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#1 Nikki

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Posted 12 May 2014 - 05:22 PM

Showtime's new series began last night. Created by John Logan and Sam Mendes. 

 

Set in London, 1891  "A frightening psychological thriller that weaves together classic horror origin stories into a new adult drama."

(Frankenstein, Dracula, Dorian Gray)

 

Filled with supernatural beings, the occult and plenty of blood and gore.

 

Hints were made at Jack-the- Ripper, considering all the history and literature of the time, the plot can go anywhere.  I'm interested to see where it leads.

 

The cast includes: Eva Green, Timothy Dalton, Josh Hartnett, Billie Piper and Reeve Carney.

 

I'd provide a link, however, that isn't working for me ATM.  I enjoyed the first episode and recommend it to anyone with Showtime.

 

Did anyone else watch it?


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 05:25 PM

I haven't, sounds good to me though. I like a nice murder show. Do let us know how it goes!


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 05:54 PM

Sir Malcolm Murray (Dalton) is an African explorer on a deeply personal quest, whose companion,Vanessa Ives, very witchy (Green) hires a gunman, Ethan Chandler (Hartnett) to help find Murray's kidnapped daughter Mina (from Dracula). There's a good vampire battle to be had. 

 

Murray and Ives are somehow bound by some deep guilt they both share... What? We don't know yet. Also, the pair is searching for the meaning of a symbol (from a tattoo) that may of Egyptian origin... some sort of Blood Curse. Who the tattoo belongs /belonged to, also remains to be seen

 

 And, Dr. Frankenstein's creature came to life last night.


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Posted 12 May 2014 - 07:11 PM

Yes I saw it, what a great start! Right into the thick of things instead of an information dump that starts so many series.

Sort of like "The League of Extordinary Gentlemen" but very dark.

So many "what the heck" moments. The audience is seeing things through Hartnett's character who definitely has no idea what's going on. We find out as he does. The director does a good job of not projecting upcoming plot developments.

So far a very clever presentation of the old classics in a unique way. And the cinematography was excellent more than once I thought it was a movie instead of a television show. Someone is investing a lot money in this I hope it survives.

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Posted 13 May 2014 - 12:20 AM

Was going to watch last night on YouTube Showtime channel for free but it was too late so am going to watch right after I get ready for bed tonight which happens to be right now. lol 


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 02:41 PM

Well... Episode 2 --- Who knew homemade porn was possible in those days... lol? 

 

What a Seance scene !!!

 

We meet Brona Croft (Billie Piper's character) and a few others.

 

 

P.S. Penny Dreadful: Suspense/horror stories printed in a series . I guess they cost a penny a piece)


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Posted 13 May 2014 - 04:48 PM

P.S. Penny Dreadful: Suspense/horror stories printed in a series . I guess they cost a penny a piece)[/quote]

Indeed they did each cost one 'old' penny.

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Posted 14 May 2014 - 11:48 PM

I watched the first episode. I like it.

 

And it's great if you have a Frankenstein fetish... lol


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Posted 15 May 2014 - 02:43 AM

Well.. fetish seems to be a common theme among witches....

 

You MUST watch Ep.2.

 

Spoiler Alert : At the end, DON'T BLINK..... just Like Dr. Who. 


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 12:09 AM

I watched the first episode. I like it.

 

And it's great if you have a Frankenstein fetish... lol

Yes! lol I do..  :razz:


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Posted 16 May 2014 - 01:59 AM


 

We meet Brona Croft (Billie Piper's character) and a few others.

 

 

Billy Piper is in it? Well I already wanted to see this, but now I am really interested! Loved Rose in Dr. Who, and Secret Diary of a Call girl as well!

 

 


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:06 AM

 


 

We meet Brona Croft (Billie Piper's character) and a few others.

 

 

Billy Piper is in it? Well I already wanted to see this, but now I am really interested! Loved Rose in Dr. Who, and Secret Diary of a Call girl as well!

 

 

 

 

Oh, me too !!! She is great in both of those roles.... I'm afraid to get too attached to her character, tho'.... although, Dorian Gray isn't...

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Picture_of_Dorian_Gray


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Posted 17 May 2014 - 06:48 AM

There's such great history behind these stories. For those interested in how Frankenstein and Vampires came to be... please visit the following links.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragment_of_a_Novel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vampyre

 

Amazing writers.Timeless work. Genre Born. 

 

Mary Shelley was only 18 when she dreamt of story of Frankenstein. One fateful rainy night in Geneva, she, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and John William Polidori (who invented the Vampire Genre) were discussing the occult and devised a competition to see who could write the best Ghost story. (1814)

 

Note: Bram Stoker's Dracula wasn't written and published for another 83 years (1897)


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 08:30 PM

Does anybody know when the next episode airs?


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:05 PM

I was disappointed that last night was not Episode #3... guess that will air next Sunday at 10... after GoT :)

 

If by chance it shows up this week On Demand, surely, someone will post it. 


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:14 PM

There's such great history behind these stories. For those interested in how Frankenstein and Vampires came to be... please visit the following links.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frankenstein

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fragment_of_a_Novel

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vampyre

 

Amazing writers.Timeless work. Genre Born. 

 

Mary Shelley was only 18 when she dreamt of story of Frankenstein. One fateful rainy night in Geneva, she, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley and John William Polidori (who invented the Vampire Genre) were discussing the occult and devised a competition to see who could write the best Ghost story. (1814)

 

Note: Bram Stoker's Dracula wasn't written and published for another 83 years (1897)

 

 

What's funny is Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is not a monster novel but actually about the inhumanity of mankind and nonacceptance of things and Science fiction in general.  Yet its become a base monster movie and concept.


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Posted 19 May 2014 - 10:29 PM

Frankenstein was my favorite novel in high school. I agree it is not about monsters but inhumanity, Adam continually reaches out to people only to be shot down and treated like a monster. All he ever wanted was someone like him to keep him company and accept him, and people decided to destroy him instead. It is a classic tale of human hatred and bigotry.


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Posted 20 May 2014 - 11:35 AM

I think Penny Dreadful will put a new spin on old characters. Dr. Victor Frankenstein's work being the focus; playing 'god' and the consequences that take place thereafter. 


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 06:58 PM

Was going to watch last night on YouTube Showtime channel for free but it was too late so am going to watch right after I get ready for bed tonight which happens to be right now. lol 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Say what?  U can see it on YouTube for free?  I was so disappointed that I couldn't see it (I don't have showtime).  Thanks!


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Posted 23 May 2014 - 09:08 PM

Say what?  U can see it on YouTube for free?  I was so disappointed that I couldn't see it (I don't have showtime).  Thanks!

 

Yeah, that was news to me :)  Wonder if I can watch Cmax that way, too?


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