We admit my wife and I tend to get sentimental rather easily while watching cinema or following a TV series.
One of the must-watch series we are following now is “The Good Doctor”.
This is the story of Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, who has relocated from a quiet country life to join a renowned hospital’s surgical unit.
Abused and abandoned by his parents as a child, Shaun just had his brother as his friend who could understand him.
Unfortunately, Shaun loses him in a freak accident as well.
Alone in the world and struggling to connect with those around him, Shaun just focuses on his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and with it manages to overcome the biasness and skepticism of his colleagues against him.
I have always stayed away from medical dramas. Hospitals and diseases make me cringe. But there is something very special about The Good Doctor.
While the story is layered and there is a lot of depth in its characters, I am enjoying it mostly because of the absolutely incredible portrayal by Freddie Highmore of a young man dealing with autism.
I have no real world experience of how an autistic person might actually be, but Highmore’s performance is so sincere, so endearing and so moving, you simply cannot move your eyes away from him.
It also made me think very deeply about people dealing with similar disorders and how they lead their lives.
One of the unforgettable scenes is from the pilot episode where Shaun is being interviewed by the board of directors in the hospital (most of whom are against his appointment). He is asked why he wants to be a surgeon and his answer and they way he expresses it, really moved me.
Looking forward to completing this engaging show. And now my wife and I are Freddie Highmore’s fan for life.
What a brilliant young actor!