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The Alienist S1E03 review: "Silver Smile"

There’s another murder, we sort of but not quite discover what happened to Moore after the last episode’s fade out, we wonder why he isn’t more shaken by it, and then there’s another murder. But this time, Kreizler and his Victorian Scooby Gang are able to process the crime scene before the police department. And curiously, we find the one on one conversational scenes far more thrilling than the vibrant action scenes.

David J. Loehr with Jessica Epstein

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The Alienist S1E02 review: "A Fruitful Partnership"

After discovering a new way to light a darkened morgue, David and Jess take a closer look at how the story develops and diverges from the novel. Also, is there a need for an eyeball counter? This show really loves close-ups of eyeballs. And Kreizler questions whether or not Moore has served his purpose already, sending Moore off on his own…which might not be a great idea…

David J. Loehr with Jessica Epstein

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The Alienist S1E01 review: "The Boy on the Bridge"

Taking a look at TNT’s new adaptation of the novel “The Alienist”, a story of a serial killer in 1896 New York City, contrasting the poorest sections downtown with the Gilded Age uptown. David and Jess puzzle over why the crime reporter who narrated the book is suddenly a newspaper illustrator, why the production design is excruciating in its historical detail and supposed accuracy while this version of Teddy Roosevelt is not, and what is with the eyeball soup?

David J. Loehr with Jessica Epstein