Penny Dreadful 2×06 ‘Glorious Horrors’: Complications

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I mentioned last week that Penny Dreadful, despite having an ensemble cast, doesn’t quite work as an ensemble. What better way to bring the cast together than having a ball? We finally get to see Dorian interact with the rest of the cast – most of them anyway.

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One of the bigger issues I have with this season so far is how dumb Victor Frankenstein is. Clearly he’s a brilliant scientist, having brought the dead back to life at least three times. You’d think he’d have a bit more foresight as to not bring back his friend’s dead girlfriend. I suppose he can’t help who he falls in love with but he didn’t really have to bring her to a party with loads of people where any one of them could have recognized her – which of course happens. He’s also a creep but we all kind of already knew that.

It’s unclear whether Dorian is playing the fool or generally doesn’t recognize Lily as Brona. It’s also unclear whether his affections for Angelique are genuine or due to his passion for the unusual. I am of the belief that he knows exactly who Lily is. We know that there is something supernatural about Dorian, though not the extent of it, but it may give him insight to the true state of things. He seems to have a proclivity for things that aren’t quite as they seem, which describes him quite accurately as well. I do believe that he truly loves Angelique in his own way. I think that he has quite a capacity for love, and monogamy simply doesn’t suit him.

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They’ve cleverly postponed Ethan meeting Lily/Brona. The ball happens right on the full moon. Ethan’s getting pressure from Scotland Yard and has finally decided to come to terms with his other self, with a little help from Sembene. Glad to see that they are moving on with the lupus dei plot. We will probably find out in the next episode whether the Pinkerton fellow will turn into a werewolf as well.

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Sir Malcolm is well within the clutches of Evelyn Poole. He doesn’t care at all about his wife’s passing. His beard on the other hand warranted much consideration. It’s clear to Sembene and Vanessa that Sir Malcolm isn’t being himself so hopefully they actually do something about it soon. The witches make wonderful antagonists – almost too wonderful. They’re plan is progressing really smoothly and it doesn’t seem as if anyone can stop them yet.

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This season has been so visually (and audibly) stunning. The rain of blood at the end of the episode was very Carrie-esque. Evelyn’s daughter, Hecate, is clearly up to some shit. It hasn’t yet been revealed whether their covert attack on Vanessa was according to Evelyn’s plan, though I highly doubt so. Both mother and daughter seem to enjoy revealing their plans to Lyle, not as a display of trust, rather it shows how little they regard him. I find their use of baby’s hearts in the fetishes quite curious. Why babies? Is it because babies have small hearts and can fit inside the dolls? Or is it the corruption of innocence that gives it power? What is the significance of the rain of blood? Rain is often seen as cleansing, giving life and relieving heat. They’ve perverted the idea of rain, to corrupt Vanessa further perhaps? As with every episode of Penny Dreadful, I’m left confused and hungry for more.

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