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The Alienist - The Boy on the Bridge - Advance Review: Welcome to the dark and creepy 19th Century




In the 19th Century, persons suffering from mental illness were thought to be alienated from their own true natures.

New York City. 1896. The heart of America’s Gilded Age. When a young boy prostitute is found butchered on the unfinished Williamsburg Bridge, an alienist named Laszlo Kreizler, a newspaper illustrator by the name of John Moore, a secretary, Sara Howard and a police commissioner named Theodore Roosevelt begin an investigation outside the law to find the serial killer.

What is an alienist? Your next guilty pleasure is the upcoming TNT tv series. The Alienist shows some great potential since the beginning. The dark atmosphere and the obscure scenary give you a feeling of uneasiness. A young boy prostitute has been found dead, cut into pieces, with almost his inner organs removed - I'll leave the rest at your own imagination. The Boy on the Bridge is the title of the episode and it's where the story starts.
John Moore is a charming yet pragmatic illustrator from the New Yorker,  Laszlo Kreizler is a cold-heart crimal psychologist, who sometimes works as an alienist. The pair share a long time friendship as they're forced to work together for a horrible murder.
Of course, the police will try to keep everything under control by minimizing the despicable crime. And of course, police and psychitric can't stand each other.
Don't get me wrong, I've never been a fan of Dakota Fanning, so I don't particulary like her. I'll try to be honest in my review. She plays Sara Howard, a tough feminist secretary at the police headquarters. Because of her status and position, she's considerated lower to a man; as a woman of 19th century, she tries to survive in a world full of man. Soon, it becomes clear that Sara and John have history together.
Above all, The Alienist is a creepy visual story that will keep you tangled. Every details has been cured, so watch out, if you like crime drama and period drama, this won't disappoint you.

Some teasers from the episode:

- Some scenes may be disturbing, beware it's a thriller show.
- Is there any light somewhere? We're in New York, but it seems to be in the foggy and cold London.
- Keep in mind it's set in 19th so there is a little scetticism around the dead boy on the bridge and what he was wearing - guess why.

Some quotes from the episode:

"No reports!" "I'm not a reporter. I'm an illustrator."
"What a dog can do such a thing?"
"Perhaps Mrs Howard can help arrange a meeting with the commissioner." "And how should I help with that? With my sparkling blue eyes?"

Will you tune on The Alienist? What are your expectations? Share your comments below.


 
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