Sunday’s episode1 of Penny Dreadful was so excellent that I just felt an irrepressible need to break from the regular format of this blog and incoherently ramble about it. Penny Dreadful in general is excellent; it is definitely one of those shows where I feel like I am the exact target demographic, like this show wants me, [name redacted] of [location redacted], to be happy. But how great was this episode? Well, on Monday, alone in my room, I found myself grinning just remembering some of the scenes from it, and dear reader, I do not grin lightly.
Sunday’s episode of Penny Dreadful was largely about FASHION2. I mean, that’s totally reductive: when we say FASHION, we really mean, the Significance of Appearances3 in Victorian Society and, You Know, Gender Stuff. But we cannot emphasize the FASHION part enough, because on Sunday’s episode of Penny Dreadful: