Review of Premiere Episode of Penny Dreadful
The Success of American Horror Story sure has inspired many TV producers to bank on the Horror genre. The new name added to the Horror TV series list is Penny Dreadful. Produced by Sam Mendes and created by John Logan, Penny Dredful stars the ever beautiful Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Josh Hartnett as Ethan Chandler and Harry Treadaway as Victor Frankenstein. After the first trailer of Penny Dreadful was released a lots of eyeballs rolled to it in hopes of American Horror Story like success. Whether you’re attracted to Penny dreadful for the terrifying horror that it is promising or whether it is the victorian theme that impresses you or even if it is simply Eva green that forces you towards Penny Dreadful – you won’t be disappointed from the Premiere episode of Penny Dreadful titled Night Work.
The first episode of Season 1 of Penny Dreadful introduces us to Vanessa Ives (Eva Green) a mysterious woman who is quiet a good magician. Eva green keeps the mystery around Vanessa very beautifully. She rather leaves the audience guessing about her true intention. The episode proceeds and introduces Ethan (Josh Hartnett) a young daring actor who is known for his gun slinging stunts leaving the audience in awe. Ethan is in the town along with his Wild West Show. This is where Vanessa enters the scene and offers Ethan to join her and Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton) in a adventurous expedition. She later adds that the mission involves rescuing the daughter of Murray.
The scene cut moves to Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) who is on a mission to re-animate Frankenstein. Though he has very few minutes of role in the episode yet Harry is able to impress the audience or rather say makes the audience uneasy by exposing his true intentions. The scene of Victor dissecting body parts of dead bodies is quiet shaky and soon makes the viewer realize that the man they are seeing isn’t normal. The writers very expertly leaves the audience guessing about the true character of Victor frankenstein. Will he be a Hero or will he be an out of control Villain?
In the end the episode 1 of Season 1 of Penny Dreadful is satisfactory. The writers takes a good amount of time in introducing the characters to the audience. After all you wont get all the scares and thrills from the first episode of any horror show. Though comparing it with American Horror Story right now would be injustice yet there are few things that Penny dreadful lacks as compared to American Horror Story. There are only 8 episodes in season 1 of Penny Dreadful so the writers need to pace up the drift and make use of every single second of scare that they could deliver from the victorian era. Penny Dreadful sure looks promising and it would be interesting to see what the show has kept for us in store in the next episode ‘Seance’. Don’t forget to watch it On HBO next sunday @10 pm.