Check out this piece on a new female-fronted web series from Legion contributor Sabina-Lissette Ibarra!
Youtube Channel Pemberley Digital, has teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to bring audiences a new take on Mary Shelley’s gothic horror classic in a new and unexpected way.
Frankenstein M.D. follows an ambitious medical student Victoria Frankenstein as she documents her quest toward scientific breakthroughs through the creation of an educational science show on Youtube. This is unlike most other Frankenstein adaptations that have underwhelmed, (looking at you I,Frankenstein) in that the arc of the story has been broken down to incredibly charming vlog-esque entries in the world of a talented young woman who is determined to make it in a male dominated field.
Newcomer Anna Lore, who plays Victoria, has proved that this traditionally male character can be played with as much gravitas and depth by a woman. The mythology of Victoria is by no means that of a hero but in this genre webshow, audiences get to see episode by episode a bright and curious PhD/MD student begin to steadily go off the deep end.
Lore establishes her take on the character as an incredibly endearing research student who seeks to teach her audience and friends about complex scientific ideas. The actress has the charisma of that really smart friend you have that can talk you into anything because well she is the smart one. And that’s what makes this Victoria scary, Lore plays her true intentions quite subtly as she wrangles her friends to help on experiments that could put them in danger. In the first episode she momentarily kills her assistant and friend Iggy (I see what they did there). She also puts her good friend Eli (Now a male instead of Elizabeth) and his girlfriend through trials that try much more than their relationship. But when Victoria gets told by her superiors to not risk her friends and degree for the sake of science, she only becomes that much more bent on showing them that she could find a cure for the biggest disease humans suffer from–DEATH.
The diverse show also stars Steve Zaragoza as Iggy and Brendan Bradley as Eli and streams new episodes every tuesday and friday on PBS Digital Studios. Fans have multiplatform access to more of Victoria’s story through her blog and video messages from her friends over at Pemberely Digital. Pemberely Digital is also known for creating serialized vlog adaptations of Jane Austen novels: The Lizzie Bennett Diaries and Emma Approved. Frankenstein MD is their first collaboration with PBS.
Watch episode one:
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