Body of Proof Review: Old Flames & New Psychos

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Body of Proof returned after a long hiatus this week - and "Abducted - Part 1" had me bracing for a wild ride as the pace picked up and the new characters popped.

As sad as I was to hear that Peter had died from his injuries and Sam and Bud had moved on from the Philadelphia Police, Mark Valley did a great job of helping me get over my grief. 

Body of Proof Season Premiere Scene

Detective Tommy Sullivan was smart, challenging, cocky and a bit of an abrasive ass... which make him a perfect love interest for Dr. Megan Hunt. Supposedly these two had quite the tumultuous history 20 years ago and it sent Megan heading to Philly to start over.  

You know their relationship must have been hot when Megan's still angry and the sparks still fly between them two decades later. Plus, it's great to see someone who Megan can't control or intimidate, as Tommy told Megan in this Body of Proof quote

Why don't you go to the academy, earn your badge, make Captain and then you can tell me what to do. | permalink

Although for all of his protests, he obviously found bossy Megan a turn on.

Even Tommy's partner, Det. Adam Lucas, has potential. I loved that he called his new partner out for primping in the elevator as they were about to meet with Megan.  Sarcastic banter is a must for any good team.

The premiere wasn't holding anything back as the new team stumbled across not one but FIVE decomposing bodies. All combat veterans. All hacked up with their throats slit and their spleens missing. All killed within 48 hours of one another. 

It was horrible to think that these guys survived combat only to come home suffering from PTSD and then became victims to a serial killer. Talk about life not being fair.

I figured that nurse Yvonne was involved in the killing the moment we saw her. Why have a great actress like Annie Wersching as a guess star if you're not going to use her for something interesting?

What I didn't expect was that she'd toss Lacey around like a rag doll in the back of a van. Whatever Yvonne's twisted psychology is, and I can't wait to find out, she's certainly taking her role as an evil psychopath seriously. 

A few side notes…

  • I'm glad they haven't glossed over Peter's death or Megan's reaction. Having a friend die in your arms shouldn't be easy to forget.
  • I'm so glad Curtis is still around…and that he sings to his bugs.
  • For as much as I made fun of Megan's crazy shoes last season, I was almost giddy to see her in those leopard heels.

The one storyline I didn't love was Kate's desire to run for public office. The District Attorney was particularly smarmy when he told her, "someone hacking up veterans is bad press for all concerned."

It's not really great news for the veterans being hacked up either.  

Then again, I think I'd rather have Kate's potential political career be the source of conflict between her and Megan rather than Megan's ex-husband. I hope he's gone for good.

Body of Proof season 3 proved that change can not only be good, it can keep you on the edge of your seat and cheering for more.

Review

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I used to like the show, but Dr Hunt has become nothing more than a tyrant. She takes B---- to a new low. How anyone in the real world would ever tolerate her.... I love strong women, but this isn't strong, her character has a mean spirit. Not sure I want to keep watching.

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I think the show is way too violent. I used to love the show - turned it off last nite half way in and not watching it any more. Kind of sad since I waited so long for it to come back. I did like Peter and think the writers really dropped the ball with his character. Sorry Megan I really liked ypur show. But not anymore.

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I think they have ruined the show
Meghan is such a bitch now

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Part 5 And the conflicts between Kate and Megan will keep going. Flemming didn't know about her kidnapping,
but they should be contacting, or coming to see her in future. Also I
hope you don't totally write out Megan's bf, Landscaper Aiden Wells. Now I liked that they had the shoot out with Dr Wallace. I didn't like
that Yvonne Kurtz killed Dr. Wallace's daughter. But there were enough
twists and turns to make it interesting. Megan getting grabbed and the
team having trouble finding her. Megan having to do the operation on
Carl. Her fighting with Yvonne to let Lacey escape, but she was to weak.
Then Kate getting the information to The Detectives in time to come and
save them. The swapped GPS threw me off, but worked. Then brave Karl
thinking he can get away and still blow up an airplane. Then the
explosion. Later Megan did the right thing introducing Tommy to Lacey. I believe given a chance it will work. Maybe move it to Monday Nights in front of Castle?

William-e-bruce

Part 4 Now their replacements, Det. Tommy Sullivan and Det. Adam Lucas, good
start I'd say. Adam wanting to know what Tommy's history with Megan is.
It will be awkward at first to get them worked in story line. Megan has
to back off her personality a bit. But I see chemistry between her and
Tommy. But they can't be together on everything, and Megan has to
stumble some. She has 5 others at work to help find answers. Kate Murphy's Political ambitions can work in to this story line ok.
Her and D.A. Dan Russell can work. We see already he pushes her to not
see all the facts to make herself look good. Hense the to quick news
conference. But she along with Ethan Gross and Curtis Brumfield helped
figure out some information that helped solve the case. And of course
they should. The show had more cop drama then lab work, but it is
refreshing. They should show bot, heavily labby episodes and heavily
detective work episodes. Then a fine mix of both. And the conflicts
between Kate and Megan will keep going.

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with
his family. Sam got an offer to join FBI, and moved away. But that does
leave open opportunities of paths crossing again!!? Especially if it
would help boost ratings?? But I did like the exchange between Bud and Megan. He at first didn't
believe her, like the 2 new guys are doing. Then they had a back and
forth respect relationship. Sam was under utilized, but she had a good
re pore with Bud. And her and Megan worked good together. No nonsense
working. And I liked the playful jabs the non-returning 3 had going
with each other. Loosing Dani Alverez the Morgue driver was good and
bad. I didn't like her so much going after Peter, and ignoring the
pinning Ethen Gross, but it was part of the story. But she had her good
points too.

