Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Do No Harm

Is it too early for the Jekyll vs. Do No Harm comparisons? I'm all for new twists on the classics, but didn't NBC already mine the multiple-personality territory with My Own Worst Enemy a few seasons back?

Dr. Jason Cole is a highly respected neurosurgeon who has it all - a lucrative career, confident charm, and the gift of compassion. But he also has a deep, dark secret. One morning, when he wakes up disoriented in a wrecked hotel room amidst several near-naked women he's never seen before, he knows one thing: it's happening again.

Every night at the same hour, something inside Jason changes, leaving him almost unrecognizable - seductive, devious, borderline sociopathic. This new man is his dangerous alternate personality who goes by the name of "Ian Price." For years as he's battled Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), Jason has been able to keep Ian in check with a powerful experimental sedative. But now his - their - body has developed a resistance to the serum, setting Ian free once again. And to make matters worse, after being suppressed for so long, Ian's hell-bent on taking revenge on his oppressor.

With everyone Jason cares about at risk - patients, friends, co-workers and even the woman he loves - he's got to stop Ian once and for all. Will they find some common ground, or will they bring each other down? Hell hath no fury like an alter scorned.

At least the protagonist isn't a spy in this one. And just in case you forgot:

Doesn't appear as strong as the BBC series, but a more grounded approach might be more appealing to mainstream viewers. I wonder how it's going work on a weekly basis: Jason has to stop Ian's villainous scheme of the week, or will we be introduced to some dark, tangled conspiracy? At any rate, it certainly looks more intriguing than Revolution—I'll get to that later...

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