There’s a very good chance that the only reason I’m totally digging Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful” is because Eva Green is in it. I mean, it’s entirely possible, but I like to think it’s also because of the show’s crazy takes on familiar literary monsters like Frankenstein’s monster, Dracula, and all that good stuff.
It’s sort of like Alan Moore’s “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen,” but sexier. And with Eva Green.
Thankfully Showtime shares my enjoyment of the show, because only 4 episodes into the show’s freshman run, the paid cable network’s renewed the John Logan-penned/produced horror series for a second season.
It’s also no surprise to me that the show is enjoying a big audience on the network’s Showtime on Demand, since that’s where I end up watching most of it, too. Hell, it’s becoming my favorite show on Sunday nights, especially since HBO’s “Game of Thrones” just seems to be treading water these days.
For those who haven’t been watching, the show stars Josh Harnett as an American gunfighter who ends up in Victorian era England, where he finds himself entangled with Eva Green’s psychic, Timothy Dalton’s famed explorer, and a host of other freaky freaks as they attempt to hunt down Dalton’s missing daughter. The daughter’s name happens to be Mina, and she happens to be married to some lawyer name Harker. See where I’m going with this?
Anyways. A guaranteed year 2 of “Penny Dreadful,” kids.