Seitz: A&E’s Coma Is an Exuberantly Batty Horror Miniseries

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Seitz: A&E’s Coma Is an Exuberantly Batty Horror Miniseries
"Please don't take me to Memorial," gasps a bloodied patient in Coma, right after sinister orderlies load him into the back of an ambulance. They don't listen. This is horror, and in horror, what you fear most is what happens to you. This A&E miniseries is exuberantly batty. Loosely based on Robin Cook's 1977 novel and the Michael Crichton film that followed (and produced by director Ridley Scott and his late brother Tony), it's about an intern named Susan Wheeler (Lauren Ambrose) and a surgical resident named Mark Burroughs (Steven Pasquale) who think it’s weird that so many Peachtree Memorial patients end in comas and decide to poke around. Each new scrap of data ramps up their paranoia. Why did that doctor hang himself after one of his patients went comatose? Who paid off that malpractice plaintiff with nearly half a million dollars? Is the ebullient Professor Hillside
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