Off­spring

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Wed­nes­day, 8.30pm, Ten Gold Lo­gie win­ner Asher Ked­die re­turns for a fourth sea­son as wacky ob­ste­tri­cian Nina Proud­man, now 12 weeks preg­nant to hand­some anaes­thetist Pa­trick Reid (Matthew Le Nevez) and, con­se­quently, wack­ier than ever. The pro­gram spe­cialises in the kind of fan­tasy se­quence made pop­u­lar in Six Feet Un­der, where beau­ti­fully con­structed vi­sions are de­signed to fool the viewer into believ­ing, at least for a mo­ment, that the fan­tasy is a dar­ing and un­char­ac­ter­is­tic break­through in the char­ac­ter’s re­al­ity. How­ever, when Nina gives birth in se­quence to a gonk, a ce­ramic owl, a pineap­ple, some kiwi fruit and a large elec­tric fan, you do get a sense that this might not be hap­pen­ing. Of course it’s a dream. What, you think women give birth to elec­tric fans now? An­other great de­vice is the neu­rotic voiceover, which gives us ac­cess to Nina’s mixed-up, mud­dled-up, shook-up world.

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