Penny Dreadful: Season 1, Episode 7

Possession (22 Jun. 2014)

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Vanessa starts having "unnatural" fits and mentions that she is trying to fight the "thing inside me". Malcolm tells Ethan that she might be possessed by "the devil" or "a devil" and wants ... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
Dorian Gray (credit only)
Brona Croft (credit only)
Father Matthews


Vanessa starts having "unnatural" fits and mentions that she is trying to fight the "thing inside me". Malcolm tells Ethan that she might be possessed by "the devil" or "a devil" and wants to keep her alive. Vanessa talks to the entity possessing her which reveals that it wants her to be "the mother of evil". Victor asks Ethan to teach him how to shoot. A glimpse at Sambene's past and Malcolm's true intentions is shown. Written by Piyush Shandilya

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Terrifying and emotional; hits all the right notes, with an astonishing work by Eva Green

And here was me thinking that "Closer Than Sisters" couldn't be topped. Oh boy, was I foolish to think so! "Possession" combines everything Penny Dreadful has managed to do well in an amazing package, packed with a big punch. Once again, the story took a shift towards Vanessa and, again, it was incredible. Not only it served well to give a proper solution to her character's arc (or so I think) but also revealing a lot about the others, thanks to The Devil's outburst, a clever way to expose the characters in a quick, stylish and horrifying way without needing of another flashback session.

Once again, the brightest (or darkest?) star of the episode was no doubt ms. Green, which is truly a force of nature in terms of commitment, energy and raw passion towards the art of acting. Every single moment she's in the screen, it shines, and in another moment delves into darkness and horror. Like I've read in another review around the web, "I actually need proof that she is NOT possessed." Josh Hartnett also delivered the goods, in a surprising turn which I won't spoil, but also truly welcomed.

This episode had it all: it was scary, intense, emotional and even weirdly, darkly comic sometimes. It was a proof that the show runners know what they're doing, with faith in the talented cast, specially Eva, delivering the performance of her career. Brilliant episode and one that will stay with viewers for some time.

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