Summary Of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Rooted in the conflict between characters connected to the deity Santa Muerte and others allied with the Devil, this saga explores an exciting mix of the supernatural and the combustible reality of 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension.
Wikipedia about Penny Dreadful: City of Angels (Tv Series)
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set nearly 50 years after the original series, during the Golden Age of Hollywood in the 1930s. It takes place in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place "deeply infused with Mexican-American folklore and social tension." The characters are connected in a conflict between the Mexican folklore deity, Santa Muerte, the caretaker of the dead and guide to the great beyond, and her spiritual sister, the demoness Magda, who believes mankind is inherently evil and sets out to prove her point. Detective Tiago Vega and his partner, veteran Detective Lewis Michener, are tasked with a gruesome murder case and soon become embroiled in LA's history, as well as its present, as racial tensions, the looming threat of war, and Nazi conspiracies threaten to derail them at every turn.
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Review:
The original Penny Dreadful, named after the lurid shock novels popular in Ripper-era London and which aired from 2014 to 2016 on Showtime, drew blood from what was already well-trodden ground for horror: the ghoulish, dark streets of Victorian London. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, the 10-part spin-off billed as its “spiritual descendant”, instead transports us to sunbaked, rangy Los Angeles, 1938. But, as it turns out, evil doesn’t lurk just within shadows, for City of Angels shares with the original a belief in humans as the most horrific monster of all. Or, as the leather-clad demoness Magda (Natalie Dormer) tells her sister, death-angel Santa Muerte (Lorena Izzo), in the first show’s first scene (their intro is as sudden and unsubtle as mine here): “All mankind needs to be the monster he truly is, is being told he can.” If you’re already dropping threads of this plot, well, join the club – the bold and disparate strands of this series (Nazis! Footloose-style dance sequence! Jewish gangsters!) are individually compelling, but the show strains under the weight of its own webbing. Which makes for some confusion (and intrigue – seriously, are they ever going solve this murder?) but a no less enjoyable experience; like an old wooden rollercoaster, the kind found on Tiago’s trip to the Santa Monica pier, the bumpiness is part of the ride’s appeal. I found myself, despite whiplash from the laundry list of characters, immediately diving into the next episode; the show’s well-constructed, trenchant escapism can be aggressive, but it is magnetic. This is in no small part due to the series’s smart handling of its smaller moments – the tentative bond between Lewis and Tiago, Maria’s formidable support for each of her sons. These bonds are organic and mellowing, a balm even as the malignant supernatural forces remain frustratingly opaque. Over halfway into its season, it’s unclear if, and how, the show can recollect the Pandora’s box of horrors it’s released. But Penny Dreadful: City of Angels so far offers an entertaining promise to figure it out. Penny Dreadful: City of Angels starts in the US on Showtime on 26 April and in the UK at a later date