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Penny Dreadful - Deminmonde

episode 1.4

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 Reeve Carney, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green, Billie Piper, Josh Hartnett, Harry Treadaway, Rory Kinnear, Danny Sapani, Alun Armstrong, David Warner, Olly Alexander, Hannah Tointon, Hayley Canham, George Hanover, Gavin Fowler, Martin Phillips, Robert Nairne, Stephen Bradley, Frank Prendergast
written and created by John Logan, Frankenstein created by Mary W. Shelley, Dorian Gray created by Oscar Wilde, Van Helsing created by Bram Stoker, 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, Van Helsing

review by
Mike Haberfelner


Ethan (Josh Hartnett) takes his girlfriend, prostitute Brona (Billie Piper) to a grand guignol theatre - of course the very place where Frankenstein's (Harry Treadaway) creature (Rory Kinnear) works, which has nothing to do with the plot though -, and Brona really seems to enjoy it ... until during intermission they meet Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) and Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), and Brona recognizes Gray to be a former customer of hers. She throws a fit and runs off, until somewhere in the streets, her consumption gets the better of her and she breaks down. Ethan is slightly flabberghasted, but Gray promises him a good time, and they roam the town looking for excitement - and it soon becomes apparent that Gray has designs for Ethan (rather than Vanessa, whom he left at the theatre), and under the influence of too much absinth, Ethan isn't at all opposed.

Meanwhile back at Sir Malcolm Murray's (Timothy Dalton) place, Frankenstein draws blood from their captive Fenton (Olly Alexander) - and is left puzzled, which is why he asks hematologist Van Helsing (David Warner) for his advice, who tells him this type of blood will make a person crave for more blood - essentially create a bloodsucker. And wouldn't you know it, not much later an actual vampire (Robert Nairne) breaks into Murray's place to kill Fenton.

 

Now I really like where the story with Sir Murray, Frankenstein and Van Helsing is going - but unfortunately most of the running time was wasted on the Dorian Gray bit which really lacked much of a story arc let alone narrative tension, making the episode as a whole feel once again disjointed and without any clear concept. Basically, one can only hope for more effort on the writing side of things as the series progresses.

 

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