Saving Hope “Bea, Again” Review

Saving Hope Bea, Again Episode 9 (2)

After an extended Olympic hiatus, Saving Hope has once again returned to our television screens. Will the show have an interesting return following its plug-pulling cliffhanger? Will anyone ever check on the mental health of Dr. Joel Goran? Will I be able to write a review of the show without offending anyone? Frankly, I’m on pins and needles to find out. Let’s get to it.

The issues surrounding the un-ventilated Charlie’s breathing were at the forefront this week, but I found myself more drawn in by Goran’s storyline this week. I don’t think I mean that as a compliment. The idea behind the patient’s story was fascinating and deserving of a large chunk of its own episode. Unfortunately, the writers decide to shoehorn it into an episode that they had to know was going to be hugely Charlie-centric. Therefore, instead of an extended treatment process where Goran slowly earns the patient’s trust before having her confront the death of her husband. Instead, Goran briefly struggles with issues of faith before concluding that her mind is using pain as a way to distract it from the loss of her husband. After resisting dealing with the issue for more than two years, Joel Goran, MD is able to break her down in 2 minutes. Much like many of the stories involving Goran this season, there was a good story in there somewhere, but the writers didn’t see fit to cultivate it.

Goran’s story was severely shortchanged because it was a very important episode in Charlie’s story. Now breathing on his own, it’s now possible to imagine a scenario where he wakes up. Giving Charlie the ability to breathe on his own does give the writers more time to continue Charlie’s spiritual journey with people from the other side and distract Alex from Snoop Dogg Resident Dr. Reycraft taking her spot as Chief Surgical Resident. That had to happen at some point. Alex has proven to be an exceedingly competent surgeon (according to the flashback, she was a natural), but people with catastrophic personal tragedies they are struggling to deal with generally don’t hold down positions of authority. Reycraft did nothing wrong, so we can’t wish him ill, but he’s most likely a placeholder. Alex is our heroine. As soon as she is back on her feet emotionally, she takes that spot back.

(For the record, here’s what I wrote in my notes after Alex’s first conversation with the Chief of Surgery: “Chief of Surgery comes in to surprisingly not break balls. What’s wrong?” That being said, I had no idea they would prove me right a few scenes later.)

While the Reycraft hijacking just left me cold (Does anyone care about Alex’s Chief Surgical Resident title? Feel free to tell me I’m wrong), the use of Bea as a through line tying the beginning of Alex and Charlie’s relationship to present day was a nice touch. I thought the flashbacks did a nice job of establishing the doe-eyed Alex as a superior surgeon from the jump (thanks to some coaching from Charlie). Plus, it was good to watch Charlie interact with people. Michael Shanks has been shortchanged for much of the season, but this episode gave him a lot to do. He had some nice flashback moments as a younger, much colder version of the man we see in the tuxedo. I also enjoyed his spiritual trip with his mentor. I liked the twist at the end where it turned out Charlie was there to help him move on. Still, Bea seemed awfully cool about the fact that her doctors nearly killed her because they screwed up her diagnosis. I guess she knows that dead guys don’t have malpractice insurance.

We have three episodes left in this agonizingly long 12 episode season. I feel like I’ve watched roughly 37 episodes. After 9 episodes, we are still nowhere. As it turns out, Charlie was breathing on his own all along. That’s not a revelation, that’s taking us back to square one.

Some quick thoughts:

*I didn’t want to say it in the main body of the review, but Charlie being completely clean-shaven underneath all of that equipment that was on his face is just lazy. We couldn’t have drawn on some stubble and made his lips looked a little chapped? Good shows don’t miss details like that.

*I love Dawn casually throwing out there, “Alex, I know you’re still mad at me” like all she did was embarrass Alex at the hospital social or something. I would say it was poor acting, but I’m not sure what you’re supposed to do with that material.

*What was the point of the lawyer? That didn’t seem like the best use of 500 bones per hour. Those medical bills for Charlie aren’t going to pay for themselves.

*I’m going to choose to believe in the power of coincidence and say that Bea turned around on her own and not at Charlie’s behest. Charlie, if you are going to try to communicate with people, you have to follow the rules. Go find Whoopi Goldberg and inhabit her body like a respectable Ghost would do. (RIP, Patrick Swayze)

What did you think?