Medical Investigation

Season 1 Episode 1

You're Not Alone

Aired Friday 10:00 PM Sep 09, 2004 on NBC
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You're Not Alone
When people in New York City start turning the color blue, the NIH team is called upon to help cure this outbreak. When searching for the cause, a diner holds an important clue. McCabe is sent to investigate a baby whose parents are thought to have been abusing her. A well-known disease is the answer to the question.moreless

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  • Definately worth watching next week!

    After watching the first episode I am anxiously awaiting the next instalment. I must admit that I caught the preview in passing and only watched this because there was nothing else to watch. I was very impressed

    This was an exciting look into the world of infectious diseases. Here we have medical drama meets forensic investigation. Strange killer diseases are a fascinating topic and the show deals with what goes on when one of these monsters become a threat. This is some times brought into shows like NCSI episode S.W.A.K. It is nice to have a show dealing only with these little nasties.

    This episode also brings to light how easily we can all be affected by slip ups made by the food industry. While some may consider the whole “Blue people” issue quite funny it makes us aware of how little control we actually have over what we eat. It also makes it disturbingly clear that our food may already be contaminated before it even gets into our kitchens.

    It also shows the viewer to what lengths the state will go to keep these “outbreaks” quiet. It was rather comically handled in this episode and one cant help feeling sorry for the poor reporter. However it is understandable that if information about situations like the “blue people” got out before the danger had been contained it would cause mass panic.

    The viewer comes to realize how short a space of time these specialists have to work in and under how much pressure they work. This sort of work is the true meaning of “Life and death”. It also emphasises how heavily each death weighs on those involved in trying to stop the monster. Each death is simply a terrible failure.

    While some may complain that the technical is hard to follow I found that it helps to create the idea that you are personally a part of this team and you actually watching them at work.

    Watching the incompetence of the Doctor at St Jerome’s hospital when the NIH team arrives gives the viewer a good idea of how fast these killers can get out of hand by simply being mismanaged by the Doctors themselves.

    It is often forgotten that this field of medicine is much like dealing with a crime scene where those investigating have absolutely no idea what they are dealing with. Much of the work involves hunting for clues and so often these clues lead to dead ends. It is fascinating to watch the team follow the clues and of course to find out “whose done it”. Lets face it you have been guessing all the way through the episode what caused it and where did it come from.

    What was interesting was the fact that this episode held two completely separate story lines both dealt with so effectively that it did not cause confusion to watch and follow.

    The story about brittle bone disease was very good and showed just how often rare genetic disorders are misdiagnosed causing huge and sometimes irreversible damage.

    This show also gave insight into the ego’s of the members of the medical profession. These Doctors miss something important and when told of their error, refuse to accept the possibility that they are wrong even if the denial will cause even more damage.

    It was also interesting to see how having a job like this requires great sacrifice and the inserts with Connor and his Son place emphasis on this. This gave a nice human feel to some thing that is in most cases considered cold, clinical and lacking feeling.

    While the helicopter pick up seen may be considered overly dramatic it was cool. It makes every one out there want to have this job!!!!!

    While I must admit I seriously doubt that in reality the “blue people” would have been such a vivid blue berry blue colour and would most likely have had a blue tinge it added to the dramatic impact of the show. Lets face it we all want to see weird and creepy things.

    I give this show a big thumbs up!!!

  • People in New York City are suddenly turning blue as they catch a serious case of food poisoning. As more people are being hospitalize, the team must find out how the source of the disease before it spreads out even further.moreless

    The opening scene has Dr. Steven Connor watching his son playing baseball while a call comes through and requires him to go back to his headquarter for a serious case. Then a helicopter appears and Connor makes a cool dramatic exit off the field, a very good opening for the show. We see that Connor is struggling to keep his work and family life balance. I doubt this show is going to turn into an ER type of show, where each episode currently is 50% on work and 50% on personal life. However, this is also not a Law and Order type of show where each episode is solely based on the work life of the characters. I don't expect the character's personal life to have a big impact in this show.

    From Connor's attitude, he's a military-type leader that wants things done as quick as possible. He wants answers and wants everyone to work hard on the case that is presented. However, sometimes he speaks way too fast. Especially when some viewers may not be familiar with the medical terms they are using, they could get lost during the episode. The supporting cast of Dr. Natalie Durane, Dr. Miles McCabe, Eva Rossi, and Frank Powell look okay in their first screening. I expect Durane to get more screening time with Connor as the season goes by. Those two could make good chemistry. I like the way they took the rookie agent, McCade, out and put him in another plotline to get him more stand-out. Expect him to challenge his superiors and making some mistakes as he learns. Eva Rossi is probably the "eye catcher" in the show, at least for men anyway. But don't let her beauty fool you. She can get tough sometimes to make sure nothing from the case leaks out, like locking a reporter in a large storage area in this episode. Frank Powell is said to be the specialist of the team, but there isn't enough screen time in this episode to see what he can really do. He does have an open mind on where to find clues, but we'll see how this character is develop in future episodes. Hopefully, the producers won't leave him out to just minor roles.

    The case is interesting, if you understand everything they are talking about. One by one, people are starting to fill the hospital as they catch a rare case of food poisoning and turning them blue (reminds me of the Hulk, just with blue color instead of green). The team do a couple of experiments which really reminds you of CSI. As one of the patient dies, Connor and Powell goes to a restaurant where all the patients dined at before they got sick. They search everywhere for clues, hoping to find the source of the disease. They know every patients have nitrate in their bodies, but it could come from many kinds of food. When Dr. Durane calls and tells them that everyone had the breakfast special, it is still not enough to figure out what the source is. Then, Connor starts to picture the scene where everyone is eating breakfast and viewers can see exactly what Connor is imagining, as the ghostly images represent the people he's imagining. An original idea that we should be seeing a lot of in this series. Connor begins to picture that the victims might have putted salt in their breakfast. Dr. Durane confirms, they all putted salt in their breakfast. So Connor takes the bottle of salts from the desks the victims sat at and perform yet another CSI-like experiment. It turns out that those aren't salts at all, they are sodium nitrate. However, sodium nitrate alone isn't strong enough to kill a person, they have to be mixed with special acids inside them for it to be strong enough to kill them. Many viewers are probably confuse as I was when hearing all these chemistry terms and facts. Good thing I took some chemistry classes at my high school so I at least heard of some of their terms. But for those who didn't take chemistry classes during high school, good luck trying to understand everything they are saying.

    Meanwhile, young Dr. Miles McCabe gets to shine in his own small plot lines. He is assigned to investigate a case where a baby have bruises all over his body. The senior doctors think it's abuse by the father, but after McCabe checked the eyes of the baby, which is blue, it turns out that the baby is having a rare disease. Instead of being buried under the big case, McCabe shines in his own Medical Investigation. Expect the producers to develop this rookie agent more thoroughly.

    Final Rating:Overall, a good beginning to the series. Yeah, Connor talks a little too fast and those medical terms can get confusing, but it's not impossible to understand it. Connor is the one who shines in this episode and it's expected that the leader takes charge in the season premiere. The supporting casts all show good potential and together they could make a great show. Of course, they got a bad schedule, Friday 10PM, but Third Watch did fine last season at that time slot. If Medical Investigation fines it's audience, it will eventually graduate to a better time period. So out of my avstars's stars chart, I give this episode 3 out of 4 stars. I can't wait for the next episode, which is actually tomorrow.

    Thank you for reading my review. If you have any questions/comments, feel free to email me at

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