The Good Doctor – Episode 6

*Before*

I REALLY didn’t want to watch this one. I kept putting it off, but I don’t want to get behind as if I do I’ll stop watching completely. If I do stop watching I want it to be through the show itself not because of my apathy.

Okay, let’s do this.

 

*During*

Again, really good start, even asshat didn’t ruin the scene, the moment of silence before Shaun issued the orders my heart was in my throat on the chance he’d seize up.

I don’t think the show will ever redeem asshat for me, but please, PLEASE make him at least tolerable this episode. It looks like he’s going to be a main focus so it would be nice to have at least a watchable episode. Especially since the last one was actually good.

2nd break just started. Those parents are annoying the fuck out of me. Don’t get me wrong I understand the fear of losing someone and the desire to avoid it. But there’s willing to lop off his leg over a 1 in 10 chance. If I was that patient I would take the chance, and I would hope those close to me would know that I would too.

Also, she reveals he’s an addict, so they suddenly reveal he cheated. WOW, they’ll really do anything to get their way won’t they.

Break ended.

Good catch by the female doctor, drilling into someone’s head however… after I stopped cringing at the sound all I could think of was Star Trek 5.

THANK YOU! God if those parents got their way I’d have been pissed

Metal bone, guess he’ll be nicknamed the Wolverine. (Which honestly would be badass)

Final break. Oh come on! can’t we have one episode where everyone gets a win? I’m actually enjoying this episode even with asshat in the forefront.

Break ended

I’m guessing when she drilled the skull she went in too far and damaged the brain. Damn shame if she did.

I’m glad I was wrong, but messing up an incubation… that’s gonna stay with her, could even end her career if she can’t come to terms with it. Again I’m reminded of Scrubs and the episode they did on the subject of a doctor accidently killing someone. I will say that it’s done exceptionally well here.

 

*After*

Well I said we needed more like last episode, and we did. It was another good episode. Looks like the show is shifting into it’s groove. I still think Freddie Highmore NEEDS an award for portraying Shaun, if he doesn’t get one it’ll be a damn travesty. Is this the new best episode? No. It had more heart than episode 5, but I enjoyed episode 5 more. Its a strong 2nd best though.

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The Good Doctor – Episode 5

*Before Viewing*

Not much to say this time. I’ve seen people praise the show and can only conclude they’re either praising it based SOLEY on the fact that Shaun is autistic. The “He’s not the standard protagonist” argument, which is a crock of shit argument in my opinion. Or they’ve been watching a different show to me, cause very little of the show so far has deserved praise.

 

*During Viewing*

and again, the scene with Shaun and asshat, made me want to punch asshat. But the scene with Shaun and the kid that looks like his brother, was really good. Seriously how the actor prepare for this role.

I paused the episode and looked him up, Freddie Highmore, HE WAS CHARLIE IN THE GODAWFUL TIM BURTON CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY!? Holy hell!

FINALLY! Fucking finally, someone is FINALLY informed that Shaun has autism. Seriously, just explaining it would defuse SOOOOOOO many situations. One of the premier questions I am asked is: “Why are you in a wheelchair.” and answering actually opens up talking point and pretty much lets people how to talk to me without offense.

So if I am told “I/they have autism.” I personally know to slow myself down and think, and not be a massive sarcastic twat like I normally am.

That’s why he wasn’t there asshat, he was being a doctor. unlike you, you unethical fuck!

Ahh, parents hiding diagnosis from their child. the back bone of any trusting child/parent relationship #sarcasm

Have to admit, I don’t think I could lie to a person about something like that. Though I do understand the doctors need to. Sometimes the truth can be absolutely crushing.

The “patient knows what their parents are trying to hide from them” plot point has been used before, a lot, so I’m not going to mark the episode down for using it.

I really like the kid, he’s in the show regularly as Shaun’s brother in flashbacks. But putting him as patient letting him act alongside the main cast was a smart move. He’s quite good for a child actor.

This show needs to get rid of asshat. Seriously. When ever he’s not on screen and it’s the other characters dealing with the patients it’s a decent, watchable show.

Shaun exclaiming “Even doesn’t have cancer!” to an empty room. I don’t know why it was funny, but it was.

Oh god, it’s asshat again.

“But it means telling the parents of a dying child that they’re hope.” Bitch you do not get to play that card after last episode. You do not get to revoke the chance of life after wanting to abort a child WITHOUT KNOWLEDGE OR CONSENT OF THE MOTHER!

