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“The Blessed Dark” Will Come To Us All: Goodbye Penny Dreadful

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On the last episode of Penny Dreadful, the battle of all battles has begun. As one of Dracula’s imps tells his master how two great wolves have slaughtered the creatures of the night, a mother sings to her wee babe somewhere in London, and little Jack has taken his last breath. Is there no peace for our gentle creature, John Clare? Join me now for the second part of the season finale. Read the rest of this entry

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell S01 E04: All the Mirrors of the World

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When last we left Mr. Norrell, he was shivering with fear as he witnessed the bullet meant for him tear into Childermass’ flesh.  The cunning escape artist and shooter, Lady Pole, is captured. Jonathan, who was away at war, is finally home, reunited with his wife Arabella.  Meet me after the jump for my thoughts on this week’s episode of “Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.”

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Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Prelude – The Book

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What do you get when you mix together fantasy and historical fiction with the writing styles of Charles Dickens and Jane Austen? You get author Susanna Clarke’s seven hundred and eighty-two page novel, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.  Learn more after the jump.

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Penny Dreadful S02 E04: Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places

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What is to become of our dear Miss Ives? On last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful,” Vanessa told Ethan the reason she draws the scorpion symbol in blood and about her meeting, Joan, the witch of the moors. Is Vanessa doomed to be the object of an eternal satanic quest? Maybe Lyle can find the answers in the Verbis Diablo.  Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S02 E01: Fresh Hell

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When last we walked the dark and dangerous cobbled streets of London in season one, Miss Ives had survived the dark voyager that attempted to possess her. The devil has failed, thanks to the gentlemen who risked their lives to protect Miss Ives. But, evil never rests and a new enemy threatens to seek her ruin. “Penny Dreadful” has returned for a second season and with its return, our nightmares renew. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S01 E08: Grand Guignol

 

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We wait my little pennies, but…for what? Is it a closure to what has happened in episode 7? “Penny Dreadful” will lower its curtain on season one, and all we can do is hope for some resolution to Miss Ives’s torment. Vanessa is a free spirit trapped in an age where men control. What does Sir Malcolm expect from Vanessa? What does Dorian? How do we fight a monster, when it can hide within us? We will walk down a darker corridor tonight, my little pennies. Hold tight to my hand even though it’s as cold as ice. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S01 E06: What Death Can Join Together

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In the last episode of “Penny Dreadful” we learned through Vanessa’s letters to Mina of the events that took place before Mina’s disappearance. Our trip through the hedge maze to witness Miss Vanessa’s possession by an evil entity, or was it only a mind plagued with guilt, was rather unnerving. Luckily for us, Vanessa seems to be in control for the moment. Our weekly visit to London’s past has led us down many corridors and to many a famous character, but in his search for Mina what hell will Sir Malcolm drag us, screaming? Walk quietly on those loose cobblestones and light your candle for our journey begins. Read the rest of this entry

Penny Dreadful S01 E05: Closer Than Sisters

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How can we not love this show? Filled with mystery, death, secrets and sensuality in nature and form, in both male and female; we are trapped in the details. Dorian Gray, although an old soul, is a beautiful man who wields his powers of desire over men and women alike. I guess we can’t really blame Miss Ives for falling under his spell, nor judge Ethan Chandler for surrendering on last week’s episode of “Penny Dreadful.” Tonight’s story is about Mina. It is Miss Ives burden to tell us. If we ask nicely, maybe she will let us see one of the letters she writes to her friend. Read the rest of this entry

My Take on NBC’s Dracula

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Created by journalist and comic book writer Cole Haddon in his first TV endeavor, and run by the genius behind “Carnivale” Daniel Knauf, NBC’s “Dracula” was one of the shows of the new season I was looking forward to. A steampunk version of Dracula on the small screen sounds so intriguing, let’s see how it actually holds up.

