Penny Dreadful’s second season has been a Victorian Gothic rollercoaster, and going into the finale we had a half-dozen cliffhangers to clean up—but nothing could have prepared us for what happened.
Penny Dreadful has spent its entire season building to a supernatural faceoff. And this week, the show goes for a pulpy haunted-house ride that’s so Victorian, we hit the Varney Singularity. Ruh-roh!
We’ve said for a while that Penny Dreadful’s plot comes well after its characters and atmosphere. But at this point, we suspect there’s a Victorian singularity — a point beyond which you’re actually too Victorian for your own good — and the show might be reaching it. Spoilers ahead...
Amid a season’s slow-burn dread, Dorian Gray threw a party. You know it’s a social tangle when the showers of blood are the least stressful part, but the dialogue in this week’s Penny Dreadful is worth it.
We knew it could happen; with 10 episodes this season, and so much great buildup, a filler episode could stall out momentum. And not even making out can fix “Above the Vaulted Sky.”
After a tightly-focused episode, Penny Dreadful re-keys its many subplots in “Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places,” making no bones about headstrong women...and kinda-useless men.
So far, Penny Dreadful’s flashbacks exist to be as Gothic as possible. But while “The Nightcomers” is definitely that, it’s also one of the best superhero origin stories on TV this year.
In Penny Dreadful, the world’s so small almost any characters work well together, and the show knows. “Verbis Diablo” turns London into a date night – by turns charming, campy, and creepy as hell.
Last night, High Gothic returned to TV, as Penny Dreadful picked up its second season almost exactly where it left off and threw an even campier enemy at Vanessa Ives and company. Here’s the five best parts, and one problem.
With only eight episodes to work with and Gothic subplots spawning every minute, we knew Penny Dreadful couldn't possibly get to it all in a single finale. But in "Grand Guignol," it sure did try.
This week, Penny Dreadful pulled out all the stops for a breathless penultimate episode that brings everyone together in the townhouse to hash out the beginning of the end: alliances are formed, secrets come to light, and the devil comes back for Vanessa Ives. (The devil, it turns out, is still not as terrible as…
Penny Dreadful has spent its season lobbing foreshadowing and then vanishing. This week it begins to deliver, as things go more wrong than ever for a group of people who did not have a lot going for them to start with. Plus, someone finally namechecks an actual penny dreadful.
Last night, Penny Dreadful made a play for being the most Victorian thing ever on TV with an epistolary flashback episode. It didn't progress the plot much, but it did Penny Dreadful-ize everything that happened, so we're still unsure of specifics but definitely creeped out by whatever it is.
Last week, Penny Dreadful cranked through some very Victorian flashbacks and positioned itself for the second act. This week, things get even more Victorian as everyone goes out to a play and has the worst night ever — except for the people who stayed home, for whom the night was slightly worse.
Penny Dreadful has spent the last two episodes sprinting through setup and unveiling great scenes left and right. This week we take a breather to listen to some backstory and shuffle pieces into place for the next act. How much backstory? Someone tells Josh Hartnett something. That's how much.