The Runway – Your 2016 Pilot Survival Guide: FOX Dramas

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 peter f and marsah

Zoobiquity

Logline: Follows the unlikely pairing of a successful, driven cardiologist as she risks suicide by teaming with a socially-challenged veterinarian who relates better to animals than people. They try to put aside their competitive natures to cure the incurable using a unique blend of cross-species medicines that’s never been tried before.
Cast:
Creators: (Writer / EP), (Writer / EP), (EP), Barbara Natterson-Horowitz (P), (P)
Studios: 20th Century Fox TV

Like A.P.B., I couldn’t get into this one.

This pilot feels like a slave to its concept: a veterinarian and a cardiologist working together to save lives. While this is pretty cool, is it cool enough to create a unique procedural setting? This reminded me of CBS’ Bunker Hill and Sensory, and didn’t feel like the right fit for Fox.

Characterization is problematic as well. Lucas is given the token war vet backstory, something I simply don’t care for anymore. It has nothing to do with who he is in the present, and screams lethargy. On the other hand, Kara is little more than a competent doctor.

The pilot doesn’t give them enough time together, making it somewhat difficult to figure out what their dynamic is going to be moving forward (I was hoping for something more Rosewood). The final moments throw up a character who feels like a last-minute addition to generate some closing momentum. It feels hokey.

The pacing is a bit erratic, with tension constantly being released for some reason or the other. It also feels rather static. A huge chunk of the pilot involves Lucas, Kara, and other doctors standing around and trying to figure out the cause of a new disease that’s claimed three lives, and threatens to spread.

This is redeveloped from 2014-2015, which means someone’s got its back. But it can it match Fox’s more reliable reboots with built-in audiences? Nope. On the contrary, this feels like a potential marketing nightmare.

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