Penny Dreadful

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Sunday 10:00 PM on Showtime Premiered May 11, 2014 Between Seasons

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AIRED ON 6/29/2014

Season 1 : Episode 8

Show Summary

Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful is a frightening psychological thriller that weaves together these classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama.

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  • The dark has never seemed more appealing..

    10
    A clever take on the genre, combining the devils of various literature. The actors play awesome roles, Eva Green shows her trademark versatility with ease and skill. If I didn't know any better, to experience this show is to experience an Anne Rice novel, through a visual medium. The scenes and visuals are truly enhancing the characters dialog. This is television at its best. One can only wish this show will have a long stay on air.



    Season 1 - ending



    Wow, a cool ending. Mina is gone, but this leaves open the possibility of Dracula coming to avenge her death and get his bride Vanessa. At the beginning of the series when I saw Billie Piper's character sick with lung disease, I figured she would become a vampire, but when Frankenstein's first ask for a bride, well, her character's faith was literally sealed in my mind and Episode 8 indeed confirmed it.



    I was surprised that Van Helsing would be killed in the way it happened, so, in that regard ,it would seem that while there will be Dracula coming in the near future, Victor Frankenstein will be the one with the knowledge to combat him.



    Hey Ethan is a werewolf! Who would have thought of that? I mean, when you revisit the episodes, you do seem him very concerned about the various monstrous killings happening, but never thought he was the one responsible.



    And this Madame Kali, I suspect she will become some form of nuisance in season 2.



    Now of course, what will be interesting is how will they get Timothy Dalton's character to be relevant in Season 2. As protector of Vanessa?



    Lots in the works. Will Frankenstein's bride remember some of her past? How will Ethan react when eventually he will cross path with his resurrected love? Will there be a flicker of memory in her undead brain?



    Anyways, I'm really looking forward to Season 2.



    I wonder the rational on how mere bullets can kill vampires. So, one also has to wonder if Mina is really dead, or will be back......... I thought decapitation/stake in the heart was the only way to kill them, unless the use of sunlight/fire.moreless
  • hell of a series

    8.5
    the review title says it all
  • Can't wait to watch this!!!

    8.0
    So far I have only seen clips and a few minutes of the 1st episode and love what I see. I will wait till it comes to dvd and I can get it FREE from my library.
  • Clever and shocking!!

    10
    The entire cast is Divine!!! MR Carney is absolutely breathtaking as Dorian Gray. He plays Mr. GRAY PURRFECTLY!!! Under a smooth and charming persona lies the ruthlessness others say is missing. Folks look carefully.



    Eva Green as the absolutely stunning young woman (Ms. Vanessa) fighting her own guilt and the Devil's efforts to control her. I haven't enjoyed a show like this in a very long time. Cheers to Showtime!! Ok folks watched the Season Finale last night and am dismayed by the good doctor!! Is he so callous as to take Bronas body back to his lab for his other beasties?? My God this man has no morals or conscience!! Tell me this as well does getting bitten by the vamps turn Ethan into Wolfman??? come on people!!

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  • Embrace the Dark

    10
    I'm not the one to give out unworthy praise for anything just because it is new or different. Most of the shit on television is flat out awful. That being said, Penny Dreadful is one of the most emotionally gripping pieces of theater I have ever seen. Absolutely masterful story telling and acting doesn't even begin to explain the greatness this show can and has reached. If ever you are in the mood to experience stories of the macabre, there simply is none better than Penny Dreadful.moreless
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