By Sydney Lewis
The Good Doctor inspires others to do more than what they think they can do. The show produces a story about young autistic surgeon, Dr. Shaun Murphy, who has savant syndrome. Savant syndrome is someone who demonstrates one or more profound and prodigious capacities or abilities that would be considered more than normal. Murphy changes his scenery, a move supported by his mentor, Dr. Aaron Glassman, from the quiet country life, he used to live in, to joining a surgical unit at San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital. Surviving a troubled childhood, Murphy is alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, but he finds that using his extraordinary medical skills and intuition to save lives challenges the questionable thoughts of his coworkers.
The Good Doctor is an inspirational and emotional show that conveys the message that a person’s differences don’t always have to be their weaknesses; rather,those unique qualities give them value and can often be their strengths. After the death of his brother, Murphy is inspired to become someone who has a chance to save people’s lives, a surgeon. Even though he is socially awkward and lacks in human interactions, he pushes through the stereotypical comments from his coworkers and proves them wrong. On the show, the audience is able to see what Murphy sees when he is evaluating a patient. It is a 3D graphic that exhibit the problem and how he can fix it. The Good Doctor also leaves the audience with the expression that anything can happen, which draws the crowd in more.
The show has a great message, exceptional acting, and storyline, but naturally, there is room for improvement. For instance, because Murphy is an exceptional surgeon, he can often come off as two dimensional. While medical dramas often fall into this same predictable trap, giving his character more opportunity for development could help set it apart from the rest. Similarly, the continuous ridicule from the other doctors saying that Murphy shouldn’t be at the hospital gets extremely repetitive at times. Although it helps make the audience sympathize with Murphy early on, it wears thin pretty quickly.
Despite its few shortcomings, The Good Doctor has acquired a wide fanbase in just a few episodes by weaving the day-to-day tasks of surgeons into the larger framework of its protagonist’s story. Altogether The Good Doctor provides earnest storytelling, compelling acting, and characters who tug at our heartstrings that will leave viewers satisfied.