Penny Dreadful Episode 3: Deception, Demons, Death, Decay, Desire and Desperation
Penny Dreadful – Episode 1.03 – “Resurrection” Shown: Victor Frankenstein and The Creature (CR: Showtime)
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Dr. Frankenstein is confronted by his past. Vanessa has a vision of Mina.
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Sex, Survival, Searching and Savagery:
With episode three, Sir Malcolm’s (Timothy Dalton) team, including Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), Sembene (Danny Sapani) and Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), have pledged loyalty to one another and the cause: searching for Sir Malcolm’s daughter Mina (Olivia Llewellyn), who “disappeared” some time ago, after keeping company with SPOILER a powerful vampire.
Despite her physical absence, Mina can at times communicate with Vanessa as Miss Ives “sees things” that manifest “beyond our world.” Vanessa’s powers come into play when in a peaceful moment, a roar of jungle animal sounds break the quiet, followed by Mina’s agitated apparition, seemingly in a cage of some kind, begging for help, terrified of the creatures that “come out at night”.
Vanessa consults with Sir Malcolm, who has followed the advice of the Egyptologist to not tell her that a demon is in search of her. Their conversation leads them to conclude that they need to make a trip to the London Zoo. They have barely come to this decision when driven for his desire to help the dying Brona Croft (Billie Piper), Ethan Chandler comes knocking, offering his services (again) as a hired gun. Though his end-game motivations are less clear, Dr. Frankenstein is quite eager to get back to work for Sir Malcolm as well.
As Vanessa confided to Sir Malcolm earlier, Victor Frankenstein does indeed have “a secret” (though not nearly as benign as it once seemed). Man-child Proteus (Alex Price) has literally been torn in two by the original Frankenstein’s monster (Rory Kinnear), who has returned to his “father” very unlike he was when Victor last saw him: born into blood in Victor’s laboratory, screaming in agony, the Creature was left to fend for himself from “birth.” Having finally found Victor after a long, painful search, the Creature is angry and violent–and he has a daunting, gruesome request. Whatever Victor chooses to do now he will be under constant threat from his creation and he must make money to proceed. Where he will go and how he will get there will play out as we go forward.
Sir Malcolm’s team enters the zoo under cloak of darkness, the sounds of wild creatures echoing throughout. Vanessa is in deep concentration but something is wrong. She queries Sir Malcolm as to what he has not told her. Before he can fully demure, a pack of wolves approach and in a seemingly recklessly brave gesture one of the team steps ever-so-gently forward and reassures the wolves.
Vanessa is on to something. She follows her instincts/impulses and find a human man devouring what is left of a carcass in a cage with bent bars that has been breached.
“We have been brutalized; it has made us brutal in return.” – Vanessa Ives
The man-creature is taken captive and identifies himself as “Fenton” (OLLY ALEXANDER). When asked where his master is, he answers “everywhere.” Demanding more specific information (and with Fenton not being forthcoming), Sir Malcolm brutalizes him, which disturbs Ethan so much that he restrains him from continuing. Fenton is left chained in the basement while the team debates how to proceed. Sir Malcolm, clearly agitated by the proceedings, demands that the team “look into each other’s eyes and pledge to go as far as your soul will allow,” or leave at once. Each complies.
Meanwhile, in Sir Malcom’s basement, Fenton’s strangely un-human eyes alight. “Master”, he says, and smiles.
PENNY DREADFUL – Episode 1.03 – “Resurrection”
Premiere Date: 5/25/2014
Dr. Frankenstein (HARRY TREADAWAY) is confronted by the consequences of his past. Vanessa (EVA GREEN) has a vision of Mina (OLIVIA LLEWELLYN) which leads her, Sir Malcolm (TIMOTHY DALTON), Ethan (JOSH HARTNETT) and Sembene (DANNY SAPANI) to the London Zoo where they discover and capture Fenton (OLLY ALEXANDER) – servant to a vampire master.
Guest Stars: ALUN ARMSTONG, DAVID WARNER, OLLY ALEXANDER, HANNAH TOINTON
Written by: John Loga
Directed by: Dearbhla Walsh
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An erotically-charged, profoundly unsettling new saga, PENNY DREADFUL completely reinvents literature’s most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul — even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations. Starring Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton and Eva Green.