The first Watch This Wednesday of 2024 is a true crime anthology series: “Dr. Death” on Peacock. Media Melanie from Yellowjackets Hive presented by CordCutting.com dives into her thoughts below:
At first, I wasn’t sure I’d even recommend this series because it’s so horrifying even I had a hard time watching. In fact, my husband couldn’t get past the first episode in either season. However, if you haven’t followed these true crime stories based on real-life medical professionals, it’s worth a look.
The sophomore season of Peacock’s true crime anthology “Dr. Death” returned in a big way. It follows a thoracic surgeon to the stars, Dr. Paolo Macchiarini. Despite knowing some of the story ahead of time, I hadn’t dug so deep as to listen to the Wondery podcast of the same name. Going in with limited knowledge of the true scope of this situation kept me gasping throughout all 8 episodes.
The story is twofold as we watch the lies and deception rampant in Macchiarini’s personal life paired with his medical malfeasance. Both are hard to watch. At the crux of the story is that Macchiarini is essentially experimenting on human beings with his synthetic trachea implants. Between the negligence, emotional torment, and utter disregard for human life, it’s appalling.
One of the bright spots in a very dark story is series regular Luke Kirby, who I still think of fondly from his role as Lenny Bruce in “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” He portrays Dr. Nathan Gamelli, one of three whistleblowers who help expose Macchiarini. The real-life Dr. Gamelli must be an incredible guy because I was blown away by his character’s dedication, professionalism, and emotional depth. I could feel his frustration!
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