Hart of Dixie is another TV series I picked up recently, having stumbled upon the first episode and (surprisingly) enjoying it. It’s a romantic comedy set in a southern town of Bluebell, Alabama. So be prepared for heavy Southern accents all around. Since I’ve never actually heard a true-blue Southern accent apart from on-screen, I don’t think it’s fair to comment on that too much and I eventually got used to how the characters speak.
So Bluebell is where our leading lady Zoe Hart ends up in after failing to secure a fellowship in a cardiothoracic surgery. She takes up Dr Harvey Wilkes’s offer to work in his local practice, but when she arrives at Bluebell she finds out that he’s passed away and has left his half of the practice to her. She later discovers that Harvey Wilkes was her biological father and decides to stay in Bluebell.
Bluebell isn’t such a great place to live in, especially when you’ve come from high-flying New York. Zoe rents a place at the Mayor’s estate. The mayor is Lavon Hayes, a former football star and they immediately strike up a bond. Another tenant at the Mayor’s is Wade Kinsella, bartender at the local pub who constantly has run-ins with Zoe. They share a cute bickering relationship which develops into a one-sided love from his end.
Why is that? From everything I said earlier it seems like a premise for sufficient cute bickering to falling in love to keep us entertained. But there’s more. When she first arrived in Bluebell, Zoe meets George, the town lawyer who saves her from the mayor’s pet crocodile. She develops a huge crush on him straight away, only to find that he’s engaged to Lemon, the daughter of the other doctor at the practice. That creates a lot of tension and rivalry between the two ladies, as Lemon immediately dislikes Zoe for disrupting her perfectly planned life. Her father, Brick also dislikes Zoe because he obviously expected to have the whole practice to himself after Harvey’s death.
The drama revolves around Zoe trying to fit in to Bluebell and get the town to accept her as a doctor and as one of them. In mostly disastrous ways, obviously. It is a really lighthearted series, with characters and issues that everyone can somehow relate to, despite the absurdity of Planksgiving, for example.
This series doesn’t take itself too seriously – it seemed like a huge ball of fluff when I first watched it, and eventually I’ve come to a conclusion that it’s a really cute ball of fluff. But still fluff. If you are looking for some compelling plot that inspires thought or poignant medical dilemmas, please look elsewhere.
For the first few episodes we are introduced to quirky Bluebell and their various traditions and festivals and parades. I don’t even know how they make these up. And they take themselves really seriously too. I like the concept of Bluebell a lot actually. The quirkiness of the town and its characters remind me a bit of Stars Hollow in Gilmore Girls, which is one of my favourite tv shows. Even the little bit on the town centre is similar to the one in Stars Hollow.
Zoe was a bit hard to buy because she doesn’t come across as a doctor at all. Every time she tries to assert herself as a doctor to the people in Bluebell, I just go ‘pffffttttt’. Even at the end of a whole season I don’t see her as a doctor, but she did grow on me, as a character. She did shed some of the bimbo aura she gave off at the start, but it was probably because she became less of a New-Yorker (hence more lovable).
There are quite a few love interests going on in the show – Wade and Zoe, Zoe and George, George and Lemon, and Lemon and Lavon. I am sure everyone will have a different opinion of who they want with whom. I personally don’t get Zoe’s neverending crush on George, but I get why George and Lemon are together (and will remain so).
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I’m on Team Wade. It’s not just because he’s an underdog, but I think Zoe genuinely has great chemistry with Wade. He’s a lovable rogue, what’s not to love? He had a decent backstory and development as well, and I’m really happy with that.
Zoe and George together are a bit flat, sadly. Even when they had their moment I didn’t really feel the sparks there. Their only connection seems to be their past in New York, which is fair enough. But I just don’t feel it, mainly because there’s always been restraint on George’s end. Yunno, since he’s engaged to Lemon.
But to be honest, even with Lemon out of the way I can’t see Zoe being with George. The wrath of Lemon would make some great entertainment for a couple of episodes but it would be annoying. As with anything that Lemon does. Speaking of Lemon, she doesn’t really annoy with the things that she does, but rather the reasons she does those things would get on my nerves. Her intentions, not her actions, really grate on me. Which makes it so hard for me to root for her at all, even when bad things happen to her. Well, bad things happen to everyone. So your mother left you, boohoo. Zoe’s father died. Go cry in your own corner.
I think I’ve rambled on a bit too much about this. All in all, Hart of Dixie is quite a bit of harmless guilty pleasure. With characters acting as if they are still in high school, disguised as actual adults. Teehee. Hart of Dixie returns 2nd October. Plenty of time to catch up!