Do No Harm Review: A Mild Premiere

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Do No Harm is NBC’s latest drama to occupy the Thursday at 10 slot, and while the pilot does as best it can to set up this retelling of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, there are some aspects that need a good amount of polish to bring the show up to par.

Or any semblance of par, for that matter.

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The biggest problem with Do No Harm lies with Ian Price, who is Jason Cole’s meaner and nastier side that comes out to play every night at 8:25. In order for Ian to work, he needs to provide plenty of opposition to Jason - and while he snorts up some coke, punches some guys in the face and has plenty of lady company he’s not exactly mean.

The biggest take away from Ian is that he’s a misunderstood child in a man’s body. The pilot attempts to set him up to destroy Jason’s life any chance he gets, but Jason is either one step ahead of him or Ian is only so cruel as to laugh at Jason’s crush, Dr. Solis.

Do No Harm sets up an interesting premise with dual personalities, not unlike NBC’s past shows like Awake or My Own Worst Enemy, but those shows succeeded (story wise, not ratings wise) by making their constraints and premises drive character growth and drama. Do No Harm attempts this, but in its first inning it can’t score a run.

So what is working in Do No Harm’s favor? Steven Pasquale is a joy to watch as Jason, and he makes the character a fun and interesting person who is trying to deal with the weight of someone that impacts and hinders all aspects of his professional and personal life. Jason is a good man trying to preserve himself and others in an impossible situation; he is literally setting himself up for failure any chance he can get if it means he can deny Ian.

Other areas of fun are the medical side of things. The case and the man who saw unintelligible faces were rather interesting, and the one bright spot of the Jason/Ian dynamic was both of them teaming up to take down the cop who was beating his wife.

I would much prefer Do No Harm head one of two ways. The first would be morphing itself into a medical drama with Dr. Marcado successfully finding a way to permanently kill Ian, like the ending teased; the second would be finding a way to bring both Ian and Jason in line so that, while they are vastly different in personalities, they are both given a way to complement each other’s flaws.

What do you think TV Fanatics? Will Do No Harm book a return visit for you?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.4 / 5.0
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Nick McHatton is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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Haven't watched it and now it's cancelled before I even got the chance, but the premise does remind me of My Own Worst Enemy which I always felt was cancelled too soon. This one was cancelled even sooner. Boy they sure know how to make these and end them. No wonder they have to cancel. With NBC's track record, who's watching?

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Hmm. Good review. Like the character, I felt the show was somewhat divided - it didn't know whether it was Jekyll and Hyde or the Incredible Hulk. I feel the show got lost somewhere in the middle. Like you I feel that there has to be a solid storyline first, and the rather weak 'good' character didn't really do it. I'd prefer to see the interaction between the two being more complimentary - why not have the 'bad' side be a brilliant but reckless version of the stolid good guy - a risk-taking genius who (sometimes) does the impossible? Why can't the 'good' side be actually afraid of the ideas he has and have created the character to keep him grounded, rather than the other way round? I feel yes, there's a potential here, but it's not in sight yet.

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A great retelling of Jekyll and Hyde was Steven Moffats mini series "Jekyll".

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Agree with the review and @Joeful. I hear you! Psych major myself. I'm a total psych nerd.
Typically I like seeing DID stories where the alter is making up for something the host is lacking. What happened to J Cole where his mind felt compelled to protect him with the likes of Ian? Ian seems like an immature frat boy. Maybe the idea being Jason needs to loosen up aand live a little but why is Ian so hellbent on actually destroying Jason? I like the idea of them complementing each other mord, of them having this temporary truce and benefiting one another reluctantly. OR let Ian be as pure evil as they want us to believe but aren't showing us I thought it was fun and the actor is good. Tough night though. Up against Scandal and Elementary. They have to polish a few things. I agree

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Dr. J. Cole LOL. Smart. Dr. Jekyll

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(con't) On another note - love what they did with his name. Dr. J. Cole. Brilliant.

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As a clinical psych major I really have to suspend reality to watch shows about disassociative identity disorder. It's pretty unlikely that a neurosurgeon - a doctor that knows as much about brains as there is to know - would epically mishandle his psychiatric disorder like he has no clinical knowledge of it. But hey, at least they aren't calling it "multiple personalities" anymore... I agree with the review. When the lady doctor said "you just laughed at me" I actually did a double take. Of ALL the horrible, reprehensible things the man could have done in a dingy motel room in the middle of nowhere - laughing?? He's a major a-hole, sure, but the threat of danger isn't quite real. I think the plot point that showed the most potential is the possibility of each identity using the other. The part with the abusive husband was the most enjoyable, and it would be interesting to see if he could find ways where they could benefit each other. On another note - love what they did with his name. Dr. J. Cole. Brilliant.

Do No Harm Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

Give me a second to catch up. Are we fighting? Oh good, we are fighting!

Ian

No cash, no credit cards. That's not very nice Jason.

Ian
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