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The Frankenstein Chronicles - The Frankenstein Murders

episode 1.5

UK 2015
produced by
Carol Moorhead, David Tanner, Frank Doelger (executive), Patrick Irwin (executive), Tracey Scoffield (executive), Justin Thomson (executive), Sean Bean (co), Oliver Butler (co) for Rainmark Films/ITV
directed by Benjamin Ross
starring Sean Bean, Tom Ward, Richie Campbell, Ed Stoppard, Vanessa Kirby, Ryan Sampson, Robbie Gee, Anna Maxwell Martin, Eloise Smyth, Samuel West, Mark Bazeley, Elliot Cowan, Steven Berkoff, Richard Clements, Hugh O'Conor, Joel Gillman, Laura Webster, Patrick FitzSymons, Stuart Graham, Paul Clayton, Jessie Ross, Gerry O'Brien, Brian Milligan, Walter McCabe
written and created by Benjamin Ross, Barry Langford, music by Harry Escott, Roger Goula, visual effects by SSVFX

TV-series
The Frankenstein Chronicles, Mary W. Shelley

review by
Mike Haberfelner



Boz (Ryan Sampson) has just published an article about Marlott's (Sean Bean) investigations - without Marlott's knowledge or consent -, which causes an political outcry, and on the eve of the controversial Anatomy Act, too, so home secretary Peel (Tom Ward) decides to take Marlott off the case - also of course because Marlott has started to dig where he wasn't supposed to. Meanwhile, Mary Shelley (Anna Maxwell Martin) sees parallels between the article and secret experiments with galvanism she was present at conducted by William Chester (Samuel West), now a renown surgeon and one of the stoutest supporters of the Anatomy Act, experiments that led to the death of one participant that was neatly masked up as suicide. Mary confronts Chester with that, but after he tries to kill her, she goes to Marlott with the information, and Marlott soon finds Chester owns property in the vicinity of the place where the stitched together body that kicked everything off was found - but it's not Gester but his cousin Garnet (Mark Bazeley) who runs a clinic there. On the grounds, Marlott finds enough incriminating evidence, but before he can piece things together, Garnet's dead body is found and his death is ruled a suicide and thus a confession of his guilt ... and having found a culprit, who's soon portrayed as a madman in his own right, the Anatomy Act passes, much to the disappointment of those into alternative healing methods, especially Lord Hervey (Ed Stoppard) and his sister Jemima (Vanessa Kirby), who had high hopes into Marlott - and after Marlott's pronounced Chief of Metro Police, they think he has betrayed them for a promotion. This couldn't be further from the truth though, as Marlott continues his investigations and soon finds out Garnet's death was actually not a suicide but a hush-up job, and he thinks somebody involved wants to bring the dead back to life ...

 

Ok, the downside of this episode, it's horribly convoluted with way too many characters with way too many conflicting goals to really follow. The upside though, it moves swiftly along, and as long as you're ok with not getting all of what's going on and just enjoy the ride, you will be entretained, also thanks to a very stylish and atmospheric direction, and of course a first rate cast. And to put a resolution and thus pseudo climax into the penultimate episode is of course a spirited idea as it shuffles the cards anew for the finale ...

 

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