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"Monday Mornings" Episode 1x02 Discussion Thread: "Deus Ex Machina"
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zegeekgirl From: zegeekgirl Date: February 13th, 2013 05:36 am (UTC) (Link Me)
I do actually really like the idea you have there of comparing Park's bedside manner to Asperger's; I have a friend who has it and she struggles constantly with an unintentional perception that she is being uncaring or cold when she means nothing of the sort. This is kind of what I was going for in my comment; the nature of his dilemma and the way Hooten gets around it is totally worth exploring. Just that I would really love it if they be a mixed it up a little more with the words they give him to stumble over as learns the ways of "medicine" ;)

Yeah, the idea of Ty feeling emotionally attached to the Quinn case and needing closure isn't at all what I have a problem with. For the very reason, again, that while it is anxiety-inducing to think of the complications he might create legally (which Tina mentioned to him this week specifically; they WILL come back to that, I am sure) I believe like you do that it's within the realm of possibility. I'm not against them pursuing the story arc either, and since I read the book I was expecting them to do so. ;) It does make for a moral dilemma that from a dramatic standpoint is worth exploring. As written this week, though, IMO it feels as though the writers tried to really put Ty in a deep psychological conflict without a whole lot of screen time to finesse what's going on his head...so instead, we got something like the hallucination scene which IMO puts his competency into question beyond what is strictly necessary.

(I dont know if its the right time to invite BSG comparisons, either. It may never be; that was a show about an apocalypse, for a start, Angst was in its DNA. ;) )

Edited at 2013-02-13 05:36 am (UTC)
kim_j_8472 From: kim_j_8472 Date: February 13th, 2013 06:02 am (UTC) (Link Me)
The thing is that you can see Park's concern acutely. It just doesn't match up with the actual words he says; it must be so frustrating for him. Part of me yearns to have DEK just let him ramble off in Korean with subtitles so he can give voice to his frustration. FWIW, my son is diagnosed Asperger's and my husband is undiagnosed. So yeah, this stuff - I don't believe it's "curable." And anyway, I think doing so, if it were even possible, would change the essence of the persons themselves, a lot of which is positive. So yeah, I'm all about making sure people who communicate differently are accommodated. And if that means extra brainwork to find new and creative ways via the whole staff around Park, I'd love to see more of that. We'll see how creative DEK will be re teamwork. He was pretty good with Jerry on BL; that was a very poignant, albeit sometimes unintentionally hilarious character. But yeah, I do hope they don't make him into a caricature because he's non-White.

Re Ty's story arc, I think it will take a few more eps to figure out the rhythm of the show and how they tackle each character's conflicts (inner and outer). Park's conflict (that was only touched on in the pilot) is put to the fore in the 2nd epi. Maybe they're meting out Ty's over the next few. They've introduced a lot of heavy guilt; since there's the daddy issues, too. I think the reason why I make the BSG comparisons is because they're coming out the gate with Whump!Ty almost immediately and it just reminds me of the apocalyptic nature of BSG (at least on a small, character-centric scale; no other character is this personally flayed open for us during the pilot).

Oi. This show is making me nutso already lol.
onlyariana From: onlyariana Date: February 13th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I have a son with Asperger's too and while there isn't anything that will make him like other people there ARE things that can grease the wheels of interaction. I'm kind of comfortable with the logical mindset of most autistics. "No do, dead." Seems to really sum the whole thing up nicely.

I wish Hooten was trying to teach Park these things instead of what feels like just poking at his flaws. Presumably Hooten agreed to hiring Park and knew what his language skills and beside manner were before he did. So...
kim_j_8472 From: kim_j_8472 Date: February 13th, 2013 10:56 pm (UTC) (Link Me)
I agree with all your points and it's so nice to have a person "get" it from that perspective. :)

I came to this for the Bambini, but I think I might be staying partly due to how they develop Park.
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