I don’t have autism and therefor can not be the voice of autism, but from what I know and have heard The Good Doctor is a wonderful voice for autism and I think that is fantastic. The Good Doctor follows Shaun Murphy, a brilliant young surgeon with autism that is recruited into a high-end hospital as a surgeon. Not only is he recruited in, but he is recruited in with many people against it and rooting for him to fail specifically BECAUSE of the repercussions of his autism. Freddie Highmore plays Shaun and is absolutely fantastic, perfectly falling into the role and bringing nothing with him. The character of Shaun is deep on so many levels and he pulls it off perfectly. Richard Schiff plays his “adoptive” father and I love it. I have loved everything that Richard Schiff does since he was in The West Wing and it is nice to seem him again. Apart from those two however, the rest of the shows cast seems a little two dimensional. Even writing this review I can’t remember their names. Sure, they have stories, but they are all over the top and feels a bit too much like a bad soap when the story is focused on them. Other than that small detail, which hopefully works itself out in time, this show is wonderful. The depiction of autism is spectacular, the acting of the main two people is splendid, the problems feel real, and the storytelling style of flashbacks really makes you feel more deeply and understand a character that has a difficult time showing himself.
The magic of the 80’s… In 2017… Stranger Things came out as a rather unknown show that Netflix was trying out. It had virtually no talk behind it, and an eight episode release. It became the most talked about series virtually over night, blowing not only my mind but everyone who saw it. Season 2 seems to have no means of slowing that down, and looks as though it will even UP the ante. This trailer is brilliant… Set to MJ’s Thriller, which the music video released the same year this is set in. Opening up on Dragons Lair, showing Will slipping in to the Upside Down, ELEVEN!.. I will binge this show the second it comes out, and I hope you will join me.
The 100 has been one of my favorite TV shows since I first saw the first season on Netflix three years back. The first season still remains, in my opinion, one of the best seasons of television ever made. Since then however I feel like the show has been on a slow downwards spiral. Season 2 was good, changing up the whole dynamic of the series. Season 3 however left a bad taste in my mouth with Ally and the city of light. Going in to season 4 I was still excited, yet very wary of what the show would give me. I was pleasantly surprised! With bigger stakes and more on the line than any season before hand, season 4 started out with immanent death of radiation on the horizon in only six months. Not only that but people were dealing with the aftermath of the city of light, all the while having no commander and no night-blood to take the flame. In true 100 fashion I thought I knew what was going to happen from the very beginning, but got every single prediction off by a mile. A new twist and turn was thrown at me around every corner and episode. Besides just bringing the show back to its best dynamic, which is the people from the ark attempting to assimilate to the ground and clans, the last few episodes were damn good binge-worthy television. The best way I can describe the last few episodes without giving much away is a hunger games like battle with stakes that will change everything. Which they did. Season 5 promises to be different than anything we have ever seen out of this show, as the season finale shows us, and because of season 4 my obsession has resurfaced.
Shark Tank is an incredibly simple premise, that, to be completely honest did not sound interesting to me for a broad audience from the start. The idea of watching a business deal, though interesting to me, did not sound like something many people would enjoy. But, offering up something that most reality shows have thrown out the window is what makes this so fantastic. It’s real. There is not script, these people don’t know what they are going to say before they say it, and that is very clear when watching it. Another big benefit is the massively engaging quality of it. Whether my fiance and I are yelling at the sharks to sign a deal on a brilliant product or at the inventors to go with a certain deal we are always VERY in to it, and you will be too.
Though a very clear rip-off of Ninja Warrior, that does not take away from the awesomeness of this show. Ultimate Beastmaster is a reality show where 12 contestants compete on an obstacle course to become the Beastmaster. On the tenth episode they take the nine winners and they compete to be the Ultimate Beastmaster. Competing are two members of six countries. USA, South Korea, Japan, Germany, Mexico, and Brazil… A few days ago I sat down to watch one episode of this show, just to give it a shot, and ended up watching half of the season in one sitting. Having not only two competitors from each country, but, two commentators from each as well always keeps it interesting. On top of that they cut to the action and don’t make me watch the shitty contestants slog through the course! However, The Beast (as they refer to the course) is very biased. The course has a large advantage to those who are tall, making some obstacles damn near impossible if you aren’t. Yuuji Urushihara, the most famous obstacle course runner in the world, and the only man to ever beat Sasuke (Ninja Warrior) twice, was eliminated in the second round. Multiple contestants that were 5’6 or under were eliminated because making the twelve foot leaps and eight foot verticals are damn near impossible for someone that short, yet, a cake walk for someone over six feet tall. Despite that one flaw though, this show is absolutely phenomenal. I found myself yelling at the screen the entire time, and having more country pride than I have since the Olympics.
For fans of The West Wing (that have been unsatisfied over the years with television that just can’t live up to it), Aaron Sorkin gave us something that will satisfy us all! If only for a short period of time. The Newsroom is an HBO series written and created by Aaron Sorkin, It follows Jeff Daniels and his new team of reporters on an endevour to bring integrity back to journalism. Sadly, due to disagreements and writing problems it was reduced to a twenty-five episode series. Which, if you think about it, is a single season of most television shows. But, what this show brings you in three seasons, is fantastic and grabs you immediately and consistently. Being that it is based out of a news room, it touches on the modern issues, such as the Boston marathon and deep water horizon. The first season of this show is one of the best seasons of television I have ever seen, nearing the superb quality of the first season on Friday Night Lights. The second season is quite convoluted, all over the place, and sometimes hard to follow. It jumps around in time and I will be honest, I got a little lost. Despite that, I still binge watched it in a day. Season three, being only six episodes, is mainly wrap up and tying up loose ends before cancellation. Everything progresses nicely through and I was happy with how they ended it despite being unhappy it had to end. Jeff Daniels is fantastic, showing an acting quality I didn’t previously know he had even possessed. Emily Mortimer plays opposite him and they play off each other very well. This show has many, many other characters that all do their job very well and are all equally abstract and three dimensional as the last. The one who really stands out though, to me at least, is John Gallegher Jr who plays Jim Harper. Jim Harper is senior producer of ‘News Night’ (the news show they air) and BASICALLY Jim Halpert from “The Office”. I will tell you now though, this show is very political. It doesn’t advertise it as such, but it is created by Aaron Sorkin, a very active member of the Democratic party, and it is really obvious in this show. If you do not agree with the views of the party, but can look past that, you will enjoy it just as much! This show may have been short lived, but it didn’t limit it all in my mind. If anything, it prevented it from running out of ideas and remaining fresh.