Body of Proof 3 Seasons 2011

Season 1
(180) IMDb 7.4/10

2. Letting Go TV-PG CC

Peter tells Megan to take it easy with Lacey.

Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan
44 minutes
Original air date:
April 3, 2011

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on September 12, 2011
Format: DVD
Body of Proof was a mid-season replacement show for ABC so this two-disc DVD set contains the nine episodes that comprised "the Full First Season", making it easy for those who want to catch up before Season Two starts soon.

It's a "medical mystery" series, which means there is usually one dead body at the beginning of an episode (episode 6 had two non-related dead people) and Dana Delaney - as a Medical Examiner (not the Chief however) and former surgeon in Philadelphia - and her team try to figure out who killed the dead person. There is an emphasis on MEDICAL here, with lots of graphic footage. Not only do the medical stay "play" with brains and livers, but also nearly every episode shows the chest of the victim being sliced open. In one episode, Delaney saves a patient by shoving her fist inside the incision!. If the description I just gave makes you uncomfortable the images on the screen are sure to make you feel worse.

The plots are interesting and I like how they deduce the killer but I could use a bit less graphics.

There's another issue I had with this show (though I'll still watch it). It is set in Philadelphia, but for some reason they decided to film the scenes (other than quick images of Center City Philly (where I live) and a few street images) in Providence Rhode Island! So the buildings won't look familiar - and the river is in in the wrong location. But the scriptwriters wanted to seem like Philly so they mention real places like Wynnefield and Narberth (suburbs) and Manayunk. That's fine. But then they create fictional names for streets and create things like Liberty Mall (what's wrong with Independence Mall?). And the creditability went out the window when, in one episode, a significant clue revolves around "rent control".
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In a television landscape littered with so many procedurals, it's hard to get too excited about yet another. Face it, if you're honest, dozens of TV's top rated programs are exactly the same in vibe, tone, and execution if you trade out the often likable casts. It's like comfort food, easy to digest. There's just enough wackiness of plotting, just enough eccentricity of character--most exist and thrive for the sole reason of providing escapism. When ABC announced "Body of Proof," two thoughts went through my mind. (1) It's good to see Dana Delany. Delany has been underserved, in my opinion, by many of her post "China Beach" roles. At one time, she seemed poised to be a break-out star but never successfully transitioned into feature films despite her undeniable talent and fearlessness in performance. And (2) the show would take the very conventional and expected routes of its crime drama precursors. I knew exactly what the show was going to be, but I watched anyway. I was proven right in my assumptions, but I was also entertained.

If you don't know the premise of the show, it's fairly straight forward. Delany plays a brilliant medical examiner who has taken the post after her career as an even more brilliant surgeon was shortened due to a health related crisis. As an ambitious surgeon, Delany alienated herself from the world and saw her marriage as well as her relationship with her daughter dissolve. She is so hard-edged and confrontational, especially in the early episodes, it's hard to imagine her building constructive work bonds. She, of course, is so much smarter than everyone else in the show and often does the job of the police in recovering crime scene evidence, interviewing potential witnesses, and solving major murders. She's truly a one man show.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By carol irvin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 27, 2011
Format: DVD
The concept is tired so we find ourselves with yet another crime show which pivots around the pathologist but this time for Philadelphia. However, Dana Delaney did a first class acting job on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES so I was willing to give her a try on her own show. The character had problems with her hands so had to change specialties from neurosurgery to pathology. This is quite a step down both in status and money in the medical world but she was left with little choice. So she is very over qualified to do autopsies. Hence, she horns in on every one else's job because she gets bored with just cutting up dead bodies. This the detectives find very annoying as she inserts herself into their cases.

Delaney is very good but everything else on this show needs work. The show especially needs a foil for Delaney. Although they are trying a host of characters with her as colleagues, plus a daughter and ex-husband, there is no one who qualifies as her foil yet. She is a Scully looking for Mulder or a Spock looking for Kirk.

The cases are good but they don't stand out from the enormous amount of other pathology crime shows presently overstuffing American tv. So somehow this show needs to get distinguished from all of these other shows with some scintillating episodes.

I think this has potential and, if not with this show, Delaney is certainly qualified to be the lead on some vehicle.

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