The Good Doctor Series Premiere: How Did It Fare?

Not too long ago, he was young Norman Bates in Bates Motel, but he wasn’t always so dark. We’ve seen him as Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, musical genius August in August Rush, and one of the Davies’ kids in Finding Neverland. Whatever role he plays, Freddie Highmore is sure to excel. There’s truly no role that’s too difficult or challenging for the young actor, and he’s proven that statement to be true yet again with the premiere of The Good Doctor on September 25.

Based on a South Korean TV show of the same name, The Good Doctor follows the life of Dr. Shaun Murphy, an extraordinary pediatric surgeon who also happens to be an autistic savant. The show takes place at the prestigious San Jose St. Benaventture and will mostly revolve around the pediatric surgery wing. The role of Dr. Murphy itself is quite an undertaking, even for someone as talented as Highmore. But he performs as expected and actually exceeds expectations in every way. And while there are no shortages of medical shows on TV currently, The Good Doctor promises to give us something different to look forward to.

In the premiere, we see how Shaun’s autism works and how it affects his abilities to perform as a professional. We get a first glimpse of this in the beginning when Shaun encounters an opportunity to save someone’s life in public. Of course, he does magically as expected, again, but there’s something in the way Highmore carries Shaun’s character that makes you like him instantly. We got a flashback of his childhood that gave light into the way he was brought up and how his life interconnected with the hospital’s president, who’s the only one vouching for him to be in the resident program.

It’s easy to impress people with medical shows because there are plenty of unknowns in that field of work. But the combination of Shaun’s condition along with his genius makes this show all the more intriguing and convincing. The current medical situation became an opportunity for Shaun to shine. He sees something that no one else can, and he’s trying to find a way to let the hospital staff know before it’s too late. As expected again, Shaun is correct, but this became a way for Shaun to get into the program. Through the help of the hospital’s president, and with promises to resign his position if ever Shaun underperforms, Shaun is accepted into the resident program.

While many of the plot lines in the premiere were predictable, it was still a good show to sit and digest. We saw some tension between specific characters, and we’re looking forward to seeing how it plays out. Shaun is clearly the underdog in the situation currently, and while we’re already predicting his success in the program, we know it isn’t going to be too easy for him. This is what’s going to keep us watching The Good Doctor; we want to know how an autistic savant is going to survive his residency, plain and simple.

Leave a Reply

Did You Know That All the Houses in Sitcoms Are Nearly Identical?
She-Ra, Princess of Power, Is Getting a Reboot on Netflix
Awesome Animal Video: Jaguar vs. Caiman on “Big Cat Week”
A Crab vs Eel vs Octopus on Blue Planet II
Forceloose: A Star Wars Footloose Parody
The Top 20 Tragic Movie Deaths of All-Time
‘The Last Jedi’ Is Officially Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes
10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie “Hackers”
The Top Five Howard Shore Movie Scores of His Career
The Top Uses of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts’ “I Love Rock N Roll” in Movies or TV
The 20 Best Frontmen in Rock History
The Top Uses of Prince’s “Let’s Go Crazy” in Movies or TV
Check out Shaq’s Tree of all The Rims He Tore Down in his Career
LaVar Ball’s New 16,000 Square Foot House Tour Will Annoy You Even More
Watch Marshawn Lynch Bulldoze High School Players at Oakland Tech
Russell Westbrook And Nick Collison’s ‘White Men Can’t Jump’ Halloween Costumes Are Perfect
Video Game Designed To Treat ADHD May Become First FDA Approved Prescription Video Game
Check Out Dark Souls Animated in the Style of Cuphead
British Cops Use Gran Turismo Sport for Training
A Complete Timeline of Every Star Wars Video Game Ever
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jack Maxwell
Why There Are No Disney Films on Redbox’s New Streaming Service
Five Things You Didn’t Know about Lucy Dacus
24th SAG Awards Nominations: My Insights and Judgments