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From Across the Pond: BBC America's "Jekyll"

I was both intrigued by and fearful of BBC America's latest Brit drama import, Jekyll . After all, it was created by writer/producer Steven Moffat (of Coupling and Doctor Who fame), which lent credence to its high standards of quality, but it also concerned me: would this be the umpteenth retelling/re-imagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel of psychological horror? In the end, I needn't have worried at all. Moffat's Jekyll is a heart-racing, tense, edge-of-your-seat thrill ride that never lets up its breakneck pace or taut stylishness. It also deals head on with the that aforementioned Robert Louis Stevenson gem in an interesting and compelling way: by acknowledging it. While that might seem the height of foolishness, just the opposite is the result. This Jekyll definitely owes a debt to the original author and what better way to construct an homage than to actually use the source text? In the world of Jekyll, Robert Louis Stevenson did write the novel,