If there is any post I wish I didn’t have to write, it’s this one. This new series has without doubt the one of the best casts on TV at the moment with Patrick Wilson (Dr. Michael Holt), Margo Martindale (Rita Perkins-Hall), Julie Benz (Christina Holt), Gbenga Akinnagbe (Dr. Leo Baxter), Rhys Coiro (Dr. Zeke Barnes) and Jennifer Ehle who plays Anna Paul, Michael’s “gift” in a sense. And yet with all this, how can the show be so… Blah?! Super cast or not, this story begins and ends in the pilot, literally. Michael can see his dead ex wife Anna (which just looks so wrong as they just look like a very uncomfortable pairing. The age split looks a LOT bigger than the 4 years there is in real life, which does Ehle no favours, and on top of this there’s absolutely no chemistry), who wants him to help out her free clinic, which she basically completely miss-managed. The end.
Seriously, there is just no more to the story. OBVIOUSLY he’s a big time successful surgeon who doesn’t want to help but OBVIOUSLY he just can’t stop his professional etiquette to just instinctively help on occasion. I mean seriously, after the first two episodes this story could play out exactly the same without the ghost element and nobody would notice, and please trust me when I say this, NOT A SOUL.
I just can not understand how this show exists. It’s almost as if it’s purely a vehicle for the actors to show off their talents and that’s it. This has instantly turned into a bog-standard procedural, which just kills any type of originality it was attempting to portray. This is a film concept, not a TV show and a pretty average one at that. With this in mind it comes as no surprise to learn that the one and only Jonathan Demme is behind the scenes. Is it pure coincidence that in the same TV season we have two very clear film plotlines including all the limitations this brings, brought to the small screen by established screen writers/producers/directors, with both resulting in disappointing ratings?
For now it’s clear that just like Person Of Interest, this show lacks that something that can hook an audience along, but unlike POI, I really don’t think there’s anything you can add to this show to turn things around. Not unless you want to start heading deeper into the supernatural realm anyway, bringing in maybe some form of otherworldly conflict, or he sees other dead people (maybe one that died on his table) or something. That would be such a drastic change though that I just can’t see it happening. I would be incredibly surprised to see this series still around by the end of the month, but there’s absolutely no chance it will get a second season.
Watch/DVR/Forget = Forget