ATYPICAL

OK. So I know I am a little behind here, but I recently started watching the Netflix series ATYPICAL. The lead, Keir Gilchrist, is a neurotypical. That is my only critique. A legitimate complaint I found was that Gilchrist’s character, Sam, seems almost too stereotypical Autistic…if that makes sense. He has noise sensitivities, takes things VERY literally, and is socially awkward. He is sensitive to soft touch and prefers more forceful, pressure-pointed contact. In the first episode, titled ANTARTICA, Sam is talking about penguins and how they mate for life. That is the prime focus in the episode. He almost has sex with a girl he met at his work, but after she softly caresses his arm, while she is in a bra, he pushes her off the bed. I am currently on episode 3 of Season 1, the only season available on Netflix.

Maybe the reason I am so behind is because part of me was kinda hesitant to watch it. I did not know how a “normal” teen could portray a teen on the Autism Spectrum. I am happy to say that I am satisfied. I cannot wait for Season 2 and what it brings! Of course, I realize everyone has their own opinion, but the general public seem to like the show. I would love to hear another Autistic person’s take on the series. As usual, feel free to write in and comment. And thanks for reading!

Author: AuTom Spectrum Blog

I have Autism and am a self-advocate and public speaker. On the side I do stand-up comedy. I live in Baltimore County and have an AMAZING girlfriend

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