Penny Dreadful Los Angeles
Penny Dreadful Los Angeles

1930’s Chicano Culture in Penny Dreadful’s New Season

LA’s Chicano history brings context and culture to the new Showtime original,  Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.  Set against the backdrop of a volatile and depression-stricken 1930’s Los Angeles, show creator John Logan bravely weaves the Latin-American experience into the beloved Penny Dreadful universe.

Fans of the franchise have waited quite a while for a new season, and yesterday’s premiere seemed to delight – at least for some.  The new season is a completely different storyline; however, an eventual connection between the two seasons seems inevitable.  Creator John Logan told Newsweek in January 2020,

“As fond as I am about that series, that was a complete novel. It closed at the end, appropriately with that story, that poetic sad story we were telling.” 

With Natalie Dormer at the helm, the show features a modest roster of Latinx talent: Costa Rican Daniela Zovatto and Director/Producer Paco Cabezas, of note.  The show, a noir-tinged mystery, follows the investigation of a horrific 1938 murder through the eyes of the detectives on the case.

Last night’s episode was clearly a departure from any other Penny Dreadful offering, boasting intriguing and authentic art direction amidst a daft and lacking dialogue.  Odds are, the production design alone will not have many tuning back in.

Flick it or skip it? Skip it.

For fans of the franchise, see for yourself – stream Penny Dreadful: City of Angels on Showtime.

Check out the 2020 trailer below, and be sure to let us know what you thought about the show in the comments.

Photo courtesy of Showtime

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