The Good and Bad of Penny Dreadful.
The story line:
Vanessa Ives is an unusual woman. She has an aura about her which draws danger to her and not because she is vulnerable but because all the twisted things feel at home with her. She lives with Sir Malcolm, a seemingly old but incredibly powerful man. They both approach Ethan Chandler, a mysterious American, because of his skill with guns. They set off on a mission to find out where Sir Malcolm’s daughter is and to kill the vampires who’ve taken her. They ask for Dr. Frankenstein for help who agrees because of his obsession with death and resurrection. Meanwhile he has to come face to face with an old experiment of his that wasn’t as much a failure as he would have hoped.
- Penny Dreadful is a posh, visually eccentric and exaggerated take on classic horror. It’s fan fiction royalty complete with Victorian flair. It could pass out for Wattpad’s featured material.
- Nobody does creepy like Eva Green. And she has not done creepy better than she did Vanessa Ives. A tormented soul who is haunted at every stage of her life by the fallen brothers Lucifer and Dracula because for some reason, she is the one.
- Throughout the four seasons we go back into Miss Ives’ past and see one after the other a period of her life for e.g, her time when her family and Sir Malcolm’s family lived together or her time in the mental institution. And it’s an amazing job done, how the flashbacks and memories are used to dive into her psychology and understand her character along with other important characters.
- Reeve Carney is the dream. The best part about his take on this character is how he has been perfectly translated into the exact promiscuity that it was written with. Very few Dorians have come close to justice. The penny dreadful Dorian Gray is the real deal.
- Dr. Frankenstein is refreshing. He isn’t much like any other you have seen. There’s more OCD to him and even more poetry.
- There is the *Frankenstein*, also known as John Clare in Penny Dreadful. He is the best part of Penny Dreadful. Never have you seen a character that shows a monster’s search for affection better.
- Penny dreadful show cases a beautiful cross between Dorian Gray and John Clare, with their evident physical contrast and their duplicate search for affection and their case of immortality. They both share a distant relationship with Vanessa Ives. Both being friends who cross her path long enough to be partly aware of her unusual nature.
- Another one of Dr. Frankenstein’s creation is Lily also known as Brona Croft. This a powerful character which showcases so much anger and resentment. She is a perfect depiction of radical feminism and the cruel truth about from where it stems.
- Sir Malcolm with the all the secrets to never really growing old and telling you for once, what exactly is charm.
- The depiction of an ordinary vampire is perfect. If there’s anything that justifies the use of a vampire nowadays, it is redefining what a vampire is which Penny Dreadful has done a pretty good job with.
- The shock that Olly Alexander gives us as Fenton the Familiar is something. When he swears at Miss Ives, its music and I’m not taking that back.
- The role of Joan Clayton/ Florence Seward is beyond amazing. Her patience with you that marks itself on the other side of the decimal alongside the embodiment of an educated woman being persecuted for witchcraft is precious.
- Really not a fan of the Lucifer and Dracula depictions. Even if the intention was introducing a new angle to the story, they’ve just made an exhausting mess out of it.
- Really not a fan of how important Vanessa Ives’ relation to the dark side is and how she is the bride of the devil but then nobody explains how on earth she is a mere human and what beginning of time/ fate crap Lucifer is always on about.
- I love Brona Croft’s character and Ethan Chandler and I really feel that Ethan meeting her as Lily is long overdue. Season 4, perhaps.
- Can I just say that I don’t like the witches because they’ve been blown way out of proportion making it very difficult to understand how the magic stuff works? What’s with the blood and cannibalistic vibe? Its Penny Dreadful. It’s completely understandable that things have to be gruesome, but why do they have to be nonsense?
- I don’t like how they made Dorian’s character into a brat that cannot stand when Lily’s attention moves from him to her building a PMS army. If he had to turn on her so bad, he deserved a better reason if anything.
- Speaking of which, its looks like they just couldn’t give Brona Croft the dignity of actually having a plan. A radical feminist *has to be stupid and pissed off* stereotype really hurts.
Clearly the good outweigh the bad, let me know what you think in the comments below.
~ Momina Arif
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