Hello my dear Dreadfuls,
As you know from the last episode, Vanessa has “accepted” herself and her role as the mother of evil, bringing the end of days.
So this episode started her voice-over:
“And then all light will end and the world will live in darkness. The very air will be pestilence to mankind. And our brethren, the Night Creatures, will emerge and feed. Such is our power, such is our kingdom, such is my kiss.”
Later we see Doctor Seward walking in on Renfield, who’s listening to Vanessa’s records.
Vanessa (recorded voice): And I know my destiny, whatever it might be, is somehow intertwined with Ethan’s. Of course, it’s so hard to judge another’s intentions. But I would say Ethan Chandler is perhaps the only truly moral man I’ve ever known. He wouldn’t say so himself, but there is a righteousness to him.
Doctor Seward immediately notices Renfield’s new style.
I laughed out loud at this scene. Samuel Barnett‘s done a fantastic job as Renfield.
Everything from the way he’s holding onto that frog, to his bloody mouth and his 80’s hair.
Oh, Renfield, you so crazy.
Don’t try this with your employer, it’s not the best way to convince them.
So he kinda resigns.
Later they kiss and say goodbye.
In the meantime, Ethan, Malcolm and Kaetenay come back to London.
At home, there’s a surprise waiting for them, especially for Ethan. How thoughtful.
It’s a dead wolf. Dracula is such a sweet guy.
Then vampires attack our boys. You might think what they crave the most is blood but nope, it’s love.
If Penny Dreadful thought us one thing, it’s that.
So a vampire lady jumps on Malcolm’s like “Nope.”
The same thing happens with Ethan and the other vampires because we know just how popular he is.
Catriona shows up and rescues Ethan from those forced hugs, upsetting a few cute vampires in the process.
I have, thank you and have your own show please.
Later Malcolm acts all dramatic because he’s been bitten.
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Later the three bros are still being the worst while Lily tries to fool them to come close enough to be killed.
This bastard. I mean we know and accept him as he is but I had higher expectations for his storyline.
The same can be said for Henry, who tells Lily they’re healers, not savages.
She finally convinces Victor to stay alone with her and give her some water.
We must applaud her failed attempt.
We’re back with our favorite monster, John, who’s making vacation plans.
It’s sad to see him realize his plans won’t work.
In the meantime, Dorian’s back at home.
After her failed murder attempt they have this little conversation.
Dorian: In my time I have seen a thousand Lilys. Beating their breasts. Burning too bright and too wild. I understand she dazzled you, but she’s gone now. Trust me when I tell you that you are lucky. You have glimpsed liberty, and that is more than most ever know. Go back to your short little life, or build a new one. I don’t care in the slightest.
Justine: I can’t go back. I can’t live that way again.
Dorian: You will be surprised at what one can live with.
Justine: I won’t go back.
Dorian: The choice isn’t yours to make, child.
Justine: But it is. I would rather die here on my feet than live a lifetime on my knees.
Dorian: Do you mean that? As you wish.
Then he breaks her neck.
As usual, I like Reeve’s performance as Dorian. He’s good at making this look like an act of mercy rather than cruelty. He’s taken control of his life once again, not caring for the ruins.
Meanwhile, Ethan’s looking for Victor and someone wants to help.
Great idea! Follow the cute/creepy kid.
Back at home, Malcolm wakes up.
She asks him to sit. He refuses.
“Why is it men always resist doing what’s best for them if they think it makes them look weak?”
Then it’s more banter and flirtation on Malcolm’s part. (He adores women who kill things. We already know.)
Then Seward shows up.
Malcolm: How do you know Miss Ives?
Seward: I’m not at liberty to discuss my relationship with her.
Malcolm: Then I urge you to find that liberty.
Seward: She’s not here?
Catriona: Alas, no.
Seward: She needs our help, more than you can know. If you want to save her, come with me now.
Seward: Among the demons.
They make such a great adventure team I wish the characters were introduced in the first season so we’d see more of them.
We’re back with Victor and Lily and it’s one of the saddest and most important scenes on the show. Their brilliant acting, especially Billie Piper‘s amazing performance makes it heartbreaking.
Victor: I am sorry. Bringing you to this place. If it had been possible anywhere else…
Lily: You are going to execute me. What does the location matter?
Victor: You’re not going to die.
Lily: Worse. I shall be unmade. Become a non-person. I would rather die who I am than live as your demure little wife.
Victor: You and I will be happy.
Lily: You deluded man. Even if you keep me locked in the attic, render me with the mind of an obliging child, I will always see that dark little space that so yearns to be a soul.
Victor: I gave you life! I made you perfect in every way. And here you are, a murderer, a savage beast. You were a miracle.
Lily: I was an offering! A whore, resurrected to be given to your Creature. To spare your life. But even that great demon has proved to be more human than you. Do you not see the cruelty of what you are doing, Victor? You created life… so let it live. Monstrous, I may be, in your eyes. A savage beast, you say, then so be it! I am the sum part of one woman’s days. No more, no less. That woman has known pain and outrage so terrible that it’s made her into this misshapen thing that you so loathe, but let her be who she is!
Victor: I can take away the pain.
Lily: You don’t know. You don’t know. There are some wounds that can never heal. There are scars that make us who we are. But without them, we don’t exist. I had… …you see, a daughter. Love is too small a word for what I felt for my little girl. All words fail. Holding her was like…feeling the sun from both sides. We lived in this room, in Spitalfields. A hovel. I still had to whore or there’d be no food. I’d lay her by the fire, pile the coal up high. It broke my heart to go. One night it was so cold… …even the whores weren’t out. Can you imagine? She was crying when I left. They weren’t cries of teething. They were cries of loneliness. I cannot forget them. I found a john. This rough bastard, just…crushing me against the bricks. But I didn’t care. I wanted it over. When he was done, he didn’t want to pay. He struck me. And I’d been hit before. But him, he knew how to aim. I felt this sting across my temple. I saw the world fall on its side. I can see myself lying there in the street. Too weak to get up, not weak enough to die. Why didn’t I just get up? That was all I had to do. Just get up! Get fucking up! It was light when I woke. It had snowed. The whole world was white. I ran home. The fire was…The coal was dust. She was cold when I lifted her. Cold as ice. She died alone. Her name was Sarah. Please, don’t take her from me. Please.
Victor: It is too easy being monsters. Let us try to be human.
You can find me drowning in sobs every time I watch this scene.
Okay, this won’t be easy.
*Sigh* She let him live. Oh, Lily, you’re too good and you deserve the best of everything. I’m sorry you had to live through so much sadness. (Yes, I’m talking to fictional characters as if they’re real.)
Later, the creepy kid and Ethan complete their journey.
Guess who shows up?
They start to argue about what’s best for Vanessa because she obviously can’t decide for herself. Especially considering she’s not around this episode.
So we watch the boys’ banter.
Yep, it’s ridiculous.
Of course Dracula is too fast. He warns Ethan but doesn’t kill him.
Later, Seward, Catriona and Malcolm visit Renfield to learn where Vanessa is.
He immediately takes a liking to Catriona.
She doesn’t feel the same way.
Malcolm = me.
So it’s full moon and we see Kaetenay is also a werewolf. They beat vampires together and then just growl at each other.
So that’s it. We have one more episode left, which is still weird to me.
What did you think about the episode?