The TV Series Review Vol. 1 No. 12: “Hello, I’m Dr. Shaun Murphy. I’m a surgical resident in San Jose St. Bonaventure Hospital”

From the infamous trial of Cosimo de Medici in Medici: Masters of Florence to the operating room of Dr. Shaun Murphy in The Good Doctor, here is the ranking of last week’s TV shows:

#10 You’re the Worst: No. 1 in Amazon’s Erotica Subcategory Historical Romance subcategories World War II, UK, and Family Fun

Photo courtesy of FX Networks / Autumn de Wilde
Photo courtesy of FX Networks / Autumn de Wilde

We were always gross out whenever we watched this show, especially seeing that best friend of Gretchen, who we forgot the name. But there’s something addicting in this show that we could not point out exactly. Is it Jimmy with his eccentric manners? Or his foreigner best friend (lock him up!). We could not be sure. But maybe it’s the lines thrown by the characters as recklessly as a Trump tweet. Whatever it is, we want Gretchen and Jimmy back. But we think we need five or more episodes for that.

#9 Star Wars Rebels: Saw Gerrera and the Extreme Rebel Group

AtollonSaw Gerrera is back, the leader of the Extremist rebel group, hunting the empire’s secret which is of course the Death Star. We saw Yavin 4 here again, an important scene to contrast Saw with the Rebel Alliance. We ought to feel excited on this development, the story so close to the original Star Wars movies, but for some reason we’re not that thrilled to see Saw back, or is it the disappointingly and poorly written episode? Either way this is a wasted opportunity for Disney.

#8 Riverdale: The Red Circle

archie-feat-480x279The video-taped message of Archie with half-naked men called “The Red Circle” in the background? Seriously. And what is with the names like Blue and Gold newspaper and Red and Black newspaper? Gods of Egypt please save this show. The thing about reading a comic or a book and years later it’ll be turned into a movie or a TV show is that once you’re a fan of that comic or book, you’ll be compelled to watch it until the very end. Just look at Harry Potter. Well, we survived eight movies, so yep.

#7 This Is Us: Kevin Pearson is going down the spiral and many others

nup_175126_3464We were afraid that this series is losing it, but on further thoughts, the show still has its story told with heart-warming depth. We could not just relate to it. Let’s see: so Kevin has a problem with his knee, which resulted t him being alcoholic for a day, which made a big problem with his girlfriend. Can’t relate to that. Kate is having a baby! Can’t relate to that to, but her fiance Toby is fun to watch. And Randolph has a problem with his adopted child. Can’t relate to that to. Flashback to Jack and his problem with his father who was apparently dying. Can’t relate to that to. BUT the charm of the show is that it made the viewers enjoy these stories, and learn from them, even if we can’t relate to it, and for that we’ll give this show some prawns with wine dipping.

#6 Bounty Hunters: Bradley James is back!

1000To see Bradley James back in out TV screen is a relief, but the focus of the show is the brilliant acting of Jack Whitehall as Barnaby, who lives in Wimbledon and is studying for a PhD in Flemish textiles. Also he brought a Syrian statue looted by the ISIS so he needs to find the buyer immediately, so here comes the bounty hunter! We love this show first of all because of his environmentally-friendly car the size of which is like that of a bump car in the carnival. No kidding. And also because like Dr. Murphy in The Good Doctor, we can relate to Barnaby, and admit it he is fun to watch.

#5 Designated Survivor: The Suckergate Scandal

ABC's "Designated Survivor" - Season Two
DESIGNATED SURVIVOR – “One Year In” – In the season two premiere episode of ABC’s hit drama “Designated Survivor,” Kiefer Sutherland returns as President Tom Kirkman. Now, one year into office, Kirkman is a Commander-in-Chief determined to rebuild the Capitol and capture the terrorists behind the catastrophic attack on the United States. When Ukrainian nationalists hijack a Russian Air flight, the president is faced with a hostage situation in which his diplomatic skills are put to the test, on “Designated Survivor,” airing WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT). (Ben Mark Holzberg/ABC via Getty Images) ITALIA RICCI, KAL PENN, ADAN CANTO

The goody-goody side of President Tom Kirkman is staring to be annoying especially when they have Trump as their real president, but the writers managed t pull it on a win, or as Seth terms it “we got to live for another day” after this so-called Suckergate scandal. The inner workings in the White House as portrayed in the series is amazing, in part because it is close to reality. For this episode, our favorite was White House Political Director Lyor Boone the highly skilled yet socially inept political consultant who do not know how to make fist bump. And also White House Counsel Kendra Daynes who reminds us strongly of the series Suits. The crime part of the series is going well too, and a dose of refreshing break courtesy Damian Rennett’s budding relationship with Hannah Wells is a welcome distraction.

#4 The Flash: Luck Be a Lady

Barry_Allen_Grant_Gustin-61This was a fun episode which introduced us to Becky Sharpe, also known as Hazard in the comics. But unlike that in the comics where she was all serious and villany and all that, here in this episode, she was, for lack of a better term, fun to watch. Her story was altered, leaving her revengeful side for the death of her grandfather, making it sound that she was just an unlucky lady. But no problems there. This season of the Flash is proving to be more and more fun than the last three seasons, and the writing of the script has more depth in it, thanks in part to there decision not to dwell on that time remnants again (or at least bring it up from time to time), and reinvent the comics villain with such brilliance that we could not wait for the next one. Also that impromptu wedding plan? Hilarious, it’s a nice coffin after all.

#3 Medici, Masters of Florence: The infamous trial of Cosimo de Medici

mediciSo far the series is sticking to the historical accounts of the Medici’s story, particularly Cosimo de Medici’s trial. We are not sure the particulars of the case, which involves the army of Sforza threatening to storm Florence, demanding for Cosimo’s release, but we’re kind of sure that it did not involve his wife storming the Signoria while on horseback. A white horse for god’s sake. But it was cool. At the end of the episode (we’re still on episode 4), what we’re worried about is Cosimo’s damaged relationship with his wife Madonna because let’s face it, she was very beautiful. And the scene with his brother Lorenzo? Yep.

#2 Scandal: President Fitz Grant Returns

president-grant1Yes, the 100 days are up and he’s back in D.C! President Fitz Grant is back. His mission? Apparently to rattle Olivia Pope to giving up B6-13. Olivia is also back (or at least for a moment) in the old Gladiators’ HQ, solving up cases which was nostalgic, making us miss those old episodes. But nope, Olivia in this episode is still the all powerful one, as the Bashran Nuclear Deal continues. The good stuff about this episode apart from the usual case solving? Let’s go back to one of the Fitz-Olivia scene:

Fitz: We could have a drink. Or we could just keep meeting on elevators.

Olivia: I could use a drink

#1 The Good Doctor: Hello, I’m Dr. Shaun Murphy

the-good-doctorThis might be a series with an Emmy on its plate next year. The show stars Freddie Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy, the bold, heartbreaking center piece of The Good Doctor, a struggling, perceptive, challenged young man with prodigious medical talents, struggling social skills and a jarring ability to speak his truth. We relate so much with Dr. Murphy, at least with his lack of social skills, but what is enjoyable in this show is his show of brilliance in each scene because we like a show with some prodigy in it, something Sherlock Holmes-like. Funny thing is, we like that portion where Dr. Murphy was standing in front of an an echo monitor and was saying “Again. Again. Again. There!” We love it so much that we keep on repeating it, weird I know. But the strength of this show is its heart-warming script, and the actors who are so good we wonder if this is an Oscars-nominated movie. Throw in some gross medical surgeries and some laughter and we’re good to go.


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