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"Prophets of Science Fiction" Mary Shelley (2011)

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Prophets of Science Fiction: Season 1: Episode 1 -- 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.


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Original Air Date:
9 November 2011 (Season 1, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast)

Jonathan Adams ... Narrator (voice)

Kenneth Branagh ... Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Colin Clive ... Victor Frankenstein in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Robert De Niro ... The Creature in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Jessica DeShaw ... Clare Clairmont (as Jessica Wyckoff)

Matt Drago ... Lord Byron
Andre Fenton ... Himself / neuroscientist, New York University

Dwight Frye ... Fritz in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)

Craig Harvey ... Himself / Chief Coroner Investigator, Los Angeles County

Michio Kaku ... Himself / theoretical physicist

Boris Karloff ... The Monster in 'Frankenstein' (archive footage)
Kim Stanley Robinson ... Himself / science-fiction author

Gavin Scott ... Himself / writer

Ridley Scott ... Himself
Jeffrey Steinberg ... Himself / U.S. Director, The Fertility Institutes [this is not the same Jeffrey Steinberg in IMDB database]

Episode Crew
Directed by
Declan Whitebloom 
Produced by
Gary Auerbach .... executive producer
Julie Auerbach .... executive producer
Henry Capanna .... executive producer in charge of production
David Cargill .... co-executive producer
Rocky Collins .... executive producer
Charlie Cook .... story producer
David Franzke .... line producer
Jason S. Lee .... associate producer
Mary Lisio .... executive producer
Nino Lopez .... associate producer
Bernadette McDaid .... executive producer
Kaitlin McIntyre .... producer
Deborah Adler Myers .... executive producer
Dennis Principe Jr. .... production executive
Katie Pyne .... associate producer
Ridley Scott .... executive producer
Kathryn Takis .... field producer
Kevin Tavolaro .... story producer
Fred Villari .... field producer
David W. Zucker .... executive producer
Original Music by
Scott Greer (series)
Joel J. Richard 
Film Editing by
Joseph Lorenzetti 
Tanner Roth 
Casting by
Chad Patterson 
Art Direction by
Gary Kroytor 
Production Management
Christopher Lauer .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Isaac Heckert .... second unit director
Sound Department
John Barzelay .... sound mixer
Visual Effects by
Alena Cochran .... visual effects artist
Jeff Fuller .... visual effects artist
Patrick Hibbs II .... visual effects artist
Sean McHale .... graphics coordinator
John Mitchell .... lead visual effects artist
Camera and Electrical Department
Leif Lindhjem .... b camera operator
Megan Mitchell .... digital imaging technician
Casting Department
Chad Patterson .... casting producer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Megan Hofferth .... stylist
Editorial Department
Brandon Crooks .... post production supervisor
Elizabeth Krasick .... assistant editor
Shane Lefler .... colorist
Shane Lefler .... on-line editor
Andrew Parkhurst .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Joel J. Richard .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Eric Day .... production assistant
Hilari Farrell .... production accountant
Alexandra Gibson .... location manager
Henry Hobson .... director: title sequence
Rose Krane .... production coordinator
Kelly Tanaka .... production accountant


Additional Details

43 min (excluding commercials)

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Shallow, Error-Ridden Review of Mary's Frankenstein, 25 May 2013
Author: ifyougnufilms from United States

Mary Shelley, in her remarkable sci fi breakthrough novel asked all the right questions about science in relation to morality, but the superficiality of this episode from the "Prophets of Science Ficiton" series detracts from any praise that might have been meant. For instance, biographer Anne Mellor seems, amazingly, to have missed the whole point of the great novel by declaring that Mary Shelley probably thought it was all right to "go out and get dead pieces" to sew together to create a new species. This preposterous claim seems to be based on her feeling that since Mary frequently visited her mother's(Mary Wollstonecraft's) grave, she probably had deep thoughts about life and death and therefore would have advocated playing God to create pseudo-humans in the lab. The value of the novel is that it gives precisely and vividly a message opposite of that which Mellor proposes: Shelley warns those who believe themselves to have superior intellect, and thus feel justified in playing God with human life, create horrors,horrors. Victor Frankenstein's murderous and pathetic monster is the great illustration of this. With the exception of Michio Kaku, who gets it right, other commentators seems to miss the whole point,one that forms the theses of so many great science fiction novels and films. When we try to play God, terrible things happen. They brag on about how we can manipulate genes for gender, intellect, and skin color, etc., in our march toward designer children and "perfect" humans. Seemingly they haven't a clue about the moral implications (to which Shelley was so sensitive). She was the first sci fi novelist, truly a prophet who decried the coming dangers, and she did it brilliantly. In the film, scientist Jeffrey Steinberg admits scientists need to listen to the public, but it is wrong, he soberly tells us,to put "handcuffs" on a scientist. That is not the threat; the threat is that scientists themselves, seduced by their own research and self-perceived brilliance, will themselves fail to consider the moral impact of what they are doing. From Shelley, through Jules Verne, and on to today, that is the message of so many great science fiction writers. As Kaku, the one refreshing voice of reason in this botched documentary, says of Victor Frankenstein, "...he didn't think of the consequences."

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