This holiday season I've been searching for something good to binge on and I found it. Penny Dreadful was amazing! Usually I stay away from dark shows like The Leftovers but for some reason I couldn't look away from this one. Let me explain.
Summary: It's Dracula from a different point of view and diverges from the original story.
Some may have rolled their eyes after reading Dracula, but I can guarantee you this show is not what you're thinking. I didn't even know this show was about Dracula until I read reviews. I didn't read Dracula as a kid, but I did read The Picture of Dorian Gray and seen Frankenstein. The main focus of the story might be Dracula, but other story characters show up as well. I wonder if there will be others in season 2.
I don't want to give much away because this show shouldn't be written about. It just wouldn't do it justice. Instead, it should be seen the way I saw it--binging. I don't know how people waited a week to see the next episode.
I never got Alice in Wonderland and why she kept following the rabbit. I thought Alice was an idiot, but I understand her now. This show is the rabbit and the viewers are Alice and you're just willing to follow this show wherever it takes you even though you have no idea where its going. I seriously wouldn't even be able to tell you where I think this show is headed and even if I did, I would be totally wrong so I won't even try.
Cast: I watched this show because of Eva Green (Casino Royal, Cracks) and girl did not disappoint. This girl needs more recognition in the industry. There is also: Timothy Dalton (Chuck, License to Kill), Josh Hartnett (40 Days and 40 Nights), and Billie Piper (Doctor Who). Then there are people that I've never seen, but will definitely remember from now on: Reeve Carney, Rory Kinnear, Danny Sapani, and Harry Treadaway.
Judgement: Definitely watch this show at least up to episode 2 (there's only 8 eps so far) before you decide if you want to continue, which I have no doubt that you will. Even though you won't know completely what's going on, you will find out more as you watch. This show has a way of not giving you the full picture all at once, but in doses. The mystery also adds to the dark effect.
Diary: Wouldn't work for this type of show.