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Doctor Who S07 E14: The Name of The Doctor

doc1The Doctor has many secrets, but not the least of them is his real name. Other than The Master and other Gallifreyans, few folks are aware of it. River Song knows it, and she’s back in tonight’s season finale. Will we at last learn “The Name of The Doctor”? Find out in my review, after the jump…

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Did you hear that “squeeeee”? Yeah, that was me watching the pre-credit sequence of this episode. We see The First Doctor, yeah baby, William Hartnell, and his granddaughter stealing a faulty TARDIS on Gallifrey… before being stopped by Clara Oswald. Then it gets better.

Her voiceover claims she was made to save The Doctor, and then encounters the Colin Baker version, Tom Baker, then Sylvester McCoy, Jon Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, Peter Davison, then finally Matt Smith, then the other shoe drops.

She says she entered the world on a leaf, the leaf that caused her parents to meet, fall in love, and have her. She’s the Impossible Girl who was born to save The Doctor. Roll credits. If the rest of the episode holds up to the opening, Steven Moffat, you are The Man.

doc3The Conference Call

Through the magic of dreams, ‘where time travel has always been possible,’ several old friends return in a magical unconscious conference call. Among them are Madam Vastra, Jenny, and Commander Strax (where’s our spin-off??!), as well as Professor River Song and Clara Oswald.

A murderer has traded his life for a secret to Vastra, one of The Doctor’s secrets. Unfortunately, new monsters, called The Whisper Men, attack the conference call and capture our Victorian London trio. Once again, Moffet has created couchworthy monsters.

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Clara returns to The Doctor, relates the tale of a secret The Doctor will take to the grave, that is discovered, and of the place called Trenzalore. It upsets him greatly. Of course he’s upset. When you’re a time traveller, there is one place you must never go. Trenzalore is where The Doctor’s grave is. Whoa.

Hard to get there, as the TARDIS refuses to go, but eventually The Doctor and Clara arrive on Trenzalore. There, surprise surprise, the villain of the second half of season seven reveals himself, Dr. Simian, possessed by the Great Intelligence. He’s holding Vastra, Jenny, and Strax captive in the tomb of The Doctor.

doc5The Open Wound

Once inside the tomb, which is the TARDIS of course, albeit super-sized because all the paradoxes that make it bigger on the inside are broken, they encounter The Doctor’s corpse. It’s not a body, but an energy signature of all his trips through time, an open wound in the fabric of time itself.

The Great Intelligence, in a bid to destroy The Doctor once and for all, enters the wound, destroying all of The Doctors all at once, reversing all of his victories into defeats, and erasing The Doctor from history. If you’re following along, you know what happens next.

Yeah, enter the Impossible Girl. She counteracts the Great Intelligence at every turn, saving The Doctor as we’ve seen her do multiple times in different incarnations – and as we saw in the pre-credits scenes of this very episode.

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Just when we thought even in death, River Song gets the short end of the stick, she gets a proper goodbye and a hot goodbye kiss, along with a juicy ‘spoilers’ line. Then The Doctor jumps into his own timeline after Clara. Yeah, crazy sumbitch thinks he’s going to save her.

That’s when things get bad. While The Doctor is looking for her, she keeps seeing ghosts of old Doctors. These visions, as well as those in the beginning, including colorized versions of the first two, are very well done by the way.

The Doctor finds her, inside his own time stream, haunted by ghosts of the past and the future. That’s when they encounter John Hurt, credited as The Doctor, and whom Matt Smith names as not acting in the name of The Doctor. Could this be another evil future incarnation of The Doctor, like The Valeyard referenced earlier this episode? Or could it be the incarnation who performed unspeakable acts in the Time War?  Time will tell.

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The Doctor (perhaps several different ones) returns in November for the big 50th anniversary, and hopefully some answers… And if you can’t wait until then, you could always go see Star Trek. What’s that you say? You missed Noel (Mickey Smith) Clarke in Star Trek Into Darkness? You better get to the theater and see him, great flick!

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