"Each of us is the embodiment of two distinct and opposing forces -
Good and Evil - each fighting for supremacy inside us.
If we could separate these two forces,
we could control and ultimately eliminate all evil from mankind.
My experiments with animals have led me to believe
that the day is not far off when this separation will be possible. To achieve it,
I must be allowed to try my formula on a living human being!”
Ok so I was listening to the soundtrack to the Jekyll and Hyde musical earlier today and when it came to this part in the Board of Governors song I remembered Dr. Jekyll said that he tested his formula on animals and I couldn’t help but think, how did that go? Obviously the results of those experiments were good because Dr. Jekyll seems so convinced by his findings that he is willing to test the formula on human beings.
…but how would testing his magic sciencey potion work on animals???
The following thoughts went through my head:
"Can an animal be good or evil? Should/can they be judged on the same morale scale as humans? Do they have souls that can be corrupted through evil? Do animals have a concept of right and wrong? No? Then how would Jekyll be able to tell that his formula worked if he was testing it on a creature that has no inherent good or evil to separate!?! I mean not that human morality is as simple as good and evil either but…howww?????"
….and my thoughts spiraled quickly down the rabbit hole of all the weirdness that one line implied from there.
But to satisfy my curiosity, I still needed to know what the results of those first experiments were.
So I decided, screw it, Jekyll just has a little Hyde mouse running around his house somewhere left over from his early experiments.
Then of course I had to draw it, because the thought of a little Hyde lab mouse was too cute not to.
(I just got a drawing tablet thingy and this is only the third thing I’ve drawn on it so hopefully it will get better with practice)
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to go get “Facade” out of my head…