Review: ‘Penny Dreadful’ Brings Fresh Hell

This scene reminded me when Harry could speak Parseltongue, but didn't know how he knew it. Though Vanessa doesn't even know what she said.
This scene reminded me when Harry could speak Parseltongue, but didn’t know how he knew it. Though Vanessa doesn’t even know what she said.

Last season Sir Malcolm said there’s a moment when you realize you are no longer the hunter, you are the prey. Vanessa is definitely the prey this season and she’s terrified.

I love witches so I was pretty excited to see withes in the new season of ‘Penny Dreadful’, though these are darker witches than I’m use to watching. These ones are a family and they serve the devil. The devil still very much wants to get his hands on Vanessa and these witches are going to stop at nothing to get her.

I think there is a lot more to Vanessa’s backstory that we don’t know. Like how is it possible for her to know a dead language, the devil’s language. She’s not ready to tell anyone how she knows these creatures. First of all  I would like to ask why the witches attacked Vanessa as creatures and not has humans? Is this some sort of witch lore I don’t know or just really old witch lore? If the first season says anything about where this storyline is going, it will be very dark and scary.

Other than Vanessa, Frankenstein’s creature took centre stage in the premiere. As we saw last season, he lost his job for flirting gone wrong, so this season he was on the job hunt again. He may have found the perfect place for himself. On the other hand the owner looks to want to use his disfigurement to make money. He found employment in a wax museum and it looks pretty cool. It looks a little like the Chamber of Horrors in London, a very interesting attraction depicting crime and punishment over the last 500 years and legendary murderers. I think the wax museum in the show could be a very nice backdrop for the series.

The creature also got his lady. At the very end of the episode, they got the storm they needed to regenerate Brona. How much will she remember of her life?

We didn’t get to see much story of Ethan. He doesn’t appear to know that he is a wolf. He woke up to a bloodbath in the bar. He wanted to leave town, but Vanessa’s troubles have forced him to stay. There appears to be a survivor of the massacre. Do they know that Ethan caused it and do they know what he is? I’m assuming we’ll find out how be became a wolf this season or at least go a little bit more into his backstory. Ethan Chandler is such a mystery.

Season two is off to a very dark start, just like the previews promised.

We didn’t get to see any of Dorian Gray this week. Dorian looks to be making an appearance next week though! Next week they will attempt to learn the devil’s language. Take a look at the promo:


Mandy Carr

Editor and Founder, Primetime Addiction

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