Thursday, August 16, 2007

The Bionic Jekyll

In case you need more reasons to watch the new Bionic Woman when it starts you should try and check out Michelle Ryan's performance on the BBC show Jekyll, but this is about the many reasons to watch Jekyll.

In a time where so many TV shows and movies rely on CGI, heavy makeup, and prosthetics to create alter-egos and denote physical changes it's comforting to have a show that uses minimal makeup and intense dramatic acting to show the change from Jekyll (Dr. Jackman) to Hyde. While I'm not familiar with any of James Nesbitt's other work but based on his role as Dr. Tom Jackman I would certainly check out some of his past shows and movies.

The show is a twist on the classic Jekyll and Hyde story and in fact it incorporates the book into the mythos of this present day story. When the show begins Dr. Tom Jackman is already well aware of his alter ego and has a number of methods for keeping track of him. Many mysterious characters interact with Dr. Jackman & Hyde and both are put in a variety of unusual circumstances. Want an example? I have 2 words for you: lion's cage.

Michell Ryan plays Katherine Reimer, a mental health professional hired by Dr. Jackman to be an impartial mediator between himself and his alter ego. While she initially things it is all in his mind but upon witnessing the change she observes numerous physical differences. She is believable as the strong, smart, insightful character she portrays and this gives me high hopes for the Bionic Woman (it was hard to tell just how good she was in the pilot we saw at Comic-Con).

I won't go into any more detail because it's so much better to watch the show and find out what transpires. The thing I have noticed about the few shows I have watched from the BBC is the cinematic feel. Jekyll is no different.

If that's not enough reason to watch then let us not forget Michelle Ryan's unfathomably tight outfits. To call her the bionic woman is putting it lightly.

I don't know if there will be another season (if there is it will obviously have to be without Michell Ryan). We are lucky enough to have the episodes via Time Warner On Demand but if you don't have access to the show currently you should absolutely check out the DVD's when they come out.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we are.

--AnnaMay

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