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Not particularly original or compelling but it get's better!
on October 18, 2012
This was anxiety-provoking to watch: I wanted so much for this actress to find her voice. Instead, we have another version of "Grey's Anatomy", this time in Denver. What's important and what is valuable in this story line seems to be the perceived awkwardness of the protagonist rather than the knowledge and care of her patients. Force of personality to make this a viable premise just isn't there: instead, a lot of talk about high school, social hierarchies ("10 Things I Hate About You" anyone?), "flop sweat" and being "uncool." Please. If the appeal is to the 12 to 18 demographic, then maybe but to an adult audience? Not smart nor edgy enough. It is just the Pilot, however, so it might be worth another look see if for only to see where this actress might take "Emily Owens, MD."
I have continued to watch this series and while a bit spotty in places, that is, tentative dialogue, shaky plot lines, I have found that elusive voice that is all Emily's own: mature and in the place she finds herself with less frequent references to high school faux pas. Relationships between colleagues continue to be established on a realistic level with tension between the "should be" couples as opposed to those that are. In this episode, "Emily....the Good and the Bad" there is a strange sort of melt down and less severity coming from the Chief Resident character. On the other hand, Emily finally gets it: she doesn't need to be so hard on herself especially when she tries so hard to be honest and good.
Onto Episode 8 and we are back, so disappointingly, to high school rivalries, childish competitiveness in the lab while waiting for life-determining test results. Really? Some good lessons in between but not redeeming enough to rid this series of an overriding theme that detracts from every other subplot. It's "Mean Girls" meets something like Grey's Anatomy but not nearly as mature dramatically.