"Should we remind people we have a few weeks before we actually become certified doctors?
— Frankenstein, MD
"Oh, screw beautiful, I’m brilliant! You wanna appease me, compliment my brain!"
— Cristina Yang
Watching the first episode of Frankenstein MD just now, I was reminded of another brilliant and strong yet flawed female doctor, Cristina Yang of Grey’s Anatomy. Cristina was intelligent and incredibly driven in her quest to become the best surgeon she could be. She didn’t mince words. She took risks. Sometimes her bold, take-no-prisoners attitude made her appear cold (even though we know she cared about her friends, particularly Meredith and Owen), but she didn’t care about appearances. As long as she knew who she was, other people’s opinions didn’t matter.
I can see aspects of a young Cristina Yang in Victoria Frankenstein. She is also driven by a goal to be the best scientist she can be, and she’s not afraid of taking risks along the way. The calm and cool way she responded to Iggy’s brief death impressed and scared me. It’s just like another day at the office for her — and she’s not even a doctor yet.
I love that this adaptation made Frankenstein a woman, because women rarely get to be so brilliant. Women rarely get to be the “mad” scientist, so driven in a quest that nothing is going to stop them. (We get to be “crazy,” but that’s really just a man’s way of saying he doesn’t want to listen right now).
I think some of the things Victoria does in this series are really going to scare me, but I think I’m going to love her.