In the third episode of Jekyll, EVERYTHING IS SO GODDAMN BEAUTIFUL AND SOME OF IT HURTS BUT IT’S THAT GOOD KIND OF HURT BECAUSE YOU KNOW YOU’VE JUST WITNESSED PERFECTION. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Jekyll.
OH MY FUCKING GOD EVERYONE. IF YOU ARE NOT WATCHING JEKYLL, PLEASE GO DO THIS NOW. YOU SHOULD IGNORE ALL RESPONSIBILITIES AND COMMITMENTS, TOO. AND THEN JUST GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO WATCH THIS AS WELL BECAUSE THEN YOUR FRIENDS WILL THINK YOU ARE SOME SORT OF TELEVISION GOD, BESTOWING THEM WITH GIFTS FROM ON HIGH.
Wait, you still don’t believe me? I just used all-caps and bolded it! That’s likeâ€¦double serious on the Internet! Hmmm. I’ll have to bust out my handy, trusty weapon of truth: the list
Reasons You Should Start Watching Jekyll
Solely Taken From Episode Three
- James Nesbitt. This man is able to create two distinct and horrifically different personalities and make them so believable that it’s almost like watching twins pull this off. He is a genius and this is one of the finest performances I’ve ever seen.
- GINA BELLMAN HOW IS THIS THE FIRST THING I’VE EVER SEEN YOU IN. (And before you recommend it: Yes, I’m already going to do Coupling for Mark Watches in the future.) Gina Bellman basically shows us in this episode that she will wipe the floor with anyone who tries to act better than her. YOU ARE NOT GINA BELLMAN, THEREFORE, YOU ARE INFERIOR.
- DEBBIE WISEMAN. The entire time I was watching this particular episode, it reminded me of the brilliance of Mark Snow’s music on The X-Files, and there are quite a few similarities to what she does here. She knows when to be whimsical, when to be curious, when to use strings to heighten tension, and when to keep things entirely silent so that you can suffer from the uncomfortable nature of what’s happening on the screen. A fantastic late-90s style soundtrack AND IT IS AWESOME.
- PETER SYME I DON’T GET YOU AND THAT IS WONDERFUL. I want to hate him because he seemingly betrayed Jackman, butâ€¦did he? Sort of? He does seem to want to help his friend, BUT THEN HE STUFFS HIM IN THAT BOX! WHAT THE FUCK IS THE BOX FOR I UNDERSTAND NOTHING.
- I don’t even know the name of the guy with the cellphone, but he made me laugh so hard and that is worth a mention on this list.
- Benjamin. BENJAMIN. You are so wonderfully flamboyant and dramatic and every word out of your mouth is a joy. WELL TOO BAD YOU WON’T SPEAK AGAIN who the hell saw that coming???!?!?!?!?!
- Benjamin’s “Don’t screw up” speech is FANTASTIC.
- Oh, more of Miranda and Min being the cutest and wittiest lesbian couple ever??? I adore their dynamic and I just want so much more of Meera Syal. MORE.
- It’s no secret on Mark Watches that any sort of storytelling that involves nonlinear narratives gives me fuzzy feelings in my heart. So how about like ten different scenes of in media res that all include different fake-outs and tricks to create a frantic sense of urgency that don’t feel like a gimmick? Yeah, that’s right, this episode is tense as hell. The execution of showing that end sequence multiple times could have been a complete disaster, but Steven Moffat pulls it off.
- Steven Moffat, this is some of the best dialogue I’ve ever seen. “You’re Tom Jackman.” “No. We just share a dick.” “Yeah. And it’s mine.” OH MY GOD CLAIRE JACKMAN, TAKE ME AWAY.
- I feel that I could use about ten separate numbers just to talk about Claire Jackman. She was sorely underused in the past, and now we get to see what we’ve been missing. To give a bit of context to my reaction to her being in this episode, my roommate had just gone to bed when Claire stepped out from behind Peter Syme to reveal that Tom had locked her into the basement as well. I literally just grabbed a pillow and shouted into it because it freaked out so much. I did not see that coming at all. (Thankfully, I also avoided the episode summary, so I didn’t even know she would appear.) Having her witness Tom’s conversion to Hyde seemed like something that would appear far later in the season, but Moffat has the guts to stick it before the halfway point, and it works.
- Whatever, using another one. TRY AND STOP ME. James Nesbitt was already blowing me away with his performance after changing in front of his wife, and then Gina Bellman stole the show. Impossibly so, and in just fifteen minutes, she becomes the absolute star of Jekyll. The writing Moffat provides her is smart, biting, and full of the venom she has for Hyde’s immoral persona. But I love that she refuses to see Hyde as a fully separate person, and it’s the only time so far in the show that he’s shown restraint or fear. That’s how big of a badass Claire Jackman is. She controlled the entire scene in the basement, and it was one of the most engrossing and entertaining things I’ve seen IN MY WHOLE LIFE. You ever watch something so tense and well-acted that you seem to hold your breath for ten minutes? That’s what this was like.
- CLAIRE JACKMAN.
- No, she just needs her own name as one single reason to watch this show.
- Oh, right, that whole scene where Jackman sees his wife in his head on the train? More proof that Gina Bellman is one of the best actresses ever.
- BENJAMIN’S DEATH. Okay, it’s probably the goriest thing this show’s had yet, but it’s such a HUGE moment because Hyde changes. He kills Benjamin because the man threatened Tom Jackman’s children. Shit, does he care? Does he not want to ruin Jackman’s life? THIS IS SO FASCINATING TO ME.
- THERE IS A ~mystery~ TO THIS SHOW WRITTEN BY MOFFAT THAT IS COMPLICATED BUT IS NOT A MESS AT ALL. IT IS, SO FAR, BRILLIANTLY EXECUTED OVER THE COURSE OF THESE EPISODES. I mean, seriously, it is so fun to try to figure this out. For the record, I have no idea what is going on, and that is so exciting to me!
- The fact that Claire Jackman is the first person to controlÂ Hyde at some point is an amazing character development and a sign of how many wonderful and awesome women there are on this show.
- It’s on Netflix!
- It’s also on Amazon Instant Video and is free if you have a Prime account!
- It’s only six episodes, so you can conquer it in just six hours without having to commit weeks to seeing it all!
- WHAT IS THAT BOX FOR WHERE ARE THEY TAKING HIM WHAT IS GOING ON.
- HOW THE FUCK IS TOM JACKMAN’S MOTHER DEAD
Oh, this is so good. I AM SO GLAD I AM WATCHING THIS.