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TV Series Review

Dead men tell no tales? Pshaw. They're veritable chatterboxes to Dr. Megan Hunt.

Hunt was once a gifted neurosurgeon. That was before a devastating auto accident destroyed the fine motor skills her profession required. Now she practices a different kind of medical magic ... on corpses. She finds killers and causes of death instead of healing diseases and disorders—with the help of her co-workers and in spite of, very often, her by-the-book boss.

The neurosurgery world's loss is a big gain for forensics science. And, frankly, the change has been good for Megan, too. Her previous high-stress gig demanded so much of her time and attention that she neglected her most important relationships, particularly with her husband (now, tellingly, an ex-husband) and her now-estranged daughter. While she's no longer healing anyone in the operating room, she is trying to patch up her personal life.

Does this broad-brush encapsulation sound a little familiar, perhaps even clichéd? It should. Because neither Megan's line of work nor her relational clashes are exactly fresh ground when it comes to television drama. She's just the latest in a long line of crime-solving forensic scientists struggling to balance work and life and pesky ethical conundrums. After all, what brilliant doctor/detective/lawyer these days doesn't tangle with her superiors over matters of protocol? In short, there's nothing particularly new or imaginative here; this trope is as familiar to us as the back of our television remote.

The show offers at least one strong point: Early on, it's going easy on the harsh language. But it shouldn't surprise anyone that Body of Proof also drags in a body of problems. Megan and her cohorts (boss Dr. Kate Murphy, deputy medical examiner Dr. Curtis Brumfield and forensic pathology fellow Dr. Ethan Gross among them) spend their days poking through the innards of battered, bloodied corpses, treating them much as a chef would a nice slice of tenderloin. Camera shots reflect the docs' cool clinical reserve—never lingering, but rarely blinking either.

This is now PG fare on TV? Yep. And since it's almost too obvious to say that Body of Proof is not entertainment for the squeamish, it may be more revealing to speculatue about how few viewers these days are still squeamish given how hardened we've all become to such frequent fare.

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BodyofProof: 5102011



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Dana Delany as Megan Hunt; Nicholas Bishop as Peter Dunlop; Jeri Ryan as Kate Murphy; John Carroll Lynch as Bud Morris; Sonja Sohn as Samantha Baker; Geoffrey Arend as Ethan Gross; Windell Middlebrooks as Curtis Brumfield






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Paul Asay

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