TV Rundown: June 14 | Vanessa and Ethan Seek Refuge on 'Penny Dreadful' & Find Something Extra

In “Little Scorpion” Vanessa and Ethan headed back to the home of the Cut-Wife to hide from the unrelenting evil that’s been stalking Miss Ives in London. It all seemed like the set-up to a dream episode; Vanessa and Ethan bonding as the hint of romance swirled amidst a deepening relationship and understanding of one another. Unfortunately the hour did more to drive a wedge between them, than draw the pair closer together, at least in the short term.


The themes of the evening included revenge and argued whether it was possible to obtain it, without losing your soul. Despite the philosophical showdown that ensued between them; Vanessa acted to seize vengeance in spite of Ethan’s warning, severely damaging their burgeoning romance.

There was something missing in this episode, perhaps due to the high expectations set beforehand. Nevertheless there were a few aching plot misses. Chiefly, one would’ve expected Ethan to confide his being a werewolf to Miss Ives. There is no need for secrecy about this matter. She is well-aware of the supernatural and she has previously sensed he is mystical. Then there was the missed moment of Ethan exerting his wolf powers as an alpha upon Hawkes’ hounds.

Why would Ethan bother shooting Hawkes when he could’ve presumably turned the dogs against Hawkes, himself? Nonetheless, with the hour concentrating on its finest characters, it was a strong one. Eva Green and Josh Hartnett continue to do incredible work in their respective roles and their chemistry truly came into full force in this episode, sizzling up a storm and the furious fruition of Vanessa and Ethan's mounting passion proved to be worth the wait. 

Back in London, Lily’s date with Dorian (what happened to him and Angelique?) ended with the two partings ways and Lily getting in touch with her past life, before taking a deadly detour. To Frankenstein’s credit he let his creation go, following the old adage of “if you love someone, let it go…” Even if Lily reconsiders and realizes she wants Frankenstein, she won’t return to him as the innocent woman he bid farewell too, as of the episode's ending she’s long gone.
  • Side Notes / Burning Questions: “Little Scorpion” greatly benefited from the lack of The Creature's presence. Why do both of Frankenstein’s creatures have a propensity to kill? Why isn’t Vanessa more curious as to whether Sir Malcolm is her biological father? Will we ever see Ethan’s father?

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