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Penny Dreadful - Séance

episode 1.2

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 J.A. Bayona
starring Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Harry Treadaway, Alex Price, Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Simon Russell Beale, Danny Sapani, Lorcan Cranitch, Helen McCrory, Rory Kinnear, Amy De Bhrún, Jack Walsh, Michael O'Flaherty, Joe McAvera, Paul Ward, Rick Burn
written and created by John Logan, Frankenstein created by Mary W. Shelley, Dorian Gray created by Oscar Wilde, music by Abel Korzeniowski, special effects by Team FX, visual effects by Take 5 Productions, Mr. X

TV-series
Penny Dreadful (TV-series), Frankenstein, Dorian Gray

review by
Mike Haberfelner


At a séance, mysterious Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), supposed to be only a participant, proves to be an actual medium, something she's not very fond of. Meanwhile, at a cheap hotel, sharp shooter Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) meets Brona Croft (Billie Piper), a prostitute he soon falls in love with - and she indeed enjoys his affectation. But she also becomes the new favourite prostitute of dandy Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), especially because her condition - she suffers from consumption - makes him enjoy his immortality even more, and when she spits blood into his face during sex, that's ecstasy for him. Finally, Frankensteinb (Harry Treadaway), teaches his creature, who he affetionally calls Proteus (Alex Price), the ways of man, and Proteus is an attentive student and quick learner. Frankenstein couldn't be happier when his original (abandoned) creature (Rory Kinnear) shows up in his lab and tears Proteus apart ...

 

I can't help it, but this episode is an example where the whole is less than the sum of its parts. Basically it just tells four stories that are not really interwoven (despite the fact that some share characters), and other than the Frankenstein plot don't even have story arcs. Basically this one seems so intent to whet the audience's appetite to things to come that it forgets to spin a yarn of its own. But sure enough, all the narrative threads are interesting enough to keep one watching - and hoping for more action in the next episode ...

 

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