What to say if you liked it
Glossy medical drama starring Rob Lowe.
What to say if you disliked it
Grotty medical drama starring Rob Lowe. It’s hard to believe that some ex-ER writers are involved.
What was good about it?
• Sarah Lancaster as the “beautiful blackjack dealer” (essential in every Las Vegas-based drama) is the best drawn character, with a moral depth amid all the immorality of parting the greedy from their greenbacks
• We also liked the character of Alice Doherty, the spiky nurse played by Amy Adams, although spiky nurses are nothing new in the world of TV medical dramas
• The theme song is Connected by the Stereo MCs
• There are loads of walking’n’talking scenes for those who cannot bear to see dialogue delivered while the characters remain still
What was bad about it?
• The central premise – a clash between a healer and his boss, a dealer – could have had some mileage but the writing fails to turn up any heat on the idea
• Rob Lowe, who was a revelation in The West Wing, struggles to make much of his part, Dr Billy Grant, a medic who’s a bit harassed, a bit cynical, a bit caring blah blah blah. His only good line was when his boss asked him to take a look at a lovely lady’s ganglion. “If you’re gonna make me do my medical monkey act, put me on the billboard,” was Billy’s response.
• Joe Pantoliano, who was awful in The Handler but brilliant in The Sopranos, really sucks as casino boss Tommy Canterna. He’s supposed to be cold-blooded but comes across as a slightly naughty puppy with too many teeth in his mouth
• It remained dull despite cramming in stories involving the alcoholic father of the “beautiful blackjack dealer”, a singing diva with a drug habit, a student who dislocates her knee while trying for an athletics scholarship, her father who leapt from the hotel after blowing her college fund, a cheat who got a heavy beating from the security guards and a builder who screwed up while using a nailgun. None of them flashed up three melons; even the best story (the suicidal loser) was a mere two cherries.