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Penny Dreadful S3:E4 Recap

Vanessa gets mad and everything gets AMAZING.

A Blade Of Grass

Due to the nature of this episode I’m going to approach it a bit differently than usual, hope you like!

Picking up from last week Vanessa is being put under by Seward and as with everything Vanessa related, she goes all the way up to eleven with it.

We get an even more disturbing view of so called Victorian therapy than we received a few seasons back as we see all the bullshite that led up to Vanessa being trepanned and it’s every bit as horrible as you think and then some. The only bright spot is, surprisingly, (still human for the moment) Caliban. Once he’s over his innate douchery and stops drinking the kool-aid that what’s happening in the place is anything other than torture he truly becomes the only thing that’s keeping Vanessa sane.

Which is fortunate as Lucifer and Dracula stop by to play pattycake with Vanessa’s psyche. Being the ultimate effboys, they spend the episode fighting over Vanessa like she’s a piece of meat so it’s gloriously satisfying when she plays both of them and, when they try and threaten her into submissiveness, turns that right around on them and busts out the verbis diablo like a boss, scaring the crap out of both of them.

Guys? Vanessa is PISSED.  She comes out of hypnosis on her own, Seward tried to bring her out but was unable to and realized Vanessa needed to stay under until she got all her answers, and is ready to take the fight to Luci and Drac.

Those boys had best watch their backs.

Ha’penny Thoughts

  • Seward is the cat’s meow. Adding Patti Lupone to the regular cast has been a gift.
  • There were literally only three people in the cast last night and it was amazing. How Eva Green hasn’t won an Emmy/Golden Globe yet for her work on this show is beyond me.
  • Rory Kinnear has always risen above the writing for Caliban but last night really allowed him to shine in a way he hasn’t been able to in the three years this show has run. Who knew all it took was him playing anyone else?
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