The Hawk

  • December 12SAD: ugly sweater day 21st

  • December 12PJ day at SDHS Dec 19t. $2 to wear and win prizes

  • December 12Congrats to Boys and Girls Basketball for there win against PHS

Review: “Atypical” Season 2

Macy Dietrich, News Editor

Hang on for a minute...we're trying to find some more stories you might like.


Email This Story






Title: Atypical Season 2 

Release date: Sept. 7 

Genre: Comedy, Drama 

Lead actors: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Keir Gilchrist, Michael Rapaport 

Creator: Robia Rashid 

Rated: TV-MA 

Grade: B+ 

If you are looking for your next Netflix binge watch, Atypical is the show for you. It is truly heartfelt and discusses relatable real-world issues. For those who are close to someone on the autism spectrum, maybe a friend or family member, will truly be touched by this show. Atypical, a Netflix Original Series, released its second season on Sept. 7.

Sam Gardener, played by Keir Gilchrist, is a young, high-achieving high schooler with autism, attempting to find a way to survive the teenage jungle and gain some independence. Each episode features a new challenge for Sam, whether that is going to school, talking to a girl, or dealing with his chaotic family. As shown in the first season, Sam’s family has been there for him every step of the way, although now, they face new and unfamiliar issues. 

Attention to detail through the angles and movement of the cameras while filming helps to captivate the perspective of an autistic individual. Recurring details include a ticking clock or a moving object, creating tension for a scene and giving insight to an autistic child’s view of the world. A ticking clock may not seem distracting to a “neurotypical,” but to Sam Gardner, the ticking clock is more like a ticking time bomb. 

Gilchrist had a decent grasp on what he was getting into playing the role of Sam. He prepared by reading “The Journal of Best Practices”, a book about a man who discovers he has Aspergers. Aspergers is a condition similar to clinical Autism, both of which can cause social and development barriers for affected individuals. Gilchrist stated in an interview, “That book was super helpful, super well-written, and really pushes you in the headspace of a high-functioning person who’s on the spectrum” (ew.com). 

The reality of life for an Autistic person is adequately captured in the series and can serve as a real eye-opener to viewers who have never been exposed to this perspective. For those who have yet to watch the Netflix Original, it is an uplifting, comedic series that will give a glimpse into a different lifestyle. 

Navigate Left
  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Review: “First Man”

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Review: “Bohemian Rhapsody”

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Shane Dawson’s docuseries on Jake Paul

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Review: “Venom”

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Review: “Grey’s Anatomy” going into it’s fifteenth season

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Review: “The Nun”

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Review: “A Simple Favor”

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Zero tolerance: “Roseanne” cancelled preceding season 2

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Cannes Film Festival 2018: more than just flims

  • Review: “Atypical” Season 2

    Entertainment

    Spotify removes R.Kelly and XXXTentacion’s music from its playlist

Navigate Right
The Student News Site of Stephen Decatur High School
Review: “Atypical” Season 2