Penny Dreadful: City of Angels Preview: New Allies, Strange Bedfellows

In less than three episodes, the combination of Magda's (Natalie Dormer) influence and "The Evil That Men Do" has lit fuses all around Los Angeles. As we head into this week's episode of Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, those fuses inch ever so closer to the kind of detonation the world may not survive. As our harbinger of doom plays Councilman Townsend (Michael Gladis) and Dr. Craft (Rory Kinnear), Lewis (Nathan Lane) goes from mourning lost friends to intensifying his investigation and taking it into some very dangerous places. Tiago's family continues to break apart, as his budding romance with Molly (Kerry Bishé ) appears to be over before it's even begun: another victim of the growing darkness. Not exactly the happiest position for the series to be in heading into Sunday night's "Josephina and the Holy Spirit", where all of our storyline threads begin to come together to form a clearer and deadlier pattern:

Elsa/Magda likes what she's hearing on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
Elsa/Magda likes what she's hearing on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
Santa Muerte cradles the dead on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
Santa Muerte cradles the dead on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
The Vega family is at odds on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
The Vega family is at odds on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels season 1, episode 4 "Josephina and the Holy Spirit": Tiago scours Sister Molly's beach house for clues, leading to disquieting revelations. Councilwoman Beck proposes an alternate route for the Arroyo-Seco motorway, infuriating Townsend. Peter Craft invites Elsa to a party at his home, inflaming the suspicions of his wife Linda. Lewis asks the gangster Benny Berman to help battle the growing Nazi menace in LA. And after Josefina Vega has a harrowing encounter with the police, Mateo seeks retribution with his new Pachuco friends as Josefina pursues spiritual enlightenment with Sister Molly.

Elsa/Magda's influence isn't working on everyone on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.
Elsa/Magda's influence isn't working on everyone on Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, courtesy of Showtime.

Showtime's Penny Dreadful: City of Angels stars Daniel Zovatto, Nathan Lane, Natalie Dormer, Lorenza Izzo, Jessica GarzaJohnathan Nieves, Adriana Barraza, Michael Gladis, Rory Kinnear, Kerry Bishé, Brent Spiner, Amy Madigan, John Logan, Adam Rodriguez, Thomas Kretschmann, Dominic Sherwood, Ethan Peck, Sebastian Chacon, and Lin Shaye. Original series creator John Logan and Michael Aguilar (Kidding) serve as executive producers, along with the Neal Street Productions' Sam Mendes and Pippa Harris, the original series' executive producers. James Bagley will serve as co-executive producer, with Logan's Desert Wolf Productions producing. Paco Cabezas (American Gods, Deadly Class) is on board to direct the series premiere and possibly additional episodes.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought on board as staff in 2017.

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