Penny Dreadful Season 2 Episode 2 Review: Verbis Diablo

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I'm not squeamish, but that closing scene in Penny Dreadful Season 2 Episode 2 had to be one of the most disturbing of any horror TV show in recent memory.

There's something about killing an innocent baby and ripping its innards out that's just plain wrong.

Yeah, the creators of Penny Dreadful are not messing around this year... They've got my full attention!

Tormented Vanessa sitting in that corner felt like a deleted scene from last season. When the installment started, I wasn't particularly scared of the Nightcomers. However, by the end, they were freaking me the hell out. Sir Malcolm was a major support, the soup kitchen work did Vanessa's soul some good.

Re-born Brona's (or is it Lily?) blank stare was really creepy. I've been wondering for a while now if she'll remember Victor killed her. It seems likely that all that will come back to her. I thought it was interesting that Caliban kept mentioning poetry and Victor remained the more practical one. It was important he brought up Proteus, and I still miss what that character could have brought to the show.

Brona spoke very quickly, which is a sign of major trouble ahead. Will her memories return just as fast?

I loved Vanessa's scene with The Creature. He was the only character she had not interacted with yet. Will her compliment about his eyes stay with him?

Caliban: Is it not this, Ms. Ives? The glory of life surmounts the fear of death. Good Christian's fear Hellfire, so to avoid it they are kind to their fellow man. Good pagans do not have this fear, so they can be who they are. Good or ill, as their nature dictates. We have no fear of God, so we are accountable to no one but each other.
Vanessa: That's a profound responsibility.

I always find it strange how Dorian Gray seems like an afterthought on this show. He's such a fascinating character and Reeve Carney's portrayal is mesmerizing. Will this new storyline do the character justice? I knew right away Angelique wasn't entirely female. The voice was a dead giveaway, wasn't it?   

We knew Evelyn Poole was going to make a move on Sir Malcolm, but I was surprised how easy a target he was. Is he now completely under her spell? Will she somehow use Sir Malcolm against Vanessa? Helen McCrory is absolutely sensational in this role. It's thrilling watching her do her thing; like an acting master class.

Egyptologist Ferdinand Lyle (Simon Russell Beale) reappeared this week and thankfully lightened up the mood. I found him hilariously forthcoming, and the way he looked at Ethan was priceless. "American, I'm undone," Mr. Lyle said giggling.

In the eleventh century, a carthusian monk known to us only as Brother Gregory, began to lose his mind. He said he was possessed by a demon. Perhaps the father of all demons, the fallen angel himself. In any event, this demon spoke to him in the Verbis Diablo.

Mr. Lyle

As it turned out, this monk wrote down what was said and those relics were housed in the British museum. When Mr. Lyle asked Ethan to accompany him to retrieve the artifacts, I knew their partnership was going to be a fun time.

For a moment, it seemed Ethan's role as protector was fate when he found that shield. After telling his timber wolf story, it was like he suddenly remembered he was a monster to be feared. Would he ever hurt Vanessa?

I was disappointed to learn that evil Evelyn was blackmailing Mr. Lyle.  

Now, I needn't remind you of the consequences of disloyalty.. Need I? All those photographs, so indiscreet.

Evelyn Poole

Wasn't it great the way Mr. Lyle defended his hair when Evelyn called him a sodomite in a wig? You've got to draw the line somewhere, right? It's a good thing Mr. Lyle didn't have too much information yet. However, he's in a terrible position and I'm afraid he's not going to survive the season.

Evelyn’s daughter, Hecate, arrived with the baby she had gone hunting for. As I mentioned at the top, all this business was pretty damn disturbing. The insanely menacing dolls in that room didn't help matters. It was shocking to see her cutting into that little baby as the dolls looked on. I'm getting chills just thinking about it.

Is that doll some kind of voodoo doll? Vanessa certainly seemed to feel something when the spell was complete. Will Evelyn control her though that creepy thing? It was wicked as hell, wasn't it?

What did you think of "Verbis Diablo"? Will Lily fall for Caliban? Or is she already in love with Victor? What will Evelyn do with that doll? Is Sir Malcolm enchanted? Your turn guys, go ahead and share your thoughts in the comments below. There's so much to talk about.

NOTE: Penny Dreadful Season 2 Episode 3 is titled “The Nightcomers” and airs on Sunday, May 17.

Verbis Diablo Review

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Penny Dreadful Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

In the eleventh century, a carthusian monk known to us only as Brother Gregory, began to lose his mind. He said he was possessed by a demon. Perhaps the father of all demons, the fallen angel himself. In any event, this demon spoke to him in the Verbis Diablo.

Mr. Lyle

Caliban: Is it not this, Ms. Ives? The glory of life surmounts the fear of death. Good Christian's fear Hellfire, so to avoid it they are kind to their fellow man. Good pagans do not have this fear, so they can be who they are. Good or ill, as their nature dictates. We have no fear of God, so we are accountable to no one but each other.
Vanessa: That's a profound responsibility.