Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Penny Dreadful — Series 3 - Episodes 8 & 9: Perpetual Night & The Blessed Dark.

Have I mentioned I’m unemployed, at the moment?

And job hunting?

I’m …

Yeah, you can fill in the details, there, can’t you?

As you might also know?   I had an interview, today.

For a call centre that sold solar panel installations.

I have to admit, I don’t know that I was impressed with the interview.

Or the interviewer.

Most of the job interviews I’ve had … ?   The people holding the interviews seemed to summon up a little more enthusiasm …

This chap … ?   Didn’t hold my attention …

The whole experience?   Was definitely odd … let’s put it that way …


At any rate … ?

At any rate, I felt a definite remedy to that?

Was more online job-hunting: as I think I’ve exhausted the possibilities of handing out my CV in Brentwood/Shenfield/Romford for now.

I also felt something else.

That I should be doing something constructive with my evening would be a good idea.

Yes, OK, OK …

I had nothing more constructive in mind than watching TV …


At the least, I can say I was catching up with the last too ever episodes … of Penny Dreadful … !

Episode 8 — Perpetual Night — sees the Creature — Rory Kinnear — returning to his family, after making contact with them, again.   Only to see his son die, in the night.   And his wife?   Make the one demand on him that he did NOT want.

Whilst Dr Seward (Patti LuPone)?   Joins forces with Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) and Catriona (Perdita Weeks) in wanting to find out what’s happened to Vanessa (Eva Green).

And a lab in Bethlem Hospital … sees Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) finally confronting Lily (Billie Piper.)

Episode 9 — The Blessed Dark — brings series three, and Penny Dreadful, itself, to a close.

By tying all the threads together, and showing us the ultimate confrontation between Vanessa and Ethan (Josh Hartnett.)

And Vanessa’s death: sacrificing herself to make sure the world lives.


Now …

Good … ?


I have to admit, the fact that Penny Dreadful has ended after three seasons — to me — is a shame.

I personally feel there’s much in the shows background world that I’d’ve wanted to know more about: stories left unfinished that I would have wanted to see told.

Lily’s, for example.   I think there’s more that we could have been told about the angriest corpse in this steampunked horror universe.   And Billie Piper’s portrayal of Lily was something that impressed me: knowing her mostly through her pop career, and work on Dr Who

Lily’s story was heavily entwined with Dorian’s.   And while those of us who’ve read the book know who it ends … ?   I, for one, would’ve been interested in seeing how Reeve Carney’s take on the character would have got to that destination.

It was just starting to get interesting.

Malcolm?   Ethan?   Victor?   Dalton, Hartnett and Treadaway turned in some seriously respectable performances.   Performances challenged by newer characters: and ones I would have like to see more of.

The Creature?   Rory Kinnear’s performance as the undead John Clare was nothing short of superb: and, in this last series … ?

Was only bettered by one other character: played by the only person I’ve not mentioned.

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives?   Was nothing short of riveting.

One could argue that her character HAD to die.   The doom laden feel of the series demanded nothing less, I think.

On the other hand?

Penny Dreadful has gone out on a high note.

It may have gone too soon.

But, in so doing?

Penny Dreadful gone out on a high note …

Penny Dreadful.

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