The Alienist (S01E10) “Castle in the Sky”

Okay, this is it, the season (and as of now series) finale of ‘The Alienist.’ It was quite a ride, and I’m quite sorry it’s over. I had some quibbles with the show, but overall it was some amazing television. The opening scene was terrifying. Moore fights his way through the crowd at the bath…

The Alienist (S01E09) “Requiem”

Okay folks, we have reached the penultimate episode of the series. This is important, because as anyone who has read my other reviews will know, I love the word ‘penultimate.’ I don’t have a lot of opportunities to use it, so when I do, I make the most of it. Penultimate, penultimate, penultimate. There, I…

The Alienist (S01E08): “Psychopathia Sexualis”

Well, with a title like ‘Psychopathia Sexualis,’ this was clearly not going to be a happy episode. After last week’s episode of little action, this episode more than made up for it. A hell of a lot happened this week. People were zipping all over the place, doing stuff, talking to people, attacking people, and…

The Alienist (S01E07) “Many Sainted Men”

I think the title of this week’s episode is intended to be irony. Well, intended or not, it IS ironic. With the possible exception of Moore, the entire episode is about men being less than saint-like. After last week’s action packed episode, this week was distinctly lacking in action. Instead, we have lots of speechifying….

The Alienist (S01E06) “Ascension”

Okay, so this episode was awesome, the best one so far. A lot happened, but really it was the character development that was the best part. That and Moore’s grandmother and her armadillo. Because a feisty old lady with a gold-played armadillo will never not be awesome. The episode revolves around a plot to use…

The Alienist (S01E05): “Hildebrand’s Starling”

This week’s episode marks the halfway point in the series. The trio of Kreizler, Sara, and Moore is experiencing some tension, the investigation has stalled a little, and some people are beginning to get a little impatient. I didn’t say I was one of those people, but I didn’t say I wasn’t, either. It is…

The Alienist (S01E04): “These Bloody Thoughts’

Another episode that opens with a scene where excessive propriety provides a sharp contrast to a decidedly improper conversation. Kreizler is sitting in a parlor with a woman and a maid brings in a tray with a silver coffee service. Only the maid isn’t a maid, if the walrus-y mustache is anything to go by….

The Alienist (S01E03): “Silver Smile”

Unlike the first two episodes, this episode opens with a scene of almost excessive gentility. Byrnes is telling an upper class couple named Van Bergen, who are sitting at the opposite ends of a very long dining table, that their son Willem might have been involved in a series of murders of boy prostitutes. Awkward!…

The Alienist (S01E02) “A Fruitful Partnership”

The episode opens at what looks to be the morgue, where a not terribly pleasant man is turning corpses into Bunsen burners by tapping into the gases built up in them and lighting them. It’s an arresting image to begin the episode, a room dimly lit by all these little flames. This is the era…

The Alienist (S01E01): “The Boy on the Bridge”

The better part of a quarter century ago, I was out to dinner with some friends in New York City. One of those friends worked for a literary agency, and told us all about a new author her agency had just signed and the author’s brilliant book they had just sold for a considerable sum…