Paused.

Okay, Shaun want to be unethical himself and perform a test without the parents consent. I’m a tad torn now. On one hand it for a simple test that doesn’t put anyone at risk and could in fact save a life. On the other hand it’s still an ethics violation. I rail on asshat’s decision because it’s not a simple thing. I’m all for pro choice, but that’s the rub. it’s CHOICE. He wanted to abort the child without telling the mother or getting her consent. Had it been a snap judgment choose now or they both die, I could understand. But it wasn’t he actively wanted to sedate her and once she was under, abort the baby. that’s disgusting.

I may seem like a hypocrite but I’m okay with Shaun’s actions solely because his actions place no one in danger and could in fact save a life. Although, I think they should have went to the parents first, have them deny permission, then go over their heads.

So the parents found out, and the fathers first inclination was to assault the doctor. Parents of the fucking year ladies and gentlemen. Telling him to get out. fine, I get it, you’re angry, but manhandling him? Hell no.

That was too big! That cyst was far too big, dude is gonna have a massive gap in has brain now.

And another bittersweet but at least heartfelt ending.

 

*After Viewing*

Okay, this here, is the best episode of the show so far. It was good, even with the giant cyst and bittersweet ending. It was a good watch, we need more of this, with even less of asshat.

I was considering stopping watching, but I’ll keep going because of this episode.

The Good Doctor – Episode 4

*Before Viewing*

I’d say I had high hopes for this episode because of last week… but that would be untrue. You might ask why I’m still watching it… boredom and curiosity mainly.

*During Viewing*

Just noticed the neighbour is using a 3rd party controller… who plays uncharted with a 3rd party controller? That kinda bugs me.

See these bits where he’s being massively autistic I really like. I’d love to ask the actor how he researched for the role.

“Why are you defending him? You’re all after the same spot.” Its called teamwork asshat, you don’t slit the throat of you ally just because its a competition. RETARD!

Okay, had to pause it.

I’ve seen hospital shows deal with the “surgeon success rates” thing before, most obvious in my mind is Scrubs, they briefly dabbled in it. Honestly, I hate the idea. I hate the thought that people will actually refuse to operate on a patient because if they die, it’ll hurt they’re success percentage. I mean fuck the patient right? Who cares about them it’s all about the win rate… I know their more to it than that, but it’s the only way I can seem to look at it, and it gets to me. The main issue here is that I already dislike these people, I don’t call them retards as a term of endearment, I do outright hate them, so them talking about playing with lives via success rates is in no way helping.

Okay, I’m not autistic, but missing my stop on the bus freaks me the fuck out so I can only imagine how freaked he would feel.

Asshat wanted to terminate the baby without the mothers knowledge or consent… WHAT THE FUCK!

House Moment!

Taking him out drinking, that is not going to end well.

*After Viewing*

Was nice to see Shaun actually get more time with a patient. For once it wasn’t minimal contact. Teaming him up with the lass that actually tries to figure him out continues to be a wise move. And the chief surgeon seems to not want to be a complete dick. In other words, he was partnered with people who know he’s got massive social issues and are trying to cope with them, and it worked.

Meanwhile in the other plot, asshat was a fucking unethical retard… okay, deep breaths. I know the show needs some type of antagonist, but asshat is not that character. It doesn’t help that this is from the makers of House, a show that could not do antagonists to save its life.

On a whole that episode was… average, not as good as last week, but not as bad as the other 2 episodes. Keep Shaun away from asshat and the show coasts. When they talk, it sucks.

Space Team by Barry J Hutchison

So a while ago I got 3 months of audible free. So after a lot of hunting I bought 3 audiobooks. NPC’s by Drew Hayes, The Man of Legends by Kenneth Johnson, and Space Team by Barry J Hutchison.

I decided, after a while, to listen to Space Team first.

Oh my god the book is amazing! Seriously, I just finished it and I loved it. It’s my first audiobook, I’ve always had trouble focusing on books so I thought I’d give listening to audiobooks a try. I declare this experiment a resounding success.

I realised half way through as the why. I thought that I preferred a visual medium but seems I just prefer a verbal one. Something about the written word doesn’t hold my attention but being told a story with voices and expressive characters just suck me in. I love it.

