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The Mob Doctor Review: Fox Medical Drama Misses The Mark
With House off the air, Fox has a vacancy for a new medical drama. I thought The Mob Doctor just might fit the bill there, with a concept that twists a medical drama with the suspenseful world of organized crime, following a female doctor who's attempting to pay off her brother's debt by working on the side for the mob. There was potential in the concept, but unfortunately, the pilot pushes things too far, too fast. From the first episode alone, the series could be described as a drama about a surgeon with ties to the mob, questionable ethics and really great hair.
Created by Josh Berman and Rob Wright, The Mob Doctor begins by introducing us to Jordana Spiro's character Dr. Grace Devlin, a woman who's no stranger to dead bodies, as she tells us in her intro. And we soon learn that, when she's not working long shifts as a surgeon, she's trying to pay off her brother's debt by moonlighting for the mob. Based on the series premiere, the range of tasks she's ordered to fulfill move from pulling a screwdriver from the frontal lobe of a hardware store burglar to killing a witness who's a patient at the hospital. Obviously, some things are no-brainers (frontal lobe humor!), while others force her into ethical dilemmas. She's taken an oath, after all. There's potential in the concept. And the pilot sets out to demonstrate that full force.
The premiere episode jumps in with Devlin already working for the mob, so we don't get a whole lot of set-up at first, nor do we get to see what her life was like before she was pushed into this situation. But her situation changes later on in the episode in what is really the only intriguing aspect of the pilot. But by that point, I was already too irritated by a number of issues with the episode to feel all that compelled to watch more. For one thing, Devlin being asked to kill a patient seems like something a show like this would build up to. Putting it in the pilot episode makes me wonder what kind of over-the-top scenarios she'll face by the time sweeps comes, assuming the show goes that far. (Surgery at gunpoint seems inevitable.)
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