Review: Penny Dreadful


If you haven’t heard about Showtime’s new horror show starting May 11th you’re probably not the only one. With very little marketing, the show seems to be thus far mostly flying under the radar, something that I seriously hopes changes soon. Mr. Awesome Sauce and I had caught a couple of commercials for the upcoming show, and instantly knew that it was going to be our kind of show – a psychological thriller brimming with mystery, magic, and mayhem, with a healthy dose of violence and grittiness thrown in for fun. So when we saw that the first episode was already available to watch OnDemand we thought we’d give it a try. With only the glow of the fish tank to light the room the stage was set with sufficient eeriness, and we settled down to watch.

Our only complaint? Those 60 minutes went by far too fast, and now we have to wait two weeks for the next new episode! Does anyone know someone who works at Showtime who can be bribed with baked goodies to send us the entire season? ;o)

With a dark and stylistic air similar to 2001’s From Hellit is refreshing in its lack of apology for being gruesome and cutthroat from the very onset. Fast paced, with an interesting cast of characters, my only hope is that the story doesn’t become too bogged down or convoluted with too many divergent stories battling for prominence. In the first episode we are already introduced to vampires and Dr. Frankenstein and his monster, as well as the mysterious Vanessa Ives (played by Eva Green), and the reluctant gunslinger Ethan Chandler (played by Josh Hartnett).

I’m curious to see how the series will progress, and what adventures await the band of heroes, each of whom seem to be haunted by their own demons.

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