On April 12, 2019, Netflix will be premiering Special. The upcoming series is by Ryan O’Connell (the show’s lead and writer-creator). Special is about a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides to change his identity after getting hit by a car.
I want you all to support Special. Go ahead and put it on your “must-watch” lists right now. And, yes, it could end up being not a well-written show, but you know what? I’m ready to give it a try as soon as it debuts on Netflix this April because of the trailer. Also, O’Connell has some impressive writing credits. So, I think everything will work out.
It is amazing to see O’Connell deciding to tell his story through a live-action show, which, in my opinion, is going to feel very relatable to many. You can also read his memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves.
Here’s the trailer!
Each episode in Special season one is only going to be 15 minutes long.
Along with O’Connell, who plays the lead named Ryan, the cast includes Jessica Hecht, Marla Mindelle, and Punam Patel.
You should read the interview Ryan O’Connell did with Vulture. He talked about entering the TV-writing business, how certain executives were hesitant to tell his story, what he thinks of writing 15-minute long episodes, queer representation, and more.
Do you want to know my favorite part from the interview? It is O’Connell having the same gripe as I about Call Me By Your Name watering down the queer content. Like, seriously, in my opinion, that film shouldn’t even be counted as positive queer representation by Hollywood. It was such a big disappointment. There are talks about a sequel, which better be Call Me When You’re Actually Gay because otherwise, I don’t want it.
Anyway, coming back to Special, do tune in!
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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