Well Penny Dreadful finally reached its climax and I am mostly not disappointed. All the characters arrived at a point in their development that leaves questions unanswered and plot openings for the next series. However, the current plot arc was satisfied. It was certainly better produced and directed than Dracula, and held its own against Ripper Street.
It has been an excellent series overall with much to compliment including the tight scripts, superb acting, moody sets, and accurate representations of some of the darker sides of London in the late Victorian era.
Highlights for me, from the point of view of IHMN, included the Explorer’s Club, Lord Murray’s study with all of its maps and exploring equipment, the C96 broom-handled Mauser pistol (I actually squeaked when I saw the box!), Dorian Gray’s house, the dockland tavern, the Theatre and a dozen other sets.
Ethan’s reveal at the end of the last episode was superb, though many of us had predicted it. But most of all Eva Green’s mesmerising performance as Miss Vanessa Ives, at the heart of the whole series, was utterly without precedent..
Disappointments include the relative ease with which the head Vampire was despatched. I expected more of a fight honestly. The unnecessary death of Abraham Van Helsing, a man who could have proved a useful occasional character in later series. The lack of character development for Lord Murray’s tribal manservant.
All we need now is the Hellfire Club, and perhaps Lord Curr, and it will be perfect.