Penny Dreadful Season 2 Review

What is Penny Dreadful Season 2 About?

It’s tough to review Season 2 of a show without giving away any spoilers from the first season, but I’ll do my best. (You can also get my impressions of Season 1 in my last review.) 

Helen McCrory as Evelyn Poole in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 3). – Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME – Photo ID: PennyDreadful_203_2785

The second season of this deliciously dark, psychological thriller sees new foes. If you thought vampires were bad, wait until you meet the witches of this season. They are out to exploit Vanessa and her psychic powers, and they’ll go through her friends to get what they want. You get a lot more information about Vanessa’s backstory and how she’s used her dubious gifts up until this point. She and the American sharpshooter find solace in one another because they both have secrets they want to hide. And even though Doctor Frankenstein has come to regret his experiments, he’s back at it again due to some prompting from a rather insistent…er client.

What I Thought of Penny Dreadful Season 2

This season strays farther away from the literary references of the first season. But still has a touchstone in the superstitions of the Victorian era. They also continue to explore the sexuality of the period, which is something that is often overlooked. There is nothing puritanical about the world of this show, especially with Dorian Gray and his endless appetite for distraction. There are characters who shared the same air in season one that have no contact at all, which leads to intriguing intersections of the plot. I kept wondering if their paths would cross again.

Season 2 of Penny Dreadful was just as thrilling and grotesque as Season 1. Though of course, after watching the first it is harder to be surprised and shocked by the violence. What it does even better than the first season is to give you access to the processes that lead to the characters being who they are today. And they are all complex and interesting in their own ways. The costumes and other visuals continue to stun and impress. So, from even just an aesthetic standpoint, it’s worth watching the second season.



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