When I first heard about Showtime’s original series PENNY DREADFUL, I was immediately curious. A show that combines new and beloved literary horror characters, and that is set within the realm of Victorian London…how can you NOT be interested? I knew I had to give it a look, so I bought the first season earlier this year. I was not disappointed; the show blew me away. Unique and brilliant, the concept alone was enough to snare me. But the writing and the characters kept me coming back. When season one ended after only eight episodes, I was foaming at the mouth for more. Thankfully, the fine folks at CBS and Showtime saw fit to grace me with a copy of season two. And I have to say: much like THE WALKING DEAD, PENNY DREADFUL is a show that gets better with age!
If you are not familiar with PENNY DREADFUL, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of Showtime Entertainment:
PENNY DREADFUL returns with 10 powerful episodes and finds Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler forming a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm, Dr. Frankenstein, and Sembene, unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray, the Creature, and Brona Croft are all waging battles of their own.
PENNY DREADFUL is shot well and looks amazing onscreen. The sets are painstakingly detailed, and nothing is spared when it comes to accenting the scenery. I daresay this attention to detail is part of what makes the show so engaging.
The characters are vibrant and alive. Each is fleshed out to a point beyond realism, and this helps suck the viewer in; it creates an almost insatiable need to know more about who each is and why they are there. I particularly like how the show’s creators stay fairly true to the original vision of each literary figure, while creating new mythology to surround him or her. This shows the depth of imagination the show encompasses.
Season two starts off with a bang, and it never lets go. I will not divulge anything specific, as I don’t want to give details away. But I will say things are not what they seem (they rarely are), and the stakes have been upped even further than what we previously thought!
PENNY DREADFUL season two is a major win for me, and I cannot wait to see where the show goes from here. Chocked full of interesting characters and engaging situations, this show is one every horror or thriller fan will want to check out. Season two hits store shelves today, so make a note to grab it.