Prophets of Science Fiction: Season 1, Episode 1

Mary Shelley (9 Nov. 2011)

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Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend, technology, and personal tragedy- giving ... See full summary »

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The Creature in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
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Clare Clairmont (as Jessica Wyckoff)
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Himself / neuroscientist, New York University
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Fritz in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
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Himself / Chief Coroner Investigator, Los Angeles County
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Himself / theoretical physicist
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Himself / writer
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Jeffrey Steinberg ...
Himself / U.S. Director, The Fertility Institutes [this is not the same Jeffrey Steinberg in IMDB database]
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Mary Shelley set out to create a monster--along the way she created a masterpiece. In 1816, she begins stitching together a patchwork of legend, technology, and personal tragedy- giving life to her novel, Frankenstein - and the genre of science fiction. Written by Anonymous

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Prophetic, indeed
14 November 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

This documentary episode consists of expert(of different fields, including biographers and fellow writers) interviews, narration, real life footage of advances, movie clips(mainly from Kenneth Branaugh's version - to which I say, well chosen), reenactments(some animated) and computer simulations(of the possibilities of current research).

It goes into many aspects of the iconic work of Mary Shelley, the first author of the genre of sci-fi - Frankenstein. All of it is viewed through the lens of "what have we discovered since then/what are we likely to arrive at in the near future". This is well-edited and keeps to a solid pace.

The elements gone into include the relationship between electricity and the human form, reusing/replacing body parts, the creation of new, potentially smart, life, and crafting new species.

There is brutal, violent and disturbing content in this. I recommend this to any fan of the novel and/or learning about science. 8/10


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