The show follows Megan Hunt (Dana Delany - Desperate Housewives, China Beach), an ex neuro-surgeon who now works as a medical examiner in Boston (?). Hunt has an interesting backstory that is built on throughout the series giving it an arc feel rather than just the ‘case of the week’ feel. It is a procedural drama though, with Hunt fighting to solve crimes alongside her partner (Peter Dunlop) and the only two police on the force who can work with her. Along the way, she may just win back the love and understanding of her daughter.
I love Dana Delany. Aussie Nicholas Bishop in the role of Dunlop. Lots of use of iPads. Jerri Ryan! Great supporting cast.
Fantastic guest cast as well - some great pickups. No romance tension. You learn as a the team learn, so you fall for the same red herrings. Usually good twists on each story. Science prevails - but not “squint” science.
Often a secondary case arc in each episode.
Incredibly strong female characters but not totally unrealistic - each has their own faults.
The writing improved very quickly once they got the feel for the characters.
Is it in Delaney’s contract that every episode we must have a panning shot up her legs? Who wears stilettos to crime scenes - especially ones where you have to walk across grass. Is it just me, or does the main building look like it was CGI dropped into the shot? If you don’t “get” the characters, I think it would be quite a dull procedural.
I describe it as a little bit Bones, and a little bit Quincy ME. I rather enjoy watching it. It is character driven, rather than cop/action driven with a solid season arc. Each week it is a solid little performer. Best of all it has been renewed for next season.