According to my internet dictionary, an ebb tide is a period of rest between the high tide and the low tide.
In other words, an ebb tide is the calm before the storm, or the eye of the hurricane. It may seem safe for the time being, but you better know what you are doing, so you can get out of the way quickly.
And after watching this week’s episode of Penny Dreadful, it seems that we are in for a big dose of “or else.” Actually, we have no choice but to walk straight into the tide, as all the other avenues are closed off to us now.
Uh, whee, I guess?
So, without further ado, here is my recap and review of this week’s episode of Penny Dreadful, titled (coincidentally) Ebb Tide.
Oh, and as always:
At the beginning of the episode, Lily is visiting the grave of her daughter, who died in infancy. Lily vows to never allow any more suffering, especially at the hands of men.
Vanessa is asleep in the natural history museum. While she is sleeping, Renfield attempts to sneak up on her, and begins to lick her neck. This angers Dr. Sweet, who lifts Renfield up by his neck, reminding him of who is in charge. Vanessa awakens, and thanks Dr. Sweet for a lovely night before she leaves.
As she is walking on the streets of London, Vanessa runs into Caliban, who tells her he needs a friend. Caliban tells Vanessa that he has suffered a horrible accident and become disfigured as a result of that accident. Caliban is afraid to reunite with his family, but Vanessa encourages him to seek out his family, as they should still recognize the man he is inside. Vanessa also points out that she knew Caliban from her time at the Banning Clinic and that he was kind to her then. Caliban does not remember, but Vanessa encourages her friend to do the right thing.
After speaking with Vanessa, Caliban tracks down Marjorie, his wife. She tearfully embraces him, and he tells her the story of his resurrection, expressing his outrage of Victor’s treatment of him, and confessing that he has committed violent acts that he is not proud of. Marjorie tells him that this does not matter and that she still loves him. Caliban and Marjorie return to their home, and Caliban also tearfully reunites with his son, Jack.
Lily makes a speech at Dorian’s mansion, while she has a party for women who have been oppressed. She encourages the women to cut off the right hands of bad men, as a show of their power. Dorian is not impressed, and appears to be feeling left out of the plans.
Back in America, Malcolm secures passage for himself, Kaetenay and Ethan to return to London. Kaeteney warns Ethan and Malcolm of the upcoming apocalypse, of which he has seen in his visions. Kaeteney also speaks to Vanessa in his visions, and tells Malcolm and Ethan that it may be too late, as Vanessa has already succumbed to the darkness.
Dorian and Lily take a walk around the city, and Dorian expresses his concerns to Lily regarding her plans, telling her that she is bored. Lily is then kidnapped by Victor and Henry, who take her, along with Dorian, back to Henry’s lab. Lily refuses Henry’s serum and is angry at Dorian for kidnapping her, but the men plan to administer the serum to her anyway, as they believe it will make her a better woman.
Vanessa is researching Dracula when Catriona shows up. Catriona tells Vanessa that all she knows about Dracula is wrong. Dracula cannot be killed in his real form, but can be killed when he is human. Catriona also tells Vanessa that Dracula would be hiding among the creatures of the night. Vanessa has a revelation, and realizes that Dr. Sweet is actually Dracula.
Vanessa then confronts Dr. Sweet with the knowledge that he is Dracula. She threatens to shoot him, but is unable to carry through with her threat. Dracula tells Vanessa that he has fallen in love with her, and that he wants to rule the Earth with Vanessa by his side. Dracula also tells Vanessa that he loves her and accepts her for who she is. Vanessa then succumbs to Dracula, allowing him to drink her blood. Outside, Kaetenay’s visions start to become true.
Takeaways from Penny Dreadful. Sit tight, I have quite a few.
Vampire sex is kinda hot. Actually, vampire sex is pretty hawt! And I’m not ashamed to admit that, either!
And Vanessa doing the walk of shame, turn of the century style (instead of a cab, she gets a horse and carriage from her gentleman er gentle vamp) was pretty entertaining too!
Catriona. I dig her, but what’s up with her? That chemistry she has with Vanessa (even though they’ve had only a few scenes together) is undeniable. Cat calling herself Cat-o’-nine-tails was just…well…just there.
But it seemed like getting Vanessa to figure out that Dr. Sweet was Dracula was so easy. Cat just mentions a few things, and one of them conveniently happens to be where the night creatures hide, aka the natural history museum, and Vanessa just has a light bulb moment, and realizes that her “sweetie” (see what I did there) is actually the King of all Big Bads, and the brother of another Big Bad.
