Sunday, May 3, 2015
I May Be Back In Love With PENNY DREADFUL Again
I remember a year ago when I first started hearing about a show called Penny Dreadful, I COULD NOT WAIT. Vampires, Frankenstein, and other sinister sorcery starring the effortlessly frightening Eva Green and Hollywood comeback kid Josh Hartnett. I just knew I was going to love it.
Then, something happened. I didn't love it. I mean, I watched the first few episodes and just could not get into it. I found it way too academic, with too much dialogue and not enough action; so much talking and background information that it took me right out of the story. I just couldn't follow it. So, I stopped watching. Well actually, I stopped watching after Eva Green's fabulous seance scene early in season one, then quickly jumped ship after I realized that captivating sequences like that one would be too few and far between.
Flash forward to last week when I had the pleasure of attending an screening of the premiere episode of season two, which airs tonight, and I think I may officially be back on team Penny Dreadful. Of course, having not watched most of the episodes of season one, some of the context escaped me. But thankfully the beginning of the episode provides a general recap of what went down in season one, so I was able to grasp much of it.
Without giving anything away, all I will say is prepare yourself for the last 10 minutes of the episode. Which, though I hate to endorse hyperbole, may be one of the best sequences I've seen on the small screen all year. It was hypnotic. Actually, the opening sequence of the episode is equally amazing (as is the breathtaking cinematography) and nicely sets up the season by introducing a whole new layer of the story in which the hunters are now being hunted.
Also, according to actor Reeve Carney, who graciously participated in a Q&A after the screening, his Dorian Gray character has a major episode coming up. In addition, Vanessa (Green) and Ethan (Hartnett) will grow closer. He didn't give away anything else (for which I was grateful), but I am already intrigued. Bring it.
Penny Dreadful airs Sundays at 10pm on Showtime.