Penny Dreadful Review: The Beast Within

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One of Ethan’s secrets came to light, while still more were kept hidden on Penny Dreadful Season 1 Episode 4.

Ethan is still a mystery, though we did learn that he was hiding the fact that he likes the company of men over women. Or could it be that Dorian simply has that effect on anyone?

I certainly couldn’t keep my eyes of him in this episode, that’s for sure.

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Before the oh- so-tantalizing kiss at the end of this hour, there was a lot of equally tantalizing hints about him dropped throughout the story.

He grew increasingly upset as Sir Malcolm and Victor talked over the killings in the paper. He also became very disturbed by all of the blood in the dog vs. rat fight.

Dorian: I suppose we all play parts.
Ethan: What's yours?
Dorian: Human.

If we hadn’t already met vampires on this series, I would suspect that Ethan might be one of them – despite the fact that it’s almost certain he is a werewolf. One thing that I found intriguing was Dorian’s insistence that Ethan was more refined and knowledgeable than he was letting on. Is his entire persona an act? If so, why?

Beyond Ethan and Dorian’s adventures, there was a lot happening with everyone else. Fenton’s Master did indeed arrive at the mansion looking for Vanessa, but after snarling at the crucifix on the wall and discovering Vanessa wasn’t there, he took off.

Dorian: What does it say to you?
Vanessa: Touch me with your finger, softly.

Did Mina indeed lead Vanessa to Fenton to bring the creature to them and what is this betrayal that Vanessa spoke of? There is much more to be learned there.

As for Victor, he had his hands full as he worked with Van Helsing (how awesome was it that he was the hematologist?) to examine Fenton’s blood. Plus, Caliban paid another visit and demanded that his bride be delivered ASAP and that she be beautiful.

Brona’s journey went from joyful to devastating in the blink of an eye. She realized that her life with Ethan was nothing but a dream and ran off, only to collapse in the street with a coughing fit that reminded her how very close she was to death. In that moment, I couldn’t help but to wonder if she will end up being Caliban’s bride. Who else is with me?

Caliban: My bride must be beautiful.
Frankenstein: To match her mate?

We are now halfway through the season and I do hope that perhaps we are getting closer to answering questions and not asking so many new ones. I don’t know about you guys, but I’m starting to have a hard time keeping up with everyone and their stories. So far they are interesting, but I don’t know if they will become more convoluted after this point.

Freakiest bits:

  • Dorian and his companions sitting and watching the debauchery happening around them.
  • Dorian viewing his painting (this one bordered on freaky, yet incredibly cool. Though I was sorry we didn’t get to actually see the painting.
  • The little girl. That is all.
  • Fenton mumbling “so many monsters” as he drifted off. I wasn’t sure if he was talking of those that were to come or Sir Malcolm and his friends.
  • Fenton reaching for the apple and then turning into a screaming maniac. I especially enjoyed his demands for “rats and bats!”
  • Sembene calmly walking into the room and killing a cat for Fenton, as Sir Malcolm and Victor were debating how to feed him. I am animal lover, but that still made me laugh out loud.
  • Fenton chewing on his own arm.
  • Fenton crawling in the dark after Sir Malcolm and Victor.
  • The men enjoying the blood that was spattered on them as the dog killed all those rats.

Do you think that Brona is destined to become Caliban's bride?


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Rating: 4.7 / 5.0 (23 Votes)

Horrible ending... seriously? Why does every halfway decent show go all Brokeback Mountain? It did absolutely nothing for the story line but to pander to a small percentage of the viewing audience but looses everyone else or was it for pure shock value? Stupid stupid stupid. Hell I was ok with Dorian being all crazy and bi, who gives a fuck but to purposely make that choice was clearly manipulating and propaganda PC bullshit. Personally, I am sick of seeing it in every GD show like it matters in any way. UGH. I know every time I have had absinth I tend to go all gay..... and get me some strange.... such as waste of screen time and talent.... Who is writing this shit Russel T Davies and Mark Gatiss? Guess this rant makes me all homo phobic to some of you just like me disagreeing with our president's agenda and policies instantly makes me racist. Shit, just go ahead and say those things. But don't debate the concept that you are being propagandized too at some level.

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Amy jackey

The last scene was hot as hell. Drools.

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I do think Dorian has an intoxicating effect on everyone, regardless of gender. The flashbacks before the kiss were interesting, Ethan's got to be a werewolf right? Have to go back and see those flashbacks again. They're going to hold off on showing us the painting, can't wait! I also had the same thought about Brona, the character has to serve a larger purpose. Caliban's bride is a perfect fit. I felt terrible watching all those people walk past her in the street. Not a single soul stopped to see if she needed help. This series gets better and better with each episode. Wish they'd given us at least 10 to 13 episodes.

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Wow! Ethan and Dorian – I did not see that coming. I guess Dorian has that effect on everyone. When Vanessa was talking about the flower it seemed she was really talking about him. Maybe it’s his scent. He is so bored by life, not even the orgy could cheer him up. I was dying to see his painting. Hope we’ll see it.
The idea of Brona being the bride is intriguing. She could go with Caliban or live happily ever after with Dorian.
Ethans memory-montage gave us some hints: he hates violence (dogfight), he feels guilty, he seems to be the murderer everyone is looking for, he has a thing for Brona AND Vanessa. Let’s just hope it won’t be a double love triangle.

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Penny Dreadful Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

Vanessa: Is it poisonous?
Dorian: Like all beautiful things, I hope so.

Dorian: What does it say to you?
Vanessa: Touch me with your finger, softly.