Category: Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful, and a Blade of Grass
Penny Dreadful, and a Blade of GrassPenny Dreadful, that glorious bastion of subtext-made-text, ended this past weekend, bringing a three-season fascination with Vanessa Ives to a close. The series finale was…a disappointment. I wrote about the problems with this arc in a piece at Salon, so we don’t need to rehash all of it here, but I do want to dig into a few specifics.…
Penny Dreadful, Season 2
Penny Dreadful, Season 2Penny Dreadful Season 2 wrapped in July! I’ve been recapping it faithfully at io9, for those who want to catch up! I will admit, after the truly amazing third episode, the rest of the season never quite recovered, for me; there were still amazing moments everywhere, but John Logan has a tendency to handwave canon in order to fit the theme of a particular scene, and after a couple of big “Wait, what?”s, some of the series’ momentum got interrupted.…
Penny Dreadful Season 2 So Far
Penny Dreadful Season 2 So FarWe’re three episodes into Penny Dreadful’s second season, and I have yet to write about it here! I’ve been recapping at io9, of course, but now – after the show’s best episode ever – seems like a good time to catch up. Super-quick linkspam and notes: The season premiere, “Fresh Hell”, was an excellent return to the world that upped the stakes in ways that first felt mystifying but are already being sorted out, which is the kind of thing that you can write from the comfort of a three-week remove!…
Penny Dreadful:”Grand Guignol”
Penny Dreadful:"Grand Guignol"Well, that was a season of television, wasn’t it? (It actually felt like two seasons of television deeply condensed, but that’s part of the thrill.) And among all the big reveals that we all knew were coming but they managed to just portent about until the eighth episode because why wouldn’t you, we got some amazing parallels that paid off all the loaded aesthetics that had come before: Finale, “Grand Guignol”: Pilot, “Night Work”: Perfectly evocative of the changes in each of them and their relationship since the beginning of this whole mess.…
Penny Dreadful: “Possession”
Penny Dreadful: "Possession"We’re in the home stretch of Penny Dreadful, and as my longest-ever io9 recap would suggest, a lot happened! It was a lot of beautiful payoff for all the setup, the kind of thing that makes you wish the season was one episode longer and the last one was just a really long poker game where Victor can’t do anything right and then whoever tries to teach him something gets their head yanked off by Caliban or something (they’re not a stable group of people, there’s no way everyone would get out alive).…
Penny Dreadful: “What Death Can Join Together”
Penny Dreadful: "What Death Can Join Together"Last night, everything started falling apart on Penny Dreadful, and it was both campily hilarious, because that’s what we’re here for, and a little amazing. (The fact that Caliban is presumably walking the streets waiting for anyone to be nice to Victor so he can snap their neck and bellow “MAKE ME A GIRLFRIEEEEND” into the sky was this episode’s greatest twist.) But as always, this series is Vanessa’s show, and she fell apart harder than anyone when her demon came back to haunt her.…