penny dreadful s1:e1: “night work”

I like to deconstruct hour-long television dramas as a method for identifying ways to improve plot, structure and character in my own writing.  Because writing helps me clarify my thoughts and make connections, I decided to post my musings here.  I’ll be using the TV show Penny Dreadful as my case study.  If you’re not familiar with Penny Dreadful, it is a Showtime drama set in London in 1891 that features fictional characters from a variety of late 18th and 19th century literature. 

Since “Night Work” is the pilot episode of Penny Dreadful, it’s primarily involved in achieving two goals: introducing the central characters and the overarching main plot. Warning: Spoilers Ahead.  Continue reading