ETHAN: (Geoffrey Arend): “Rabies has been around since the dawn of man, and many think its symptomology is what inspired Romero to create NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.”
Later in the episode we get this from Dr. Charles Stafford (Luke Perry): “Rabies is the oldest virus known to man. Aristotle wrote about it in 300 B.C. Totally unique. Doesn’t enter the body through the bloodstream. Travels through the nervous system.”
BODY OF PROOF is making better use of its cast, and because of that, had two (almost) excellent episodes.
The zombie episode Skin and Bones (2 April) actually starts off quite well. The opening scene features Kimberly Whalen becoming victim #1 in a traditional horror flick scene. We get lots of cute zombie jokes, and interesting information about the rabies virus and how rabies symptoms may have led to zombie legends. Plus, the show dealt with a real problem involving the screening of organ transplant donors. It was a really effective, well-written episode — until they forgot about all that and made it about capturing a serial killer, presumably so that cowboy cop had an excuse to shoot somebody.
Geoffrey Arend (Ethan Gross) has finally found his niche on the show, as a superstitious trivia geek.
This episode comes after the previous week’s probably successful effort to boost ratings when Kate (Jeri Ryan) has a steamy affair with an incredibly attractive fellow named Sergei (played by Ivan Sergei). Though the plot made little sense, Ryan’s performance made me not realize that until a few hours after the show ended.
BODY OF PROOF is evolving into a pretty good show. The question is: Does it have enough time?
Ivan Sergei (Jeri Ryan’s lover in Episode #35) will be Andrew Bennett in HIDDEN AWAY, which was filmed in 20 days in Palm Springs and Los Angeles, and is due out later this year. The subject matter of this film seems to be ‘hidden away’. All I can find out is that it “revolves around the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway”. Others in the cast are Emmanuelle Vaugier (The Morrigan on LOST GIRL) and Sean Patrick Flannery (Bridget’s chauffeur on last year’s RINGER on the CW.)