Review: ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Episode 2

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

(L-R): Daniel Zovatto as Tiago Vega and Nathan Lane as Lewis Michener in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, "Dead People Lie Down." Photo Credit: Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels seems to be flying below the radar. While most of our attention has been given towards shows like Westworld, Showtime’s newest series might just be better while I understand that this will irritate some fans, but facts are facts. Nobody can logically tell me that the writing in season 3 of Westworld is somehow superior to Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. Creator and show writer John Logan deftly weave in the supernatural with real-world themes creating a fuller viewing experience. With that in mind, here are my five takeaways from Sunday’s episode.

5. Nathan Lane –

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(L-R): Daniel Zovatto as Tiago Vega and Nathan Lane as Lewis Michener in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, “Dead People Lie Down.” Photo Credit: Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

Nathan Lane continues to be the highlight of this series for me, along with Natalie Dormer. Lane is perfect as Detective Michener. His delivery and wisecracks break the tension of this investigation

4. The connection –

Nathan Lane
(L-R): Daniel Zovatto as Tiago Vega and Nathan Lane as Lewis Michener in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, “Dead People Lie Down.” Photo Credit: Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

These two have a connection based on hatred. Michener is Jewish and has faced the levels of discrimination that Vega has for being Hispanic. You can also see how Michener is impressed with Vega’s commitment to the facts. Neither of them seems to be falling for what is likely a staged murder scene.

3. Sacrifice –

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Daniel Zovatto as Tiago Vega in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, “Dead People Lie Down.” Photo Credit: Justin Lubin/SHOWTIME.

When this all said and done, Detective Vega will have likely sacrificed the most out of all these characters. He is already viewed as a traitor to his race, and it seems that his family could end up being collateral damage.

2. Sister Molly –

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Kerry Bishe as Sister Molly in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, “Dead People Lie Down.” Photo Credit: Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

Sister Molly bonded with Detective Vega while they washed dishes, but something tells me she wasn’t herself. She even said that they‘ve made a living going from town to town in the name of the lord. Do I think she murdered those two people? No, but I think she knows what happened.

1. Sister Molly’s mother –

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Kerry Bishe as Sister Molly in PENNY DREADFUL: CITY OF ANGELS, “Dead People Lie Down.” Photo Credit: Warrick Page/SHOWTIME.

While I think Sister Molly had nothing to do with those two murders, her mother seems to be knee-deep in this crime.

'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels' Episode 2
  • Overall
3.5

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