The Living and the Dead: Creepy Child

Nathan and Charlotte ApplebyPreviously on The Living and the Dead: Creepy things started happening as soon as Nathan Appleby came home, and it seems like it’s driving him pretty crazy.

At last, we get the story of Lara, or Red Coat Lady, as I’ve been calling her. The poor woman’s a new mum, currently living with her baby daughter in a mental health facility. She voluntarily checked herself in because she’s being haunted by Gabriel, who wanders into her room at night to stare at her all dead-eyed and demand that she help him. Naturally, she thinks she’s experiencing some sort of psychosis. She’s nervous for good reason, too: turns out this horrible dead child has been haunting all the women of her family for several generations now, and it’s implied that the experience drove Lara’s mother to suicide when Lara was only three months old.

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The Living and the Dead: All Hallows

the_living_and_the_dead_5Previously on The Living and the Dead: Charlotte got pregnant, which would be great if she weren’t seemingly living at the mouth of hell. An unusual number of people in a tiny village were haunted, some to death, including Nathan, who keeps seeing a very 21st century woman in a red coat running around his house. It may be slowly driving him crazy.

So, if the last episode was the one where Nathan started going a bit off the rails, this is the one where he drives the train right over the edge of the bridge. Deliberately. He’s going full-on nuts, is what I’m saying.

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The Living and the Dead: Into the Woods

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Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan’s spooky village is a haunted nightmare town, and the living people aren’t that much better. One of them, Jack, was convinced that another guy he loves to bully cursed the harvest and tried to drown him as a witch. The other guy was saved, and Jack was banished.

It’s the Nathan Starts Losing It episode! Hooray! I’m surprised it took him this long—you can’t expect even the most rational and centred person not to start cracking up when they’ve been hearing voices, seeing things, and dealing with all the bizarre nonsense going on around Shepzoy.

And on that note: Nathan’s turned to the power of Ouija in an attempt to contact Clarity (whose name is starting to seem kind of like a cruel joke, no?). He gets no answers with that, but after he leaves the room, the word ‘daddy’ appears on a mirror.

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The Living and the Dead: The Lady in the Water

The Living and the Dead Episode 3Previously on The Living and the Dead: Nathan and his wife, Charlotte, decided to make a go of farming, which would be challenging enough, but it turns out the tiny village is super haunted. Or something. Maybe there’s something in the water, because now even Nathan’s starting to see and hear things. Ghost children tempted a village boy, Charlie, to an old mine, where he died.

It’s harvest-time, and since this period is so vital to the survival of Shepzoy, feelings are running a little high. Nathan’s a little distracted by guilt over Charlie, whose mother has decided to pack up her horrifyingly creepy daughters and leave. She thinks the place is cursed. I can’t blame her for that. I’m starting to think so too.

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The Living and the Dead: The Haunting of Harriet Denning

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It’s 1894. Nathan Appleby has returned home to rural Somerset, accompanied by his very cool, modern-woman wife, Charlotte. Nathan, too, is a modern man, a psychologist who’s just returned from a trip to Vienna, where he gave a talk about psychological trauma. He’s back in Somerset to see his mother, who’s dying. It’s the summer solstice, and while Nathan and the locals see to the usual traditions (lighting and dancing around a bonfire), someone goes to Nathan’s mother’s room. We don’t see who it is, but she tells them to leave her son alone, and then dies.

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Penny Dreadful: Perpetual Night

Penny-Dreadful-Perpetual-Night-3x08-promotional-picture-penny-dreadful-39713396-500-333Previously on Penny Dreadful: Dorian got bored and handed Lily off to Victor to be cured, and Vanessa hooked up with Sweet and brought about the End of Days.

London’s now overrun by a thick fog and rats and frogs and things, which are coming out of the sewers in actual waves. I never really thought of frogs as night creatures—the ones we had in our pond when I was growing up were fairly active during the day.

Seward finds Renfield (looking pretty cadaverous now) listening to Vanessa’s sessions and demands he get lost. He informs her he’s been freelancing for Dracula, rips the guts right out of a frog and eats them, and attacks her. Seward manages to incapacitate him and somehow, despite all the chaos, gets him committed to Bedlam.

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Penny Dreadful: Ebb Tide

penny_dreadful_3-7Previously on Penny Dreadful: Vanessa got back together with Sweet and slept with him, which I think we can all agree isn’t going to end well. Malcolm killed Ethan’s father; Cal revealed himself to his son, which also didn’t go well; and Victor’s attempted kidnap of Lily went predictably wrong and almost got him killed by Justine, who’s getting a little crazy.

Cold open: Lily watches from a little distance as a woman buries her child. After the burial, she approaches the woman and expresses her condolences, adding that the day a good woman will have to watch her child starve and freeze will be over soon. The woman looks a little creeped out.

Lily goes on to lay some flowers on a nearby grave—that of another little girl named Sarah, who died within a year of her birth and was apparently Brona’s daughter, in her pre-Lily days.

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Penny Dreadful: No Beast So Fierce

penny_dreadful_3-6Previously on Penny Dreadful: Vanessa realised she was being stalked by Dracula and needed to outwit him, not realising that she was actually dating him; Ethan got to take a horrifying walk through family history; and Dorian and Lily began gathering an army of angry prostitutes.

We pick up just where we left off, with Talbot cocking his gun at Ethan. Ethan still refuses to repent for what he did. Before his dad can shoot, however, one of the men comes in and tells him someone’s there to see Talbot. Timing!

Talbot, Hecate, Malcolm and Ethan all gather in the foyer, where Rusk and the Marshal are waiting to place them all under arrest. Continue reading “Penny Dreadful: No Beast So Fierce”

Penny Dreadful: Good and Evil Braided Be

penny_dreadful_3-3Previously on Penny Dreadful: Lily and Dorian adopted a young woman so they could start building an army to get revenge on horrible men. Victor began working with Jekyll to find a cure for Lily, Ethan was freed by his inner werewolf and Hecate, and Vanessa started seeing a psychiatrist and dating Dracula (though she doesn’t know about that last bit).

Ethan dreams of seeing Kaetenay again, and this time the man’s face is covered in blood. Ethan wakes in a barn with Hecate sitting nearby, watching him. She offers him water, face glowing like a true fangirl, and he takes it, hesitantly. He realises he has to get away, because the authorities will be after him soon for the latest massacre. Hecate insists on going with him, and when he tries to shake her, she points out that she not only followed him across an ocean and a continent, she also kind of just saved his ass, so he doesn’t get to order her to get lost.

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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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