What I’ve Been Watching
Penny Dreadful, season 2 -If ever there was a TV series that embodies RIP and Gothic September, it’s Penny Dreadful. Take Victor Frankenstein (and his monster), Dorian Gray, and the cast of Dracula (minus the eponymous vampire) and add in witches, werewolves, spiritualism, and sinister wax works—basically every Victorian horror trope. Mix them all together; what do you get? A show that is less of a mess than you might expect. Sure, Penny Dreadful is a little melodramatic, that’s part of the fun, but it somehow avoids being completely over the top. The only thing missing are Victorian era magicians!
Arthur & George – This is a three-part series currently airing on PBS in the US. (Check your listings or online!) It’s based on a novel by Julian Barnes (haven’t read it…yet) about Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s investigation into the accusation leveled against an Indian solicitor. It’s based on a true story, although I have a feeling the truth (and probably the book) has more to do with advocacy than Sherlockian detection. I’ve only watched the first episode, but Doyle and his secretary make a great team and there are a few honest-to-goodness creepy moments.
What I’m Looking Forward To
Sleepy Hollow, returning Oct. 1st – Sleepy Hollow *is* soap-operatic and over-the-top, but the friendship between Abbie and Ichabod is so appealing. They’re my favorite TV duo. And you’d think that Ichabod dealing with the 21st century would get old, but it really doesn’t.