Discussion on Penny Dreadful season three, episode two (spoilers)

So this will not be a usual review, instead its a dissuasion on my feelings towards the latest episode of Penny Dreadful, Predators Far and Near. Specifically it’s ending, so if you haven’t seen any of the show; it’s best to just go away and do something else. Because this will be spoiling this latest episode, as well as the last two seasons leading up to this one.  Either way it’s an excellently done episode of an amazing show, so fans of the show who are readying this, don’t worry I’m not going to rip into it and say how bad it is. In any case before i bring up some points towards this episode, let’s address the ending. Again you have been warned.

So after Vanessa Hives (the main character) won the battle against the demon that had possessed her throughout most of her life, she is now free, but miserable with her life; to the point where she’s now seeing a psychologist name Doctor Seward. During the times in between sessions, she meets a zoologist named Alexander Sweet. The two have started to form a friendship throughout the past two episodes; and most likely a romantic relationship. Meanwhile she has been followed by two unknown characters who later turn out to be vampires working for their mysterious master, Dracula a character who constantly remains hidden from the audience. And then we get to the ending, this is now the point of no return if you don’t want to know the ending. The episode ends with Seward’s assistant Renfield (now turned vampire) is begging Dracula for more blood to feed on, so Dracula cuts his arm for Renfield to drink for it. To which we find out that Sweet is actually….. Dracula, and is clearly hanging out with Vanessa in order to kill her; for what reason, we’ll find out soon.

So while this is a farther good twist with potential for great drama, my main complaint is this. This season is set to have nine episodes, and we’re currently on episode two; two! And they’ve already reveled the main villain’s identity. See in most shows that keep the identity of the villain a secret, you’d expected to find out who the master mind is until around the half way point of the series; maybe later. But here, we’re technically just out of the starting gate with this series’ new story lines, and yet they’ve already given the main twist of the story.  

An example of how to do this right would be season one of Flash. In which the main mystery is the identity of “the man in the yellow suit” who is then known as “The Reverse Flash”. In terms of the character that it’s revealed to be; the show takes it’s time establishing the both sides of the character, his back story that doesn’t revel his true origins, his relationship with the other characters, and how he fits into the main story before the mystery is revealed. In the meantime we’re given other possibilities of who this guy is, and any clues that could make the viewer suspect the real identity of the masked villain. But with Alexander Sweet, we have an understanding of his character and his relationship with Vanessa, but in the context of the story, the two have only known each other less than a week. So while it will the whole idea of him not being who she thought he was, it won’t exactly have the same impact to the viewer as the Reverse Flash arch; especially when everyone else trusted the guy before find out about their powers.

Of course the show will continue the romance between the two characters, it would’ve been so more shocking to see the two so happy together before we as the audience learn the horrible truth, about the man our main character has fallen for, and then get shocked about Vanessa being killed after seeing gain her hope again. But now while we watch the romance develop, we’re just left waiting for her and the other characters to catch on to Sweet’s plans. It’s like opening a Sherlock episode with crime taking place, with a full shot the criminal writing their name onto the wall of the scene;it’s done way too damn early is what I’m saying.

But that’s what I think about this otherwise excellent episode, what did you think? Did they rush the surprise of the Dracula reveal, or could there something bigger install for this season? Either way if you’ve seen this episode what did you think?

Thank you for your time.

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