Mark Watches ‘Jekyll’: Episode Five

In the fifth episode of Jekyll, HOLD ME FOREVER. HOW. HOW IS THIS A REAL THING THAT EVEN HAPPENED. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Jekyll.

IF YOU HAD TRIED TO MAKE ME GUESS WHAT WOULD HAPPEN NEXT, I WOULD HAVE ONLY GOTTEN ONE THING RIGHT. I properly predicted that Hyde would exit from that box and that is the closest I came to be prepared for anything. That reveal is hardly anything when you compare it to everything else that happens in episode five, where Steven Moffat shows us that we are mere mortals. We are nothing when compared to his ability to craft a good mystery.

THE FIRST SHOT OF THIS EPISODE IS OF THE ACTUAL DR. HENRY JEKYLL. ITS THE MOST AMAZING FLASHBACK THAT I NEVER EXPECTED TO GET. No, seriously, it’s Dr. Jekyll AND THEN ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON SHOWS UP.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(PS: IT’S MARK GATISS WHICH IS ALSO AMAZING OH GOD I CAN HARDLY BREATHE.)

no so like HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO DEAL WITH THE COLD OPEN OF EPISODE FIVE. EVEN IF YOU IGNORE THE MANY THINGS THAT FOLLOW IT, THIS ALONE IS SO UNEXPECTED AND MIND-MELTING AND WHAT IS THIS SHOW DOING TO ME.

Oh, so the manuscript of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is actually a true story that was used to document the man’s changes AND IT WAS A TRAP. A TRAP? WHAT THE FUCK DOES THAT EVEN MEAN. HOW THE HELL IS IT A TRAP, THAT DOESN’T EVEN MAKE SENSE, IT’S A BOOK SILLY

oh god STEVENSON KNOWS WHAT’S IN JEKYLL’S POTION AND HE’S WRITING IT DOWN MOFFAT WHY AREN’T YOU SHOWING US WHAT HE WROTE THIS IS SO EVIL AND RUDE YOU ARE DOING THIS ON PURPOSE BECAUSE YOU THRIVE OFF OF MAKING PEOPLE QUESTION THE VERY CHOICES THEY MAKE IN LIFE. You’re like an evil Sassy Gay Friend.

oh god we’re back at the Institute IS IT TOM OR IS IT HYDE IN THE BOX. Well, of course it’s Hyde, right? It’s the only real option that makes sense. So what does Moffat do? HE MAKES IT SO THAT SOMEHOW, HYDE IS ABLE TO ACCESS TOM’S MEMORIES. NO WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING MOFFAT. YOU ARE BREAKING ALL THE RULES OF SCIENCE AND RELIGION OR SOMETHING. Oh my god, that was always separate and NOW HOW CAN HE SEE THOSE THINGS.

But seriously, how unbelievably fascinating is Hyde’s discovery sequence? What I’m enjoying about this process is how each episode goes is such a bizarre direction. It’s one of the benefits of not telling this story in a linear manner, and it’s also why this never feels like a giant gimmick. On top of that, it’s a jarring thing to witness for the audience. The first time Hyde can “see” into Tom’s life is unlike anything in the show before. What is it that allows him to do this? Even further, how can he pause and rewind Tom’s memories??? It’s through these memories that we see bits of the life between Tom and Claire. I started to think that perhaps Hyde had showed up during Claire’s honeymoon, but this was way more in-depth than that.

OH MY GOD HOW IS HYDE DOING THIS. OH SHIT HE IS IN THE PAST OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD HOW CAN ACCESS MEMORIES OF SOMEONE WHO IS NOT HIM 

OH GOD ARE THEY DOING IT. THEY ARE. THEY ARE GOING BACK TO THE ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON FLASHBACK. NO. SHOW ME THE PAPER. SHOW IT TO ME. YOU CAN’T. YOU CAN’T GO BACK TO THIS AND NOT SHOW IT TO ME.

Oh. Oh……..oh my god. “There was no potion. It was the girl.”

