There have been quite a few retellings of the classic Frankenstein story, but you have not seen anything quite like the exceptional Frankenstein, MD, the new web series from PBS Digital Studios.
Created by Lon Harris, Brett Register, and Bernie Su for Pemberley Digital, the series introduces us to Victoria Frankenstein (Anna Lore), a brilliant student researcher who is a tad too zealous in her pursuit of scientific discovery.
Victoria's reluctant assistant in her experiments is Ludwig "Iggy" DeLacey (Steve Zaragova).
The premise of the series is (future MD!) Victoria Frankenstein is filming a new show where in every episode, she explains various scientific principles using experimentation.
Topics covered thus far include:
- Artificial hemoglobin
- Anaesthetics and paralytics
- Magnetic brain stimulation
Of course being a PBS project, actual science is featured in every episode. However, the way in which it is integrated into this modernized retelling of the origins of Frankenstein is sublime.
The tone of the series is lighthearted and educational. However, this is still a Frankenstein origin story.
Victoria is extremely passionate about science, but her overconfidence leads to ethical quandries we know foreshadow the darker path she will follow in pursuit of knowledge.
This series excels on many levels.
First, kudos to Mr. Harris and his writing team. The writing is smart, funny, and a little edgy - all while making complex scientific principles accessible to a general audience.
Second, the cast is outstanding. Anna Lore gives a pitch-perfect performance as Victoria Frankenstein.
She exudes confidence, intelligence, and charisma, while also giving us glimpses into the egomania which is the essence of the classic Dr. Frankenstein character.
Finally, the overall production value of the show is grade A.
Watch the premiere episode introducing the world to Victoria Frankenstein ...
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