The Alienist opens when a series of haunting, gruesome murders of boy prostitutes grips New York City. Newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Geraghty) calls upon criminal psychologist (aka alienist) Dr. Laszlo Kreizler (Brühl) and newspaper illustrator John Moore (Evans) to conduct the investigation in secret. They are joined by Sara Howard (Fanning), a headstrong secretary determined to become the city's first female police detective. Using the emerging disciplines of psychology and early forensic investigation techniques, this band of social outsiders set out to find and apprehend one of New York City's first serial killers.
The second season features a totally separate story from the one featured in season one. But, essentially, the second season is more of the same (a killer on the loose preying on innocent infants, female-empowerment message,...). This is not necessarilly a bad thing because the mix of all those things made the first season such a rewarding experience. Also, it is a very beautiful show to look at with detailed costumes and beautiful set design. Definitely recommended!
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