Monday, June 30, 2014

Review: Penny Dreadful's Possession

Penny Dreadful

Possession marks another consecutive improvement in Penny Dreadful. If it were up to me, without seeing the season finale, Penny Dreadful's second half is objectively better than the other. Earlier I was worried that the show would not be able to keep it's premise promise of a fine genre show, and I am happy to say I was wrong. From here on out, pessimism and its cousin cynicism is dead.

Eva Green's performance better barrel through the awards, because she continues to be Penny Dreadful's strength. Absolutely amazing. She is the entire spectrum and back again. The same goes for the rest of the cast who also deliver great performances. I'm talking Sir Malcolm (who required a much needed fleshing out), Frankenstein, Chandler (special mention to the not-so Chandler), and the wonderfully reserved Sembene. Possession would have been great based on Eva Green alone, but the rest of the cast transform this episode into something else.

The companionship on display elevates this episode into something more; a heart and soul have been created through these characters. A touching and gripping series of events draws the audience in like nothing that has come before it. There are no negatives, there are no mistakes present. Possession is fine; it's a damn fine episode in its genre and its medium.

It scares, it touches, it inspects, it thrills; it leaves no stone unturned. This may be the best hour of television I've watched this year.

Possession allows me to sweep away my feelings on the faults that came before it. The issues are very real, but the audience is being awarded for their patience. I'm not sure what the season finale will bring and that excites me.