How The “Good Doctor” Missed an Incredible Opportunity at The Winter Premiere


There are spoilers ahead for the winter premiere of the 6th season of the TV series “The Good Doctor” called “Quietly and Loudly”.

“The Good Doctor” has finally returned to ABC with its winter premiere, a few weeks after many other major television shows had already debuted in 2023. Whether it was worth the wait or not will undoubtedly become a matter of debate as the second half of season 6 begins, as the fall finale in December ended with a number of unsettling unanswered questions, including one cliffhanger on the verge of life or death. “Quietly and Loudly” answered these questions and very quickly resolved the cliffhanger, but now that it’s over, I find myself thinking that the series missed an incredible opportunity because of one big step: jumping forward in time.

The fall finale ended with Sean finding out that Lea was pregnant, despite having recently learned that conception could be fatal for both her and the baby, and also Lim received an offer when she was heading into surgery to hopefully restore her ability to walk. Last but not least, Jordan discovered that Perez had a drug overdose when he was supposed to be cooking for their first real date, and if it wasn’t for the news that actor Brandon Larracuente had been promoted to regular actor, he would have had a real reason for it. fear that the character has died.

In general, it was a crazy finale with cliffhangers to keep fans in suspense before the winter finale in the new year. As for the resolution, I was expecting something like how “The Good Doctor” moved from the direction of “Ambulance” in the season 5 finale to a full-fledged “Anatomy of Passion” in the season 6 premiere, with the latter continuing immediately after the first to show all the consequences of what happened. happened before cliffhanger.

I didn’t think the consequences would be as dire as what followed the Season 5 premiere, but I expected at least a little tension in one or two storylines, especially in Perez. Also, after all the drama after Lim’s surgery with Sean, it would be nice to get a scene between them before so much time has passed.

The jump in time, moving the plot forward several months from where the fall finale ended, made me scramble during the first commercial break to make sure that somehow I didn’t miss the real winter premiere, because “Quiet and Loud” was more like the second episode back. than a grandiose return from a break.

The stakes, of course, were high enough when Leia’s first surgery seemingly caused complications so serious that not only did she lose her pregnancy, but Lim also had to have an emergency hysterectomy. There was even a touching scene when all the doctors who were not in the operating room joined Sean outside the operating room to wait for news from him. Fortunately, it turned out that Lea’s emergency care was not related to a surgical complication, and she and the baby survived.

And that sequence worked for me because I was really wondering if Lea would have to undergo an emergency hysterectomy, so thanks to the show for creating that tension. I just want the winter premiere not to waste all the tension and suspense of the autumn finale and take the opportunity to fulfill the terrible promise of the end of 2022.

Don’t get me wrong—I’m glad Perez is fine and back to work, and it’s nice to see Lim recovering and moving forward in his relationship, not to mention that Lea is on the mend. It would just be nice to show, and not just tell about what happened during these three invisible months, which sounded so interesting.

Of course, the winter premiere laid the storylines of what will happen next. Leia’s first trimester of pregnancy is already over, and I wouldn’t be surprised if she’s waiting for another time jump to give birth just in time for the final spring season. In addition, a backdoor pilot of a future legal drama will be aired in March, in which Felicity Huffman will play her first role on television after the college admission scandal. On top of that, Morgan is actively working on getting pregnant, so two characters with buns in the oven may appear before the end of season 6.

Now that the medical drama is back on the TV premiere schedule for 2023, keep tuning in to ABC on Mondays at 22:00. ET for new episodes of “The Good Doctor.” You can also go back to earlier episodes of the series in streaming mode with a Hulu subscription.


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