Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within (2001)

Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within (2001)
 
 

Doctoring & Sexism in Boston

Jane Seymour and Joe Lando in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within (2001)

Dr Michaela Quinn (Jane Seymour) and Sully (Joe Lando) along with their two youngest arrive in a snowy Boston to attend Colleen's (Jessica Bowman) graduation from Harvard Medical school whilst also visiting Michaela's mother. It is a shock when after getting off the train they learn that Michaela's mother is in hospital having had heart problems for the last 6 months and is refusing to stay there. But that is not the only trouble they find in Boston as Michaela sees that Colleen is facing the same uphill battles she did when it comes to sexist doctors believing medicine is a man's world whilst Sully finds his life in danger when someone tries to kill him due to his feelings over protecting the land around Colorado Springs.

As I mentioned in my review of "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie" I never watched the TV series from which these TV movies sprouted from and maybe in this case it is not such a bad thing. I say this because here the storyline shifts to Boston and that means all the regular characters from Colorado Spring are left out and I can imagine there will be those loyal fans of the show who miss seeing the familiar faces where as for me it doesn't matter.

But whilst the shift in location doesn't bother me "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within" has the same things which I found problematic when I watched and reviewed the first TV movie. The overly melodramatic delivery of overly romanticized dialogue and a look which frequently screamed more of a bodice ripper novel all ended up being more of an annoyance than a joy. That annoyance also extends to the detail and whilst I am no history expert I am sure sending a request for a doctor to come from Europe would have taken time as would the boat journey across the oceans. Yes I know being realistic wouldn't have worked but it is these gaps which end up building up to make "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within" more flawed than entertaining.

What this all boils down to is that like with "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman: The Movie" "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman: The Heart Within" should entertain those who were loyal fans of the TV series although the shift to Boston and the lack of some of the regulars will disappoint some. But for those who just stumble across this and gives it a go are more likely to find the over the top acting and the lack of believable detail making it again weak.

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