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Miami Medical — The Saga Continues

Well, I just watched episode two of Miami Medical and I have to say it was much better than the pilot. The cast is starting to come together more strongly, character tensions and interactions are developing and Jeremy Northam’s man of mystery is still just plain superb — and weird, which I love.

The first episode struck me in spots as sort of cheesy or cliche, with the doctors high-fiving and “look at us go folks” dialogue. The second episode, titled 88 Seconds, seemed a lot less canned.

Of course part of the story in the second one, where the young resident (Elisabeth Harnois) has to fight the imposing head of another department, has been done before on other medical shows like ER — but there were enough twists and character development in the fledgling second Miami Medical episode to forgive it.

Besides, Harnois makes Dr. Serena Warren into a believable unsure-but-gutsy young surgeon.

Harnois and Northam in 88 Seconds

Not being a doctor or knowing much of anything about it, I can’t really say whether the procedures are accurate. There is one operation where Doc Proc goes in to help near the end of the show (I’m trying to not be too much of a spoiler) which seems like it might have the real-life medical types rolling their eyes.

Episode two thankfully also has a lot more of Northam’s Doctor Proctor in it, and the slow unveiling of the story line behind him and his mystery scar keeps things intriguing.

Northam’s presence has an anchoring effect on the series. His character weaves in and out of story lines, puffing up interest in how the rest of the group will respond to him. Here’s hoping that continues.

The pacing of 88 Seconds is also much improved from the pilot. I suppose that’s a little subjective, but it just seemed to flow a lot more steadily and believably.

Jeremy Northam in the pilot episode

There’s a lot of action and a lot of small stories within the larger story, too, which keeps us short-attention-span addled Gen Xers from drifting off.

Plus I dig Proctor’s love of hanging out on rooftops. Brings me back to my days in Boston when we did a lot of grilling atop five story buildings on Commonwealth Ave. Dangling my feet over the edge, though, as Proctor seems to favor, isn’t really my ball of wax.

So overall I have to say good job guys. Keep it rolling and lets hope that Miami Medical sticks around and draws in more viewers.


Update: CBS has the full episode up now here:

Miami Medical.

(Oddly enough the station mislabeled it 88 Minutes — you’d think they’d get the name of their own show right)

There’s also a cool executive producer’s video explaining a rooftop shot here:


April 9, 2010 - Posted by | Miami Medical, Reviews | , , ,


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  2. Great review Sue! Well done.

    Really enjoyed the behind the scenes vid as well!

    Comment by gaylec | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  3. Thanks Gayle πŸ™‚

    Comment by SueVo | April 10, 2010 | Reply

  4. I agree with you that show is starting out not bad. As a Surgical Technician though it does need work in the accuracy deptartment to really be a great show. For instance in 2nd episode trauma OR room would have been preped and ready before surgeon or patient got there and surgeon never would have touched thorcotomy tray with her bare hands it would have been on a mayo stand and slid over patient. Even with its problems though so far it is not a night time soap opera like Trauma and Mercy that are more concerned with who is sleeping with who, and how can shaft their coworkers to get ahead in their career.

    Comment by Terry Gunter | April 12, 2010 | Reply

  5. Hi Terry,

    Yeah it seems like some things might be hard to keep accurate while still moving the show along — although erring on the side of accuracy is certainly a good thing.

    The doctors have their masks off quite a bit more on the show than I imagine surgeons would in reality, but acting behind a surgical mask doesn’t look like much fun.

    I was wondering if Proctor’s decision to remove the patient’s kidney after having so many problems with it — since people have two of them and all — would that be sort of a no duh thing for surgeons? Or would that be something they might get hung up on?

    I’m loving the action and the way the show is developing so far, but the technical details are interesting.

    Thanks a bunch for posting!

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  10. Leave the show on and don’t take it off—PLEASE!!; like you do with most and leave the mindless ones on. Finally get it right for once. Miami Medical is an excellent show and deserves to run as long as ER.

    Comment by ZElliott | June 20, 2010 | Reply

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