What I Am Watching – I Am the Night

Last week, I binge watched the TNT mini-series I Am the Night. The fact that I binge watched it, probably tells you that I enjoyed it.

<Possible Spoilers>

The Black Dahlia connection was what got me to the couch, but it isn’t what kept me there. After all, there have been plenty of Dahlia stories over the years. I Am the Night shares the downright creepiness of all of the Dahlia stories, but it’s really where it departs from the typical Dahlia telling that it shines.

You see, the Black Dahlia is only flimsily connected to this story. In fact, if you haven’t heard the name George Hodel before and you come at the series without any of the hype, you may not catch on to a Dahlia connection until late in episode 2 or maybe episode 3 (I don’t recall).

This is really the story of Fauna Hodel, and her search for answers to her mysterious origins. And let me tell you, those mysterious origins are almost as creepy as anything else you heard about the Dahlia case.

The acting is strong.

It’s a period piece. I like period pieces.  The fact that it is set in the 60’s and not the 40’s is one of those departures I mention above.

It’s attached to a historical unsolved crime.

Those are all reasons I loved the show.  But my recommendation comes with a caveat… if any of these things bother you to a point you can’t enjoy a story, think twice.

Inter-racial relations.  Incest. Mutilation. Queasy sex.

It’s a very uncomfortable story, but it is fascinating and you will be rooting for Fauna by the end.

— TD

If you need a reprieve from the darkness, my books about corrupt NCAA recruiting schemes and a murdered nun with a shady past pale by comparison.

Universal links:

Everything is Broken

and

North County Girl

 

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