The New Scooby Gang…
When Showtime’s Penny Dreadful season 1 premiere months ago, I was not sure what to expect from John Logan’s supernatural drama. But as the weeks passed, I like many other TV goers begin to immersed in Penny Dreadful’s mysterious narratives and stunning ensemble cast. Last Sunday marked the end of the show’s first season.
The tenth episode Grand Guignol opens with Vanessa and Dorian Grey at Sir Malcolm’s resident, where she blatantly said that they can’t have any more hook ups. Dorian, as charming as ever think he can still persuade her and asked Vanessa to meet him at some garden in London. Meanwhile, Sir Malcolm is busy hunting for the perfect gun for his last mission in attempt to save his daughter, Mina, from those white-vampire creephead. Dr Victor Frankenstein got a surprise visit from his creature after he got kick out from the theatre company he worked at. And here is where I have to give credits to the writers for two scenes: the heartbreaking scene between the creature and and Victor at his basement. Actor Rory Kinnear really stuck out in the finale and its for all the right reasons. The finale also explore further about Ethan Chandler wolf’ish background and I must say Josh Hartnett performed unexpectedly well.
Despite the intriguing character development the tenth episode has achieved, the best scene-awards must go to Sir Malcolm and Vanessa’s father-daughter bonding moment and Dorian rejection by Vanessa – both scenes made me sigh heavily realizing how good Penny Dreadful is for a débutant show and how amazingly perfect Eva Green as Vanessa Ives.
Just like many others who have praised Eva Green for her role as the medium/witch Victorian dame, I also feel the need to say a few words. I have seen many television shows and few of them have surpassed my expectations, but no one has done what Eva did to Vanessa Ives in recent years. The fifth and seventh episodes were dedicated to Vanessa’s back story and Eva Green didn’t waste time by being “average” in these episodes. It’s always entertaining to watch a strong female character, moreover it’s a delight to see a two-dimensional character in Victorian England.
Vanessa Ives has suffered a lot during her adolescent. True that half of it is her own fault, but she has paid her sins ever since. Her character’s both repulsive and sympathetic and it makes her likeable. I also particularly enjoy the last scene, when we see Vanessa requesting the Catholic’s priest to perform an exorcism on her. However, things quickly changed when the priest asked whether she can lead a life as normal. Whatever Vanessa decides to do (I hope she won’t have the exorcism), I am sure it will be a treat as Eva Green really doesn’t disappoint.
However, the finale seems standard (what’s their next season mission? facing the Devil himself? What’s the purpose of Dorian Grey here? Will Sir Malcolm retired or will he recruits other?), but I am really excited that Showtime has renewed this show for its second season.