Penny Dreadful Recap and Review: Season 2, Episode 5

Hello everyone…its time to prepare yourself for another trip to the adult sundae bar, aka another episode of Penny Dreadful!

As always, this trip was not dull, and gave us of lots of different flavors and toppings to chose from…

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Without further ado, here is my review and recap of Penny Dreadful, season 2, episode 5!


The episode begins in Malcolm’s mansion.  Ethan describes how he and some other soldiers slaughtered a group of Apache Indians, effectively annihilating an entire tribe.  Ethan states that the tribe had no idea of its impending death, and begs Malcolm and the others to not meet the same fate in their dealings with the coven.  Everyone gets ready to go to sleep, but also sleeps with weapons by his/her side.  Vanessa thinks that she sees one of the witches in her bedroom, but believes she is losing her grip on reality.  She takes shelter in Ethan’s room.  Vanessa sleeps in Ethan’s bed, and Ethan sleeps on the couch, promising Vanessa that she is safe in his bedroom.

In the meantime, Evelyn and Hecate make use of the lock of Vanessa’s hair that was previously stolen, and start to make a voodoo doll.  However, this is not a voodoo doll of Vanessa, but is a voodoo representing Gladys Murray, Malcolm’s estranged wife.  Once the voodoo doll is constructed, Gladys sits up in her bed, and seems to be aware that something is happening to her.

The next day, Inspector Rusk finally catches up with Ethan, and attempts to question him in regards to the Mariner’s Inn Massacre.  Ethan is evasive, and Rusk becomes even more suspicious of Ethan.  Rusk has one of his officers tail Ethan, but Ethan is able to quickly lose the man.

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Victor attempts to introduce the newly resurrected Brona (“Lilly”) to Caliban, but the meeting does not go well.  The two seem to have no connection, even though Victor has convinced Lilly that Caliban was her fiancee before she was struck with amnesia.

Vanessa meets Victor and “Lilly” for lunch the next day.  Lilly works very hard to show her newly learned social skills, but Vanessa appears to be suspicious of the true nature of Victor and Lilly’s relationship, and wonders if Victor has possibly fallen in love with Lilly.

After her lunch date with Victor, Vanessa again visits the soup kitchen, where she encounters Caliban.  She and Caliban speak of poetry and of sadness.  Vanessa teaches Caliban how to dance.  Vanessa also summarizes her earlier lunch meeting, not realizing that Victor is the creator of Caliban.

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That night, Dorian takes Angelique on a date.  They encounter some homophobic men who harass Angelique, but Dorian treats her tenderly, and Angelique speaks of her miserable childhood as a transgender woman.  Angelique changes into men’s clothing at Dorian’s home, and believes that Dorian will not find her true nature attractive.  Dorian tells her otherwise, and the two consummate their relationship.

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Malcolm and Evelyn also go on a date that night, and become caught in the thunderstorm.  Malcolm is overcome with passion and kisses Evelyn.  The two then spend the night in a hotel room, and consummate their relationship.  Evelyn draws blood from Malcolm as they make love.

Lilly and Victor also consummate their relationship.  Lilly becomes frightened of the storm and climbs into bed with Victor.  She kisses Victor, who initially hesitates, but then gives in to his attraction and the two make love.

Vanessa and Ethan spend the night in the mansion.  Vanessa encounters Ethan in the stairwell. and he touches her face, but that is as far as the intimacy goes.

The episode ends with Gladys Murray writhing in pain, due to the wounds being inflicted on the voodoo doll.  Gladys sees creatures that appear to be apparitions of her dead children, and reaches for a knife.  However, Gladys uses the knife to cut her throat, and the apparitions disappear.  Gladys lies dead, alone in her bedroom.


My Thoughts

Well, more than a few people got lucky on this trip to the sundae bar, I will say that much!

Yes, this episodes was revealing…in more ways than one!

