I felt the surgical scenes were extremely well filmed. Usually operating rooms look as if they are on a sound stage, but, here, it looked real and made me uneasy when things went horribly wrong.
Absolutely agree. Just the straightforward shots of the moment where Quinn begins to bleed out, and basically the entirety of Park's surgery scene (more on that in my next comment - see below) were superb. But I do agree that while I completely understand the intention of some of the more emphatic shots and edits, a fair number of them seemed unnecessary. Yes, they are very well framed and lit and all the technical bells and whistles... but my own personal preference, though I do love a visually arresting look, is to allow the script and the performances engage the emotions first. And here's the thing - I know that is hard to pull off in a surgical theater where the doctors (and actors) are 99% shrouded in scrubs and masks! Not underselling that aspect of it at all. But as noted in the comment above, Jamie is SO GOOD at communicating so much through very subtle body language; give him a chance to use it whenever possible. That goes for the everyone, TBH.
Re: Buck - I have a real feeling he is going to draw a lot of the love-to-hate-em ire away from Park, who sort of filled that role at least for a while in the novel; obviously he's been bumped up to principal from the book where he is a minor character.
100% YES to the missing Ridgeway children. Granted, we may get a shocker yet, but I have a feeling you are right and they jettisoned them. For those who didnt read the book: Tina and Mark have three kids in the novel, one of whom is special needs, and IMO one of the hardest things to reconcile her motivations and behavior with in the book is what comes off as selfishness in her career and her affair with Ty vs. making any kind of effort for her husband and children. Here, it is much easier to imagine that a) she is feeling a deep kinship and attraction to Ty while b) she happens to also be growing apart from her husband. Yep, this is barely touched on in the pilot but with knowledge of the alteration from the book, IMO its a wise choice. (And yes, OMG, Jennifer just brings a much-welcome warmth to the character that she needed so much!)
Sarayu is goddamned perfect. ;) Sydney may still be my fave, we will seeeeee...
Edited at 2013-02-05 07:12 am (UTC)