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New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
New MegaMind TV and Movie Sequel Release
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 20, 2024

In March of this year, Dreamworks is set to release a Peacock exclusive TV show and movie sequel to the beloved 2010 MegaMind movie. The trailer...

In Fastbreak Fashion
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

Lancers lead the way in the second half. The Great Oak Wolfpack came into Thousand Oaks Tuesday night for the CIF quarterfinals and with them...

Perserving in Penalty’s
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 14, 2024

The Lady Lancers traveled to a neutral site in Anaheim to take on the Katella Knights in the second round of the CIF-SS girls soccer playoffs....

Kanye - He's Back at it...or Maybe Not?
Elijah Brown, The Lancer Staff • February 14, 2024

Kanye West's new album “Vultures 1”, many nationwide were skeptical at first about Kanye's new album considering the controversies he has...

It’s Valentine’s, Baby
It’s Valentine’s, Baby
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 14, 2024

St. Valentine’s Day commemorates the death of St. Valentine, but for others, the holiday marks a day of birth. Junior Chokee Weezer was born...

Health Science Majors Program hosts their senior showcase
Momo Sonoda, Editor-In-Chief • February 12, 2024

Last week, the seniors in Health Science Majors hosted a showcase, featuring various professions that they hope to pursue in the future. At the...

Advancing Again
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers left campus during lunch to travel to Temecula for their round two playoff game, and the ride wasn’t enough to stop the Lancers....

Double-Double Galore
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 12, 2024

The Lancers once again came out of a playoff game as a victor, behind a powerful Trent Maclean performance nonetheless. Maclean powered his way...

Avid Attack
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 9, 2024

A massive performance from standout freshman led the way for the Lancers at Ventura College, freshman Maddie Linville started the game off strong...

Advancing at last!
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Fast start, with no slowing down, your Lancers took down the Chaffey Tigers 3-1. A very early goal from junior attacker Gabriel Torreblanca gave...

Elias Chin ready to take a shot
Onto the Next
Jake Bradley, Sports Editor • February 8, 2024

Advancing at last!  Despite a close score after each of the first two quarters, stars Elias Chin and Trent Maclean were able to help the Lancers...

Valentines Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Valentine's Day grams for your special someone -- or not
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With Valentine's day approaching quickly, the student store is crowded with students buying Valentine's Grams for people they know -- and those...

Sephora Takeover
Sephora Takeover
Gabriella Muller, The Lancer Staff • February 8, 2024

With the rise of popular skincare brands coming from Tiktok, Sephora is seeing a rise in sales but a massive drop in age. “10-13 year old kids...

Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Point Counterpoint: The Super Debate
Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar February 8, 2024

Two The Lancer columnists -- Kevin Starr and Christian-Isaiah Aguilar -- have strong opinions about the upcoming Super Bowl. Here, they square...

on the bottom is real animal based leather, while on the top is “vegan” leather, or “pleather”
Vegan Leather is Worse for the Environment than Real Leather
Joseph Goodnight, Opinion Editor • February 8, 2024

Throughout the the past 20 years the interest in sustainability and ethicality has risen immensely, especially in regards to fashion, as the...

The (not so) Good Doctor

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The ABC network is known for its hit shows such as Grey’s Anatomy or Modern Family. Recently, they released a new show called The Good Doctor, about a young autistic surgeon that joins the surgical unit of a prestigious hospital while overcoming challenging workplace and social situations. Everyone enjoys a story about an unlikely hero succeeding when everyone thinks that they will fail. In this case however, the story falls short of that type enjoyable plot because it fails to break from stereotypes and presents a poorly written plotline.

I’ll be honest, when I first saw the trailer for The Good Doctor during the summer, I was really excited. Autism barely gets any screen time in media and when it does it’s portrayed either as a crippling disease or an amazing gift that makes a person a completely uncommunicative genius, both of which extreme stereotypes.

Freddie Highmore, who plays Dr. Shaun Murphy, the autistic doctor, said that the show is “trying to move away from past stereotypes” and change people’s perceptions or autism. It’s ironic, however, that the show presents autism in such a typical way. The show makes Murphy’s autism look like just a special skill that got added to his other skills. He looks at a screen and suddenly, he remembers every little detail that has to do with the topic or he looks at a situation and suddenly, he sees something that no one else can see. While these situations may be probable in real life, the show presents them in a very dramatically unrealistic way.

It’s no question though, that autism is presented in a positive light in the show. It was the goal of the writers to show that while autism can hold back a person, it can also be beneficial to a person’s life and The Good Doctor does a good job of presenting that.

All in all, The Good Doctor is like any other show about doctors in the workplace. You have your secret affairs, random hot doctors, and flat cliche dialogue exchanges. The focus on an autistic doctor is a fun twist that makes the show interesting but if you’re looking for an accurate representation of autism in real life, look somewhere else.

 

 

PHOTO BY » THE GOOD DOCTOR OFFICIAL WEBSITE

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