After something as serious as City of Men it was nice to move onto something a bit more frivolous. I had actually seen a few episodes of this before giving this a proper watch; so I was pretty pleased when we picked this out of our TV show bucket. I then remembered the hub’s aversion to blood…
For the uninitiated – Nip/Tuck follows the work and personal lives of Sean McNamara and Christian Troy, two plastic surgeons based out of Miami (LA in later seasons). Each episode is named after the main patient of the week, but usually this is only the B or C storyline. Most of the actual drama is about the personal lives of these surgeons.
As this is a Ryan Murphy drama there is that hint of campness to Nip/Tuck. Not a criticism, especially since I adored Feud, but it does mean that everything in this show is just that bit more heightened. Then again, that’s one of the things that helps to make this such a compelling watch. That and the fact that everyone in this show is essentially messed up. Apart from Liz, who is awesome.
With so many messed up individuals sailing through each episode Nip/Tuck has a number of pitfalls that it can fall victim to. At times there are storylines that can come across as heavy handed. Also there are some characters, like Gina, who can be played so broadly at times that they are just off-putting. However, for the most part, Nip/Tuck manages to tell interesting stories of damaged people.
I know that the hub is slightly relieved to us having stopped watching this show. During the surgery scenes I would look over to see him covering his eyes or desperately trying not to make eye contact with a giant boil that is being lanced. For me, I am keen to keep going with this – after all I need to find out who The Carver is.