Netflix is a gift from the gods, I swear. Apart from a few favorites (Grimm, Game of Thrones, Dexter), Matt & I rarely watch ‘real’ television. Instead, we now have an instant queue that’s a mile long.
We recently watched Jekyll, a BBC drama (written by Steven Moffat!!) from 2007. If it’s a BBC series, you know it’s going to be amazing. And it was. Ohhh, it was.
Dr. Tom Jackman is living the perfect life: he’s got a great career, a gorgeous wife, and two little boys. Lately though, he’s been experiencing these odd…episodes. He went so far as to rent an apartment and chain himself up whenever Hyde comes out to play. The two of them – Jackman and Hyde – develop a sort of code by which they live: Hyde must never hurt anyone and they communicate through a small recorder. Unfortunately for Jackman, Hyde discovers he’s married and has a family.
I seriously could go on and on about this show. Jekyll was SO well-done and the acting was nothing short of magnificent. James Nesbitt’s transformation was flawless and his Hyde was incredible! I’m usually the one who gets really into these shows – especially when it comes to BBC series – but Matt was just as glued to the television as I was. It took us two days to get through the entire show (one if we didn’t have to work!).
Of course there’s a conspiracy and a top secret military organization. In lesser shows (or movies), this would have failed, but with Jekyll, it works. It makes sense and doesn’t feel cheesey or tacked on at all.
I have one, single complaint about this wonderful show and that’s that it was only six episodes. I WANT MORE.
If you’re in the mood for a short series that’s dark and funny and features a new take on an old story, Jekyll is the show for you. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.