger Rabbit) & daughter Lacey (Mary Mouser-Me Eloise) who takes after her mum, offers up some avenues of distraction, back story to Megan's life & the discovery about her father.
In conclusion, Body Of Proof offers up another routine, yet somewhat different perspective on medical examining & police investigation that has been largely dominated by the CSI franchise for over a decade. Just as the most promising series to date arrived, introducing new & interesting characters, the show was suddenly cancelled, even though it achieved great ratings. Deemed to be aimed at too high an age group for what T.V network ABC were aiming for, a younger demographic pfftt! At least they tied up the story lines in series 3, if obviously rushed to do so. Another worthy series disappears along with many others, here's your chance to catch it in full. Recommended.