Monday, 16 June 2014

"Penny Dreadful" Season 1, Episode 6, "What death can join together", Showtime/Sky, review

Great things about Episode 6:
  • Director Coky Giedroyc directed the excellent BBC mini series "What Remains" (2013)
  • Billie Piper's realistic consumptive cough
  • Beautifully underplayed scene between The Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Maude in his "Phantom of the Opera"-inspired under the theatre digs. Kinnear's plaintive, anguished humming was a nice touch.
  • The original "Varney the Vampire" penny dreadful gets a mention from Van Helsing.
  • The line from Dorian Gray about him preferring paintings to photography.
  • The nifty attack of the white-haired harpy/vampires in the ship's hold (shapely Morlocks?)
  • Dorian Gray's vast candlelit portrait room
  • The rough sex scene between Vanessa  and Dorian (a dagger as a sex toy?)

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