In the Dark (2019– )
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I like the first show so far. I like the star. Love the dog (even if we don't know yet if the dog is neurotic). I thought the pilot was great.
So I was very surprised to find I didn't hate it - not even a little. Let's start with the things this show does well - it's funny. Not laugh-out-loud funny - because we all know it's rude to laugh at the blind, right? - but quietly funny. Murphy's roommate (Brooke Markham) proves that a woman doesn't have to be tall and skinny to be beautiful. Kudos to Hollywood for finally accepting what the rest of us have known all along. I love the neurotic mom, whose entire identity is wrapped up in being the mother of a disabled child, because even though the non-disabled world may not realize it, that's a thing. And I love that we are finally seeing a blind person who is not a saint, a victim or a superhero.
I've only seen the first episode, so I don't know if Murphy's bereavement will be the catalyst that shocks her back into the real world, but I sure hope so because this could be a good show if it follows a young woman's journey from someone who is defined by her limitations to someone who can see beyond her limits.
There is so much shallow, conventional stupid junk on TV. This is SO much better than the majority of what's filling the time slots.
I can't wait till the next episode!
Every movie and TV show portrays a person who is disabled either as super human heroic or as helpless needing caretakers. This program is different because it portrays the character as multidimensional. Instead of a sanitized saintly disabled person with "special powers" or the "helpless sap who needs caretakers" she is living independently and YES she has character flaws.
Maybe we all prey on our inabilities, just to get an edge, but we are now in a society where you should choose, accept and become better for natural talent, or just be lazy and work what little you have to your benefit....Sadly it seems the latter is now commonplace!
A disability is no longer an excuse, yes, you have a right to demand and expect respect, but you certainly do not have a right to expect special treatment unless the situation is called for.
It does seem to me that tv companies are focusing on the minority still, when it should have now realised, it is unacceptable and we are all equal, but I think that would give script writers in this day and age too much of a head ache...Maybe that is irony on my part and their disability should be addressed...But lazy TV will always win for most people (not prepared to write a review!).
Diversity of characters is great but lacking , you will always see white man being bashed even in this show, the dreaded white male which is also a detective needs to get some womansplaining because he does not understand.
Either way I will give it the 3 episode rule if it improve I will change my score but I doubt, it is just horrible and it just plays on women fantasies and their repressed fetishes.