The Alienist: These Bloody Thoughts Recap

Synopsis: Sara and Kriezler posit on the ability to kill. Moore goes on a date. Byrnes and Connor eye potential suspects. Roosevelt is under scrutiny from the public.

Watching Kreizler interact with a former patient to gain some insight into the mind of a killer gave me Sherlock and Penny Dreadful-like joys! But, Kreizler’s approach to learn more of those around him, even to provoke them to learn more about their own idiosyncrasies, is a bit unnerving. Especially when he thinks everyone is capable of the most deplorable of crimes.

We also learn that Roosevelt and Kreizler knew each other back when they were in university and that when they were about to fight, Teddy stopped the fight when he saw Kreizler’s “Broken Wing” of an arm. However, that handicap does not deter Kreizler from doing anything. But, their past together had given Roosevelt a good idea of what makes Kreizler tick. Yet, their past is not the only thing that gives you some idea of what is going in Kreizler’s head. We see him talk to both his former and current patients, we see him interact with Mary’s under things and when he sees John walk in with Mary, it kind of sets him off.

The reason why Mary and John are together is that she was upset about Kreizler and Sara going off to the park together, John takes Mary out on a date to the pictures via Edison’s Vitascope. This makes Kreizler a bit jealous. This is the assumption made by Moore, but Kreizler uses that to further analyze Moore. Understandably, Moore questions why Kreizler continues to push away those that care about him.

New clues: Moore learns, from his Dentist’s patient, that the Silvery Smile is caused when someone takes mercury salts for syphilis. This explains the scene of the man slathering himself with that white cream. Is this the killer?

Moore, along with the officer, tie the castle to the now defunct whore house that Santorelli lived and worked at.

Our team is then lured to Brubacher’s, but why? He knows who they are and that they are working on this case together, but who is it? And as they read the letter that was sent to Santorelli’s mother…explaining to her that he did not have sex with her son, but she did eat him flesh. That is when we see the face of the man with the silvery smile. Is it William, the son of the well-to-do family? Or is it someone else? I think it’s the man helping the family take care of covering up her son’s indiscretions.


The Alienist: Silvery Smile Recap

Synopsis: Use of the innovative new procedure of fingerprinting leads the team to discover crucial evidence is missing. Kriezler and Moore interview a witness to find out what happened to Moore at the brothel.

I was tweeting like mad last night. Did you? Just so you know…I had to really figure out how to explain why this was such a great episode. Ultimately, we got a lot of insight into our three sleuths and about the killer. But, what I loved about this episode is the feeling that we officially have a case to work on. Not that the body of the young boy was not enough, but now we have a clue and a clue can lead us to so much more.

That clue is a fingerprint. The fingerprint they do have cannot give them a lot of information, but between it and the weapon of choice…they know it is someone who works with their hands. But, they need another print to solidify this theory. When they go back to the morgue to look at the boy’s body to see if there is another print, but the body was gone.

The next clue is a memory. Moore remembers what Sally said to him about the first victim. With that information, he and Kriezler go off to speak to Sally. What was interesting was the questions he asked Sally.

We also learn some more about what the main obstacle in their investigation is. That’s the police. They are corrupt because the wealthy have their hands in their pockets. When that is happening, they can make the police do whatever they want. But it is not only the upper echelon of society pulling their string, the rising tide of organized crime feeds their want of more money and what they consider a level of power over the dregs of society. We can go into History of New York City during the industrial revolution, but we do not have the time for that. What you need to know is that upper crust controlled the working class and they manipulated those that did not have the opportunities to move up in society.

So, it seems like the police think they know who has committed these crimes and it is the the son of a wealthy family. As a result of that knowledge, they are burying all the evidence as fast as it comes into the precinct.

So, when the call comes in that there was another body, whomever took it tells Teddy and he says not to say anything to the other cops for at least an hour. This gives our team enough time to do a little bit of an investigation.

We learn a lot from the victim:

  1. The killer likes heights
  2. He is no longer hiding his work
  3. There is not enough time to escape…so he is still on the premises and may like to hang around to see the cops run around like chickens with their heads cut off.
  4. He takes a trophy in the form of the drawings of Moore, when Moore accidentally leaves behind his work.

Before you know it, the press is at the crime scene and Teddy is trying to be as vague as possible. Hot on their heels, the police. With them in view, the sleuths are tipped off and leave the scene as quickly as possible.

