Why I Like Monday Mornings (the show, not the real ones)
It is common practice to review a pilot of a show; we do that here as well. But for me the true test of a show comes in the second and third installments. Anyone can come up with a concept, hire a name director and pull a passable pilot out of thin air. Anyone, but the 4 major networks that is. TNT has hired David E Kelley to write a new hospital drama, Monday Mornings. I will freely admit that I will watch any show that he writes. But I have given up on many of his shows in the past. So would I stick with Monday Mornings? The second episode had a great story about a 13 year old girl with a brain tumor. This girl had such poise and passion, she not only broke the viewers hearts, she actually got to Dr. Hooten (Alfred Molina.) More important than all of that, she got to me. How? I have seen doctor shows my whole life. I know every trick David E Kelley has in his bag of tricks. But I was worried that this little girl would die. That is when I cracked it. This is the first medical show where we don't know if the patient is going to live or die. On House, you may have worried for the first couple of patients, but after watching a few episodes you always knew House would solve it at 8:52. This show is about what happens after the patient dies.
Since David E Kelley is smart. He has been mixing in 3 stories in each episode. The concept of the show is doctors are called to a Monday morning meeting to discuss possible reasons for why their patients have died. This means that at least one of these characters are bound to die, we don't know which one. The fact that any show can bring drama back to a surgery scene is impressive. The great thing about the concept is that even when they save the patient, they still might have to face the music. We are interested in not only if they live or die, but where did the doctor go wrong. In Episode 3 when Dr Lee Adama saved his patient, he was called to the Monday meeting because he did not spend the time to find out if this patient had living relatives. The consequence that the character faced because of this was huge.
This show, in only 3 episodes, has me guessing at whether each story will have a happy ending or not. I like that. I can see character development in each of the principle characters. So far my favorite is Dr Sung Park. (Keong Sim) I think one of the funniest things I have heard in awhile was when a patient asked him what was the worst case scenario of their disease. His response was: dead. He is harsh, linguistically challenged and brutally honest. At first what has seems like a one dimensional punch line has already developed into a caring individual. I am certain that over the next few episodes we will find that his language barrier, while played as comedy, has real life effects for him. But I am still loving his, "Not do; dead" philosophy of medicine. Only 3 Monday's in and I am hooked. Mix this show with House Of Cards and Season 3 of Downton Abbey and 2013 is looking up.
Read my Review of the Pilot of Monday Mornings
And my Blog on the character Dr Sung Park