Four Reasons to Give 'The Mob Doctor' A Second Chance
There’s no such thing as a good mobster. Network television executives can often be naïve enough to think that even today’s contemporary audiences aren’t sophisticated or twisted enough to root for a true criminal. I was worried that the career mobster who owns Dr. Grace Devlin’s debt would be painted with the same brush as “General Hospital’s” Sonny Corinthos—a mobster with a heart of gold who receives shipments not of guns or drugs, but a mysterious “good” product. The third episode enthusiastically refuted that theory, establishing career mobster Constantine Alexander (a convincing William Forsythe) as a man with great compassion for his friends and equal disdain for his enemies. He holds grudges, barely flinches when trusted employees are picked off by car bombs and murders as easily as he breathes. This is an anti-hero I can root for.