‘Penny Dreadful’ Finale Gives Fans Their Money’s Worth (Spoilers)

‘Penny Dreadful’ Finale Gives Fans Their Money’s Worth (Spoilers)
Occasionally, the right cast can trump relatively mundane material, and so it is with the opening arc of “Penny Dreadful,” the macabre Showtime series that turned Victorian-era monsters into a mashed-up smorgasbord of bawdy delights. Already renewed, the show aired its season finale Sunday, tying up a few loose ends while unfurling enough new ones to be both mildly satisfying and intriguing.

Series creator John Logan’s florid concoction hardly broke new ground. Indeed, throwing together characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray essentially mirrored the template employed on “The League of Extraordinary Gentleman,” which was turned into a very disappointing movie given the promise of the source material. (Notably, Gray and minor “Dracula” characters played a part in that as well.)

Exhibiting little growth from the early stages of the series, the action sequences remained indifferent right up through the finale (and Spoiler Alert if you haven’t watched
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