Atypical season 3 review – A typicality that receives requisite attention

Atypical season 3 review – A typicality that receives requisite attention
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Very recently I tried looking up the meaning of autism on the Internet, and every definition I’d stumble upon has underlined the negatives of the above named neurotypical challenge. This in turn automatically categorised those suffering from the problem as ‘MAD’. But how much do we know of the condition and the plusses of the same? Robia Rashid’s Atypical launched on Netflix a few years ago. The series puts the Gardner family under the scanner, giving insight on the concerns, and needs of an autistic kid. The series received much criticism back then. But Robia takes it in her stride to work on the same constructively pretty much giving rise to an evolutionary binge-worthy, and educative series all the same. Sam Gardner (Keir Gilchrist) is the most loved member of the Gardner family. The young lad who suffers from autism is on the verge of turning eighteen. He is trying very hard to prepare himself to get out and brave the big bad world, independently. His parents, Elsa (Jennifer Jason Leigh) and Doug (Michael Rapaport) are his pillars of strength. Casey (Brigette Lundy Paine) is the possessive younger sister, who goes all out to protect her brother from anyone who could harm him. We all know how crude and unthinking young teenagers can be! Sam has a crush on his therapist Julia (Amy Akouda). He thinks he loves her, but destiny just has another way of explaining the same. Julia often encourages Sam to get out and make his move into the world. She ably supports him and guides him while he is at it. Sam’s friend Zahid (Nik Dodani) uses his comical ways to help his friend. He may come across as a leech, but is a nice hearted supportive friend who gently nudges Sam to get out there. Paige (Jenna Boyd) seems like the OTT sorts, but is head-over-heels about Sam. She goes all out to do special things for her boyfriend and stands by him like a rock. While season one delivers viewers to the basics of the Gardner family, season three is more complex and hooking in evolution. By season three Sam has applied for college and continues his long-distance relationship with Paige. He is now in love with her. Zahid walks Sam though college life and shows him, that it ain’t as bad. Season 3 also almost immediately ties the open ends that were left at the grand finale of season two (in the very first episode itself). Yes indeed, this means that viewers must watch season one and season two to cherish the progressive output of season three. Zahid is instrumental in introducing Sam to his emotions. Paige helps those emotions evolve. Sam also finds a good friend in his father Doug and the rest of the family have their share of issues that they deal with, while they take care of Sam. Casey is the very caring sister, who is interestingly caught in the web of her concerns, as she takes to balancing her newfound relationship with Evan (Graham Rogers), her career, and her priorities at home. Atypical is like a complex sentence, where the characters are all phrases that have a distinct subject and predicate of their own and are all joined by the conjunction (Sam) who pretty much underlines the purpose of the series. The beauty of the series lies in the fact that there is just the right number of characters to give rise to an interesting plot. Also, none of the characters are merely fillers, but they do have very solid parts to play and have very emphatic messages to deliver to the audience. Each character is individually responsible for how the series shapes up as a whole. Minute details have been taken into consideration. Right from Sam’s love for penguins to the very amusing ‘Casing the joint’ and even the very fact how Sam doesn’t like his back touching the backrest while he is on the bus. The essence of the series will certainly be discounted if I add more! Rating: 4.5/5

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