But, what drives this show IS the three main characters. We learn a lot about them in this episode and that is partly due to their relationships outside of the group:

  1. Kriezler kind of collects people that have killed people. Mary torched her father. We learn this from Moore. His driver killed a man. We learn that from himself as Kriezler questions him about what it feels like to kill someone. He loves to figure out what drives the people around him and he does that to Sarah and Moore. However, he does not question his own motives. Does his physical deformity make him feel inferior in some way and feel sympathetic towards those who have emotional trauma? Or is it he feels everyone is deformed either emotionally or physically?
  2. Even though Sarah wants to be more than just a woman married to a successful man, she feels the pressure to comply to those societal norms and she has set her eyes on Kriezler as possible suitor.  She also has issues with the loss of her Mom at a young age and then her dying by his own hand. Yet, she understands his motives. What is really interesting is that she views herself like a child and that is intriguing.
  3. Kriezler psychoanalyzes Moore for why Moore goes to dens of ill repute in a way to get some semblance of initmacy that he is lacking in his life.  We also see his Grandmother berate him about finding love and giving more little Moores to look after. Then there is the fact that he was found in the alley and we know why…and trying to keep his good standing where it is.

Even though we are clearly putting our hope in these three broken characters, they are still driven to find out who the killer is…

…and they are slowly getting us closer to who it is.


The Alienist: A Fruitful Partnership Recap

Synopsis: The investigation heats up as Sara gets her hands on a clue and Kreizler tries to connect the evidence left behind by the serial killer; tensions rise within the police department.

Well, well…the plot thickens…

The police are up to no good…Sara finds a file of cases similar to the deaths of the boy on the bridge, but why was Connor hiding it? They are also in cahoots with the owners of the local houses of ill repute. The most unsettling sequence of the episode was when we followed John Moore to one of the houses that peddles young boys to those with a predilection for pedophilia. When he starts to ask question about the boy on the bridge, he gets drugged and to ensure that the owners and the local pd have dirt on John, he gets overtaken by the “girls” of the brothel.

We do learn a bit about the boy on the bridge and we can thank Sara and John for that info…

His father was abusive, mentally and physically, towards the boy because he thought the boy acted more feminine. This forced the lad to runaway. What we learn from the two boots brother is that the lad was called Gloria and she had a lot of gentleman callers. There was one that stuck out and he had a silver smile. One moment he was in his room and the next he was not. But Sally told John that he made a three story leap. John, knows better. We all do…

On the bright side, it is not just about finding a killer. Laszlo is interested in Sara, and is very appreciative of the information she provides. Laszlo ever goes as far and asks Teddy to have Sara act as a liaison to the police department for their case. The acknowledges and appreciates her ability to be more than just be a typewriter piques Sara.

This kind of pissed off Mary, who is the maid of Laszlo’s house. IT was clearly evident she did not appreciate having Sara in her house and being seen as an equal to Laszlo.

Even Marcus gets a little nookie nookie from Esther after meeting his new team and showing them the weapon that they believed was used to kill the boy on the bridge…it was just that kind of episode.

However, it does lead us one step closer to hopefully finding out who the killer is and what his motive is.

So, I just want to take a moment to say it is great they have a character like Sara on TV. She lives in a world where sexism is the norm. Women are viewed as not equal to men. To have Sara be the first woman to have a position in the Police Department and see her handle tough situations with such restrained grace is amazing. She knows what she is dealing with and finds a way to get what she wants. She is a smart character that should be held in high regard, especially in the current political climate.






Recaps: Riverdale, Arrow, Counterpart & Star Trek: Discovery

Can you tell that I like a specific type of show?

Let’s start off with Riverdale’s the Blackboard.

As Jughead says ever so eloquently, our Archie is going down a dark path…that he was coerced into by the FBI. When he asked the FBI if what they were doing was okay…I believe asking a minor to get intel that would help take down a power hungry businessman is so not right on many levels.

But, this is Riverdale. So, FBI goes up to Archie and asks him to help them take down Hiram. In exchange, his Dad and Veronica would be protected. But, something seems wrong. Do they not have to take him “downtown” to fill him in on everything? Is there not official paperwork? This story line just rubs me the wrong way. However, seeing Veronica keep secrets from Archie and vice versa clearly screams trouble for this couple. And if you think that Archie fessing up about his kiss with Betty was oh so noble, it was a ploy to cover up his work with the FBI.

