The first season of Penny Dreadful was excellent but also had some aspects that could have been better pulled together (less problems and more areas that would have pushed the season into the TV stratosphere). To me season 2 sorted any niggles out but I didn’t review it as it was definitively not vampire. The villains in season 2 were witches and whilst there was a blood bathing moment it was less rejuvenating and more perversion (as is mirrored in this season) and the witches' youth was maintained through diabolic pact with Lucifer.
So, out came season 3 and I must admit that I did not watch it as it aired. Rather I have waited and watched it on DVD. That did mean that I was cognisant before going in that there was some controversy around the season. Curtailed to just nine episodes, towards the end of the run the season was announced as the last and the claim was made that the series had been designed that way. If so then the flaws of season 1 came back aplenty in season 3 as we will discuss.
|Ethan Chandler and Sir Malcolm|
|Sarah Greene as Hecate|
|Samuel Barnett as Renfield|
|Dracula seduces Vanessa|
|Shazad Latif as Dr Jekyll|
|Rory Kinnear relives the monster's past|
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