In a recent interview, Gabriel Byrne noted:
The idea of running with a gun in my hand, back and forth, didn’t excite me too much, really,’ says Byrne, who is father to a four-year-old daughter. ‘Just because I don’t want to do that. Being up and down stairs all day… and that’s why physical preparation was the hardest thing.
‘When you get a little older, you want to conserve your energy. You don’t want to wear out.’
Director Richard Clark obviously thinks Mr. Byrne is in great shape, because he spends his final episode directing Howard Overman’s “bold, contemporary reimagining of H. G. Wells’ classic novel” by putting Gabriel through his paces. The story is chock full of running up and down stairs (and halted escalators–the worst!), head butts, physical struggles, bloody noses, loping down alleyways in the dark night, and ambushes in various locales (movie theater snack bar, urban grocery–wherever there is food and water, prepare to be ambushed).
And Gabriel Byrne did it all. I don’t think anyone can duplicate his natural walker’s stride. So, kudos to him for actually being an action hero, even though he insists on playing it down.
Being a brilliant neurogeneticist is really his character’s super power, though.
And what does a neurogeneticist DO, you ask? They study both genetics and neurology, which looks at the development and function of the nervous system, as well as the role played by genes in its development. A big boost to this field of study was the completion of the Human Genome Project. Now tons of research dollars are being pointed at neurogenetics projects. We’ll all benefit in the future (assuming climate disaster does not get us first).
You can learn more at Yale, as the saying goes. A sidebar: What illness or syndrome causes Sacha’s hand tremor? There may be irony ahead . . .
In my continuing efforts not to spoil you, here are some screencaps with lighthearted, occasionally ironic, but mostly plot-empty captions. The drama is real, however. Don’t let these captions fool you. At the halfway point now, we return for Episode 5 with a new director, Ben A. Williams. Stay tuned! heart