While Veronica is keeping her secrets close to her chest, she was doing her parents bidding by welcoming Serpents to the hallowed Halls of Riverale High. However, not is going well for the Serpents, it seems like profiling is the name of the game at Principal Weatherbee’s school, even if it being forced by Reggie and Cheryl. Juggie fully comprehends what is going on and under FP’s advisement, has him and his fellow Serpents hiding in the tall grass and waiting to strike. I like this story line because it shows that Juggie has found his place and just because someone comes from the wrong side of the tracks does not mean that they are not to be trusted. Just like…

…Alice Cooper. Alice has had it rough. Her eldest, Polly, has basically become a Scientologist and shunned her family. The final straw was when she popped up and told Betty that she had given birth to her twins, Juniper and Dagwood (?!?). Feeling for her Mother, Betty finds her long-lost older brother, Chic. Chic has not had an easy life. The only reason he is in the Cooper household, at this moment, is that Betty rescued him (not so sure about that) from a brutal beat down at his hostel. But, Chic is not all that he appears, there is something dark in him. Is it his resentment towards Alice and Hal for giving him us as a baby or is it even something more sinister…

There was a moment when Archie asked the Fed if he and Betty caught the real Black Hood…I think not.

Next up: The Wrestler – In an attempt to get closer to Hiram, Archie tries out for the Riverdale wrestling team; Betty unearths some dark secrets about Chic; Veronica and Josie clash.

Arrow. You know, I still do not get what the deal is with Cayden James. I know that technology based crime is a big deal, but this whole wiping out the internet plot seems like something that everyone should be involved in….not just the people in Ollie’s neck of the woods?

Just the mere fact that they have another World’s Laurel Lance, screams like they need to bring in help from Legend’s of Tomorrow. That is beside’s the point and before I go off another tangent…what is interesting to see is how Oliver’s decision have affected his world. He has spied on half of his team and they have decided to branch off and do their own thing. Is this a bad thing? Well, in the Marvelverse…1,2,3….how many heroes are in the state of New York alone? In theory, this should not be seen as a bad thing. That does not mean that the old adage of, “A House Divided Shall Not Stand,” should escape your brain totally. There will be more fall out…we just do not know to what extent that will be. Especially when there are kids at stake.

Next up: We Fall – William gets caught in the cross hairs as Oliver attempts to stop Cayden James with just the original Team Arrow.

Counterpoint is from Starz. It is basically an espionage tale with a classic sci-fi tilt. The first episode was very intriguing. We meet this schlep of a guy who is just not happy with his 9-5 job, at a quasi-government agency, and due to his love of his life being in a coma after being in an accident. Then something interesting happens at his place of work, he meets his “other”. His doppelganger from another dimension. To a point, they’ve lived the same life. Yet, something happening to Howard in the other universe to become the complete opposite of our Howard. This comes about as these two Howards meet to not only capture an assassin, but to save our Howard’s wife. Now, why this assassin is targeting Howard’s wife does not make sense…until we see Other Howard go to his world and we meet his Emily and she is in the same line of work as Other Howard. This is interesting because Other Howard told our Howard that his Emily died from cancer. Why did he lie?

The other intriguing parts of this show is why is there a quasi-government agency keeping tabs on one another and not just trying to wall off the other universe? Also, what is up with this assassin?

So many questions and we only have nine more episode left.

And the best for last…Star Trek: Discovery.

What a twist and why do I keep tweeting DeLorca instead of Lorca. No se.

That is besides the point. We have been given the best plot twist so far this season of any show.

Now, we all knew something was up with Lorca. There was just something off. His intentions were never clear and even the people he knew really well thought something was off with him. We originally thought it was the accident he was in, but were so wrong.

And now we know why. Our Lorca is not really our Lorca. This Lorca is this alternate universe’s Lorca. The Lorca that betrayed Philippa and apparently romanced quite a few women…including Michael.

I know, I know…wth!!!!

Now that he is on his target, what will Lorca do? What does this mean for our discovery crew, for Michael, for the people in this universe that were hunting down Lorca…we just  have to wait and see.

While this was all going down on the Charon, the Discovery got it’s Stamets back. While I know, the story line was given a bit of romance to push Stamets out of his coma. Some people on Twitter did not like this, however love propels people to do extraordinary things…even come out of a coma. Now, Stamets and Tilly have to figure out how to fix the spore issue.

Ash Tyler is not doing well at all. Out of compassion, Saru turns to their captive for help. She refuses at first, but when she see how destroyed Ash is, she gives in. We will have to wait and see if we our Ash back and if there are any repercussions from 1. the fall out of being a Klingon victim and 2. the death of Culber.

We only have three episodes left for this surprisingly edge of your seat and fun show.

