A Young Doctor’s Notebook (2012 - 2013) 1x01
This SkyArts1 magical realism dark comedy begins in 1934 Moscow where the Older Doctor (Jon Hamm being Jon Hamm) is under investigation whilst recalling how his 1917 self (Daniel Radcliffe) was sent to a remote village to run a hospital. This cheap looking drama is fairly entering. The Young Doctor encounters his hatchet faced eccentric co-workers and chats with his drug addled sarcastic, hard, bitter, regretful older self. The Young Doctor deals with a screaming childbirth and comedy blood spray. This was okay.
“This is a road?”
“I saw a lot of horror and tragedy in here. Happy days.”
“That is all the hay the horse can spare. Fortunately for you, we had to shoot the other horse.”
“A knock like that does not augur well.”
“It makes you look even smaller.”
In 1934 the Older Doctor is being looked into for fake prescriptions. Jon Hamm does badly acted morphine withdrawal. The Young Doctor deals with a syphilis patient, tries to grow a beard and rants about rectal sores. Then he has to do surgery on a terribly injured child as the concept of sterile operating rooms is ignored. The height difference and accent difference of the Older and Young Doctors is ignored. This was not good with an excess of gore.
“You could read every textbook in the Imperial Moscow University Library and never come across a case like this. And I know because I have read every textbook in the Imperial Moscow University Library.”
“I doubt he even knows what highly contagious means.”
“We are in the back of back of beyond.”
“Is she alive?”
“I’m sorry but I’m afraid she is.”
Jon Hamm doesn’t even bother with an accent as he flops around doing his actings. The Young Doctor is aware that revolution is in the air but all he has to look forward to is pickled sprats and so he acts like an awful prat as he’s bored. He is also unwell and so decides to take up shooting up morphine. This wasn’t good.
“All we have in the air is snow.”
“The shop is closed.”
“What time does it open?”
“This frozen pisshole in the snow.”
Keep Your Enemies Closer
Amanda Waller (not Pam Grier) shows up and she and ARGUS know who the Hood is. Interesting. Diggle, Oliver, Felicity and Isabel go to Russia. Diggle wants to find Lyla. Thea takes a break from playing with her Justin Bieber phone to have issues with Roy and her mama. Isabel makes snide comments about Felicity moving from IT to secretary to the CEO. Oliver jumps in bed with Isabel and the layers of pigmented whale fat she cakes onto her face. Diggle gets himself sent to the worst gulag in Russia. Deadshot the irrational degenerate looms. Isabel reveals she is Russian. Diggle does not shoot Deadshot. The name HIVE is thrown around. Felicity gets even more chickification.
In flashback Oliver is played by the unwashed Sara and the leathery lunatic Ivo (Dylan Neal has aged badly). It seems Ivo is looking for a miracle super solider serum. Shado and a badly burned Slade are in peril. This was not good. Sure there was no whiny, entitled, boring Laurel but this had people being dim and wasn’t that good.
“I know how you and Oliver Queen spend your nights.”
“Clearly she had issues trying to break back out.”
“That is a lot of drugs.”
“Explain that sentence.”
Joan is asked to find a pickup artist/sweaty lothario and Holmes stomps around shouting about the case of a dead Russian mob assassin. Holmes is completely inappropriate and has all the dignity of Miley Cyrus. Why does Watson put up with his vulgarity and beyond disturbing past actions? Gregson looks bored and this was dire with stupid twists.
“You’re alive. That’s unfortunate.”
“Why can’t anyone be dead today?”