Penny Dreadful: And Hell Itself My Only Foe

timothy-dalton-as-sir-malcolm-in-penny-dreadful-season-2-episode-9-photo-jonathan-hession_showtimePreviously on Penny Dreadful: Lily decided she was just sick of all this shit and ready to take over the world, Malcolm was ensnared by Kali and re-introduced to his dead family, and Ethan and Vanessa had a murderous country getaway.

‘The things I’ve seen over the years have made me a bit mad, I think.’

‘It will be unholy slaughter.’

We’re back at the Cut Wife’s cottage, where Ethan gets a fairly rude awakening courtesy of Roper, the sole survivor of the Mariner’s Inn Massacre. They guy’s got a gun trained on Ethan and has taken the precaution of tossing Ethan’s weapons out the window. Roper calls Vanessa down and explains it’s not too hard tracking down a tall American travelling with a hot girl. Yeah, I guess not, and everyone really should have thought of that before they sent these two away together. Ethan asks Roper to let Vanessa go, but he just laughs. Vanessa calls him a repellent creature. He’s unbothered by that, and he takes off his half mask to show her what Ethan did. Scratched his face up pretty good. He hands Vanessa some handcuffs and tells her to put them on Ethan. Roper’s planning to take Ethan back to the US but wonders aloud what he should do with Vanessa. Rape and scalping is his plan, because he’s a repellent creature, as Vanessa said. He’s also a fierce one, because when Ethan and Vanessa make their moves, it takes both of them to bring the guy down (to be fair, Ethan is handcuffed). Ethan winds up with a knife in his shoulder, which Vanessa yanks out and uses to stab Roper again and again, until she’s sure he’s well and truly dead. Second time’s easier. And I guess that’s the end of Roper. I’m a bit disappointed in this season’s tendency to build up certain characters, like Roper and Angelique, and give them these drawn out storylines, only to just dispatch them suddenly like this.

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Penny Dreadful: Memento Mori

960Previously on Penny Dreadful: Ethan and Vanessa left London so she could look for clues on how to defeat the witches at the Cut Wife’s cottage. They bonded, but then she magically killed that asshole lord, so Ethan’s mad at her. Back in London, Lily, too, explored her murderous side by strangling a hookup.

‘So comes the apocalypse.’

‘You children. Know your master.’

‘So, you’ve discovered my secret.’

Lily’s all curled up in bed, caressing her now-dead conquest, calling him a silly boy and saying that men should always remain boys at heart. She finds it sad that boys have to grow up, but at least he never will. Except he was at least in his 40’s already, so I think you’re a bit late on that, hun. She kisses him, dresses, and grabs a card from the bottom of the house of cards on her way out.

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Penny Dreadful: Little Scorpion

Ethan and VanessaPreviously on Penny Dreadful: The witches were after Vanessa, Dorian threw a ball and became reacquainted with Brona/Lily, Cal got a job, Malcolm’s enchanted, and Ethan turned into a werewolf in front of Sembene.

‘All those things that mark you when you’re young, that make you what you are, you never escape them. They just wait, don’t they? The monsters inside us.’

‘We are dangerous.’

‘What is love but a kind of creature waiting to be unbound?’

The morning after the night before, Ethan’s back to his human form and Sembene has recovered from his shock enough to be philosophical about the young man’s transformation. Basically, we embody many different things throughout our lifetimes. Circle of life and all that. He wonders if this is a sickness or something else, like a blessing that they don’t fully realize yet. He thinks it’s the latter, because he sees Ethan as a good man. Ethan asks for a full rundown of what Sembene saw the night before.

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Penny Dreadful: Glorious Horrors

Billie Piper as Lily and Reeve Carney as Dorian Gray in Penny Dreadful (season 2, episode 6). - Photo: Jonathan Hession/SHOWTIME - Photo ID: PennyDreadful_206_3036Previously on Penny Dreadful: The witches went after Malcolm’s wife, who wound up killing herself; Dorian took his relationship with Angelique up a notch; Lily and Frankenstein got it on.

‘I come bearing an adventure.’

 ‘In this house, we celebrate the unusual.’

Some poor maid goes to deliver Lady Murray’s morning tea and finds the woman dead in a pool of blood. Much screaming ensues.

Victor wakes and finds Lily humming to herself as she makes breakfast. What a good little housewife. She sees he’s awake, smiles, comes over, kisses him, and asks how he likes his eggs. He grins and kisses her.

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Penny Dreadful: Above the Vaulted Sky

penny-dreadful-150531Previously on Penny Dreadful: The gang started making progress on decoding the relics, the sole survivor of the Mariner’s Inn massacre woke up but refused to talk, and the witches got a lock of hair off of Vanessa.

‘I believe we make ourselves what we are. The blood’s on our hands, not God’s.’

In a pre-credits sequence, Kali works on a new marionette, one that looks a lot like Malcolm’s wife. She cracks open the skull and reveals a brain. Wow, these things are really detailed. Hecate enters and holds out the hair she got from Vanessa. Kali is pleased and goes to start an incantation, but Hecate asks if she can do it. Kali smiles and allows her to go ahead. Hecate sees to that while Kali heats a hatpin and drives it into Mrs Murray’s marionette’s brain.

Mrs Murray wakes, screaming, clutching her head in agony. Is there no end to this poor woman’s torment?

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Penny Dreadful: Evil Spirits in Heavenly Places

penny-1280x720Previously on Penny Dreadful: A coven of witches were after Vanessa hardcore, and Victor brought Brona back to life, convincing her she was his cousin.

Vanessa has just finished telling Malcolm, Victor, Lyle, and Sembene the story of her time with the cut wife, at Ethan’s urging. He thought they needed to know that they’re truly fighting against magical creatures, which I thought they were already aware of. Malcolm asks what these creatures’ goal is and Vanessa says they do the devil’s bidding, for their own ends. Pretty much the classical witch, then.

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Penny Dreadful: The Cut-Wife

the-cut-wife-protects-vanessa-penny-dreadful-s2e3Previously on Penny Dreadful: A coven of witches, led by Mme Kali, set out to ensnare Vanessa, because everybody wants Vanessa.

Ethan finds the scorpion that Vanessa drew in her own blood on the floor and asks what’s up with that. She sits down on the bed and tells him the story of the Cut-Wife, the woman she visited after her initial possession, in an attempt to find out just what the hell her deal was.

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Penny Dreadful: Verbis Diablo

penny dreadful 2-2Previously on Penny Dreadful: Mme Kali is a witch who’s out to get Vanessa–and not one of those only slightly menacing witches like the one she played in Harry Potter, either. Caliban got a new job, and he and Frankenstein brought Brona back to life.

Vanessa has drawn…a lobster? A scorpion? on the floor in blood. And she clearly hasn’t gotten any sleep, though you’d think she’d be used to that by now. At daybreak, she heads down the hall to Malcolm’s room and he takes one look and thinks, ‘oh, crap, you’ve got your “bad shit went down” face on.’ He asks what happened and she tells him that the witches visited her the night before. At least, she’s pretty sure they did. But maybe she’s going crazy? She doesn’t even know. He tries to reassure her but she’s in a bit of a panic, which is understandable. She asks him to tell her she deserves peace and he says that’s not really his place, but he will promise not to abandon her. She cuddles up to him and he embraces her in a sweet, fatherly way and asks her to accompany him somewhere. Somewhere he goes to find peace.

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