See that “Frankenstein” in the title above? Ignore it. Forget you ever even read it. Because despite what that title tells you, along with the official blurb you will find down below, Fox’s new sci-fi drama The Frankenstein Code has practically nothing to do with Mary Shelley’s classic Promethean tale.
Sure, the disclaimer for this new series starring True Blood hunk Rob Kazinsky is that it’s a “reimagining” of Shelley’s text, but that would be like saying that a BMW i8 is a reimagining of a Model T Ford. Sure, they’re both cars/sci-fi stories, but their innards are so vastly different on nearly every level that it’s hard to relate the two.
The guts of this particular story involving 75-year old retired Sheriff Jimmy Pritchard, who gets killed when he comes across some shady dealings involving his estranged son. Cue a pair of science whiz siblings who use Jimmy’s dead body in their crazy experiment to cure cancer… somehow (TV SCIENCE!). The result is Jimmy getting resurrected in a brand new beefcake body (Kazinsky) complete with superhuman strength and speed, which he uses to stop bad people – including the ne’er-do-wells that killed him – from doing bad stuff. But there’s a catch! He needs to have special science-y treatments every day, or he’s a corpse again! Ooh, time limits!
Like I said: Nothing to do with Frankenstein. So temper your expectations and check out the trailer below, which admittedly does show some potential, especially because it’s from the mind of Rand Ravich, whose Life I really enjoyed before it got cancelled. Kazinsky also has the chops and physicality to make it interesting, so let’s hope it actually is.
Along with the trailer, Fox has also released a behind-the-scenes look at The Frankenstein Code.
The Frankenstein Code will debut some time in early 2016. Here’s the full synopsis:
What would you do with a second chance? From executive producer/writer Rand Ravich (“Life,” “Crisis”) and executive producer Howard Gordon (“Homeland,” “24”) comes “The Frankenstein Code,” a modern reimagining of the Mary Shelley classic, about a man brought back to life by two scientists playing god. Seventy-five-year-old Jimmy Pritchard (guest star Philip Baker Hall, “Modern Family,” Magnolia) is a shell of his former self. A drinker, a womanizer and a father who always put work before family, Pritchard was forced to resign as L.A. County Sheriff for corrupt conduct more than a decade ago. Now, some 15 unkind years later, he is killed when he stumbles upon a robbery at the home of FBI Agent Duval Pritchard (Tim DeKay, “White Collar”), one of his three children. But death is surprisingly short for Jimmy, who is brought back to life by billionaire tech-genius twins Mary Goodwin (Dilshad Vadsaria, “Revenge”) and her brother, Otto (Adhir Kalyan, “Rules of Engagement”), founders of the social networking empire, Lookinglass. Resurrected as a younger version of himself, with physical abilities of which he never dreamed, a re-animated Pritchard (Rob Kazinsky, “True Blood”) is given a second chance at life. What will he do with it? Will he seek vengeance against those who killed him? Will he try to repair the damage he did to his family? Will he embrace a new sense of purpose or fall prey to old temptations?
Last Updated: May 13, 2015