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Penny Dreadful Review: Devil's Bride

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Vanessa fought for her life and found herself a real hero on Penny Dreadful Season 1 Episode 7.

Oh, Penny Dreadful, how you like to tease me, so. How many times have we been taken right to the brink of finding out Ethan’s backstory, only to be pulled deeper into mystery?

Saving Vanessa

At the end of Penny Dreadful Season 1 Episode 6, Vanessa became possessed and announced she had something to tell Sir Malcolm. And boy, did she have a lot to say. Only most of it wasn’t from her, it was from the Master (or Satan, or whatever you’d like to call him).

The creature that has been possessing Vanessa wants her because she is apparently the reincarnation of an Egyptian goddess and no one else will do as his bride. All this time I’ve been thinking about Caliban and his search for a bride and Satan was looking for one, too.

Vanessa: Are you afraid?
Victor: Not of you.
Vanessa: You think you know a greater demon? Tell me of him.

I know it’s already been said countless times what an amazing actress Eva Green is, but this episode was an absolute tour de force for her. With just her facial expression, I could often tell the exact moment she went from being Vanessa to Satan. It was fantastic how quickly she could go back and forth from one to the next and also how well she conveyed Vanessa’s strength as she fought hard against the beast inside.

But getting back to Ethan, I was completely shocked when the Master chose to show himself with his form. It seemed he understood how much Vanessa trusted Ethan and knew he could get to her through the cowboy.

Vanessa: I might have fallen in love with you, if you don’t mind me saying that.
Ethan: You still might.

Was I the only one who was fooled for a moment and wondered what Ethan was talking about when he said he was birthed from someplace other than Heaven? For one second, I wondered if they were finally throwing the werewolf theory out the window and were about to reveal his true identity. But of course that wasn’t to be.

In the end, Ethan once again revealed more about himself without giving away his secret. Even though I knew it probably wasn’t likely, I still found myself getting emotional when Vanessa asked him to kill her. I thought he might do it, but instead he blew my mind when he busted out some impressive Latin and performed an exorcism instead.

Now, more than ever, I cannot wait to find out who he really is, though a part of me fears that we won’t get that answer in next week’s finale.

Victor: Again?
Ethan: Go crazy, Dr. F!

Though Vanessa and Ethan’s story seemed to take up much of the episode, I did also enjoy the bonding moments Ethan had with Victor. I loved the shooting lesson and I’ll be curious to see if Victor will have the guts to kill Caliban… for why else would he have asked how to shoot a gun?

So many questions still left unanswered and only one more episode to go in this first season. Something tells me we are all going to be left with some big mysteries to ponder before Season 2.

Freakiest bits…and a few awesome ones, too:

  • Vanessa talking about what some men did with pictures of dead women.
  • Vanessa talking with Mina’s voice and giggling about her poor “fat mother.”
  • Vanessa’s voice when she started talking about Sir Malcolm and Peter screwing all the women on their voyage.
  • Vanessa making all the furniture in the room fly about. Serious Poltergeist flashbacks.
  • Victor remarking that he always forgot to warm up his stethoscope for the living.
  • Spiders. Spiders. Spiders! I had to stop watching.
  • Vanessa’s screams echoing through the house just as Ethan arrived.
  • Seeing Vanesssa fighting so hard she could barely speak.
  • Vanessa asking if Ethan screwed Dorian or if it was the other way around. Then telling him about what Dorian did to Brona. Whoa.
  • Satan talking through Ethan’s southern drawl. So disconcerting.
  • Vanessa scratching her arms till they bled.
  • Victor being able to sense Caliban standing outside the window.
  • Sir Malcolm asking Vanessa to reach out to Mina, while she was tied to the bed and barely alive.
  • Ethan threatening to rip Sir Malcolm’s throat out if he manipulated Vanessa. Interesting that he didn’t say that he would shoot him.
  • Victor growing a set of balls and telling the priest to give Vanessa Last Rites and get the fuck out of the house. That wasn’t so much creepy as awesome.
  • Vanessa breaking her binds and going on a rampage that started with eating a chunk of the priest’s face.
  • Ethan getting through to Vanessa and her asking… no begging for him to kill her.
  • Ethan performing an exorcism on Vanessa. That is all.
  • Vanessa announcing she knew where Mina was. They ended it there?

