Alright, a few more assorted thoughts I didn't touch on above, before I drag myself to bed to crash. (God damn having to be well rested for work in the morning, anyway ;) )
- Virtually every adjustment they have made so far from the novel works for series, IMO. I could sit here well into the night and expand on that but if you read the novel you know what I mean. :) And yet, as Asta noted above, it is perfectly cast re: the characters Sanjay wrote.
- Pains me to say it, but I do agree that the pilot over-emphasizes Park's language barrier in a way that teeters toward stereotype. I don't think that is their intention, at all. In fact, I think the intention is a noble one i.e. there are a LOT of foreign doctors who come here to train in great hospitals and who are of immense value to our medical community, but who struggle to adapt quickly to our culture; that is what Park is all about. I just think they may not have gauged the impact quite right. (None of this reflects badly on Keong Sim, there is a really complex performance there I hope we see more of.)
- I cannot emphasize enough how important that scene is with Hooten talking to Alison while Quinn is in surgery. NO ONE is talking about this!; everyone is emphasizing how harsh Hooten is in the M&M's but that scene demontrates to an enormous extent precisely why he is giving Ty such a hard time. He KNOWS Ty is an exceptional surgeon, and he goes the extra mile to reassure Alison of that in that moment. He knows Ty is better than rushing to make a judgment call without doing all of his homework. That he gives Ty such a ringing endorsement only to have this result occur is what informs the latter M&M scene, completely.
- Speaking of the harshness of the M&M's, it strikes me that I am seeing a lot of tweets and comments elsewhere making assumptions that someone will die every week and bring about the M&M of the moment. Um... why? There are plenty of errors in patient care that do not result in death, necessarily. *eyebrow* ;) (keeping my mouth shut about something in particular that is a spoiler if you didn't read the book... mwahaha)
- I was rather chuffed to see the EW post-show recap call out the use of a late-period Pink Floyd track... in a show like this?! WHAT. That bowled me over. Even though I am not quite sure it entirely worked in the scene (it does at first, but it plays out a little too long to the point where in Ty and Tina's scene in the hall, it feels a little intrusive...) Still, major brownie points to the music supervisor. Enough surely to mitigate the use of "Gimme Shelter" at the end... easy fallback Stones, ahoy! ;) (P.S. now that Jamie is in a contemporary show you will probably hear me be overly-critical about the song choices more often. I apologize in advance. Sometimes I think I missed my true calling... XD)
- People have been calling Gato a warm father figure, haven't they? Frankly, I would go so far as to say he is motherly. To the kids. Hooten is the dad, Gato is the mom. THINK ABOUT IT. *chuckle*
- Oh, hey.... I haven't mentioned that Jamie Bamber fella have I? ISNT HE SOMETHING?!! ;) To be honest, it is a busy pilot so I am looking forward to see where he takes Ty in the subsequent eps (I have a feeling given the size of the ensemble we may not get a fully rounded sense of everyone until 3-4 episodes in). He has a few moments to shine, certainly; very good when he breaks the news to Alison but that is really Tara Summers' moment (Man, I love her... so great.) Still, that look on his face when he reads Quinn's father's medical history and it sinks in? Nailed it. Gaaaaaah!
That's plenty from me, someone else hurl your thinky thoughts at the page. ;)
Edited at 2013-02-05 07:07 am (UTC)