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'Body of Proof: The Complete First Season'
(Dana Delany, Jeri Ryan, John Carroll Lynch, Nic Bishop, et al / 3-Disc DVD / NR / 2011 / ABC Studios)

Overview: Dana Delaney (Desperate Housewives) plays Dr. Megan Hunt, a medical examiner who used to be a neurosurgeon, until a car wreck changes all that.

DVD Verdict: WARNING: SPOILER ALERTS COMING! ... Finally, and after stints on ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' and 'Castle,' Dana Delaney got her own series on the network with 'Body of Proof' - and what a GREAT show it truly is!

Now, sure the actual premise of the show is fairly straight forward, and sure it contains detective elements from her character that seem wildly out of place, but Delany does play her role as a brilliant medical examiner to a perfect tee. Said character, who has taken the post after her career as an even more brilliant surgeon was shortened due to a health related crisis (not to mention a bad car crash!), starts the series off as an alienated person - something that she did herself! Alienated from her work mates, her family, her daughter, her own life, for the most part, as the episodes fly by she warms in all the right places.

Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt is, of course, is so much smarter than everyone else in the show and often does the job of the police in recovering crime scene evidence! Which is what I was referring to previously above. But, that's ok as its just TV! Anyway, our friendly medical examiner goes about not only finding out how someone died on the slab (although there's nothing really meaty about those scenes), but also interviews potential witnesses! Which, in all cases, leads to the solving of these murders.

Always at odds with her boss, Chief Medical Examiner, played by Jeri Ryan, she is seemingly on the edge of getting fired each and EVERY episode! Especially re: the tainted relationship between those two when Ryan's character sets up shop (bed wise) with Delany's ex-husband Todd Fleming (Jeffrey Nordling) ... whilst he still lives in the marital home!

A marital home that includes her teenage daughter, Lacey (played excellently by Mary Matilyn Mouser, 'Life Is Wild'), whom she has driven away during her surgeon days. But, as already mentioned, as the season progresses she learns to thaw out, to accept that there are more important things in life than work, and as she is definitely someone Delany's Hunt wants back in her life, sets out to ensure that happens.

Another recurring character we have to talk about, for he is BRILLIANT, so watchable in everything he does, is John Carroll Lynch as Detective Bud Morris. He is a Homicide detective. A hardheaded, straight-shooting veteran of the Philadelphia Homicide Division - and he and Hunt play off each other in fine (play) fighting style. Weirdly missing from a couple of episodes, and having just done a one episode arc (!) in The Glades first season, he's mending a crumbling relationship with his wife. As we discover, it doesn't go too well, but that's ok - for he has promise elsewhere to look forward to! Sonja Sohn, as Detective Samantha Baker is the partner of Morris.

And inside the medical examiner's office we have a very, we'll call it wacky crew of supporting characters! Such as Geoffrey Arend as Dr. Ethan Gross, a Forensic pathology. The youngest and most enthusiastic of the bunch he plays off of Windell Middlebrooks as Dr. Curtis Brumfield, the Deputy chief medical examiner. Curtis is very capable and very intelligent and spews out most ALL the comedic comebacks in those scenes.

Sadly, and weirdly, there are only nine episodes in this DVD box-set, but each one is first class, and chock full of mystery and intrique. Buy this today to get to know Dana Delany as Dr. Megan Hunt: Former neurosurgeon and now medical examiner. [RT] These are all Full-Screen Presentations (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs, and comes with the Special Features of:

"Examining the Proof" Featurette
"If Looks Could Kill" Featurette
"Body of Goofs"
"New Evidence: A Sneak Peek at Season 2" (.45 seconds!)

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