Doogie is still thriving as a doctor but failing as a teenager in the latest episode of the Disney+ Original series “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.” In this episode, Doogie has recently gotten her driver’s license and wants to drive to Starbucks with her friend, but her mother keeps telling her no. Meanwhile, her older brother is using skills he learned in Home Economics class to get his parents to let him restore a Vespa. And, her younger brother wants to take hula classes to impress a girl, something their father is very proud of because it connects them to their Hawaiian heritage.
The pacing of this series is a bit odd. During the medical scenes is thrilling and exciting. It’s never going to be “E.R.” or “House,” but you can sense the urgency in Doogie’s and the other doctors’ actions. It’s an intriguing medical show. But, when it moves to the family life, it just seems weird. I get that part is her trying to be a typical 16-year-old and it’s trying to be a dramedy, but I feel like they could make the pacing better in that area. It’s a reasonably fun show, but I’m definitely enjoying the medical aspect more than the family aspect.
While the family aspect is the lesser part of this show to me, it’s still solid. I’m enjoying the younger brother’s escapades more than the older brother’s adventures. From the younger brother having a crush on Doogie’s best friend; who, in turn, has a crush on Doogie’s older brother; to joining a hula class just to get the attention of a girl and having the same issue that his father warned happened to him when he was his son’s age, his story is predictable, but fun. I want to see more of him in each episode. While the bonding between the older brother and Doogie in this episode was nice, his story doesn’t appeal to me as much. He’s the typical, slightly less intelligent older sibling who has his own things he’s good at. It’s fine, but its predictability isn’t as charming to me as the predictability of the younger brother’s story.
Overall, I’ve enjoyed this show. It won’t be the first one I throw on when the new releases hit each Wednesday, but I’m glad I’m watching it. The medical side is fun. This episode featured a great angle where Doogie gains fame after saving the life of a meteorologist who was pulling a stunt on a crane and fell off it. The family side is lacking for me, but I bet it’s appealing to others. It’s got a decent balance and is exactly the kind of show that fits well into the Disney+ brand.
Episode: 3 stars out of 5
Series: 3 stars out of 5
What did you think of this episode of “Doogie Kameāloha, M.D.”?