Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
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Over the course of four harrowing weeks, Sir Malcolm, Ethan, Dr. Frankenstein and Sembene do everything they can to save Vanessa from what's within her.


James Hawes


John Logan (creator), John Logan

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Episode complete credited cast:
Reeve Carney ... Dorian Gray (credit only)
Timothy Dalton ... Sir Malcolm Murray
Eva Green ... Vanessa Ives
Rory Kinnear ... The Creature
Billie Piper ... Brona Croft (credit only)
Danny Sapani ... Sembene
Harry Treadaway ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Josh Hartnett ... Ethan Chandler
Oliver Cotton ... Father Matthews


Vanessa starts having "unnatural" fits and mentions that she is trying to fight the thing inside her. 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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Drama | Fantasy | Horror


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22 June 2014 (USA) See more »

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Vanessa gets her Latin grammar wrong, saying "terra incognito", when it should be "terra incognita". It's unlikely an educated person in the 19th century would make this mistake. See more »


Vanessa Ives: You weren't there to dress me, were you? You were away on some trek or other. Who could keep them straight? We tried to follow your progress on that map in the solarium with the little red pins but you were terra incognita. That's where you were said you were going. What adventure in those words. Do you feel you are there again, Father?
Sir Malcolm Murray: [to Vanessa] Mina?
Vanessa Ives: [smiling] Somewhat.
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Written by Abel Korzeniowski
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This is the best
29 September 2015 | by hisham-ahaiSee all my reviews

I can say that this episode is the best one of the whole season, I did't see the last episode yet but the performance of Eva Green is supernatural and can't be describe as astonishing. Emotional terrifying moments passed through the 55 minutes. I hate how Sir Malcolm shows his selfishness and compassionless while pursuing of his daughter but against our humanity yet I'm still shocked by the outstanding Eva's role and how perfectly she was in this episode. Seeing that the main idea of the series is to find Mina the scenery in the ship was the only clue to return the sequence and this by itself is a great skill by the writers and the director. The dark theme of this episode comes in harmony with the previous episodes but here it has a special taste with the perfect usage of dimmed light to support the idea of possession

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