Pure Genius Season 1 Episode 1 Review: Pilot

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Exactly what is Bunker Hill?

That was the question I had while watching Pure Genius Season 1 Episode 1 as I was processing everything that was happening. 

We're introduced to Dr. Walter Wallace as he is recruited to come to Bunker Hill to help James Bell and his terrific staff of Doctors. 

Medicine Goes Modern - Pure Genius

James Bell is very optimistic, and while that is a very great trait to have, it got him into some arguments with some of his staff, especially Zoe. He brings hope into the millions of patient's eyes that feel as though this is their last option. 

The first case is a woman who is about twenty weeks pregnant, but she is also suffering from cancer. Her only option to save herself is to have surgery. The problem is she is pregnant, and in order for the baby to survive it needs to be able to breathe on its own. 

I couldn't imagine being in the position that the parents were in. What do you do in that situation? Of course what any loving parent would do. Do whatever it takes to save the child. 

At the rate the cancer is spreading we don't have weeks. We have days.


While some of the approaches these doctors have to medicine seem unrealistic that is the power of technology. Bell has a very unrealistic approach, but that is why he opened Bunker Hill in the first place.

Bunker Hill according to him may have been opened for all the wrong reasons, but to many including myself they seemed like they were opened for all of the RIGHT reasons. 

Bell and his staff are there to help people. That much was evident as this team of doctors did everything in their power to save both mother and child in this installment. 

Was anyone else surprised to learn that Margo (the pregnant/cancer patient) was suffering from domestic abuse from her husband Paul?

I have to say this took me by surprise, because from the beginning of the episode he seemed like a stand-up guy. I was completely taken aback to learn that he was beating his wife. 

Guess it's not just all gizmo's and gadget's.


That explains why she was having hallucinations in the pond. 

Dermot Mulroney was fantastic through the hour. His performance was chilling as Wallace was talking to Margo about the risks to not only herself, but her unborn child if they wait to do the surgery. I took a big sigh of relief when the woman and her child were both safe. 

That was not even the best part of the hour. 

What if I could give you a million chances to get it right?


Dr. Channarayatra brings an interesting case to Bunker Hill as a girl has been in a coma for almost six months with no signs of brain activity. 

How sad is it knowing that your child is suffering, and there is nothing you can do about it? That is how this family has felt. That is until they came to Bunker Hill.

Bell's persistence leads the team to trying the unthinkable. I had chills going through my body when the girl was speaking through her mother. How does that even happen? Science. Who else needed the box of tissues as the girl was connecting with her father? I had them with me throughout the whole hour. 

The more she hears you; the more active her brain will become.


I, for one, would like that type of technology for my own benefit. I mean really, who wouldn't want to read someone's mind? Think about how technology is shaping the way for the future of medicine, and you have Bunker Hill.

Wallace saw right through Bell, and why he had such a big investment in the patient with GSS. If Wallace ever leaves the medical field he should become a private investigator, as he has the mind-set for it. 

Bell is perhaps the most intriguing character, because we know the most about him. Jason Katims does a nice job in laying down the groundwork for what looks to be a fun season, and I can't wait to find out more. 

Other Thoughts and Questions:

  • Bell really needs to get the names down pat, because I can't watch poor Angie be sad anymore every time he forgets her name. 
  • Zoe is right he needs to stop undermining the doctors on his staff, and let them do their jobs without promising these families things. 
  • Who else is intrigued to see the storyline play out? I for one can't wait to see how this patient really interacts with Bell. 
  • I Think we need to know more about Wallace and why he ultimately chose to stay on board at Bunker Hill?
  • Out of all of the "gizmo's and gadgets" tonight, which one did you want the most?

That was a decent premiere. Was anyone else intrigued by the idea of Bunker Hill? What was your favorite part of the premiere? I want to hear from you guys, so comment in the section below and share your thoughts.  

Who else thought that Pure Genius was worth coming back next week for? Remember you can watch Pure Genius online in case you missed the premiere or you just want to see it again. 

Pilot Review

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Pure Genius Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

This is the revolution, Dr. Wallace.


At the rate the cancer is spreading we don't have weeks. We have days.