The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.
I love this show. It is rather dark and reminds me of From Hell in mood and the similar time period, but this is set in New York, rather than London. I am always happy to see productions that take advantage of Budapest, Hungary. It must be among the few few places left that has been so well preserved to stand in for the Victorian era in architecture.
This second season was less about the alienist and more about the female detective, Played by Ms. Fanning. I stopped by, in part, to comment on the tremendous casting job for the character of Libby. Rosy McEwan is going places. Her performance here was absolutely spectacular. She stole the entire show-matched only by the always stellar Luke Evans.
I hope to see a season 3 of this lovable show, but I get the feeling they're going to end it. I truly hope I'm wrong, though.
If you're wondering whether to give this new season a watch, do it. You won't regret it.
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