|Genre:||TV series, Comedy, Romance, Drama|
|Direction:||Franziska Meyer Price|
|Production country:||Deutschland 2013|
|Running time:||Ca. 360 Min|
|Rated:||From 12 years|
|Number of discs:||2|
|Languages:||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
|Picture format:||16:9 (1.77:1)|
|Bonus:||Deleted Scenes, Audio Commentary, Outtakes, Interviews|
Content: "Holy fucking shit!"This is what Fritzi Frühling (Inez Bjørg David), an aspiring heart surgeon from Frankfurt, thinks when she arrives in the small Brandenburg village of Canada, from which she fled after her mother's accidental death a few years ago. Now, after the death of her aunt, she has to face her past because she inherited her aunt's old farm. That couldn't come at a less favourable time, because Fritzi's nerves are already broken anyway. After she learns that her boyfriend is marrying someone else and that she has lost her job after a memorable outburst, she can't even use a reunion with people like her ex-boyfriend, the veterinarian Falk (Bert Tischendorf). And that's not all: suddenly Fritzi is supposed to take over the job as a village doctor and share a practice with Falk of all people. In addition, there is the attractive neighbour Kai (Steve Windolf), who really messes up her emotional world, the beastly Nene (Linda Chang), who lives on her aunt's farm and is not very enthusiastic about the newcomer, the somewhat incompetent receptionist Ellen (Nikola Kastner) or the shy policeman Till (Matthias Bollwerk), who would love to conquer Ellen's heart - all people who are really annoying Fritzi. But after successfully coping with the first medical disasters to hit Canada, she finds that the village and its people are growing close to her heart - and one in particular. Or is it the other one?
"Doc meets Dorf" uses a not exactly new initial idea. Whether "Doc Hollywood" or "Alaska, of all places", the motif of the city dweller, who finds himself in a rather bizarre village community, has already been translated several times in a humorous way in the past. That "Doc meets Dorf" doesn't offer any big surprises should soon be clear. Author Miriam Rechel and director Franziska Meyer Price vary the well-known basic idea only by throwing a little "Grey's Anatomy" into the mixer through the rather unusual cases Fritzi is confronted with and their voice over comments. Even the mixture of romance, comedy and drama reminds of the US success series again and again.
However, even if the smaller and bigger role models are very clearly recognizable, the series manages quite well to develop something like its own character in only eight episodes. This is especially due to lead actress Inez Bjørg David, who on the one hand is convincing in the romantic and dramatic scenes, but on the other hand isn't too bad for more silly scenes and reveals real comedic talent there. Even though not all of their co-stars are equally convincing, the makers have assembled a very sympathetic and harmonizing ensemble in front of the camera, which takes the entertainment value of the series to pleasant heights.
The mixture of comedy and drama doesn't always work unfortunately. Only a few episodes are clearly set in one direction, like the extremely humorous pilot or the actually very sad and dramatic episode "The day the world stopped". In the other episodes funny moments alternate with more serious scenes on a regular basis. And that doesn't always seem to be coherent, since it's the humor that sometimes goes a little beyond the mark. Especially towards the end of the season, the action becomes more and more abstruse and exaggerated, culminating in a finale, the last minutes of which unfortunately are far too much to want and therefore completely unsuccessful. It only remains to hope that the series will be granted a second season and that the makers can make up for this slip and lead the whole thing back into a more orderly direction.
"Doc meets Dorf" is an amusing series with a lot of potential, which in some moments is buried under over-enthusiastic humor and constructed stories. But the many nice ideas, the well done plot lines and the likeable actors make the eight episodes absolutely worth seeing and let us hope for a soon to come sequel!
Picture + sound: Since only a data-reduced press sample was available for the test, no evaluation of the final picture and sound quality can be given at this point.
Extras: The bonus material could also not be viewed on the press disc. For the purchase variant Deleted Scenes, an audio commentary, interviews and outtakes are announced.
Fazit: "Doc meets Dorf" is an entertaining mixture of comedy, drama and romance, which lives primarily from the charm of the main actress Inez Bjørg David and from the lovably eccentric side characters. The mixture doesn't always want to work, because it's the humour that overshoots the mark here and there. But despite some weaknesses and an unfortunately badly failed cliffhanger at the end of the season, the eight episodes offer very good, often funny and charming entertainment that can be continued for a few more years. Recommended
An article by Frankfurt-Tipp