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'Monday Mornings' Episode Discussion Thread: "Pilot"
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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 5th, 2013 05:34 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
Yeah, I am all for giving the subject matter the gravitas that it deserves. I did feel like this script was lacking some of the flourishes that I know he's capable of (there were a few; Sydney's line about circling the drain was textbook DEK. ;) ) It's important to maintain that balance though. Would like to see the future scripts branch out and embrace the oddness that is inherent in the subject matter anyway without contradicting it. And it's there, obviously. The human body is a bizarre and fascinating machine ;) (Black comedy is a fine concept to embrace, agreed; then again, black comedies can often be quite dark and I think it's important not to lose sight of the warmer aspects, either.)

Hey, guess what? I am sure we will do a post about this soon, but if you want to compare what was originally there (since you didn't read the book) and was changed/cut out - the pilot script is online! :D

http://www.leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Monday_Mornings_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf

kim_j_8472 From: kim_j_8472 Date: February 5th, 2013 05:53 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I will have to check that out when I have time!

It's funny but I forgot how dark and depressing The Practice was in the first few seasons. And even James Spader (Alan) and William Shatner (Denny) were darker in the final season. If you compare The Practice pilot with this one, you may see some of the same things going on with mood and dialogue. It's been so long, but from what I remember, that could be a good reference point. And The Practice went on for years, so I'm not as concerned if DEK goes heavy for awhile.

Of course, I want the series to survive the this-is-too-depressing-I-can't-watch-this kind of audience. For the sake of reality, I do hope he finds ways to have clever, light Plot Cs. There is a realm of the absurd of working in a hospital - from ER to OR. But so much of it has been explored already in Nip/Tuck and ER itself. So it'll be hard to be original.

I haven't read the book, but I'm hoping that they keep the characters from getting intimately involved with each other. Unresolved sexual tension should remain that way (at least for me; it would be too jarring considering the subject matter). I like the team aspect and hope it stays free from romantic entanglements, but that's just the med person in me.

Edited at 2013-02-05 05:57 pm (UTC)
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