The long awaited and highly anticipated new show on ABC, The Good Doctor, finally aired on Monday, September 25th. Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a high functioning autistic doctor with savant syndrome is fresh out of medical school and about to start his first year of surgical residency. The president of San Jose St. Bonaventure hospital, Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff) has scheduled Dr. Murphy to come in for an interview in front of the board in order to hire him. Almost every board member is against hiring Shaun due to the fact that he has autism.
On the way to his interview, Murphy encounters a medical emergency where a young boy is injured after a glass fixture falls on him. At first, a doctor near the boy responds and tries to help but Murphy makes it very clear that he is doing more harm than good. Murphy then steps in and assists the doctor, correcting his course of action.
Dr. Murphy gathers odds and ends needed to quickly alleviate a collapsing lung in the patient. Once stable, the patient is transported to St. Bonaventure hospital, where Dr. Murphy was supposed to have his interview earlier that day. When the young boy arrives at the hospital, the doctors there did not listen to Dr. Murphy and his demand for an echocardiogram. After almost losing their patient, the doctors in charge finally find Murphy and listen to what he has to say, ultimately saving the boys life.
The acting in this pilot episode, “Burnt Food”, was subpar. The character, Dr. Neil Melendez (Nicholas Gonzalez), is very unprofessional and judgmental. Freddie Highmore’s performance was better out of all the cast. He has experience in a serious role such as Norman Bates in Bates Motel, which could potentially be helpful in this show.
Another downfall to this show is that it is predictable. Even though only one episode has aired, it is easy to predict that the next five episodes will consist of unfair treatment to Dr. Murphy due to his autism diagnosis. Not only this, but one can imagine that he will be put into a high stress situation where he performs perfectly under pressure, thus proving his competency to his colleagues and showing that his impairment will not interfere with his job.
Overall, the story line has potential and will be good for our society to raise awareness on those with autism. This show will cross boundaries and challenge stereotypes.
Besides the few blips that will hopefully surprise me, I recommend this show to others if you are looking for something new to watch.
xoxo Christina Cecilia