But anyway, the book. It’s got a very Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy feel to the humour and it works really well. The main character Cal Carver is a wise cracking smart arse he’s got a very American car salesman vibe to him, but in a good way. His crew mates are amazing. A werewolf that talks like a valley girl, a cyborg that can adjust his strength and intelligence sacrificing one for the other when needed. A military officer pilot, and a ball of goo. Each with their own skills and personality, and each hilarious in there own way.

I HIGHLY recommend this book if you like a nice bit of sci-fi and some good humour. I’m looking forward to listening to the other books in the series now, cause I enjoyed the hell out of the book.

The Good Doctor – Episode 3

*Starts the episode* This one is gonna hurt isn’t it?

*During viewing*
Oh wow, that’s Tim Russ. Even if it’s guess spots or bit parts I’m always happy to see actors I know and like get roles.

“This is better than having a baby in my car.” Okay, that bit was funny. In fact, that entire small scene was really good. I like how the police officer isn’t questioning or fighting. They needed ice, he stopped to get it. They need to stop to operate on the organ, he stops there and then to let them. This is far beyond the normal TV show trope, where the officer would be belligerent and just wanted to get the assignment over with, it’s pretty refreshing.

*After viewing*

Let it not be said that I am not fair, this episode… was okay. It was doing really well until the bitter sweet ending.

However I’d like to point out why I thought the episode worked. Shaun was utterly removed from the rest of the cast and pair with the second most sympathetic character toward him. So he was with someone who was willing to cope with him and try to figure him out. while all the other retards were back at the hospital killing patients. Shaun again had MINIMAL contact with pretty much anyone in the episode. Let’s go over them shall we.

His neighbour: I’m pretty sure she was trying to flirt a little, I’m fine with that, it’s more unfortunate that Shaun was his normal blunt self, kinda felt sorry for her but they ended the episode in a friendly way.

The Female doctor: Honestly, don’t know her name, she’s the only person that actively trying to understand Shaun. Her working with Shaun isn’t a bad dynamic.

The cop: They was very little interaction between the too… however, I point to me previous statement about the cop during the viewing itself. I liked the guy, it was really understanding and not like what that roll normally has.

The ambulance driver: 1 line of dialogue. that’s it.

the Hospital head: Minimal contact when not in flashback.

And that’s it.

The other plots, they were standard hospital TV show fair to be honest. We got a glimpse for a show without Shaun and it was… bland.

Am I still fixed in my thoughts that everyone’s a retard? Oh yes, but if this episode showed anything, it’s that it’s retardation through bigotry. Remove the focus of the bigotry, I.E. Shaun, and everyone else seemed to calm down.

So in summery, that episode wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t good either. and that makes it the best episode so far.

The Good Doctor – Episode 2

GAH!

Honestly, writing this and I’m so fucking angry.

I said before the everyone at the hospital was retarded. That is now FIRMLY cemented in my mind. Nothing will convince me otherwise. They were told that removing a kidney would allow for better access to a tumour. But weren’t going to do it because it was a healthy kidney.

BITCH ITS A FUCKING TUMOUR!

Lets work this out.

Life expectancy of patient with a tumour: 6 weeks, 3 month tops (as stated in the show).
Life expectancy of patient without tumour but only 1 kidney: A LOT LONGER THAN 3 MONTHS!

Now lets do the math…

Yeah, I’d gladly forgo a kidney to save me from fucking cancer! And judging by the patients response at the end of the episode I don’t think she minded it either!

Fucking retards, the lot of them.

And again, I’d like to point out THAT case was solved through MINIMAL contact by the main character.

The second case… well had it not been for the main character. his boss, and a nurse would have been responsible for killing a little girl. So yeah, retards.

Why ‘The Good Doctor’ did not make a good impression.

Okay, so The Good Doctor is from the makers of House. honestly, give him a cane and a limp and it would be the same show. That’s not what made the bad impression though.

It Scrub, there is an episode where Dr Cox finds out his friends child is autistic. It takes him 1 meeting to suspect, and 1 more to confirm.

Now in the Good Doctor, there are at least 4 medical personnel that meet the main character who isn’t so much as displaying signs of autism as wearing a neon neck chain reading “autistic 4 life”. and NONE OF THEM identify it. One only referring to him as “weird”.

The ONLY reason this show could support itself is by making most of the supporting cast completely retarded and/or bigoted.

