Hubba was very much looking forward to watching the new version of the TV Series, Ironside. He was a big fan of the old series and is a fan of Blair Underwood.
I don't think I ever saw the old series and I'm generally not one for Cop Dramas... at least not the CSI/NCIS/Law&Order franchises. I may be the only one who's not a fan of those shows... but I could never watch even one entire episode.... the dialog just drives me nuts.
But Hubba really wanted to watch Ironside. So we did last week. I'm not sure if it was the first or second episode.
I find it interesting because some of the people we know are very upset that an able-bodied person was cast in the role of a wheelchair user. It's not something that either one of us thought about, and certainly don't see any issue with it.
We see it as a positive... a lead role uses a wheelchair, during prime time, on network TV, and is being played by a very, good actor. The chair is part of the story, but it is not THE story.
Mr. Underwood's chair skills are very good. He does not seem awkward... and as he says, the character "wears the chair" just like able-bodied folks wear shoes.
The dialog was better than I expected, the character development is still immature and in my opinion they left some of the cop stuff out in order to spend more time on the "life in and before the chair."
My opinion is that if this show does well, then there will be (1) more awareness of people in chairs, (2) some understanding of the obstacles they face, (3) that most people who use chairs are not invalids or helpless and (4) they are productive members of society.