'I Am the Night': Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins revive their 'Wonder Woman' magic for new miniseries
'I Am the Night', out on January 28, follows Jay Singletary (Pine) and Fauna Hodel (India Eisley) who are investigating a man believed to be associated with Black Dahlia slaying
Chris Pine and Patty Jenkins, the talented duo who worked together in one of the decade’s greatest hit ‘Wonder Woman,’ have reunited for one of TNT’s most anticipated shows of 2019 — 'I Am the Night'. From the trailers and teasers, we have seen so far, it definitely seems like the duo has another hit on their hands.
Unlike the bright and inspiring ‘Wonder Woman,’ though, ‘I Am the Night,’ written by Jenkins’ husband Sam Sheridan, is dark, full of suspense and, for the lack of a better word, twisted. It is a classis noir repackaged for the world of streaming networks, if you will. Set in 1965, this TNT series promises to be one of the most enthralling psychological thrillers of recent times.
The show is inspired by the legendary Black Dahlia slaying and is told from the perspective of reporter Jay Singletary (Pine) who is investigating a man believed to be associated with the murder and that of Fauna Hodel (India Eisley), who follows a sinister trail surrounding the same man while trying to find her roots. The man in question is George Hodel (Jefferson Mays), who in the real world is widely considered to be the man that murdered Black Dahlia, even though he was never charged with the crime.
There are many reasons to be excited about this project, starting with the reunion of Jenkins and Pine. Individually, both Jenkins and Pine have a resume most people would kill for, but together they have proved to be a winning duo, which is why everyone is raving about the potential of ‘I Am the Night.’
Moreover, we have the incomparable Eisley at the center of this morbid tale, playing a girl who finds herself not fitting in. She has recently found out that she was adopted and, instead of finding answers, the naïve and young Fauna finds herself facing 100 new questions. Certain that the answers do not lie with her drunk adopted mother, she sets out on a quest that takes her to the unknown world of California.
The seeming ease with which Eisley portrays the fearfully intelligent, stubbornly innocent girl, who is not yet of 18, is inspiring. Fans see that she is looking to find her place in the world. All she needs are answers, and unfortunately, she is not going to find them the easy way.
She becomes the Yin to Jay’s Yang. He is a jaded reporter who is addicted to cocaine and is looking to find the truth about the infamous George Hodel. Pine plays this role in a way that reeks of desperation through the TV screen and that's what makes this show golden.
Despite the different worlds that they come from, Fauna and Jay are united in their search for a purpose. “Why am I here?” they keep asking — Fauna to everyone who she thinks can give her that answer and Jay to no one in particular.
It is the cluelessness, thrill and the dark narrative that makes this TNT show a must-watch. Come January 28, 'I Am the Night' should be on top of everyone's bingewatch list.