I’ve now seen “In the Room” (getting ready for China trip) and “Impact Winter” (China trip). Yes, there were some stupid things. Having the Surgeon General say that losing the use of your hands is like having a headache — deeply stupid. But the essense of the statement — you’ve lost functionality, what are you going to do, issue a press release? No point to it — made sense.
But on the whole, they captured the extreme weirdness that is MS, and they managed to communicate it well to an uneducated audience. My daughter watched “Impact Winter” with me, and we exchanged a laugh when CJ said, “We asked for a fifteen minute break; he’s been asleep for four hours.” At my house, it’s “I’ll make dinner in a few minutes, just let me lie down first.”
There were other scenes I’ve played, too. The bathroom floor scene, when Jed asks (rhetorically), “What the hell am I doing here?”, and his wife replies, “Apparently you like the tile.” We’ve had that conversation. Sometimes you just have to break the tension with something.
No, Jed’s fictional MS may not be just like yours or mine; he’s an individual case and if there’s one thing about MS, it’s that it’s widely different from one person to the next. Considering the damage the show could have done in presenting MS, I’m very impressed.