We're not just concerned about disappointing story arcs - we're talking about real, visceral impact on real people, people who are already devastatingly underrepresented on television and in life.
After the dim spiral I had been on in the previous months, which I now recognise as a mixture of depression, and anxiety, and the last sputterings of autistic burnout, this show was exactly what I needed to see.
The trailer for the Queen biopic is out . So are the criticisms. And I have a few things I would like to say.
You are important to us because you are Leia Organa. But you are more important to me because you are Carrie Fisher.
These characters were my very own line-up of autistic headcanons. And I identified more with them than I did with the very few characters who were written as 'autistic' from the beginning.
I cried. Well, first I squealed. And flapped my hands. A lot. But then I cried.