Hell the only reason they hire him at the end of the episode is that the guy vouching for him said if he messes up, he’s fired. The problem with that? Well, like House he had MINIMAL contact with the patient he saved. He performed a procedure on him at the start cause the other doctor was a retard, and after that ALL his input was external with the other doctors trying it and finding out that his suggestions were the correct ones. Christ there was even a ‘House moment’ in the episode… write what you know I guess. But as I said, he had minimal contact.

The only way he could kill someone under that model is if the hospital didn’t give him all necessary information and he told them to use a medication that the patient was allergic too. That still could happen however, as I said all the doctors are retarded and/or bigoted.

I doubt this show will be as popular as House. It’s House without Hugh Laurie’s charisma. and at least House was an arsehole applying his will to a group, and not a group of arseholes trying to get rid of a disabled person.

Smurfs: The Lost Village – A suprisingly good film.

The title lays it bare really. Smurfs and Smurfs 2 were god awful pieces of shit. I, like most people, put this down to bring them into the “real world”. Off the top of my head the only movie I knew where that worked was Who Framed Rodger Rabbit.

However, I always said that the Smurfs COULD work as a movie is they stayed in their own world and was fully CG. Hell they even had a really good story idea in Smurfs 2 with Smurfette’s origin.

Well low and behold, Lost Village, fully CG movie that deals with Smurfette’s origin, and it was good.

Honestly genuinely impressed me that they just made a fun movie, they didn’t even ham fist a message into it.,(save for one line at the VERY end), but as eye rolling as that was I’ll let it slide cause it does kind of work in world.

All in all, I had a low expectation of the movie, I saw the trailer and honestly, wrote it off. I only bought it cause it was cheap and I was curious, glad to see that in this case, I was wrong.

Why Suicide Squad?

This has bugged me for a while now, why did they make a Suicide Squad movie?

DC wanted they own Guardian’s of the Galaxy correct? So why Suicide Squad? Why not Teen Titans?

Seriously, Teen titan’s makes a million times more sense. I even have the set up.

Amanda Waller wants a team that can go up again the next superman if they’re evil. She she get Maxwell Lord the create the Titans program. It aim’s the set up a group of teen as a superhero group.

He seeks out and recruits Beast Boy, Cyborg and Raven, as well as Starfire who the government discovered and have as a prisoner. Bruce Wayne, smelling something fish with Lord influences his to also take on Nightwing.

Second act ends with the Titans discovering the truth and abandoning lord and by proxy Waller. Who in retaliation unleashes a very dangerous villain they had locked away on the off chance the Titan’s turned on them.

So you have batman cameo via nightwing, eye candy via starfire, visual effects award chance with BB, oh and it introduces Cyborg to the universe prior to his justice league appearance, thus having 1 less hero to explain.

The real kicker with this one, had they gone with Titans, the second movie… DEATHSTROKE!

God Eater and the return of the silent protagonist.

I’ve stated before how much I hate silent protagonists. They pull you out of the moment, and could often solve an issue if they just open their goddamn mouths.

Now there are two sets of silent protagonists.

1: The mute SP. these are the largest offenders to me, people like the Doom Marine or Gordon freeman. Characters that never talk, ever.

and

2: The onscreen SP. Characters that do talk, but only offscreen. The camera will normally fade, and when it comes back another character will open will something like: “I see, thanks for tell me.”


God Eater: Resurrection, a PC/Console port of a PSP game. Has an infuriating semi-silent onscreen SP. “Semi-silent?” you say. Yes! The character, who is custom created I will admit. Actually does have some spoken dialogue, but only during missions, giving quips and sarcastic remarks as they fight.

During the cut scenes however, they’re utterly silent, simply smiling and nodded. doing the fade out trick if they need to explain anything.

Some scenes are just begging for dialogue too, and for the character to not have a prema-smile on their face.


Now the obvious retort is: “There are 20 different voices per gender, in the game, recording dialogue for them all would take too much space.”

And to that I say: The drop it to 5 voices. I know it’s a PSP game and the disks for that were only about a gig in size. But you could have cut a dozen of those voices, per gender, for more dialogue in the cutscenes. I hate using this example cause it’s comparing console to handheld. But Saints Row 2 had I think 6 different voices and that game had hours of cutscene dialogue. You can’t tell me they couldn’t remove half of those voices in God Eater to give the main character a few lines of additional dialogue to flesh out the character.