The Alienist: A Fruitful Partnership
April 3, 2018 8:00 PM - Season 1, Episode 2 - Subscribe

The investigation heats up as Sara gets her hands on a clue and Kreizler tries to connect the evidence left behind by the serial killer; tensions rise within the police department.

Captain Connor conducts his investigation by means he considers expedient, Sara identifies further possible murder victims, the Isaacson brothers identify a possible murder weapon and the killer's fingerprint, Marcus attends a United Labor Party meeting and fraternizes with another attendee, Laszlo raises Theodore Roosevelt's hackles by making demands, and John goes to the brothel where Giorgio worked in search of information and gets more than he bargained for.
posted by orange swan (3 comments total)
I like how they haven't stayed strictly with the book, yet the plot line is still interesting.

The sets are incredible, I haven't seen the like in a long while.

Dakota Fanning still crushes it. All her side scenes are really well acted. I loved the bit with her and the maid.
posted by Sphinx at 10:44 PM on April 4, 2018

What strikes me about this show is that the characters are less horrified by child prostitution than we would be today. If one of us were to become aware of a child brothel, we'd make a quick call to the police and it would be shut down, and child services would take the boys into custody. Back then? The police were taking protection money from the brothel owners to look the other way. The characters don't discuss or even mention saving those kids from the life they're forced to lead. Yes, they find it morally repugnant, but it was simply an ugly fact of life to be accepted.
posted by orange swan at 7:42 PM on April 9, 2018 [1 favorite]

In the book, it is a little more explained how helping these kids wasn't a big issue in the 1890s, even though there were people like Jacob Riis trying to bring attention to it.
posted by cass at 1:27 PM on April 23, 2018

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