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TV Review: DNA

I first saw DNA a few months back when I got hold of the first volume at my library. Then I saw The Norman Conquests and had a strange feeling that I'd seen Tom Conti somewhere before. A few days ago I finally snatched up volume two of DNA, and that's when I realized that the older forensics guy, Donovan, is Tom Conti.

So yes, this stars Tom Conti. He has the same sleepy eyes, laid-back drawl, and full head of hair. This man will never bald, I'm telling you.

He stars as Donovan, a forensics scientist with a sexy wife and a teenaged son who doesn't seem to do a whole lot except worry about his parents' marriage. The first two episodes are an arc. A man is murdered, and wouldn't you know it, Donovan is implicated in the crime. His DNA is found in the man's apartment. It doesn't help that Donovan has an increasingly troubling medical condition that he doesn't want to deal with. At night, he sometimes goes into a fugue state and does normal things even though he's not really "there", and when he wakes up he has no recollection of any of it. Therefore he may have gone out and killed a dude. He knows he didn't, but...

Then another man is killed. And the problem this time is...he was his wife's (Samantha Bond) lover. She's been having her bits on the side for a few months now because Donovan doesn't pay much attention to her. She has her own career, and you'd think that being a working woman with a strong will would make her less needy for male attention, but apparently not. She likey the men. Anyway, Donovan is a strong suspect in both murders, but he's actually been working on the case. He takes his questioned innocence in stride, however.

Out of all five episodes in this series, the first two are the best.

The second season is a disappointment. The characters become increasingly grating and predictable, and the plots just aren't that gripping.  In the third episode, the real killer is rather obvious, and I don't like how upset Donovan is about a person who goes around murdering women. He gets too involved in his cases and the people involved, especially pretty women. Typical man.

The fourth fails as a whole. It is neither suspenseful  or interesting, and there seems to be more attention put on the personal lives of the main characters than the crime itself, and by the end I didn't care what the outcome was. Plus, and I am now assuming this is just me, but I could have sworn that Donovan's son, Seth, was gay. I thought it was implied in the first two episodes, and he's not exactly screaming "I am a heterosexual man". I liked that he was gay. Then this episode comes along and...apparently he's straight. And in a series in which the women have no problem sleeping around and cheating on their significant others, that is a disappointment.

The fifth and final episode was probably the least enjoyable. The team is called to a military base in order to discover what sickened all seven people on a plane, one of whom died. There's also the added mystery of the prisoner/cargo who is being kept under wraps.

I'm not going to grade the series as a whole since each episode was different.

Episodes 1 & 2:  A-

Episode 3: B

Episode 4: C+

Episode 5: C+


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