Wednesday, July 15, 2015
What Happened With Sembene and Angelique On Penny Dreadful?
I am so glad I'm not the only person who thought Angelique's (Jonny Beauchamp) conclusion on this season of Penny Dreadful was, um, abrupt. As it turns out, my fellow Cinema in Noir co-host, Rebecca Theodore-Vachon, and author Daniel José Older also thought it came out of nowhere and that she deserved much, much better. In fact, both Angelique, a fascinating transgender character on the show, and Semebene (Danny Sapani), the lone black character on the show, got a raw deal this season. Both characters' storylines, as skimpy as they were (especially Sembene), spiraled downward quickly and unexpectedly, leaving many other viewers scratching their heads to say the least.
Especially given that the otherwise engrossing drama had constructed so many complex and surprisingly progressive storylines and characters (particularly this season), you'd never think that the writers would have dismissed these pivotal characters, the only LGBT and POC characters on the show, so halfheartedly. Clearly, I am avoiding spoiling this season finale for those of you who haven't seen it yet, but for those of you who have I invite you to listen to Sunday's Cinema in Noir podcast to see what we had to say about this (starts at the 45-minute mark).
Catch a recap of the entire episode here.