Marty VanDriel

Emergency measures

Television | In the Fox series 9-1-1, the first responders need a rescuer, too
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 3/01/18, 03:30 pm

A firefighter muscles through smoke and confusion, then dives into rising water to save passengers stuck in an airliner downed in the Pacific. A police sergeant bursts out of the duct tape around her wrists, tackling a crazed killer. A group of wedding celebrants falls through two stories of a negligently built structure, and emergency personnel race in to rescue. Fox’s popular new TV drama 9-1-1 revels in mayhem, but the first responders’ own lives are equally chaotic.

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Surgery on the spectrum

Television | In ABC’s The Good Doctor, a surgeon with savant syndrome works to save lives
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 1/18/18, 02:02 pm

If a doctor’s bedside manner is horrific, can he still help patients? How does a genius surgeon overcome bias against his autism? ABC’s The Good Doctor explores these questions, and millions are following along.

Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore), an intern with autism and savant syndrome, still has flashbacks about his troubled childhood: His father’s violent temper drove him and his brother from their home.

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