I've watched the first two episodes of this now and I have to say I'm really impressed. If anyone is going to be critical about this it's going to be us lot with Autism, families and anyone really in the Autism world.
I really struggle to find anything negative about it, its well written, brilliant acting and a great balance between the positive and negatives of Autism. Again like other programmes this is one persons life with Autism and Dr Shaun Murphy has savant syndrome which is going back to Rainman territory but bringing it up to date and more relevant to other issues associated with Autism.
I love it and really can't stop smiling about it. I love the flash backs to his past which help you understand why he feels the way he does and there are more in the first episode to set the scene so that you do get to understand his background. He makes progress and he adapts to situations, usually after learning from error and especially in social situations. Ain't that life though and sometimes so true with Autism.
Freddie Highmore was a perfect choice for this role and adds a lovely comical element to his character too which is also true to life. Dr Neil Melendez brings in the prejudice which is there and you would expect in this situation, as we say, 'there's always one that doesn't get it' but then you can understand his concerns but cannot tolerate his behaviour. He represents the few that need to be further educated and more understanding. Dr Aaron Glassman plays the president of the hospital who has known Shaun since he was younger and has given his full support to him. He understands that he is not necessarily great socially but this doesn't mean he doesn't have the potential of being a great surgeon I want everyone with Autism to have a Dr Glassman with them What a great mentor.
Dr Shaun Murphy possesses what is needed from his role as a surgeon, a great mind and the skill to be able to work in his field and become a success, that's if others would let him. I love that one minute I'm punching my fists high in the air and shouting 'yes', get in that theatre and operate mate but then he comes against a brick wall which ok I don't like but it's what is believable and would happen. We can't sugar coat Autism, as from experience it isn't sweet all of the time but it is worth fighting through.
I am not going to apologise for gushing over this programme, it's what we've been waiting for. I hope it continues to be great, I hope it runs and runs and I hope it wins awards. It doesn't have to as awards are not everything but I hope people just love Dr Shaun as much as I do. Well done to the creators, you've done good.
The Good Doctor is on Sky Living here in the UK every Friday at 9pm so please give it a try and tell me what you think. I'd love to hear your comments.
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