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Penny Dreadful Season 3 Episode 2 Review: Predators Far and Near

Well, we discovered Dracula's identity far sooner than I expected we would this season. He's none other than Vanessa's adorably scatter-brained Dr. Sweet! Penny Dreadful Season 3 Episode 2 was a strong episode that complicated Ethan's relationship with the enigmatic Kaetenay and amped up the danger quotient in Vanessa's always-chaotic life.   Read More...   //

Penny Dreadful Recap: Dracula Reveals Himself... to Us, Anyway!

In this weeks thrilling Penny Dreadful, Dorian and Lily drew blood the fun way, Ethan reminded us who let the dog out, and, as Dracula learned more about the object of his obsession, Vanessa got to know Alexander better. How much better? And was it better enough? Read on! NOW YOU ARE MINE | As [] //

Penny Dreadful Recap: Blood Lust

Resist the temptations afforded by sloth, Vanessa!   Read More... //

'Penny Dreadful' S3E1: The Day Tennyson Died

★ ★ ★ ★ Penny Dreadful kicks off its third season with a fractured alliance, having shipped its characters off across the globe: Ethan to New Mexico, Malcolm to Zanzibar, and John Clare, true to Shelley's novel, to the Arctic. The rest are trapped in England, hiding themselves away from the world. As the aftermath of their battle with Evelyn sets in, a new threat has begun to emerge from the fog and make music of the night: Dracula. Ironically, it's the characters in England that are more isolated than those out in the wilderness. Vanessa has locked herself in her home in a state of melancholia and Victor has succumbed to his addiction, both having realized what they have wrought. Vanessa's animalistic battle with depression made for one of the show's most interesting openings and is a reminder of Vanessa's treading of the demimonde, which has left the house in shambles, a shadow of what it once was and a distant memory of how confident and hopeful these characters were in the series premiere. Eva Green, always Penny Dreadful 's most interesting cast member (though it is a toss-up between her and Billie Piper), has been given the opportunity to play Vanessa's shy side, a part of her that's been hidden away for years. Vanessa is a character given so many intriguing dimensions to play around with. We've seen her be confident and purposely odd, standing out from the Victorians around her. And now, alone and without any friends to lean on for support, she has returned to the shell we saw her in when she was with Nina. Vanessa's new psychologist (as modern as that term is) looks exactly like the Cut-Wife, and while the Cut-Wife helped Vanessa understand the supernatural side of the world, it's time that Vanessa learns how to navigate the world of man and not the one belonging to the monsters lurking in the dark. It's a corny trope to have a case of mistaken identity (and a family resemblance explanation to boot) and seems irrational now, but the trope traces back to the era Penny Dreadful is set in and would have been logical then. (Of course, it keeps Patti LuPone around, but that's another story.) Ever since shooting Dorian and Lily, Victor's locked himself away, dosing himself up while waiting on his (randomly introduced) friend Dr. Jekyll (some backstory to these two being friends would have been nice beforehand), who coincidentally is also working in fringe sciences and is more than willing to help Victor defeat Lily. In this case, they're planning to "domesticate" her. Dr. Jekyll will be interesting to see develop over the course of the show. Jekyll's dark side got acknowledged, leaving the only mystery to be when Mr. Hyde will make his first appearance. Malcolm and Ethan faced off their very own threats in Zanzibar and New Mexico, respectfully, and though the conflicts themselves were inevitable in order to move the story forward, it was a tad repetitive to have both sequences coincide so closely with one another. Hecate's appearance on the train car is a bit of a surprise, something that'll yield some interesting moments a few stops ahead. Last but not least, John Clare's side of the episode, as removed from the principal storyline as it usually is, was wrapped up rather quickly and appears to have been one of the only developments in this new season to not yield a development from the situation. His exploration of both the world and of the worst parts of mankind continues to be a common theme in his story. And while the shipwreck plot was brutal, John's story needs to find direction. p { text-align: justify; }

Penny Dreadful Season Premiere Recap: Family Ties

Victor Frankenstein, meet Dr. Jekyll.   Read More.... //

Penny Dreadful Premiere Recap: Dracula Stakes a Claim to Vanessa

Early on in Penny Dreadfuls third season premiere, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, the Creature and Vanessa appeared to be locked in a competition to see which of them could be the biggest Debbie Downer. Not that you could blame them, really. Having just laid Sembene to rest, Sir Malcolm was in Zanzibar and eager to be [] //

Penny Dreadful: Let's Discuss the Season 3 Premiere!

Showtime's #1 best monster mash is BACK. Let's talk about it. ....  Read More... //

'Penny Dreadful' premiere recap: 'The Day Tennyson Died'

Season 3 is out for blood...   Read More... //

Penny Dreadful Season 3 Episode 1 Review: The Day Tennyson Died

Wow! That was a fantastic return, chock full of intriguing new characters and intense moments. Penny Dreadful Season 3 Episode 1 was basically everything I hoped a season opener to this crazy, intense show would be. And I kind of can't believe it was only an hour long. A lot happened, and we saw nearly every major character (save Lily/Dorian, who were only mentioned).   Read More...   //

Penny Dreadful: Season 2 Review

In Season 2 of Showtime's Penny Dreadful, Vanessa endured the curses and temptations of witches while battling for her eternal soul.  Read More... //