Thursday, September 07, 2006

"Nip/Tuck" - So Much More Than a Soap

Set in a south Florida plastic surgery center, McNamara-Troy, centers around the two doctors who own it. Sean McNamara, played by Dylan Walsh, has problems at home. He tries to keep his family together by patching up the rocky road he and his wife Julia, played by Joely Richardson are experiencing. Whereas, sex-craved Christian Troy, played by Julian McMahon, continues to use his charm to bring in potential female candidates. On-the-other-hand, Sean takes his job seriously and often has to fix Christian's mistakes. And, to make matters worse, he show's theme song is titled, A Perfect Lie. It is performed by The Engine Room (whoever that is). In a way, plastic surgery is like the perfect lie, right? In the first season, Christian thought he was the father of Gina's baby. He met her at a Sexaholics Anonymous meeting. When Wilbur was born, he was African-American, apparently, not Christian's. At the same time, Julia questions Matt's paternity. Playing father to Wilbur, Christian is hurt when Wilbur's real father fights him for custody of the child. Finally, Sean and Julia are truly happy, until Christian's loneliness from missing Wilbur finally causes her to reveal that Sean and Julia's son, Matt, is really his son. Oops! Eventually, Sean finds out, causing a separation between Sean and Julia. After a bit of a knock-down-drag-out fight, he and Christian find a way to remain friends. Suddenly, a serial rapist, who calls himself or herself, "The Carver," starts to rape victims throughtout the Miami area. Victims include, both men and women. "The Carver" slices the faces of his victims, giving Sean an open invitation to fix these faces. Big mistake! Big mistake! In another story, Ava, a life coach for Sean and Julia, forms a sexual relationship with Matt. This relationship was doomed from the beginning due to a wide age gap, Ava's screwed up son, Adrian, and the fact that Ava used to be a man. Another big mistake! Now, this is soap opera material and beyond. I must admit, the scenes are much too graphic for regular television. This show should be on a premium cable channel like HBO or Showtime. I am surprised that cable channel, FX Network, decided to air them at all. But, regardless of what category you place it in or what channel it's aired on, Nip/Tuck is a really good show and the storylines keep their audience drawn in for more. The shows airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m., Eastern Time, on the FX Network.

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