And it only took her how long?
So, why so easy? Is Miss Cat-o-nine-tails who she says she is? In other words, Lyle’s friend who just happens to be the expert that Vanessa so desperately needed? Pretty convenient, if I do say so myself…
Or perhaps Cat is not who she says she is. After all, Dracula can influence and corrupt (more on that, aka Renfield, in a minute.) Is she working for Dracula after all? She seems to know a little too much about him, and was little eager to give Vanessa all that info, and Vanessa didn’t have to work very hard to make her deduction, and appear to walk right into the arms of the enemy. But there are two episodes left, so plenty of time to find out if Miss Nine Tails is on the Scoobies’ side or not!
Renfield. I have not talked about him too much this season, which is something that needed to be remedied. Stat.
That opening scene, where Renfield is licking Vanessa (seriously, how do you not wake up, Vanessa? I would wake up and be running through a brick wall to get away from that creep, but that’s just me, I suppose) was pure gold. Dracula/Dr. Sweet picking Renfield up by his neck (Vanessa still didn’t wake up, will we find out next week if she can really sleep through Armageddon?) was just the cherry on the sundae.
Should I have been laughing that hard? Probably not. But I don’t regret one chuckle. Not a one.
Caliban. In other words, the one who has become just a little less Creature-y, and a lot more human. In fact, I think he may have the most humanity out of any of the characters on the show. I know that he wins it for the feelsie moments, hands down.
And he may be responsible for the biggest feelsie moment that this show has seen, period, when he reunited with his family. How could you not cry? How could your heart not melt when his wife threw her arms around him?
Then there was the reunion with his son…
Normally, I avoid stepping in feelings like I would avoid stepping in dog poo, but the poo er feeling pile was just big when I watched this episode. So I got knee deep in it. The feeling pile, that is. I mean, how could I not, especially after he embraced his son, who didn’t scream his head off this time?
And, speaking of too easy…
Caliban’s story wrapped up nicely this week. Or so it seemed. Is he really going to get a happily ever after? My heart wants to believe this, but my gut is telling me not to get too complacent. I have had a feeling that someone is in for a horrible tragedy this season. And my gut is telling me that it may be Caliban.
We know his son is extremely ill, and has been for some time. I am rooting for Caliban (perhaps rooting for him more than anyone else) but I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for him. Something terrible is going to happen to Caliban, unfortunately. Ebb tide: can’t be lulled into a false sense of security, as the waters will begin crashing again.
Vanessa and Caliban shared another scene in this episode. They’ve only shared a few scenes, but I treasure each and every one of them. Somebody, can these two have more scenes together? Do I need to start an online petition for this?
Oh, and Vanessa does remember Caliban from her time at the Banning Clinic! I almost started clapping my hands when that was revealed. And my eyes got a little leaky when Vanessa encouraged him to reunite with his family, telling him that his family would still love him for the man he really is, even though he is now horribly disfigured. Gotta see someone about my eyes, can’t figure out why they keep leaking like that, when I watch this show…
Lily and Dorian. Until last night, that part of the story was floundering a bit, even though I still enjoyed it.
But then Lily crawled on a table and made a rousing speech. Seriously, I thought of Kevin’s speech on American Pie, and I was kind of half-expecting Lily to shout “We will get laid!” I wasn’t too disappointed though, as there was a table full of right hands. Anyone else curious about the owners of those hands? How do you explain that to your family, if you have one? It’s one thing to come home smelling of someone else’s perfume. It’s another thing to come home without your right hand. How do you explain that one to your family? I would love to hear the excuse for that one, since I don’t think the old “I accidentally ended up in bed with this tramp” line would go over very well, but what do I know?
And the look on Dorian’s face when Lily made her speech…priceless! I was a master of bored, disdained looks as a teenager (and still am, especially when I am forced to leave my bat cave er house) but I bow down to Dorian…I wanted to frame that shit and hang it on my wall!
Has Vanessa really surrendered herself to the dark side (she needs a t shirt that says that she surrendered to the dark side and all she got was this lousy shirt and no they didn’t even have cookies)?
The signs point to yes, I suppose. So now it is up to Ethan, Kaetenay and Malcolm to try to save Vanessa, who may not want to be saved now. Oh, and avert the apocalypse and save the poor Earth while they are at it…all in a day’s work!
In other words, time to get the band back together!
So that’s it for Ebb Tide. Join me next week for the recap and review of the two part season finale, titled Perpetual Night and Blessed Dark.
Tune in next week…same bat time, same bat channel!