Penny Dreadful: The Day Tennyson Died
May 1, 2016 8:43 PM - Season 3, Episode 1 - Subscribe

Ethan, now a prisoner under the watchful eye of Scotland Yard Inspector Rusk, is on a train speeding through the desert of the American West. Meanwhile, halfway around the world in Zanzibar, Sir Malcolm is confronted by a mysterious Native American man. Back in London, Dr. Frankenstein seeks out his old friend Dr. Jekyll. Ferdinand Lyle refers a shattered and despondent Vanessa to the alienist, Dr. Seward.

*Dracula is in town, and Dr. Seward's secretary has the misfortune of being named Renfield, so, you know how that goes.
*John Clare/Caliban/The Creature is walking home from Antarctica.
posted by oh yeah! (13 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
 
Oh, what a promising looking season. But not crazy about the American adventure, Europe seems so much sexier.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 8:50 PM on May 1, 2016


Did anyone else think, after the episode was over, that the naturalist in the museum was Dracula ? Why else would his minions maneuver Vanessa to the museum ?
posted by Pendragon at 11:28 PM on May 1, 2016 [3 favorites]


I didn't think so, but interesting theory. I'm more looking forward to Vanessa's therapy sessions, they sound much more compelling than Ethan's journey across America.

And the infamous Dr. Jekyll! Delightful and fitting, his entrance. Though trying to control Billy is a fool's journey at this point.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 4:59 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


It didn't occur to me that Dr. Sweet was Dracula, but now that you mention it, it seems likely. They did pull that trick already with Madame Kali & Sir Malcolm though, so I'm not interested in seeing Vanessa go down that same path for very long.

I hope they do better by Kaetenay than they did by Sembene; though having your first Native American character scalp someone in their first episode doesn't seem like the most culturally aware move.

Though trying to control Billy is a fool's journey at this point.

Yeah, that should be a spectacular failure.
posted by oh yeah! at 5:30 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


"Hello Stephen? Stephen it's Dr. Jekyll, can you hear me?"

"YES I CAN HEAR YOU DR. JEKYLL!"
posted by prismatic7 at 5:53 AM on May 2, 2016 [5 favorites]


though having your first Native American character scalp someone in their first episode doesn't seem like the most culturally aware move.

Well it's not like Native Americans didn't scalp people.
posted by Pendragon at 6:27 AM on May 2, 2016


I gave up on this show after a few episodes into Season 2. I think I need to give it another chance. I enjoyed Season 1 but something about Season 2 was just not jamming with me.
posted by Fizz at 7:14 AM on May 2, 2016


I enjoyed Season 1 but something about Season 2 was just not jamming with me

Possibly it was the puppets, they were a bit hard to swallow.
posted by Brandon Blatcher at 7:21 AM on May 2, 2016 [1 favorite]


Well it's not like Native Americans didn't scalp people.

Right, but wasn't it in response to white people doing it first? It just made me a little nervous about what fresh hell of cultural misappropriation awaits us in Ethan's storyline.
posted by oh yeah! at 7:31 AM on May 2, 2016


I forgot how much I loved his show, until this was on, and then I loved it again.
I laughed so much when they introduced Dr Jekyll and Renfield, because they were such obvious additions, and yet I missed them completely.

I'm all on for the amazing US adventure, although part of me wishes we'd seen Malcolm's adventures in darkest Africa (although, given folks are already concerned about how John "Star Trek Nemesis" Logan is going to deal with the trip to the Wild Wild West, it might be for the best.

Incidentally, Wikipedia suggests that "scalping independently developed in various cultures in both the Old and New Worlds" and that the Dahomey Amazons were fond of a bit of scalping, so you didn't need an American Indian to scalp someone for effect (albeit, you might need someone from the other side of Africa) but, no, Old Whitey did not bring scalping to America:

Many tribes of Native Americans practiced scalping, in some instances up until the end of the 19th century. Of the approximately 500 bodies at the Crow Creek massacre site, 90 percent of the skulls show evidence of scalping. The event took place circa 1325 CE.
posted by Mezentian at 2:15 AM on May 3, 2016 [1 favorite]


"My name...Is Dracula."

*eyeroll*

Come on, give us SOME credit.
posted by MsVader at 11:24 AM on May 7, 2016


I'm loving the therapist.
posted by vibratory manner of working at 11:29 AM on May 11, 2016


Is no one going to talk about Lyle? That man is an absolute TREASURE.
posted by the_royal_we at 7:52 AM on September 2, 2016 [2 favorites]


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