The subtle trick Showtime's "Penny Dreadful is that it is far less about the blood, gore and the specter of gruesome death than the sharp pain and exhilarating pleasure of living, and the terror of feeling alone even in close company. Read our review in the May Picks section.
Agent Standfast's death is faked near Geneva and he is kidnapped by foreign agents. Drake task is try and find him. He is not being helped by the local police captain who is not happy with the presence of foreign agents in Switzerland. Drake then interrupts two foreign agents ransacking Standfast's apartment looking for some microfilm that contains his contacts. It appears that Standfast was betrayed by a double agent and Drake goes through his contacts to find out who it is. Even after finding the traitor he still has to find Standfast. Written by
Drake not only has to deal with nasty spies but a rather determined local policeman.
The show begins with a staged auto wreck. Then, a corpse in placed in the vehicle and it's set ablaze. Obviously they are setting it up to look like a British agent is dead but he's very much alive--and they are going to drill him for information.
Soon Drake arrives in Geneva where this all occurred and is greeted in a not particularly friendly manner by the local police. They obviously think he and the supposedly dead man are spies and Drake needs to watch his step. Additionally, and not particularly surprisingly, the baddies soon come crawling out of the woodwork to kill Drake--and Drake has to not only stop them but find the missing agent.
This one has a lot more action than usual. There is tons of fighting and Drake is more brutal than normal. I particularly loved when he sideswiped the guy with his car near the end. But, in typical Drake fashion, he avoids using a gun and manages to make it all look rather easy! Fun and worth your time.
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