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The Alienist: Turn of the century murder mystery Article

The Alienist: Turn of the century murder mystery

I just finished episode #4 and I'm lukewarm about this "journey through the past." Compared to the much better "Murdoch Mysteries," which covers some of the same era, "The Alienist" feels "not quite there" as Drama, crime or otherwise. NYC Police Commissioner "Theodore Roosevelt" should be "Inspector Brackenreid" tough and out front; he epitomizes "the well-meaning bureaucrat" to a T. No one has commented on the "Hollyweird love affair with Darkness," but I saw some Hollywood Reporter posters complaining about not being able to see what's going on. Although not as bad as a recent episode of "The X-Files," where I couldn't see who was shooting whom, it has that "lit by weak candles" look and feel. This series isn't as "who's the least villainous character" hard/downbeat as recently cancelled "Damnation," it's no even as exciting as a YouTube Historical production. I'll try episode #5 before returning to season 8 of "Murdoch Mysteries."

The Silence of the Louise Episode

The Silence of the Louise

The teachers breaking the "Fun Park" fund reminded me of "The Outsiders" movie, when "Chris Chambers" recalled that their teacher sported a new dress after he returned the Milk Money. (He'd stolen it, but then returned it, only to be confronted by "teacher misconduct.") I've never witnessed it, but "Breaking Bad" hints that this is a "behind closed doors" thing, with "respected members of the community" succumbing to temptation at various levels.

The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry Episode

The Butcher's Knife Cares Not for the Lamb's Cry

So, Capt. Lorca has all the warmth of a War General. (But is he more like "Gen. Leslie Groves" who ramrodded the Manhattan Project, or "Gen. Curtis LeMay," who conducted the B-29 fire bombng campaign against Japan?) And he "studies War" to figure out what works best. Also, can the crew of the "Discovery" be turned from their "Robert Oppenheimer" mode to "Edward Teller"? (Or should they?)

Pria Episode


An interesting quote: "I'm a business woman, not a soldier."