Review: The Surgeon

Just to show the Internet is opening up the whole world, Australian TV is now joining the UK, US and Japan in filling up the torrent sites.

The Surgeon is a nifty half hour show that I managed to catch, despite my queasiness for all things medical. It lacks the gloss of ER et al but is far more “warts and all” than its US counterparts: the staff have rubbish bedside manners, they make mistakes, they’re rude to each other, they spend time at work chatting when they should be paying attention to patients, and the equipment is old and practically obsolete. I have no idea if this is an accurate reflection of the Australian healthcare system, but it seems in keeping with the NHS so I’ll accept it as such for now.

I probably won’t watch any more episodes, since I’m not really into medical dramas, but it’s nice to know there’s a little variety on the web now.

No Geena Davies for More4

One last thing before I go. My suspicion that Commander in Chief was going to end up on More4 appears to have been incorrect. It seems that my general criticisms of the show appear to be shared with the buyers at Mip this year and the chances of the first female president of the United States appearing on UK TV are now quite slim. Shame that.

More casualties of the new US season

Caught the third episode of Commander in Chief while in Vegas and I’ve decided enough is enough and it’s time to stop watching this drivel. Geena Davis and the cast are good, but if I wanted to watch a show that made the first couple of seasons of The West Wing look like a wise analysis of international politics, I’d get my DVDs off the shelf and watch the real thing.
Seriously, if the writers think that all it takes to overthrow a military dictator is to threaten to burn down his cocoa fields, they no doubt think that the war in Iraq has been nothing but a success and the Iraqis welcomed the US and its allies with open arms. Having said that, Steve Bochco’s joined the writing team and while Over There wasn’t exactly perfection, it at least tried a stab at realism. So maybe I’ll catch it when it airs over here (More4 anyone?) and then make up my mind if I should stick with it then.
Night Stalker, on the other hand, has actually been getting better since the dismal pilot and while it’s still not a scratch on the original, at least it’s actually quite disturbing, is discovering a sense of fun and a hint of the old Kolchak-Tony sparring is starting to emerge. I’m sure the fact that it’s one of only the dozen or so shows in the new US iTunes Music Store’s TV section won’t exactly hurt its ratings either.