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! how is this life!!!!! WHAT IS THIS. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN. HOW IS IT POSSIBLE. OH GOD THEY ARE SHOWING THE MAID

OH MY GOOD LORD HOW ON EARTH IS IT AT ALL POSSIBLE THAT CLAIRE WAS THERE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING AND THIS HURTS AND MY BRAIN IS UNABLE TO PROCESS A SINGLE DETAIL OF ANY OF THIS.

NO REALLY! How are there now two people who existed in the past? WHAT ON EARTH CAN CLAIRE DO THAT CONTROLS HYDE? I mean…oh god, IT WAS THERE ALL THE TIME. WE KNEW THIS. WE SAW THIS IN THE LAST EPISODE. Claire brought out Tom’s “black” eyes. Claire being threatened brought out Hyde entirely. So what the hell is it about her that either controls, inspires, or influences Jekyll’s alter ego to come out? AHHH I LOVE THAT THIS IS TURNING INTO THE CLAIRE JACKMAN SHOW. oh my god I could just hug my computer right now because this is just the most fascinating (and bewildering) plot twist so far. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN EVERYONE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND ANYTHING.

Oh, more Miranda and Min? Yes. Yes please. More catty jokes about Miranda locking Min up? Yes, I’d like more of these as well. Oh, maybe five lines from Katherine? Um….that’s weird. Is anyone else feeling this? I thought she’d be a huge part of this, but we don’t know anything about her at all, especially since the second episode, which was the last “full” episode she was in. Sooooooo….yeah. What’s going on with that?

Though at least Miranda, Min, and Katherine have a plot now that’s not just sitting in a room. Now they’re going to run away from troops with guns! Yay! No, but seriously, you can’t kill off any of them OR I WILL BE INCREDIBLY ANGRY.

The most significant thing to me, though, that occurs in this episode is the fact that even though Hyde is completely here, he suddenly feels intimately connected to Claire. Obviously, Moffat tricks us into believing that Hyde’s going to harm Claire so that his side of Tom’s personality stays, and the tension comes for the horror of that choice. I mean, it’s clear that whatever Hyde is is some sort of asset to this company. He can cure cancer? I just simply don’t understand how that’s possible. But regardless of the logistics, it’s made clear that Klein & Utterson will do absolutely anything and everything necessary to have Hyde alive. This includes forcing Tom to face his claustrophobia and trigger a permanent appearance of Hyde. It includes sacrificing Claire Jackman and her children to a monster so that Hyde will cooperate. God, how horrifically creepy is that scene where Peter gives them up and then refuses to watch?

I was genuinely surprised that Hyde then wanted to escape, that the whole thing was a trap to get the cameras turned off. What’s fascinating to me is a continuation of themes seen in episode three: there’s a part of Hyde that cares, even if Hyde doesn’t necessarily want that to happen. Now, at this point, it’s as if the feelings and emotions of Tom are starting to creep into his body. I think that’s foreshadowing for what eventually happens by the episode’s end. The standoff with Mrs. Utterson is a direct parallel to that asshole on vacation who assaulted Claire: once again, Jackman is left feeling entirely inadequate in defending his wife’s life when she needs it. Only this time, it’s a reversal; it’s Hyde who feels inadequate, and it’s this event that triggers the reappearance of Tom Jackman.

Oh right HE SUCKED ALL THE POWER OUT OF THE GODDAMN CITY. WHAT THE HOLY FUCK WHAT THE FUCK IS GOING ON. How can he do that? What does it mean? Can Tom Jackman finally control the appearance of Hyde at will? Or are they now part of one person instead of separate? I love how chilling Jackman’s message is, and it’s a hell of a way to end this episode. With just one more left, I know that Moffat will have to deal with Jackman getting back his kidnapped family, but I’m interested to know who Mrs. Utterson really is, why Claire existed over a hundred years ago, and who the hell is the woman claiming to be Jackman’s mother? I haven’t forgotten that detail, but I’ll be honest: I have no idea how this is going to tie together.

I’m excited, y’all.

About Mark Oshiro

Perpetually unprepared since '09.
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