Jekyll

Watched “Jekyll” in 2 sittings on the weekend.  It’s a modern extension of “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” novella by Robert Louis Stevenson.  The show was written by Steven Moffat, who is easily in the top 3 writers working in TV at the moment.

The show was pretty good.  I’d have gotten the chance to say it was awesome if the last five minutes hadn’t utterly and completely undermined the previous 295 minutes, driving a flaming Mack truck full of about-to-ignite rocket fuel through the central structure of the plot.

Alas.  Endings are hard, and this one sucked.

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3 responses to “Jekyll

  • Jess

    Going by the last five minutes of the BBC Sherlock miniseries, it seems to be a weakness of Moffat’s when he’s not doing Doctor Who. You don’t have to end a season/series with a cliffhanger! Actually, I take that back, because season one of The Vampire Diaries ends with a whole series of cliffhangers and it was awesome, but it was awesome because they *opened* the story possibilities for season two, rather than shutting them down (which is what Jekyll’s end felt like – I write myself into a narrative ditch, so no sequel for you!).

  • christophergreen

    Annoys me, because Jekyll had such promise!

    I agree. I had the first episode of Moffat’s Sherlock Holmes at a solid 8.8, though the second episode lost a lot of steam and the third one seemed far too happy to play the “is he or isn’t he” game with the big bad. It was still pretty good, but it was near enough to excellent when it all started…

    I might have to try the Vampire Diaries. Please tell me they don’t sparkle…

  • Jess

    I solemnly swear there is no vampire sparklage. There is occasionally hilarious shirtlessness, though. 🙂

    The Vampire Diaries starts off enjoyable but quite cheesy (there are diary-writing voiceovers. Tandem diary-writing!), but the quality picks up about the same time as the diary voiceovers stop (ep. 5 or 6?), and by the time episode 10 rocks around the plot is zipping along with twists, turns, reveals and OMG I CAN’T BELIEVE THEY DID THAT moments. Female characters talk to each other about stuff other than boys, people with issues confront each other rather than angsting for half a season – basically, unlike some other shows, things actually happen.

    For a taste of it, see this clip (Damon is bored and stuck indoors because of the daylight, Vicki is high on vampire blood). Watch it all the way to the end, even if you want to die laughing at the dancing midway through.

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