Penny Dreadful 2×01’Fresh Hell’: God help us then

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Thank goodness Penny Dreadful has finally returned to our screens. Last year’s season finale was more than a little hectic and left us with more questions than answers. If this season premiere is any indication, looks like Season 2 is going to be a lot more focused than Season 1. 

Source: Showtime

Source: Showtime

‘Fresh Hell’ mostly served to set up the antagonist(s) of the season. Madame Kali – or Evelyn Poole – played by Helen McCrory, appears to be every bit Eva Green’s equal in the whole throaty chanting department. Our introduction to her as her true self, leader of a witch coven, features her singing in a tub, bathing in woman’s blood. It’s theatrical, glamorous and deadly, much like the character herself. Evelyn Poole also brings something not yet seen in the previous season, agenda and forethought. The characters last season mostly reacted to their circumstances instead of inciting them. John Clare (formerly known as Caliban) did have an agenda what with his Bride, but he lacked vision. Evelyn Poole on the other hand knows far more than the other characters, and it’ll be exciting to see her playing them.

A new inspector has appeared, examining the Mariner’s Inn massacre. I expect that he’ll be coming after Ethan Chandler, perhaps forcing him to reveal his werewolf side to the rest of the team. It is unclear whether Ethan is aware of the true nature of his transformation. We’re also introduced to the Putneys. They have a blind daughter so perhaps there’ll be some romance between her and John Clare. Mr Putney seeks to use John Clare’s hideous visage to earn a fortune, which I think will prove difficult because it doesn’t seem as if anyone’s particularly frightened by him yet.

Source: Showtime

Source: Showtime

The creepiest part of the whole episode is undoubtedly Victor’s little ‘moment’ with Brona’s body. It makes us question everything about him. Why is he a virgin? Is it, as the possessed Vanessa proposed, due to his predilection for cleanliness? Or are live women not his type? Why did he kill and resurrect Brona? To spare her the indignity of a painful death? To fulfill his promise to John Clare or perhaps, for himself?

Hopefully these questions will be answered in the near future. What do you think is going to happen? Leave me a comment down below!

Yeung Wing

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