Will they find Mina in the finale?

 

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the scene with the wolf in the mirror which minute: second was it? totally missed taht and i want to see it! :)

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WOW ! What an episode that was !!!!!!!!!!!! I loved EVERYTHING in it ! Eva Green, I am in love ! She's so awesome ! She plays possessed like I've never seen before ! Took it to a all new level !
Sir Malcolm was cruel !! Asking Vanessa to find Mina when she's barely fighting for her life... Ethan was right to tell him ! So was Victor. However, I did find it interesting that Ethan talked about ripping his throat... Now, Ethan didn't perform exorcism per say. It was more of a prayer, repeating the same sentence over and over. But hey, it worked.
I also think that sex is the trigger. Rough sex to be precise. And Dorian did trigger it full force. Man I liked their dynamic though...
The Master had me fooled for a sec. I honestly thought it was Ethan...
When Vanessa begged him to kill her, I almost cried. That was horrible... How long was she fighting , 2 weeks ? Awful.
Dr. F and Ethan bonding was great ! Loved when Victor told that priest ! And that smirk, lol.
I was not too surprised to find that he is a druggy... oh well, hang in there doc.
One epi left ! What will they do ????

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I also hit rewind to see the wolf in the mirror, but I did not draw the (duh) inference that Ethan is a werewolf, Also did not know werewolves spoke Latin. Was there an earlier episode when Vanessa handed him that necklace, and told him he would know what to do with it when the time came?

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@ Clancy

Brona gave him the necklace.

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Amy-jackey

Wow what an episode lol. I knew she was going to take a bite out of the priest's face. Hope the season finale is really good like this episode was.

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There was a scene when Ethan was sitting in Vanessa's room and there was a reflection in a mirror. Ethan was sitting in front of the mirror. It was his reflection, only it was a wolf. It was very brief and I had to rewind to make sure I saw what I saw. Did anybody else notice that? To me, it seems he is a werewolf.

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It wasn't an exorcism he did - he was begging St Jude (saint of lost causes) to find her. But I really want to know about Ethan. I think he might have been talking literally when he threatened to rip Sir things throat i=out.

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I love Josh, I really like Eva Green but I could do with a little less of this demon possession stuff for sure.
And the exorcism... Was that a prayer to St. Jude, patron of lost causes, in Latin...? Had Ethan been a priest, unlikely as it seems for a gunslinger?

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I thought it telling when Ethan is talking about the lost native children and how when they made it home they didn't belong anymore and were cast away from their homes to wander and Dr. F contemplating how he did much the same with his first creation. I was hoping it would make him more sympathetic to the plight of his monster but apparently not. BTW somebody needs to give Eva Green an award, or multiple ones...holy hell!

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Leeloo

Before the show I liked Eva Green, now I love her. She is just amazing how she shifts from one character into another.
Finally Victor prepares to defend himself against Caliban.
Ethan seems to be the normal one of the group und suddenly … the exorcism. Where the hell did that come from? Could Ethan belong to the natives he talked about and his father didn’t accept him back into the family...? Vanessa should ditch Dorian and pick him, they have a special bond.
Overall I enjoyed the development in the groups dynamic.

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@ Leeloo

Wasn't an exorcism (which is a long process). He was praying to St Jude to find her.

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Damn, I adore Eva Greene and I have really missed Josh. This is a great role for him and I do wish they'd stop teasing. Am I the only person who thinks he actually WAS at the Little Bighorn?

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Penny Dreadful Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

Vanessa: I might have fallen in love with you, if you don’t mind me saying that.
Ethan: You still might.

Vanessa: Are you afraid?
Victor: Not of you.
Vanessa: You think you know a greater demon? Tell me of him.

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