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Finally, the show is going somewhere with Ethan’s story line, in that Inspector Rusk seems to know be actively pursuing Ethan and is suspicious of him.  So it appears to me that the wolf will indeed get his due, and I am sure that will be spectacular.  Ethan’s talk of his past was also interesting, as it gave more insight into his character:  he does not seem to be fond of killing, and may possibly have some regrets.  Does the slaughter of native tribes in America have something to do with his curse?  It seems to me that it may, and just creates for more fascinating speculation.

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We have Evelyn Poole.  Evelyn is just deliciously evil, I can’t describe her in any other way.  Not only is she a witch who  can cast terrible spells that can destroy people in her way, she is also a mistress of deception.  And being a mistress of deception does not seem to require any magical powers at all…rather, Evelyn is able to use the oldest trick in the book:  her feminine wiles.  And her feminine wiles work wonderfully on Malcolm, as he is completely besotted and has no clue that he has been infiltrated by the enemy.  Evelyn Poole is possibly the greatest creation of this show, and has me hooked…she is one of the main reasons why this season has been so interesting.

Helen McCrory as Madame Kali in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 8). - Photo:  Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  PennyDreadful_108_0908

And let me talk up Caliban, my favorite monster.  Poor guy, he got friend-zoned by his intended…

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Yep, I am sure the guy above can sympathize…getting friend-zoned is never fun!  Poor, poor Caliban…

This episode shifted more focus back to Victor and Caliban, and I loved that.  My favorite Creature quoted even more poetry!  The interaction with Vanessa and Caliban was priceless, and I am rooting even harder for these two…how can I not?

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives and Rory Kinnear as The Creature in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 5). - Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: PennyDreadful_205_1509

And the story line in regards to poor “Lilly”…I think that the show will be reaching a major turning point in regards to that. Victor will not be able to hide his deception for much longer (really, Vanessa…can you not see that she’s Brona with her hair dyed blonde?!  How can you not see that?!)  Vanessa even told Caliban that she had lunch with Victor, even though she didn’t specifically name Victor.  But again, this deception will not last.  Even if Vanessa does not recognize Brona with blonde hair, Ethan likely will (at least I hope he is that evolved).  And Ethan will figure out that he was deceived, and things sure will won’t be pretty once all of this comes to light.  In other words, payoff time!

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And here is the section where I talk up Vanessa.  Don’t worry, this post will not be missing that particular section!  Can I sympathize more?  Well, probably…you know, next week?  Vanessa is becoming more and more dimensional each week, and this week was no exception.  She also shows her humanity, when she thinks she sees one of the witches, and believes she is going mad and seeks comfort with Ethan.  Vanessa shows compassion towards both Caliban and Lilly (that dance scene with Caliban made me shiver…for real!) and also shows herself to possess an intuitive mind, as she almost immediately senses Victor’s attraction towards Brona.  This show is Vanessa’s show, and we are reminded of that fact yet again in this episode.

Eva Green as Vanessa Ives in Penny Dreadful (season 1, episode 7). - Photo:  Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  PennyDreadful_107_1048

And speaking of Ethan…and Vanessa…

As I said before, lots of people got lucky in this episode.  However, the most intriguing couple has not got lucky, at least so far.  That’s right, I’m on team Ethanessa (yeah, team Ethanessa.  You heard it here first, folks).  These two have undeniable chemistry.  And the way Ethan looked at Vanessa when she sought shelter in his room…gives me chills to think about it!  And we did have a face touch, so that just gives me more hope for team Ethanessa…what could be better than two lost souls (a killer werewolf and a woman possessed by forces she does not understand) who finally find each other?  Love can be such a beautiful thing…

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Well, folks that’s it for this week’s trip to the adult sundae bar, aka Penny Dreadful.  Join me next week, as we delve deeper into the adventures of everyone’s favorite literary Avengers!

Josh Hartnett as Ethan, Eva Green as Vanessa Ives, Danny Sapani as Sembene and Timothy Dalton as Sir Malcolm in Penny Dreadful (Episode 101). - Photo:  Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID:  PennyDreadful_101_0708.r



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