Showtime’s Penny Dreadful is really heating up this season. Anushika has an awesome recap of the seventh season episode Little Scorpion.
The gothic horror mystery series is so unique and interesting, it’s great to see what they are going to do week after week.
Check out this weeks recap below!
Penny Dreadful: S2E7 “Little Scorpion”
The Episode opens with Ethan and Sembene down at the basement. After their “Wild” night of excitement, Sembene tries to make sense of last nights’ events. Surprisingly, he seems to understand Ethan’s condition a lot more than Ethan himself. Sembene finally puts an end to the mystery of Ethan’s black outs. Until then, Ethan hadn’t the slightest clue about what he becomes under a full moon. I guess you really don’t have time to stop and check yourself in the mirror when your mind is clouded with blood thirst.
Back at the house everyone gathers to talk about Vanessa’s incident at the ball. She is more than irritated about Sir Malcolm’s assumption of her being overwhelmed among the crowd, “Female Hysteria”. Sir Malcolm is no more than a life sized puppet in Madame Kali’s twisted game. Vanessa decides to leave London. Ethan insists on tagging along with her. Everyone is on board, especially Ferdinand. You have to love Ferdinand. All those curls hugging his face makes him look like a sassy lion with a ginger mane. Sir Malcolm continues to fight against Vanessa’s decision, but fails to hold his ground against the rest. In confidence, Vanessa reveals her destination to Dr. Frankenstein. She offers him advice about his complications with Lilly. It’s not hard to notice his distracted mind.
Ethan and Vanessa arrive at Joan’s cottage. The place has been overtaken by vegetation creeping through the cracks, but everything is still in place. After figuring out their sleeping arrangements, both take a walk to gather supplies. Vanessa reveals how Ms. Poole, aka Madame Kali threatens her relationship with Sir Malcolm. He has turned into a happy chap. I guess you can call it “Love”. She loathes Ms. Poole for distracting him away from his anger, the one emotion that put both him and Vanessa on the same wavelength. At the same time, she feels guilty since she has no intention of ripping him away from his happiness. In return Ethan reveals his special bond with Ms. Croft. The only time he didn’t feel the urge to run away. He is clearly overlooking the reason that’s holding him in place right now.
After sharing hilarious childhood horror stories, the conversation takes an ugly turn. Ethan talks about the monsters inside them. In Vanessa’s case, demons. He leaves abruptly and snaps at Vanessa to bolt the door shut. Let’s just say a heard of sheep went through a thinning. Next morning, Vanessa wakes up to Ethan hacking away a tree stump. He denies her invitation to breakfast. I’m sure he is still digesting his “all you can eat” dinner last night. Irritated by the distance, Vanessa urges him to share his secret with her. Not sure what’s holding him back. Ethan cleverly distracts her with a gun show, and I’m not talking about him chopping wood in his suspenders.
Vanessa keeps surprising him. She is a natural shot. Since she doesn’t need much help with shooting, Ethan teaches her how to dehumanize her victims to make the kill easier. To show her gratitude and on Ethan’s request, Vanessa teaches him how to dance. The next few days both of them bond over dance lessons and household chores. The calmness is disturbed during one of their night lessons when the front door bursts open thanks to a horrendous storm. They share their feeling towards a good storm, how it might have been the beginning of the world or the end. They might be running out of things to talk about after spending each passing minute together. Soon after the cottage catches on fire and the both struggles to put the flames out. Something about storms, it brings feeling up to the surface. Ethan and Vanessa finally kiss. Hallelujah! The long awaited kiss. Of course, it doesn’t last long as Vanessa pushes Ethan away from her claiming, “We are dangerous”. I guess she doesn’t want a repeat of the Dorian Gray incident.
Love struck Dr. Frankenstein has his alone session with Ferdinand taking a crack at the demon puzzle. They talk about the pain love brings, how it takes hold. They figure out that the “Fallen Angel” is seeking his bride, and unfortunately the chosen bride appears to be Ms. Ives. Talk about having a major crush. I guess this parallel to John Clair’s situation, but the magnitude is definitely incomparable.
After an awkward night, Ethan and Vanessa take a stroll in the woods. Exhausted by her battle within, she contemplates on giving into the Devil. Even though Ethan assures her safety, she struggles to keep a stiff upper lip. To makes matters worse, they bump into the horrid man that burned Joan, Sir Geoffrey Hawkes. He stirs up all the suppressed anger in Vanessa. When Ethan denies her need to seek revenge, she lashes out at him. Ethan leaves the cottage. They might not be a couple, but they are sure acting like one.
Meanwhile Dr. Frankenstein struggles to accept Lily’s need to have a social life outside his four walls. She really needs to quit calling him cousin. Dorian Gray is completely intrigued by Lily. He is definitely trying to figure out the story behind her eyes. They take a trip to Putney’s Wax Museum. One of the exhibits triggers something within her and John Claire sees her on her date. I’m sure he is not happy about her not being in his arms. Dorian is completely smitten by Lilly. Does this mean Angelique is yesterday’s news? Outch! He is onto his next weird creature.
Vanessa opens the book, the book of no return. It seems like her rage has totally taken over her. Her chants, oh my! Chills down my spine. That is all. She proves bunnies aren’t the only living things she is capable of hunting.
Lilly takes a detour on her way back home from her date with Dorian. She makes a stop at a gents’ pub. I guess her past life is slowing coming back to her. Let’s just say the old man who took her home got much more than he expected. Omg Lily! Or should we just call her Black Widow? It’s mind boggling to see her being so innocent and then go do such an ugly deed.
Back at the cottage, Ethan is furious about Vanessa’s decision to go ahead with her revenge against Sir Geoffrey. She is going down a path with no way back. Vanessa didn’t want to get robbed off of the satisfaction from getting her “justice”. Ethan snaps at her with disappointment, “You’ll never get your soul back. Not ever.” Vanessa understands the price she has to pay. The episode ends with a grim note with Ethan welcoming Vanessa to the night. No sign of light in their near future. Cloudy skies and 100% chants in the air.
This week the ladies did some major damage. Not quite sure what to expect next week. How will Lilly explain her little adventure and how will Victor react to it? Oy Vey! Vanessa seems to have stepped beyond her tarot cards. So until next time, watch your backs!
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