This is a very intriguing drama.
Laurie stars as Dr. Chance, a neuro-psychiatrist. His
depressing job is to evaluate mental patients and then refer
them to other doctors. This character is very different from
the one he played in "House." He's a very fine actor who's
played tons of different types of roles, none the same as
the last. This doctor is quiet and seems to have difficulty
making tough decisions, particularly about his own life.
Laurie's perfect for the role because he can show so much
with his face. Even though his character doesn't speak as
much as House, he can show a lot just with one look.
Chance gets caught up in some mystery with a beautiful
female patient, Jaclyn (Gretchen Mol). It's a very complex
show. She has some sort of mental disorder that may give her
black-outs or a second personality. She also appears to be
an abused wife. The show is sometimes a little slow-moving,
but it's never boring. It reminds me a little of Hitchhock
and film noir (as I'm sure it's meant to). We keep wondering
whether Jacklyn is really sick and abused, or whether she's
Chance is going through a divorce and is
obviously attracted to this woman, despite his
protestations. He also gets involved with this huge guy, "D"
(Ethan Suplee), who works restoring furniture. D is not only
built like a tank, but he's good with his fists (almost like
a superhero) and doesn't mind using them. Doctor Chance is
intrigued by D, who may have PTSD as well.
takes many twists and keeps surprising you. You have to
watch the whole season to really know what's going on at all
because it keeps changing. I've only seen a few episodes,
but I look forward to watching more. You won't regret
investing your time in this show.
The show would be
worth watching just for its performances alone, but the
story is quite good and really draws you in and keeps you
guessing. It's like a whodunnit on steroids. Along with all
of this great entertainment, it also really sheds light on
mental illness and how it's treated. Don't miss it!
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