Penny Dreadful Brings an Old Twist on Supernatural

penny-dreadful-vanessa_ivesThere’s a lot of supernatural shows on TV at the moment, but this new one stands out. It’s darker and edgier and gorier. If you are looking for a new show, as your current ones are ending for the season, Penny Dreadful is one to check out.

You may notice that none of the main characters names are Penny. This is because the show is based on an old British fictional publication in the 19th century that came out weekly that only cost one ‘old’ penny. They had many names: penny dreadful, penny horrible, penny awful and penny blood. The stories were very graphic, much like this new show is. The term, penny dreadful, soon came to encompass other types of fiction, like cheap sensational fiction that was printed on cheap paper. The stories were geared towards the working class youth.

This show is an interesting twist on the current supernatural shows, because it takes place in England in the 19th century, so everything is darker to begin with. This is back when we didn’t know as much as we do now, so investigating the supernatural is done a bit differently than in modern day shows. There isn’t as much dissecting of the creatures in modern day shows as there is in this one. I guess that is one way to understand supernatural creatures. But one thing that is the same, is they all blame something real when supernatural assurances happen. The people that haven’t seen the supernatural are saying Jack the Ripper is back, because who else, or what else, could be killing people in such a way.

Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) is on a search for his daughter that has been taken by a creature. A creature that is like a vampire, but scarier. He has teamed up with a medium, Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), to help find his daughter. Vanessa enlists the help of an American, circus performer, Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett). Ethan is not interested in being a hired gun, but by the looks of things he’ll be too intrigued to say no.

The other character you will get introduced to in the first episode is a young doctor (Harry Treadaway). Sir Malcolm asks the doctor to work for him, but he has a project of his own that he’s working on.

The new series premiers on Showtime Sunday, May 11 at 10pm. You can also check out a the premiere on the Showtime website for free.

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