“The Good Doctor – Season Three DVD cover” Review by Suzanne 8/10/20
I enjoyed watching all the episodes of this DVD. I don’t watch the show regularly, so I haven’t seen the first two years. It was easy to watch, even though I missed all of those episodes. It’s basically like any hospital show you’ve seen before, such as Grey’s Anatomy, ER, Chicago Hope, Chicago Med, et al. From what I’ve read, they’re very accurate with the medical scenes. It’s mostly a soap opera with medical stories…a little bit like “General Hospital” used to be, before they brought in spies and mobsters. If you buy the foremost conceit of the show, which is that a high-functioning autistic person (Freddie Highmore, who plays Shaun) could become a surgeon, and you don’t think the main character is irritating, then you’ll probably enjoy the show.
The show was developed by David Shore (“House” – another medical show), based upon a Korean series. The stories are very good, and the acting is fabulous. Sure, some of the things that happen might be a little cliché. For instance, every single medical show I’ve ever watched has a scene where some person is trapped under or beneath something, and they seem fine, but then the doctor discovers that if that thing holding them down is lifted, they’ll bleed out and die. That happened in the two-part finale of this season. The ending of the season, and that two-parter, was also pretty predictable. Another story, about a main character dying, did surprise me, though.
In general, it’s very entertaining. Just don’t expect the stories to astound or shock you too much. It’s worth watching, especially if you like hospital dramas, and it has some great actors, and some very attractive people. It’s not the best show on TV, though. It’s a good ensemble show. Even though Highmore is the star, he has a large cast of talented actors to support him, including Hill Harper, Richard Schiff, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Christina Chang, Paige Spara, Fiona Gubelmann, Jasika Nicole and Will Yun Lee. They have some great guest-stars, too.
The DVD only has two features: a gag reel, and some deleted scenes. That’s pretty disappointing. Perhaps we can blame the scarce features on the Coronavirus. The series wasn’t cut short for that, though. It has 20 episodes – 2 more than it had the first two seasons. It always ends in March. I was very grateful that they had great closed-captioning and that they had the “Play All Episodes” choice. Some DVD’s don’t do that, which I find annoying. I hope that next time, they can come up with some better extras for the DVD set.
Dr. Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, continues to use his extraordinary medical gifts at St. Bonaventure Hospital’s surgical unit. As his friendships deepen, Shaun works harder than he ever has before as he starts dating while navigating his environment and relationships to prove to his colleagues that his talents as a surgeon will save lives.
DVD BONUS FEATURES
- Deleted Scenes
- Blooper Reel
Executive Producers: David Shore, Daniel Dae Kim, Erin Gunn, Sebastian Lee, David Kim, Mike Listo, Thomas L. Moran, Liz Friedman, David Hoselton
Cast: Freddie Highmore, Nicholas Gonzalez, Antonia Thomas, Fiona Gubelmann, Will Yun Lee, Christina Chang, Paige Spara, Jasika Nicole, with Hill Harper, and Richard Schiff
Developed by: David Shore
Based on the Korean Broadcasting System television series by Jaebeom Park
Approximately 859 minutes
DVD: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen | Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Proofread and Edited by Brenda
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