Penny Dreadful: Season 1, Episode 2

Séance (12 May 2014)

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Vanessa and Sir Malcolm attend the party at Ferdinand Lyle's home in the hopes of learning more about the the Egyptian hieroglyphs found on the dead creature. Vanessa meets the ever young Dorian Gray. Vanessa also participates in a séance where she proves to the spirit world's conduit. Meanwhile, Ethan Chandler makes the acquaintance of a prostitute, Bona Croft. She in turn has a session with young Gray. Elsewhere, Victor Frankenstein is amazed at how quickly his creation, who he has named Proteus, can learn. It all comes to a surprising end however. Written by garykmcd

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When Vanessa goes into trance, she talks about a "green place" where "the Porters are dying". This is a reference to the characters of Jane and his father in "Tarzan of the Apes", by Edgar Rice Burroughs. The novel takes place approximately at the same time as the series, and matches its the Victorian setting. See more »

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At the seance table, Madame Kali asks the women to remove their gloves and the men their jewelry. We see the servants with bowls go around the table collecting gloves and rings, but immediately afterwards, in the overhead shot of those seated at the table joining hands, Mr. Lyle and Sir Malcolm both still have on their wedding rings. See more »

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Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix
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A powerful second episode with some memorable scenes
28 May 2014 | by (England) – See all my reviews

The second episode of Penny Dreadful takes the momentum started by the opening instalment and runs with it, taking the series in new directions.

Following the Bond link that I've covered elsewhere, there's another 007-related actor in this episode but I won't give anything away. What I can say is that Séance introduces Billy Piper's character, Brona Croft, as well as Reeve Carney's Dorian Gray. Both actors are excellent in their respective parts and add another layer to the already enjoyable proceedings.

Alex Price plays a sympathetic Creature who Frankenstein introduces to civilisation. His delight at experiencing the world again is a joy to watch.

The highlight of this episode, however, is the séance itself and, in particular, the exquisite Eva Green's performance. Just as Sigourney Weaver is delightful when possessed by Zul, so is Eva Green when inhabited by God-knows-what. Listening to Ms. Green spout the most powerful of four letter words on a few occasions whilst moving like one of the Evil Dead's Deadites is a strangely erotic experience. But perhaps that's just me.

The music this week really struck me as fantastic. It doesn't smother the action and dialogue in the manner that, say, Murray Gold's soundtracks do. No, Abel Korzeniowski's music is perfectly matched to the action on screen and is subtle but provocative.

An excellent piece of television.


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