Ryan’s story in series Special begins with a fall in front of a young kid, after which as he gets back up the kid responds with, “Hey, you’re walking funny, you need to go to the hospital.” Ryan exasperatedly replies with the definition and causes of his cerebral palsy. It’s a great way to start a unique comedy of an under-seen group with some awareness of the disability being portrayed by this main character.
“It’s not from my fall, I have a thing. Cerebral palsy is a disability resulting from damage to the brain before, during, or shortly after childbirth, and outwardly manifested through muscular incoordination.” The kid’s resulting scream after this explanation says it all, after which the typical ness of these types of responses becomes cemented when discussed between Ryan and his physical therapist.
He feels caught somewhere between able-bodiedness and stronger disability, not sure where he fits in. The comedy takes no punches with the dialogue from Ryan, his acquaintances, friends, and romances. His mother is super sweet and supportive of him if unsure about his chosen pursuits.
As he begins a hilariously uncomfortable internship with internet magazine Eggwoke, he is soon confronted with their new angle of writing more revealing, personal pieces for relatability and traffic. However, a new potential friend also reveals themself in coworker Kim by episode one.
Watch Special for the comedic and touching story of Ryan as he learns about himself, his identity, voice, uniqueness, and creative sides through his work and relationship struggles and successes. It’s an interesting and rare look at a disability affecting so many people, giving it and those affected by it some more media representation.