I finished watching Jekyll.
What can I say? The ending was a disappointment.
It starts so great. And it held me fast for four episodes.
But by episode five, I was asking “what?! what show is this?”
It’s funny. In the pilot I loved the abrupt turns that kept taking you into new territory. I thought I knew what kind of show I was watching and then bang! I’d be somewhere else completely.
But when it started taking those sharp turns in episode 5? I didn’t like it so much.
I did like the way the show twisted you around so that Hyde became the good guy. I’m always a fan of a show that changes your perspective on a character that way — you start out hating them and then something is revealed that puts you on their side. And Moffat did that well.
Not only that, but the evolution of my feelings for Hyde was natural. It flowed right out of the first moment he appeared in the pilot when I wanted to like him. And by episode 5, Moffat gave me reason to.
But all the underpinnings of who Jackman is and where he came from and how he became Hyde, that just didn’t ring true for me.
I think you should still watch the series, because there’s lots of enjoyment to be had and lots of craft to admire and learn from. But be warned:
Great setup. Mediocre payoff.