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

Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.1 / 5.0 (61 Votes)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.

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Worst. Show. Ever.
Not only would a medical examiner never be near an interrogation, they would definitely not be present while looking for suspects.
Also her personality makes me want to give myself a lobotomy.

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"...is this a show about a stressed out working mom or about a Medical examiner??" Thank you Eisa! My sentiments exactly. When I saw the abduction theme I deleted the recording. CSI, CSI NY, Hawaii 5-O, Castle and now Body of Proof. I'm tired of the main characters and their loved ones being in danger. I watch these shows for the thrill of the crime solving not for soap opera drama of the characters.

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Dana go back to China Beach. She was never that great of actress, so I do not understand why she never found another calling. Also, the writing went from so-so to worse, plot line tired and recycled, relationships forced, and the contrived, wholly unrealistic behavior for anyone, from manner of dressing - megans shoes would never fly anywhere except a strip joint - to interpersonal behavior - Dr. Hunt's affair with Megans ex, the cop and the slutty morgue tech, etc. Not to mention too much focus on Lacey - first it's this, then it's that - is this a show about a stressed out working mom or about a Medical examiner?? They were loosing me last season, now the monkeys on the typewriters have pretty well sealed its doom.

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Bring back the advisor from season 1& 2. Show more forensics.

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But all of that aside... I'm very happy to see this show back and look forward to this season and hopefully many more.

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I'm going to be the stick in the mud and say that I wasn't a very big fan of this episode.
Being gone on such a long break and then coming back with this super high octane, crazy two-parter was a bit much for me. I would have liked to been eased back into things with a more relaxed pace while we grew accustomed to the changes in the cast and the direction things are going. I mean the poor woman is on her first day back from a 3 month leave following a tragedy and the first thing she comes across is a psycho serial killer?
Also bummed about Lacey being kidnapped on the heels of Alexis being kidnapped on Castle just the night before. Same network, same basic plot, same two-part format, one right after the other... Lacks some originality and makes me a bit bored with it to be honest. I would have been fine with having this case and the kidnapping and all in the middle of this season or even as the season finale.

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Yay Body of Proof is back!

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I like this show and I think that it might get some traction in the viewership. That being said, I wish the writers would, at the very least, put some more "intelligence" into the scripts. The scene on the pier where the Detectives are going into a potentially hazardous location (where there might be shooting) and ask (for her protection because she's NOT wearing a vest nor does she have a gun) Dr. Hunt to stay put. Of course we know that Dr. Hunt's NOT going to comply but this is where it GETS STUPID FOLKS... The Detectives are trying to maintain a modicum of stealth with their feet ... and here's Dr. Megan ... CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMP, CLOMPITY, CLOMPITY, CLOMP with her high heels advertising to any potential gunman ... HERE WE ARE or HERE I AM! It's ridiculous! She should be locked in the back of the squad car for being so STUPID. Personally, I think that ALL Police Departments should revamp their uniforms to change from fashion (smart looking) to FUNCTIONAL! Police / Detectives are always giving chase in uncomfortable, loud shoes that are often no match for the footwear of the criminals.

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Mark Valley is the man!

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Really good show and i hope it does well in the ratings and ABC keeps this show on maybe even year round instead of a few shows at the end of the season. Dana is in her mid fifties and she is beautiful. I like her so much more on this show than on DH. Keep it up Dana. Also love Curtis he is so great. More Curtis please!

Body of Proof Season 3 Episode 1 Quotes

I want to get back to work and after sitting on my ass for three months I'd like to get started.

Megan

Dr. Hunt is an acquired taste.

Curtis
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