Saving Hope Review: Don't Stop Believing

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The third episode was the charm for Saving Hope.

Last week, I lamented the fact that Saving Hope didn't feel settled. Here, "Blindness" gave us characters who seemed emotional and human, as well as compelling sub-stories, and I, for one, couldn't be happier.

Alex Remembers

I'm starting tonight with the technical aspect, just to get it out of the way.

Finally, this series is starting to feel medical. I wrote about the set and lighting as a barrier to that last Thursday. Tonight, it felt like scenes were taking place in a real hospital instead of on a sound stage somewhere. There's still that annoying blue light streaking through everything, but the set felt a little more gritty. The scenes were darker, which added depth both visually and emotionally. It's like the cast and crew realized they're sticking around for a while and decided to unpack and settle in.

I know it must be tough to spout so much technical and medical jargon, but tonight it felt like the medical dialogue flowed a little more smoothly. In short, we're getting there.

Now, on to the characters... One of my chief complaints for the first two episodes has been that some of the characters didn't seem to fit into the roles they were designed to fill. Tonight, I finally started to see shades of the cocky, God-complexed surgeon Joel Goran is supposed to be. He waltzed into the interim Chief of Surgery's office and smooth-talked his way into a risky operation and, after being accused of trying to showboat, almost made it seem like it was her idea for him to perform the new surgery instead of taking a more traditional, less risky approach. (Check out our Saving Hope quotes page where you can rank quotes and submit your own!)

But even in that, there's still a level of altruism to his character that is sometimes quite out of character. He's noble in his approach to surgery, taking the oath to "first do no harm" to heart. He wants the best quality of life possible for his patients instead of just the path of least resistance. It's hard to reconcile him as both a surgeon who deeply, genuinely cares about his patients and one who thinks he's never wrong.

I'm still not sold on his supposed bad-boy reputation. His response to Alex's challenge regarding his fling with Maggie made it seem like at worst this is a case of reckless behavior but certainly not womanizing. However, he certainly used his manliness with Dr. Kinney.

Maybe my giant Daniel Gillies crush is just clouding my judgment as far as that's concerned and future episodes will reveal what, exactly, he did to earn this reputation. If it means he takes his shirt off again, I'm all for seeing those flashbacks.

Alex finally had moments of emotional crisis regarding Charlie and his coma. She wanted to take time off to spend with him and has to balance her love of him with her love of her chosen career. She was, and perhaps still is, hopeful about his recovery but was at the same time shocked to be told by a patient that she's living in denial. She had a breakdown when she was told he'd made no improvement and seemed to listen to Goran when he told her to keep believing.

All of that humanized her and made her feel real, as did the flashback scene with she and Charlie. She relies on science. He's an optimist. Both of them are having their identities shaken a bit right now. Both of them are learning the meaning of patience.

So far, the character who's selling the ability to relate best is Charlie, perhaps because he's figuring this out along with us. He's not sure how things work in this place he's found himself and neither are we. He seemed hurt to learn that his new friend couldn't stay and his hope that he'll wake up started to waiver. He just wants to be seen and the only people who can see him keep leaving. Charlie's scenes were the best of the show tonight. They gave a glimpse of what this show could be if he doesn't wake up.

The supernatural aspect of this show continues to be one of my favorite things about it. It's what sets Saving Hope apart from other medical dramas on television right now. While it may not last forever, it's working well for right now.

What did you think of "Blindness?" Were you happy to see Alex show some emotion?

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If Charlie dies I don't think I will watch this show again. If I were his fiance,I would fight for him too.

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Overall this show is off to a slow start. It's a good idea I suppose but there isn't really anything special going on in this show that isn't already going on in every other medical show out there. I don't think I will watch anymore.

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I love this show and hope it stays on. I've heard iffy things about it but I really like it since it's different than the usual medical shows.

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Why would you have a crush on Daniel Gillies when you could be looking at Michael Shanks? *rolls eyes*

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The supernatural aspect of this show is a real risk, and it's about time a network took a chance on something unique. The potential to rise above the typical TV hospital show is definitely here. The two questions I have are a, will the show be able to tell the more compelling stories, and if they do, b, how long will they be able to sustain it?

Sarah-silva

I decided to watch this show when it started because of Daniel Gilles. The show has promise and it will be interesting to see how long it lasts but I will keep watching for as long as it is on!

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I am loving the Charlie scenes, this is what takes the show out of the predictable "MedicalDrama" with all the cliche over the top surgeries and fixes
I think the show would do well to bring us a little more from the beyond. And I totally agree that Charlie is figuring it out along with us and that has me intrigued. Loved the "touch therapy" and his reaction..all genuine surprise and hot! Keep up the good work Saving Hope. There's Hope for TV dramas!

Danielle50

This episode was better than the others. I find it cute that Joel quotes Shakespeare after he have sec. My favorite part was when the old man die and start screaming because I believe that is how most people will be if they see their own body. I also like how they let the man walk into the light when it was over.

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I really liked this episode as I did the first 2. I actually like Daniel Gillies character, he's not the average bad boy character, sure he might be hard to pin point and his different attributes can be confusing, but I think that makes him more of a believable character because people aren't black and white and they will surprise you.
I must say I absolutely love Dr. Gavin Murphy, I saw him a couple other shows and he's just adorable.

Saving Hope Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

Joel: Nice office.
Dr. Kinney: Bigger than Charlie's. See? In a woman's world, size does matter.

Alex: So who's the lucky Juliet, Romeo?
Joel: I don't kiss and tell.
Alex: You barely even kiss.

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