‘The Alienist’ Review: A Brutal but Gilt-y Pleasure

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2017 gave us several TV series that focused on the evolving methods behind capturing notorious criminals. In Discovery’s Manhunt: Unabomber, we learned about forensic linguistics, developed by the FBI’s Jim Fitzgerald that helped connect Ted Kaczynski to his crimes. Going back a few decades earlier, Netflix’s Mindhunter follows the FBI’s early days of criminal psychology and criminal profiling, through the lens of the Behavioral Sciences Unit. Now, TNT’s The Alienist, based on Caleb Carr’s book of the same name, goes back almost a century earlier to the very nascence of connecting forensics and psychology, as madness was defined as being “alienated” from one’s own nature, giving the name “alienist” to those who study the afflicted.

When The Alienist begins, our alienist himself Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), has been at work

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