The Mob Doctor Review: Fox Medical Drama Misses The Mark
And on the non-mob side of the story, we have Devlin interacting with her other doctor and nurse friends, including her boyfriend Brett (Zach Gilford), her boss Stafford White (Zeljko Ivanek), and her rival, Dr. Olivia Wilcox (Jaime Lee Kirchner). It's a solid supporting cast, to be sure, but I was as underwhelmed by their introductions as I was the rest of the set-up. Devlin gets into it with her boss over a bad call that cost a child his life. And she's also working alongside Brett with Suzy, a 14-year-old patient that's technically a virgin, but pregnant. Both of these situations give us an idea of Devlin's non-mob-related medical and ethical dilemmas, but not only did they seem unnecessarily crammed into the story, I wasn't sure what to make of the way one of the issues was resolved.
Without going into the spoilery details, I'll vaguely state that the end result of one of the Grace's medical challenges leaves her looking clever and victorious after having basically lied to a parent about his child's diagnosis. I got the impression we were supposed to be impressed by how crafty she was, and I didn't know what to make of that. Is lying to a 14-year-old patient's parent part of Devlin's secret dark side? Or was this just supposed to be a demonstration of how she's able to get around the rules? It's a side-story and one that probably isn't meant to be overanalyzed, but it left an impression on me mostly because i wasn't sure how I was supposed to feel about it.
The truth is, I like dark characters. The ones that do everything by the book usually aren't all that interesting. And there are hints that Devlin's character has a dark side, or at the very least, that she can handle the sight of a dead body, even if it's not on the operating table. But a series that combines a mob story and a medical drama is something that should probably be handled with surgical precision, as we see the lead character pushed to the limits each week. The pilot episode comes at the concept like a Mack truck and never eases off the gas. Maybe that'll appeal to people who tune in for that kind of tension and suspense, but it didn't work for me. With that said, pilot episodes aren't always the best example of what a series has to offer. In this case, The Mob Doctor feels more like a pitch for the concept than it is a proper introduction to this series. So I'll reserve full judgment until I see another episode or two. But things really aren't looking good for this one.
The Mob Doctor premieres Monday, September 17 at 9:00 p.m. ET on Fox.
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