Tuesday, September 29, 2009
The Big Buzz: Animalistic Alter-Ego Anti-Hero... JEKYLL!
Back to broadcasting depth, PLANET GRIFFIN returns to the stage with THE BIG BUZZ! Tonight, we take a look at one of the most innovative interpretations of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde ever seen!
The British BBC miniseries introduces us to Tom Jackman (the incredible James Nesbitt), a descendant of Stevenson's science hero who struggles to survive alongside his animalistic alter ego. Hyde is everything that Dr. Jekyll is not... So when Hyde discovers that Jekyll is married with two children, you can pratically FEEL the tension ratchet up! To further add to the current state of complicated affairs is the shadowy organization that's hot on the heels of our Alter-ego antihero to learn the secret of his transformation to utilize for their own ends. You see, the return of Hyde is NO accident... And in order for Dr. Jekyll and his family to survive, Jekyll must make a deal with his own devil!
What makes this series stand out above previous incarnations of the character is that Nesbitt uses no prostethetics nor CGI to portray the monstrous id- driven Jackman... And if you thought the late Heath Ledger's performance of The Joker was a sight to see, wait until you see Nesbitt's SAME performance of the character a mere 2 years earlier!
A great stylish mix of X-Files conspiracy fiction, Hammer style horror-thriller, and a far better action oriented version of NBC's rip-off, My Own Worst Enemy, JEKYLL is a great science fiction miniseries that's just recently been rediscovered for the American audience. Written by DOCTOR WHO's Steven Moffat (no stranger to kick-ass sci-fi storytelling), it's no surprise that this series will be touring the cult underground circuit for LONG while!
PLANET GRIFFIN definitely gives the show a HUGE thumbs up as part of THE BIG BUZZ!