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Penny Dreadful - Resurrection

episode 1.3

Ireland / UK / USA 2014
produced by
James Flynn, Morgan O'Sullivan, Pippa Harris (executive), John Logan (executive), Sam Mendes (executive), Chris W. King (supervising) for Desert Wolf Productions, Neal Street Productions/Showtime, Sky, Netflix
directed by Dearbhla Walsh
starring Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Danny Sapani, Alun Armstrong, Olly Alexander, Olivia Llewellyn, Hannah Tointon, Mary Stockley, Gus Barry, Anthony Brophy, Lucas Farren, Nathan O'Toole, Gavin Fowler, Martin Phillips
written and created by John Logan, Frankenstein created by Mary W. Shelley, music by Abel Korzeniowski, special effects by Team FX, visual effects by Take 5 Productions, Mr. X

Penny Dreadful (TV-series), Frankenstein

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Frankenstein's (Harry Treadaway) original creature (Rory Kinnear) tells Frankenstein how he, "a monster", has survived after Frankenstein abandoned him, how an aging actor (Alun Armstrong) took him under his wing and got him a job at a theatre, and how he gradually learned not only the language but the ways of humankind. And how he has trailed his master, and now he wants Frankenstein to create him a (female) mate ...

In the meantime, sharpshooter Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) has found out that his girlfriend, prostitute Brona (Billie Piper) suffers from consumption, and as he needs money to pay for her medical bills, he reconnects with Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) - and wouldn't you know it, Murray has indeed an assignment, as his companion, medium Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) seems to have tracked down his daughter Mina (Olivia Llewellyn) to the London zoo, and the two, accompanied by their manservant Sembene (Danny Sapani), could use some extra-protection when going there this night - and having Chandler on board really pays off when they face a pack of wolves, but Chandler can somehow connect with them and make them leave without a single shot, as if he had a telepathic link to them. On the grounds of the zoo, our foursome finds a feral boy, Fenton (Olly Alexander), feasting on a raw rabbit, and they capture him and take him to Murray's abode, as he seems to be afflicted with the same condition as Mina. And they ask over Frankenstein to help them.


Now this is where Penny Dreadful finally picks up steam, driving its narrative threads forward, telling not one but two compelling stories with actual arcs to them. And while, sure, the whole thing is filed to the brim with clichés, they don't come across as too heavy-handed and are in a way charming, actually - after all, this is an homage to Victorian age pulp literature, so clichés are almost mandatory by definition. What's a bit incomprehensible though is that the two plots are in no way or form linked in the slightest, even if Frankenstein features in both ...


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