Some of you know that I’m doing a weekly review/recap of one of my favorite shows, Being Human, for Forces Of Geek, a totally rad, hip, cool, badass online magazine that’s all about fun geeky nerdy junk like movies, sci-fi, comics and other stuff we love. If you haven’t become addicted to this website yet, what’s your problem?
I was asked to pick up another new show to review, so I chose NBC’s new offering, Do No Harm. I thought Thursday night was supposed to be “Must See TV”, but this show made me wish I didn’t even HAVE a TV. Yes, friends and readers, it was that bad.
After submitting my article to FOG this morning, I was told (thankfully) that the show is getting such bad reviews all over the board, that they don’t want to run my piece, or make me suffer through another episode. (YAY!)
But, waste not want not, I did write this drivel, so I’ma gonna post it here for your enjoyment. Just consider it a public service announcement: WATCHING DO NO HARM MAY BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR HEALTH.
So, it looks like my Thursday nights are still free for watching my long time favorite Project Runway. SQUEEEEEE~
Here it is folks, my review of Do No Harm…..
Last night, Do No Harm premiered on NBC. A modern-day Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde story. Our Mild mannered Dr. Jekyll is Dr. Jason Cole, played by Steven Pasquale, who you may recognize from the F/X series Rescue me. Jason is a leading neurosurgeon at a major Philadelphia hospital.
Dr. Cole’s Mr. Hyde is Ian Price, a mean nasty person who is just now breaking the surface after years of being sedated into submission.
Dr. Cole tells his friend Will, (John Carroll Lynch) that he’s had to deal with Ian “as long as I can remember.” For years it seems, Ian has reared his ugly head every day of Jason’s life at 8:25pm, and left the following morning at 8:25 am. Jason has been breaking countless hospital rules, (and no doubt Pennsylvania laws) to keep Ian in check. His answer is to take a powerful sedative every night to sleep off the Hyde.
His partner in crime is fellow Dr. Ruben Marcado ( Lin-Manuel Miranda) who keeps pumping up the drug as Ian becomes more resistant to it.
The cast includes a basic ensemble of no less than eight characters. Quite a few to keep track of when the plot is so convoluted to begin with. This is a fine group, with many solid acting credits among them, and the return of Phylicia Rashad to television as a hospital administrator is nice to see. I just wish this cast had better, more believable material to work with.
I really wasn’t sure what I liked less about this show, the ridiculous premise that we are supposed to believe:
~A man with severe multiple personality disorder makes his way through life to become a brilliant and respected surgeon, but he has to be tucked in bed no later than 8:30 without fail or his alter ego will tear up the streets of town and cause mayhem and terror?
The unbelievable lengths that Dr. Cole goes to in order to subdue his internal nemesis Ian Price. Setting up elaborate fail safes within the hospital to keep Ian from accidentally waking up and performing a surgery, though clever, are hardly believable . The use of a complex ruse to check his blood sugar before each surgery is just one of the devices Dr. Cole employs.
As viewers, when there is a supernatural element involved, we are more forgiving, more willing to “suspend disbelief” to allow our brains to embrace the story. A preposterous or implausible set up is a given, and we eat it up.
But there is no supernatural element to Do No Harm. Just a nice guy who happens to be a doctor. A doctor who falls victim to an internal source of evil on a daily basis. Our hero engages in more than his fair share of un-heroic activity to keep his secret.
As for the “evil” Ian Price? We saw him party too much, kick the crap out of a wife beater who deserved it, and get too rough with the love interest, Dr. Lena Soltis, played by Alana De La Garza,who withstood the episode like a whimpering puppy. Could a successful doctor really have such a doormat personality when it comes to relationships?
So we have a nice guy who’s not so nice, and an evil alter ego who doesn’t seem too evil. All in a less than believable world.
I could go on with boring details of how so little of this show works, but I don’t want to bore you with it. I’m sure you have better things to do with your time than watch this show, or read about it. My gut tells me it won’t make it to five episodes before it’s cancelled. I may be all wrong, but I’m definitely not alone in my feelings.
I got a chuckle when I read what The Hollywood Reporter had to say about it. The title of their review says it all:
“Do No Harm Is Terrible TV” : Dr. Jekyll and Mr. I Will Never DVR This.
Please read the article HERE.