Monday, 19 September 2016

Penny Dreadful — Series 3 - Episodes 4 & 5: A Blade of Grass & This World Is Our Hell.

19th September, 2016.

Hmmm … 

That’s … 

Well, that’s an ambiguous thing to have happened.

I‘ve had a call, tonight, from my local branch of Nandos: I had an interview, there, last Thursday.

They’re not going to be hiring me.

Apparently?   They’ve someone they felt was more suitable.

Not want I want to hear, maybe: but at least I can go to tomorrow’s hiring event?

With a certain amount of clarity.


At any rate?

At any rate, I’ve done a certain amount of reading tonight: about the company that’s holding The event, tomorrow.


They sound good to work for.   I can only hope I make it through the various bits and bobs they’ve set up, and bag the job.

My other bit of preparation … ?

Well … 

Two more episodes of Penny Dreadful, of course … 


Episode 4 — A Blade Of Grass — focuses on Vanessa’s most recent visit to Dr Seward (Patti LuPone).   Dr Seward has hypnotically regressed Vanessa (Eva Green) back to when Vanessa was hospitalised, prior to series one.

In these flashbacks?   We see that Vanessa’s had some unconventional counselling from a friendly orderly: an played by Rory Kinnear … who we soon guess is the man who died to provide a certain doctor with a very convenient corpse.

We ALSO find out … ?   We also find out that Vanessa’s got the attention … of Lucifer … and Lucifer’s brother, Dracula … 

Episode 5 — This World Is Our Hell — shows us that Ethan (Josh Hartnett) is in the deserts of New Mexico: heading for a confrontation with his father (Brian Cox), accompanied by Hecate Poole … And followed by Kaetenay (Wes Studi) and Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton).

Back in London … ?   Back in London, Dr Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) and Dr Jekyll have managed to perfect a hideous fusing of Jekyll’s serum: and Frankenstein’s reanimation technique.

They first patient?

Is … seemingly … successful.

The two doctors … can only wait, to see what happens!


Now … ?

Were these two episodes worth the late night?

Absolutely: especially episode 4, which not only showcases Eva Green’s acting abilities … but ALSO Rory Kinnear’s.

As Kinnear essentially has to play three different characters in the piece.


I’m impressed — still — with Penny Dreadful.

And can only hope the next few episodes live up to the promise of these first five.

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