Frankenstein, MD is a web series adaptation of the classic novel Frankenstein. Inspired by brilliant British author Mary Shelley, who is credited with invent…
And off to a great start! The first three eps of Frankenstein, MD are up and everyone should go check it out.
I have a feeling I’ll be writing more lengthy analyses as the show goes on but here’s my first reactions (with the caveat that I am in fact a female grad student in science):
1) The fact that Victoria’s mother was also a scientist who encountered sexism issues might seem heavy handed but this is a completely realistic thing. I literally know a family of plasma physicists where the one heart surgeon is the “black sheep” for not going into the family business.
2) Oh yes, she’s cocky. And flippant. And dangerously blasé about experimenting on her
guinea pigs friends. And again, completely realistic. She might rub people the wrong way Emma Woodhouse-style, but that’s kind of par for the course in young scientists. Especially female scientists. The ones who last tend to have strong personalities and quirks - we aren’t all prickly, but we have to adapt. Nothing makes you weaker than a lack of self confidence; you’ll crumble under your own doubts before someone even tries to take you down.
3) So far, the supporting cast is very promising. Iggy is hilarious, Abraham appears to be a great representation of a mentor caught between a promising student and her inability to play by the rules, and Eli/Rory were adorable as patients.
4) I admire PBS’s clear attempts to build in actual science lessons. It also makes these videos more purposeful in-world. I don’t know anyone who actually makes video lab notebooks (like the initial proposal for the show was), but the idea of turning her research into a public outreach presentation online is very believable. Combined with the Charlotte-like “I’m totally not cutting this out even though you asked” style of editing, it’s very believable and genuine. Which brings me to…
5) The music is immersion breaking (ok, that’s not a science-y thing but it’s my one big dislike right now). It’s great, but it reminds you that this is not genuine (Victoria and/or Rob certainly wouldn’t choose to add that in when editing the footage since they’re going for a serious vibe).
Ditto on all points. The music was the only thing I didn’t like.
Here’s also hoping that some technical/medical terms (nephrotoxic, synthesis) get a smoother introduction. But I know the balance between key vocabulary and story is such a delicate one, and I think they got it right more often that not. Congrats to Anna Lore on getting those terms out if she doesn’t have a science background!