Well folks, life caused me to take a break, but I am now back at the sundae bar and trying to catch up on Penny Dreadful.
And hopefully, I won’t have to take too many more breaks, and can continue with this trip to the sundae bar…hey, what can I say, I have had some wicked cravings as of late!
And with that being said, here is the recap and review for Penny Dreadful, season 2, episode 4.
The episode begins with Vanessa recounting her history to the others (Malcolm, Dr. Frankenstein, etc) after she has just recounted it to Ethan. Malcolm and his friends still argue about the true nature of Verbis Diablo, but are unable to come to a consensus on its true meaning. Victor Frankenstein asks for Vanessa’s help, and tells Vanessa that his “cousin” (who is really the newly resurrected Brona) is in town and he needs to buy a suitable dress for her. Vanessa is amused and readily agrees to help Victor.
Ethan then has a not-so-chance encounter with Hecate, after Hecate leads him to believe that she has been injured after a close encounter with a horse carriage. Ethan tries to be a gentleman and comfort Hecate, but calls her bluff when her accent and other details do not match up with her story. However, Ethan does not realize that Hecate is a member of the coven that has been harassing Vanessa, and believes her to be an agent of Pinkerton Security sent by his father in an attempt to track Ethan down.
Vanessa and Victor meet for Victor’s shopping trip. Victor is uncomfortable, but manages to find a dress and other appropriate clothing for his “cousin.” Victor also asks Vanessa to have tea with him one day, so that he can meet his cousin “Lilly.”
Inspector Rusk questions people, as he has learned of the baby kidnapped and killed by Hecate. He again questions the sole survivor of the Mariner’s Inn Massacre for which Ethan was responsible, as he believes there may be a link between those killings and the murder of the infant.
Caliban begins his new job at the wax museum, and speaks to the daughter of the owner. It is clear that he is falling in love with the girl, and it appears the feelings may be reciprocated.
Hecate speaks to her mother, Evelyn, and the two confirm that Ethan is a werewolf and that he must be dealt with in some fashion.
Vanessa, Ethan, Malcolm, Sembene and Ferdinand Lyle re-convene. Malcolm confesses to Lyle (not realizing that Lyle is a double agent of sorts for the coven) that he is beginning to fall in love with Evelyn Poole. Lyle theorizes that Verbis Diablo is an autobiography for Lucifer himself, and Malcolm seems to think that Vanessa will play a role in the story. Vanessa becomes highly upset at this suggestion, as she feels that it implies that there is no hope for her situation. The episode ends with another appearance by the witches, who steal a lock of Vanessa’s hair and then disappear into the night.
Well, I can say that this week’s trip did have more variety than the previous episode. However, this trip through the sundae bar was much slower, almost meandering. Not that this is a bad thing, but oh boy, this season’s trip has been interesting, to say the least.
I have loved the focus on Vanessa (really, this show is all about Ms. Ives) but we are finally starting to see some focus on Ethan, which is a good thing. Hecate is sent to spy on Ethan, but Ethan immediately assumes that this encounter is about him, not about Vanessa (as he does not realize that Hecate is actually a witch who is who knows how old). Slowly, we are getting to know Ethan, and can only assume that this build up will lead to some kind of major confrontation…hopefully the wolf will be unleashed soon!
Inspector Rusk poking his nose around also gives the show a little more dimension. The fact that Rusk is still actively investigating the Mariner’s Inn Massacre, which was actually committed by Ethan in werewolf form, is what I believe to be another teaser in regards to Ethan…something is going to happen, and that incident will probably involve everyone’s favorite werewolf, the sharpshooter known as Ethan Chandler. This type of build-up just appears to me to be the foreshadowing for a major event. Since Vanessa has had her fair share of major events on the show, it looks like Ethan will also have his due as well.
But I don’t want to take anything away from Vanessa. Some of the spotlight in this episode may have been directed towards Ethan, but a fair amount of that spotlight was directed towards Vanessa (again). As the show progresses, Vanessa just becomes more sympathetic…I am rooting for her and worrying for her…why do the dark forces want her so badly? She agreed to help Victor with his little shopping trip…one more incident that shows what a good person she is! And why did the witches take a lock of her hair and vanish? Are they toying with her? Or is she genuinely going to be a problem? Will the witches have to actually work in order to get what they want from Vanessa, whatever that may be? Intriguing questions, and so far the show is leaving more questions than answers at the end of the episodes this season…so it will be interesting when (and if) we do find out.
And then we have Victor Frankenstein. Victor is another character who is likely due for some kind of confrontation, which may be with Ethan. So far, he has managed to deceive everyone about Brona and the true nature of “Lilly”, but I don’t think this deception can hold for very long. Sooner or later, someone will find out the truth, and that truth will not be kept from Ethan, given his love for poor Brona. And it could get ugly for Victor…very ugly indeed.
There is also Caliban. For me, he is the second most sympathetic character on the show (barely edged out by Vanessa…its a close one!) For someone supposedly missing his soul, he sure has a lot of…well…soul. His insights into humanity are uncanny, and this episode reiterated that point. And is our favorite un-dead “monster” going to finally find love? Does someone finally love him back for who he is, not because her corpse was stolen and the unwitting subject of a unnatural experiment? She may be blind, but finally, someone can finally see Caliban for who he is, and how much beauty is actually behind the scars. And if Caliban could find true love, that would indeed be beautiful.
So that’s it for this week’s trip to the adult sundae bar…join me next week next as we take another peek at our favorite literary Avengers, and see just what kind of shenanigans they find themselves in this time!