Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Review: ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Episode 1

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels kicked off on Sunday night and reminded everyone just how undervalued Natalie Dormer is as an actress. She owns every scene she’s in and shows a versatility onscreen, which enhances this new Penny Dreadful storyline.  Is this new season directly tied to previous seasons, not really, but it’s related. The story takes place in the late 1930s under the backdrop of racial tensions in Los Angeles. Detective Tiago Vega (Daniel Zovatto) is the first Hispanic detective hired in Los Angeles, and along with his partner Detective Michener (Nathan Lane), they are drawn into a grizzly murder which threatens to rip apart and already a frayed community. Here are five takeaways from last night’s episode.

5. Nathan Lane!

Nathan Lane

Nathan Lane is fantastic playing a stereotypical 30’s detective who finds himself wrapped up in this mystery.

4. A great balance –

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

The first episode had an excellent balance between the supernatural and reality. Had the first episode spent too much time unpacking The Day of the Dead, it would have taken away from the other themes discussed in episode 1.

3.  Natalie Dormer!

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

We need more sequences where Natalie Dormer is dressed in an evil manner walking in slow motion. She looks like such a badass.

2. America first and progress –

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

I especially loved how they weaved in the America First and expansion storylines in the first episode. Those should continue to show up throughout this season.

1. Culture and family –


At the end of the episode, Detective Vega has to choose between what is right and defending members of his community who are looking to incite violence. Something tells me that won’t be the last time, and it might end up with someone truly close losing their life.

What did you think of the first episode of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels. 

'Penny Dreadful: City of Angels' Episode 1
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