The Alienist Premiere Review: "The Boy on the Bridge"

The Alienist Premiere Review: "The Boy on the Bridge"

This is a spoiler-free review of The Alienist episode 1: “The Boy on the Bridge.” The Alienist has been a long time coming — maybe that’s why it feels so dated. Based on the Caleb Carr bestseller released in 1994, this period murder mystery was first intended for a film adaptation (the rights were snapped up before it was even published), languishing in development hell for more than two decades before TNT finally succeeded in bringing it to the small screen. Back in the ’90s, it’s easy to imagine how Carr’s macabre yarn might’ve pushed boundaries, melding the psychological interrogation of Silence of the Lambs with the operatic atmosphere of Bram Stoker’s Dracula — but The Alienist arrives in a very different pop culture landscape, following in the footsteps of bloody period dramas like Peaky Blinders, Boardwalk Empire, and Penny Dreadful, not to mention the engrossing crime thrillers that have reinvigorated the genre over the past five years: Hannibal, Mindhunter, and Season 1 of True Detective (which was directed by Cary Fukunaga, who serves as one of the executive producers here). Continue reading…
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