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Part 2
On with the Episode specific info. Even though Tommy and Adam aren't
used to Megan's methods, Kate should know Megan don't make this stuff up
about an assistant to Dr. Harvey Wallace. I knew when we met Nurse
Yvonne Kurtz, she had something to do with it. The story of planting
bombs in bellies of Veterans was a bit far fetched. But them using Karl
Simmons to help catch the culprit of kidnapping Lacey raised a couple
red flags for me. And when he disappeared in the van when Tommy and Adam
were watching him, I said ok, maybe he's in on it. Either that or there
were still 2 working for the Dr. But he just jumped in with his
accomplice. Someone stated about how Lacey was grabbed and how they knew her to be
Megan's. it does make you wonder. If she had been seen with Megan at a
restaurant or something by Yvonne then it would make sense. Her insulin
problems worked to make it more dramatic at end. I know Megan's mom,
Joan Hunt, and Her ex- Todd Flemming didn't know about her kidnapping,
but they should be contacting, or coming to see her in future. Also I
hope you don't totally write out Megan's bf, Landscaper Aiden Wells. Now I liked that they had the shoot out with Dr Wallace. I didn't like
that Yvonne Kurtz killed Dr. Wallace's daughter. But there were enough
twists and turns to make it interesting. Megan getting grabbed and the
team having trouble finding her. Megan having to do the operation on
Carl. Her fighting with Yvonne to let Lacey escape, but she was to weak.
Then Kate getting the information to The Detectives in time to come and
save them. The swapped GPS threw me off, but worked. Then brave Karl
thinking he can get away and still blow up an airplane. Then the
explosion. Later Megan did the right thing introducing Tommy to Lacey. I believe given a chance it will work. Maybe move it to Monday Nights in front of Castle?

William-e-bruce

torinoluvr
Body Of Proof 2-20-13, and 2-26-13 "Abducted" I believe episodes 1
and 2 of season 3, " Abducted" to me actually went good. I to compared
it to Castles 2 parter on kidnapping. But I think it came off good. I
hope it does get it's chance to do season 3. I do miss Peter Dunlop, it is good that Megan has thoughts about him
and miss him, and has some regrets. It's natural. Hope it lasts for most
of season from time to time. His replacement in The ME office,
Charlotte Tilney didn't fare so well. Between Megan not liking her and
her own nervousness and trying to do the right thing, she didn't fare so
well. So she quit. Actually with 2 Detectives on her beacon call, we
don't need a special investigator. But Charlotte might have fit in well,
and be a contrast to Peter. Maybe she will be invited back later? I also miss Bud Morris and Samantha Baker. At least they said where
they went, But retired Because of Peters death and will stay home with
his family. Sam got an offer to join FBI, and moved away. But that does
leave open opportunities of paths crossing again!!? Especially if it
would help boost ratings?? But I did like the exchange between Bud and Megan. He at first didn't
believe her, like the 2 new guys are doing. Then they had a back and
forth respect relationship. Sam was under utilized, but she had a good
re pore with Bud. And her and Megan worked good together. No nonsense
working. And I liked the playful jabs the non-returning 3 had going
with each other. Loosing Dani Alverez the Morgue driver was good and
bad. I didn't like her so much going after Peter, and ignoring the
pinning Ethen Gross, but it was part of the story. But she had her good
points too. Now their replacements, Det. Tommy Sullivan and Det. Adam Lucas, good
start I'd say. Adam wanting to know what Tommy's history with Megan is.
It will be awkward at first to get them worked in story line. Megan has
to back off her personality a bit. But I see chemistry between her and
Tommy. But they can't be together on everything, and Megan has to
stumble some. She has 5 others at work to help find answers. Kate Murphy's Political ambitions can work in to this story line ok.
Her and D.A. Dan Russell can work. We see already he pushes her to not
see all the facts to make herself look good. Hense the to quick news
conference. But she along with Ethan Gross and Curtis Brumfield helped
figure out some information that helped solve the case. And of course
they should. The show had more cop drama then lab work, but it is
refreshing. They should show bot, heavily labby episodes and heavily
detective work episodes. Then a fine mix of both. And the conflicts
between Kate and Megan will keep going.

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I rewatched BOP seasons 1 and 2 before season 3 aired. I loved that over the course of the two seasons the showrunners and writers found their niche - a faster paced and more dramatic show in the last three episodes of season 2. And that is what we have in season 3 - plus new characters. I love Mark Valley and although some of the shows he starred in did not last a season, he did star in the first season of Fringe and did a fantastic job. I like his role as Tommy (a former lover) and as someone who can go toe to toe with Megan and keep her from doing something stupid that would put her, Lacey and hundreds of other people in jeopardy. I miss Peter, Sam and Bud - but I am enjoying the new characters and the faster paced more dramatic show. P.S. Megan Hunt is not the only one in ridiculous heels. Look at Detective Beckett on Castle. Ever see a cop wear designer heels like that chasing a suspect?

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I like Dana Delaney, but I have to agree with all the negative comments, especially those that deal with role of an M.E. Add to that the fact that no M.E. would work over a body with her hair down and hanging inches above the Y incision. Regarding this episode, it was most fortuitious that the explosion of the pickup at the end had force to the side and not to the front where our new hero (I'm too lazy to look up his name, but he's been on two or three losers over the last couple years. I remember him from the Guiding Light.) was standing.