What is The Frankenstein Chronicles About?
As the name suggests, this show borrows from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for inspiration. In execution, it’s more like a Regency era crime procedural. Sean Bean plays a copper on the hunt for a serial killer long before the world met Jack the Ripper. The story starts when he finds the corpse of a child made up from parts of many different people, and takes him down a dark and dangerous path.
What I Thought of The Frankenstein Chronicles
I thoroughly enjoyed Season 1, which is made up of 6 episodes. I love a good mystery, especially a period one. Plus, throw in the macabre and gothic and I’m hooked. I liked how the writers acknowledge Frankenstein as a book in the world of their show, and Mary Shelley is even consulted when it looks like the killer is drawing inspiration from her work. So, this isn’t a retelling by any means, but a new mystery series set with reality as its backdrop. I also liked how the presence of disease and poverty of the era are not just part of the plot, they are central to it. I can’t wait to see Season 2!