‘Deus Ex Machina’ saw Monday Mornings drop some of the more stylised elements that were seenin the pilot. Gone were the echoes and flashes and some, but not all, of the extreme close-ups. What we were left with was a basic medical drama that fails on almost every level.
It’s amazing how clumsily this show renders human emotion. When Dr Buck Tierney asks about an organ donor in an offhanded and somewhat disrespectful way, unaware that the donor’s mother is in the room, he’s sorry. He’s even more sorry later on, when he tries to console the donor’s mother and unwittingly implies that her son’s life was once meaningless but is now meaningful. Both of their reactions to this realisation was powerful.