Penny Dreadful 2×08 ‘Memento Mori’: Now they shall kneel to me

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This week’s Penny Dreadful dealt with the demons of the past catching up with us. While the suspense was expertly crafted as always, there was a little too much build up and not nearly enough satisfaction for me to fully enjoy it. Each storyline is as well written as the next, but how they merge together is still yet to be seen. Looking at you, Dorian.

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The episode starts off with the morning after Lily’s nighttime activities. John Clare is all angry with Victor because he feels he is owed Lily. Lily’s confrontation with John was definitely the standout moment of the entire episode. She transformed as bitterness and vitriol poured from the formerly shy, homely girl. It’s clear that it has all been a façade and she’s known who and what she was for quite some time. She then begins to strangely seduce John. It rather feels as if they are setting the pair up to be the antagonists for the next season. I mean for how long can they continue this devil wanting Vanessa plot anyway?

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Sir Malcolm finally breaks free from Evelyn’s enchantment with a little help from Sembene, although it’s not quite clear how he did it. Did Sembene help Sir Malcolm via supernatural means, or was simply reminding him of his past enough? It is his love for his dead family that both saves and breaks him, as we see later on. His rage leads him to storm into the Nightcomer’s lair alone, which obviously can’t end well.

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Turns out the ‘hound of God’ can also be translated into ‘wolf’. Let’s hope Sembene tells the gang about Ethan soon. Speaking of, Scotland Yard has a surprisingly good team of detectives. If only the gang took as much initiative as Scotland Yard did, I’m sure this witch business would be over soon. As it turns out, the vampire master and the devil used to be one being. They are both after Vanessa so that they can bring about the apocalypse or something.

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And finally, Angelique, who has been largely ignored by Dorian since he met Lily, has discovered the elusive Picture. Honestly, it isn’t that bad. It sort of reminds me of a wrinkly, warty but less childlike Gollum. The fact that Dorian had it hidden in a secret attic makes it suspicious. If Dorian had just left it hanging out in the hall, people would comment on how ugly the subject of the painting was but that would probably be the end of it. Angelique doesn’t seem too fazed by the painting, even after Dorian explains what it reflects. She gives Dorian the same acceptance that Dorian gave her. Unfortunately Dorian doesn’t believe her and poisons Angelique, the painting immediately changes to reflect his sin. Honestly, this is probably the saddest death on the show so far. Angelique was probably the only innocent character of the series. As much as I love Vanessa, if she died, I’d think that at least she’d be at peace. Angelique’s death is wholly undeserved. Perhaps it is her very innocence that reveals the true depth of Dorian’s sin.

 

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