As John Logan’s “Penny Dreadful” returns for Season 3,Vanessa Ives — the all-powerful medium played lớn utter perfection by the captivating Eva Green — has become a recluse.Green plays ravenous just as enticingly as she portends possession, & it’s in these enthralling details that “Penny Dreadful” works better, perhaps, than it should.

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After all, the Showtime horror series, which could read like bibliophile fan fiction if it weren’t so damn gorgeous (and cleverly plotted), ended last season withGreen chanting in tongues to a ventriloquist doll designed to look just like her — & be her equal in power. Throw in Hartnett’s wild werewolf storming in as scorpions crawl out of the dummy’s shattered face (I guess it wasn’t so powerful after all), slicing open the throat of another medium who’s threatening Vanessa, & you were caught in a firestorm of over-the-top action.


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Yet Logan must have wisened quickly to his madcap impulses, capping them within the finale’s first trăng tròn minutes & devoting the rest of the episode to lớn grounded character expansion, as each said goodbye to lớn someone, something or both before the sophomore effort wrapped up in tender fashion.But for as well as that worked for Season 2’s final hour, Season 3’s disconnected starting point felt troublesome, as it becomes clear it could be some time before anyone — let alone everyone — gets back together.

The latter half of the Season 2 finale focused on the bộ vi xử lý core group of “good guys” going their separate ways: Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton) sailed away lớn bury Sembene (Danny Sapani). Ethan (Josh Hartnett) was extradited to America to stand trial/be hung for his many crimes on both continents. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) reserved himself lớn a life of lovelornloneliness, as the partner he created for his first monster, John Clare (Rory Kinnear), spurned both the creature and its creator in favor of Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) — turns out Lily (Billie Piper) aspired to more devious dreams than Frankenstein or his monster.

That left Green’s character, who, by the kết thúc of Season 2, had rebuked Ethan’s advances & then tried to give into them. Alas, it was too late, and his mysterious departure combined with the past losses she’s suffered drove her to lớn become sequestered.

Purposefully distancing characters from each other to such literal and figurative extremes can sometimes feel lượt thích desperation. While disconnected from the dark, period genre of “Penny Dreadful,” “The O.C.” is the example that sticks out as a series so frantic for new plot lines, it ruined itself seasons too early by breaking up the chip core four. Similar complaints have been lodged against “The X-Files” for breaking up Mulder and Scully, “Parks và Recreation” in its final season & “Arrested Development” Season 4 (the Netflix year, as it’s known).

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It’s not for lack of merit. While I could spend 1,000 words singing the praises of the cast without dropping one superfluous adjective — và I may vày just that during this long, ongoing Emmys season — those who watch know the talent within, và this season these thespians are relied upon to carry plot lines crafted singularly for each of them. Logan’s trust is justified, but “Penny Dreadful” has never merely been an actors’ showcase. Season 3’s American-set storyline breaks things up nicely with some classic western elements mixed in with the show’s established creature horrors, and the aesthetics of the production have never looked better. Always willing to lớn experiment with enticing character crossovers, Logan also cleverly incorporates a partnership between Dr. Frankenstein và Dr. Jekyl. But his true masterstroke comes in the slow roll out of a yet-to-be-announced “big bad,” which makes the endings of both new episodes truly terrifying.

Will the good guys have to lớn unite lớn stop him? Perhaps, but until they do, we’ll be just fine enjoying this lavish và beloved blend of stories.

Grade: B+

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