When I first started seeing info on Penny Dreadful I was blown away. I’m in love with a world where Dracula, Frankenstein, and Dorian Grey all co-exist. I am a fan of both the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic and movie despite all of their flaws, and while Penny Dreadful is another solid attempt, it never quite gets there either.
The potential for a really good show is there. The cast is solid including Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, and Timothy Dalton, the period costumes are amazing, and the cinematography is great. The only thing holding the show back is the writing. It takes too long for story lines to pay off while other seem to go nowhere. Even with the story mis-steps, Penny Dreadful is probably the best adult horror show available in a pretty lonely genre. While it may seem that this quick review is slightly on the negative side, it’s only because my hopes were so high. I recommend watching it… and am eagerly awaiting the second season.