Medical dramas have been a staple in television for over 60 years, and television would not be the same without them. Some series stand out (House MD, Grey’s Anatomy), but after 60 years, it’s hard to create something new within the genre. Enter Pure Genius, a series that adds science fiction into the mix.
Dr. Walter Wallace (Dermot Mulroney) is invited to Bunker Hill Hospital by tech billionaire James Bell (Augustus Prew). Using Silicon Valley tech engineers and the best doctors in the country, they’re able to create new medical procedures to treat and cure rare diseases. While Bunker Hill is innovative, Dr. Wallace soon discovers that Bell has GSS (a rare and fatal neurodegenerative disease), plaguing Wallace with the suspicion that Bell is using the hospital to cure himself.
“Guess it’s not just all gizmos and gadgets.”
Pure Genius‘ bases its sci-fi on current and attainable tech. This is what makes Pure Genius so wonderful, interesting and entertaining. The audience sees a real possibility for medical technology being played out before their eyes. Most medical dramas feature few cases with highly technical or experimental treatments, but Pure Genius is all about that. This packs Pure Genius with intensity and high emotion. But despite its awe-worthy innovations, Pure Genius focuses heavily on the idea that they are above any medical restrictions, when they clearly are not.
Pure Genius is a medical drama that lacks serious drama. The intriguing medical technology shares the stage with high-schoolish love triangles and conflictless conflicts. They may face difficulties in treating patients, but they never face the death of a patient. The lack of stakes makes the drama between doctors and patients boring.The predictable central conflicts weigh down the interesting factors of the series, such as James using the hospital to cure himself. It’s an awesome plot line that deserves more attention than it’s given. Pure Genius does a better job at creating drama within the patients’ lives than it does between its most prominent characters.
“We’re making miracles here on a daily basis. Big and small.”
If you want something new in medical dramas, give Pure Genius a watch. The medical technology will put you in awe, but the drama deserves more of a groan and an eye roll. Just don’t get too attached to the series. CBS has yet to order more episodes past the original 13.
My Rating: 6/10