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The Alienist spends more time telling you what's going on beneath the surface than allowing for any real depth to emerge.
The result is a series that has all of the brooding intensity of Fukunaga's HBO show, but little of the necessary narrative energy to pull it off.
What must have come to life in the pages of the book struggles to find so much as a spark on the screen -- difficult, admittedly, through the pall of smoke and shadows that tend to choke it.
It's a lushly rendered, gritty tale with the kind of nudity, gore and explicit themes often seen in today's quality TV shows. But it's still a largely predictable story.
... somewhat unique in setting but same old/same old in terms of the overall genre.
Serial killers are always intriguing because they feel so alien, but The Alienist can't will itself to be anything more than an R-rated update.
The Alienist is far more entertaining than its reputation might indicate...
The series made a blatant bid for the inclusion of all those on the outside looking in. And in doing so, the show could not have been timelier or more modern or wholly necessary.
What makes this show special is the story they are exploring-it's disturbing, frightening, and morbid. Shows often shy away from controversial topics, but The Alienist dives headfirst into the dramatic pit of its story.
What will entice viewers is how The Alienist does not shield the audience from the nitty-gritty details of the crime.
If it's not something that appeals to you or you're looking for a quality series, there are many better ones out there. [Full Review in Spanish]
Audience Reviews for The Alienist: Season 1
Dec 05, 2020Starts off strong and intriguing, starts to drag around episodes 6-8, and then quickly picks up the pace with a satisfying ending. It is interesting to see the differences and similarities to how people thought about serial killers then and now. Some things we may never understand about human behavior. Finally, the way this series brought 1800s New York to life is quite a sight.
Nov 18, 2020I didnt think much to be honest, it was all a bit wooden. Laslo's accent was stilted and emotionless, whilst the story could've been thrilling and a bit scary, it was lacklustre and slow. It wasn't very clever, I didnt feel empathy for any of the characters and there was a lot of pseudo CSI stuff being pushed into the cracks. In fact I was hoping someone would come in and massacre the whole cast to put them out of their misery. I got the feeling they were trying to drag it out for as many episodes as possible. I watched 4 episodes, which was 2 more than it deserved.
Nov 15, 2020This show is an excellent period drama/crime mystery with a great plot and pace. It has a Jack the Ripper type of feel. The characters are interesting, and the casting is well done. Luke Evans is just fantastic in this show. Also glad to see the originality of having a unique and strong character like Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning) in the story.
Nov 07, 2020Exceptionally well made series!
Nov 06, 2020Good production values but boy it's dull. Daniel Bruhl is bland and mansplainy. Dakota Fanning is uptight and is seriously not interesting and Luke Evans is a poor choice of a leading man because there is no chemistry with Fanning...... In fact there's not much chemistry between any of them.
Nov 02, 2020Good, but constantly misses at being 'Great'. The story is good, but the machismo and misogynistic tempo of the Police and protagonists are too exaggerated. It seems to limit its reach, as a result... Well acted, and enjoyable, however.
Oct 07, 2020Can't stop watching!
Sep 21, 2020O início da série é boa, você acha que ela é legal. Mas aí a série começa a enrolar muito e o final... bem, deixa MUUUITO a desejar.
Sep 18, 2020It's a story of another really smart white guy with a loyal best friend and like most crime TV shows a tough but ultimately willing chief of police to help. There is very little done to actually delve into any of the characters to make them lovable or relatable and everyone has a sad back story. The kind of lack of prejudice this shows for a period drama is funny. But cinematography is on point, the sets & costume look realistic, the look and feel is catchy.
Aug 26, 2020I loved season one. TNT dragged their feet too long for the next season. Season two was predictable and appeared just thrown together to appease the fans. I do not think I will watch season 3.