Showtime's Penny Dreadful S01E01 Premiere Review

Showtimes Penny Dreadful S01E01 Premiere Review

I took advantage of Showtime allowing us to watch the first episode of Penny Dreadful S01E01 premiering May 11, 2014. The Victorian Era costumes and set designs are exquisite. There is a huge focus on the dark and grittiness of the time, this time being slightly after the Jack the Ripper murders. Many times the townspeople whisper that “Old Jack” may be back. The costumes and sets feel so real like your really watching a real place. Penny Dreadful is still too early to call the entire season great but the first episode is amazing. We get a slew of characters and monsters introduced without overwhelming the viewers and while building the characters back stories. Should you watch Showtime’s Penny Dreadful, without a doubt YES! Link to watch the full episode below. Spoiler Alert: Stop reading now.

Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) who is an extremely complicated character who is hiding something very terrifying. Vanessa enlists the help of Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) who is a master sharpshooter. Vanessa and Ethan travel to an Opium Den where they meet Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) to take care of some vampire troubles.

Vanessa, Ethan and Sir Malcolm venture below the Opium Den to conduct a meeting with vampires. After killing the low-level vampires they stumble upon a vampire lord. This vampire lord looks amazing. He towers over Ethan baring razor sharp teeth, scaring Ethan frozen before knocking him across the room. After killing the monster, they take the remains to be examined.

This is where they meet a young Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) who performs the examination. He cuts and peels back the hard outer exoskeleton skin of the vampire revealing an inner skin that is completely covered in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. It is later revealed that the hieroglyphs are from the Egyptian Book of the Dead.

We are finally teased with Frankenstein’s Monster/"The Creature" (Rory Kinnear) at the end of the episode in an extremely emotional scene, a terrific episode.

In Penny Dreadful, some of literature’s most famously terrifying characters--including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and iconic figures from the novel Dracula, all brilliantly reimagined in a whole new light--have become embroiled in Victorian London. The series stars Josh Hartnett (Black Hawk Down), Eva Green (Casino Royale) Timothy Dalton (The Living Daylights and License to Kill), Reeve Carney (Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark), Rory Kinnear (Skyfall), Harry Treadaway (The Lone Ranger), Billie Piper (Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl) and Danny Sapani (The Bill).

The series is a frightening psychosexual thriller created, written and executive produced by three-time Oscar(R) nominee John Logan (Hugo, The Aviator, Gladiator) and executive produced by Logan’s Desert Wolf Productions, along with Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Skyfall) and Pippa Harris (Revolutionary Road, Call The Midwife), both of Neal Street. Of the eight episodes, the first two will be directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, who helmed The Orphanage and the acclaimed film, The Impossible starring Naomi Watts in her Oscar-nominated performance.

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Penny Dreadful (2014)

Directed by J.A. Bayona, James Hawes, Coky Giedroyc, Brian Kirk, Dearbhla Walsh, Damon Thomas, Paco Cabezas


Official Synopsis: Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, scientist Victor Frankenstein, and medium Vanessa Ives unite to combat supernatural threats in Victorian London.

Cast: David Warner, Josh Hartnett, Alun Armstrong, Ronan Vibert, Helen McCrory, Robert Nairne, Eva Green, Perdita Weeks, Olivia Llewellyn, Denis Conway,…
Genres: Horror, Drama, Fantasy