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Season one of ‘Penny Dreadful’ was thrilling

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Showtime’s ‘Penny Dreadful’ takes the phrase ‘leaving your mark’ to a whole new level. ‘Penny Dreadful’ is one of the latest supernatural dramas to showcase on the small screen this year. The setting takes place in nineteenth century London, England. The dark cinematography is breathtaking, with beautiful detail to Victorian costume and architectural design. The characters are from classic British horror literary works.

‘Penny Dreadful’ joins together, Doctor Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner), vampires, werewolves and other not of this world entities. Lest we forget, Adam (Rory Kinnear), Frankenstein’s monster is a supporting character. It introduces new characters such as Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), Sembene (Danny Sapani), American Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) and the mesmerizing Vanessa Ives (Eva Green).

These horror legends and newly introduced characters unite to fight evil. Even though at times, it is questionable who and what is truly evil. Each character is exciting and fascinating with a fresh, humanized perspective of his or her persona. The characters are depicted as flawed, driven creatures who can find no rest for their weary souls. The viewer is left sympathizing for characters, who under different circumstances would be horrified by their actions.

‘Penny Dreadful’ is written and produced in the tradition of the movie version, 'The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.' Unlike movie sequels which come to the big screen every several years, ‘Penny Dreadful’ comes into our television viewing spaces every Sunday night.

Luckily for fans, the Showtime television supernatural drama is renewed for a second season, returning in 2015. Viewers have plenty of time to binge watch season one. If season two of ‘Penny Dreadful’ is anything like season one, fans are going to be dreadfully delighted.

About the Author:
C. C. J. Vann is a writer, columnist and speculative fiction enthusiast. Her blog is “C. C. J. Vann”, ( You may contact her at info[at]ccjvann[dot]com.

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