'I am special and other lies that we tell about ourselves' is the title of the autobiography that Ryan O'Connell published in 2012. Endowed with disarming sincerity and a keen sense of observation, O'Connell sought self-esteem with humor in his double condition of person suffering from cerebral palsy and gay fed up with the superficiality and the image cult with which series like 'Queer as folk' have drawn the LGBT community. So Netflix proposed to write a series about himself and, incidentally, star in it.
'Special' consists of eight chapters of 15 minutes each in its first season, which brings it closer to the webseries format. Here does not send the good vibes and the goodness of 'Where they eat two', the program of Pablo Pineda and El Langui on TVE. The protagonist does not care so much about being able to tie his shoelaces like losing his virginity in a scene with a prostitute who, despite the explicitness of the images, is a prodigy of sensitivity and humanity.
O'Connell is an internet star, which is why in this fiction based on autobiographical elements I am working on a web that is governed by the dictatorship of the 'clickbait'. The first day he tells his companions that he has stayed like this because of a car accident, although it is unlikely that anyone will believe it. The series portrays his physical and mental emancipation. And, in passing, that of his mother, who turns fifty after having consecrated his life to his son and being abandoned by his father. A newcomer neighbor, a retired firefighter, will give back to the woman the joy of living, including the pleasures of oral sex.
The best of 'Special' is the uninhibited and politically incorrect tone dealing with the story of a disabled person, the brutal sincerity of the reflections of a man who seeks to recover lost time. Set in that limbo cuqui that is Los Angeles in the Netflix series, where everyone handles an iPhone and use Tinder and Grindr, 'Special' is seen in one fell swoop, more than anything because in fifteen minutes it also does not allow time to dramatically develop a vicissitude.