On Penny Dreadful, It’s Not a Party Without a Seance

On Penny Dreadful, It's Not a Party Without a Seance

The first episode of Penny Dreadful gave us Victorian pulp, some great acting, immersive atmosphere, and things that go bump in the night. Turns out this Gothic was just getting started, as “Séance” rockets the show into an impressive second act.

I want to break down a lot of things here, especially since this episode offered two showstopping scenes (so early in the run that I am now even more excited and terrified about the next six), but perhaps it’s best to start at the beginning, where director J.A. Bayona and the cinematographer do some artful work framing the terror of this doomed woman.


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