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Penny Dreadful, A Victorian Horror TV Series

I viewed the first five episodes of this high quality TV series on Netflix, though it may have been produced by some other network. I stopped viewing it when the obligatory homosexual encounters became astoundingly unbelievable, with Dorian Gray seducing the classic conflicted American Wild West hero, a gunslinger hired out of a Wild West show to provide muscle for a group of monster hunters.

However, until the intrusion of the sacred symbol of post modernity—inferred butt-fucking—this was quite a show. Honestly to view any TV series of quality now you can bank on having to put up with homo sex.

Set in London of 1891, where the work of Jack the Ripper was really that of vampires, where victor Frankenstein creates his monster while working as a hematologist for an adventurer lord who has plumbed the depths of darkest Africa and raided mummy tombs, returning with a savage African warrior as a very believable sidekick [the most believable black character I have seen in some while] who has partnered with a medium who has been seduced by Satan in search of he who is most certainly Dracula…the medium being the childhood friend of Mina Harker from Bram Stoker’s Dracula…

Penny Dreadful had such promise and such high production values, depicted so well the decadence of the late British Empire as the inhabitant’s of London’s top 1% invited the non-English world as living fetishes to remind them of what their parents had conquered, banally unaware that they planted the seeds of their own nation’s conquest.

But, alas, it seems every well written TV series must serve to remind us that men should be mating men and women should be sterilely slinking into one another’s embrace while we wait on our drugged, self-deprecating ennui for the monster we built in the basement of our souls to devour us.

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ShepMay 14, 2018 12:12 PM UTC

No deliveries in the rear!
Alex NicholsonMay 14, 2018 12:17 AM UTC

Downton Abbey was the last TV show I enjoyed. Starts when the Titanic sinks 1912, shows how English aristocrats collapsed after WW1. There is a homosexual character but as I recall no homosexual conduct but for one minor early scene.
PRMay 13, 2018 4:28 PM UTC

Perfect review. I stopped watching after two men kissed and never made it to teh butthex. Funny how we're steaming ahead towards the collapse of our own empire with the same results, and didn't learn from the collapse of the British empire 100 years earlier.
responds:May 14, 2018 11:26 AM UTC

I thought this aspect of our repeating the British mistake while weaving debouched stories about their eclipsing identity to be most striking.