After months of mediocrity, I think that “Going Viral,” the first in a special two-part story, might be one of the best episodes of Body of Proof so far this season. Yes, Megan still got on my nerves (as well as the FBI and the CDC’s), but in the face of a mysterious outbreak that killed quickly, killed horribly and killed one of their own, I suppose I can forgive her this once.
Pretty Dani was never a major character, but she was dating one. Still, that didn’t stop her from dying a pretty intense death in Peter’s arms. I have to admit, while it wasn’t the most shocking death on TV, it was certainly unexpected, and I appreciate a show that’s not afraid to kill non-contracted cast members for the sake of drama.
And nothing says drama like a viral outbreak. It’s the great fear of our times, responsible, I believe, for pop culture’s current obsession with all things zombie. Mutant viruses and lethal bacteria…they are scarier than the boogeyman because they can’t be fought with guns and brute force. The only thing that can fight them is science.
Well, Megan might be great at science, but she continues to suck at public relations, even with the very cute CDC doctor (played by Luke Perry), and especially with the stereotypically arsehole of an FBI agent, who are both assigned to the case. It’s Megan’s way or the highway; everyone else better buckle in for a silent ride. I realize she’s the star of the show, but does it have to be a condition of her being right that everyone else be stupid and morally bankrupt?
Since this is the first of two parts, patient zero, the source of the virus, wasn’t identified, but it was established that his goal is to control the population by eliminating as much of it as possible. Not exactly a rational plan; I’m certain there’s more to it than that.
Hopefully Kate will be around to find out what it is. After accidentally sticking herself with a needle while examining a dead body, she became infected. Rather than share this with anyone, she inexplicably decided to keep that tidbit of information to herself. I hate when smart characters do dumb things! Of course, everyone started to catch on when she collapsed during a press conference, but it continues to amaze me how writers assume that strong, independent women see illness as weakness, and are willing to expose their co-workers, friends and family to the disease rather than admit they need help. It’s not brave. It’s just really, really selfish.
Next week, presumably, Kate will be saved in the nick of time. While I might not agree with the method chosen to tell the story, I will be looking forward to the resolution of an interesting plot. Rest in peace, Dani. We barely knew thee…but at least now Nick and Megan can get together.
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