One last thing, I loved the last episode of X-Files. It had a lot of the fun and will they, won’t they moments that made me fall in love with the original show. The only issue was that the plot was weak.

Oh! Keep an eye out for The Alienist!




2018 & All the TV that it Holds…

It has been a while since I posted.

There were a lot of family oriented things happening in my life that had to take precedent.

But, it is a new year and we must trudge ahead.

I did watch a bit of TV during my time away. I know that I bitched and moaned about Star Trek: Discovery, but after the first two pilot episodes and Jason Isaacs as the Captain on the new ship and with all of his dark and twisted motives…I fell for the show. Go figure.

It is one of the shows I am looking forward to seeing in 2018.

Others are:

  1. The Magicians. The darker, the better…and with the loss of magic, all the more better.
  2. Legion. FX’s trippy take on a Marvel character made TV fun. Now, with our love birds separated, it will be interesting to see if they find their way to one another again.
  3. Westworld. When we last saw our favorites, they just killed off Ford at a gala. You know you want to know what happens next.
  4. The Alienist. I love period dramas. I love NYC. I love the hunt for a serial killer. This is the show for me.
  5. Kingdom. Korean dramas and zombie movies are a guilty pleasure of mine. This tale is a zombie thriller in the Joseon period. You had me at hello.
  6. Good Omens. Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s beloved novel…nuff said.
  7. A Discovery of Witches. The first book was great, the last two kind if let me down…but the beauty and curse of adapting a novel is that they can punch it up and move the pace along at a fun pace. Let’s hope this happens.
  8. Altered Carbon. Honestly, I believe tales like these may end up true. This is about a futuristic series where the human mind can be digitized and downloaded into a “cortical stack” and placed into new bodies called sleeves.
  9. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. It’s an anthology series that adapts the short stories by Dick. If you love the Twilight Zone and Black Mirror, how can you say no?
  10. X-Files. Which premiered tonight. Que doozy…I will get to that in a bit.
  11. Jessica Jones. You may like Wonder Woman, but I love Jessica. She is an everyday woman who is battling her own inner demons as she tries to keep NYC safe and those that come to her for help.
  12. Krypton. I am not a big fan of the DC movies. But, for some reason TV adaptations of anything comic-related generally do well (barring Iron Fist and Agents of S.H.I.E.LD.), so I want to see how the prequel plays itself out and ties itself into the DCCU.

Then there are the return of our old standby’s that may need to kick it up a notch as all these shows and other newcomers are fighting for viewers.

Let me go back to the X-Files. There was a moment where I felt like I was watching the love child of Mr. Robot and Black Mirror come to life. We come to learn that what we went through at the very end of the last episode we saw, was just a vision that Scully was having. The visions are debilitating and forcing her and Mulder to race to find their son, William. But, like always, there is more at play. Everyone wants William. And even though we had a reveal at the end…I can’t really believe that last statement. There is more to it.  That is the fun of these types of shows. The truth is out there…and we just need to follow Mulder and Scully to it.

To tell you the truth, I love the moments where Mulder and Scully are together.

There has been a lot of talk of Gillian Anderson leaving the show. In my honest opinion, this concept will not function if you remove either Scully or Mulder. They are what make you want to keep watching. Period.

The other tragic bit of news we got over the break was that Dirk Gently was cancelled by BBC America. I am shaking my head. That channel is so limited in its programming. They should just chuck it and add BritBox as a premium channel. Hopefully, fans will rally around thus fun a quirky show and it gets a new home on Netflix or some other channel.

That last season was amazing. What were you thinking BBC America?

I also caught up with the Runways on Hulu and I have to admit that this little show has a lot of twists and turns as it also follows the typical High School narratives of love and love lost, disillusionment of the family you thought you knew and all the other fun stuff kids go through during adolescence. The fun part is that these kids have solidified and even given themselves a team name. Yet, with family that no one can trust…they have no one to turn to but to one another. The big question is…will they survive or will they somehow find a way to topple Jonah and save their families, their city…even the world.

On a bright side, the Golden Globes are around the corner. The 7th to be exact. And the nominees are impressive and it is hard to pick who I think will win. If you want to see the nominees, go here.

The other bright news is that fan fave, Robbie Amell, will be back on the small screen. Deadline, stated that the actor will be in a show titled Upload. In it, people are allowed to put their consciousness “into their preferred choice of afterlife” (or “upload” them). His character meets the love of his life, Nora, in heaven. But, we will follow the two as they live in this dream state.

I will be back with the movies that I cannot wait to see…