Sunday, July 17, 2016

Weekend Wildcard - The End of Penny Dreadful

After three seasons, Penny Dreadful is done. It came without warning. Showtime had been promoting the episode as a season finale and then at the end of the episode there was a phrase that jolted me out of my seat: The End.

The End? As in farewell? End of Story? Say what? I wasn't emotionally prepared.

If you haven't heard of this series, the title comes from the lurid, sensational for the times penny dreadfuls published by the British in the 19th century. It took characters we're all familiar with - Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Grey, the wolfman, Van Helsing, Dracula and more! - put them all together in intricately woven story lines. Yes, the dialogue was sometimes at half mast, but the backstories, casting, and acting were fantastic.

All stories were spokes in a wheel for Vanessa Ives, wonderfully brought to life by Eva Green. Prophesies dictate her fate and that of the wolf who is her protector. There was myth and magic, and yes, there was some gratuitous sex and plenty of blood, but the story lines drew you in and you were rooting for justice and peace for them all.

But just like Game of Thrones, you shouldn't invest in any character too much. The body count was high in Penny Dreadful as well - though not as high, but just as gruesomely killed.

So I'm saying goodbye to Penny Dreadful. To Timothy Dalton, who I learned to appreciate again, and Eva Green, who created a lifelong fan in me, and to Josh Hartnett, who proved he doesn't just have that special something on screen - he can act!

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1 comment:

  1. It was Rory Kinnear's Monster who moved me the most - several times to tears. But all the characters grew across the three series and The End made sense even though I didn't want to say good bye. And yes, I will watch Eva in anything after this.