Jekyll: Episode #1.2 (2007)
Season 1, Episode 2
OK second episode.
29 June 2007
Warning: Spoilers
Jekyll #1.2 continues the story of Dr. Tom Jackman (James Nesbitt) who has found out that he is the last living relative of the literary character Dr. Jekyll & also has inherited his unusual problem in which his dark side sometimes takes over & he turns into the evil Mr. Hyde. Here Tom takes his two kids to the zoo but an evil organisation that wants the secret behind Jackman's ability to transform puts his boy in the lion enclosure which only makes Jackman very angry at which point Hyde surfaces & lets these people know he doesn't want anything to do with them & by picking on his kids they have made a big mistake...

The second of six episodes Jekyll is a 55 minute per part mini-series that has a storyline which progresses through the six episodes so if you haven't seen the first then don't bother with this. The script by Stepehn Moffat is a modern updating of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story set in a modern London, there's no green potions that people drink & there isn't even a character called Jekyll in it. Like part 1 this is an OK time waster, a lot of it is set in a zoo where Jackman as Hyde kills a lion with his bare hands, yeah right. It moves along at a nice enough pace, it's not boring, the story is intriguing enough to retain ones interest, there are a few new twists in the story revealed here & there's a surprise climax here that you may or may not guess depending on how many of these types of things you've seen before. Not a bad effort at all & it's grown on me a bit since part 1, I reckon I'll definitely check the other four episodes out.

Being made-for-British TV this probably didn't have the biggest budget in the world but it looks nice enough & there's a few stylish scenes here & there. Again there's not much horror here & it plays more like a thriller than anything else although there is a decent sequence when he scares the hell out of someone trapped in a flat with no lights. There's a dead lion, there's some blood & Hyde messes some guy up badly & delivers him to hospital in a bag! The production values are good & it's well made. Again like part 1 Michelle Ryan is seriously hot & it's almost worth watching just for her cute little bod!

Jekyll #1.2 is a perfectly acceptable way to pass just under an hour, it's nothing outstandingly brilliant but it's worth a watch just don't expect a faithful telling of the Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story because this ain't it.
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