Penny Dreadful (2014–2016)
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And Hell Itself My Only Foe 

Vanessa goes alone to battle Evelyn in order to save Sir Malcolm.


Brian Kirk


John Logan (created by), John Logan




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Reeve Carney ... Dorian Gray
Timothy Dalton ... Sir Malcolm Murray
Eva Green ... Vanessa Ives
Rory Kinnear ... John Clare
Helen McCrory ... Madame Kali
Billie Piper ... Lily
Simon Russell Beale ... Ferdinand Lyle
Danny Sapani ... Sembene
Harry Treadaway ... Dr. Victor Frankenstein
Josh Hartnett ... Ethan Chandler
Douglas Hodge ... Bartholomew Rusk
Sarah Greene ... Hecate Poole
David Haig ... Oscar Putney
Stephen Lord ... Warren Roper
Olivia Llewellyn ... Mina Harker


Ethan and Vanessa's stay at the cottage is interrupted when Ethan's pursuer, Warren Roper, catches up with him. They soon make short shrift of him but Victor Frankenstein arrives and they return to London to rescue him from Mrs. Poole. Inspector Rusk is waiting for Ethan, but doesn't arrest him. Sir Malcolm's friends and colleagues agree that they cannot go to Mrs. Poole's house in the night when the witches' powers are strongest and will instead go in the morning. Vanessa seemingly agrees but leaves the house on her own intent on saving him. The others follow, but it's a full moon and Ethan loses control. Written by garykmcd

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Drama | Fantasy | Horror




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28 June 2015 (USA) See more »

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[first lines]
Warren Roper: [Warren Roper wakes up Ethan Chandler who's asleep at the Cut-Wife's house] Easy, boy. I have taken the sensible precaution of tossing your firearms outside. Through the same little window wherein I gained entrance. There are times one's diminutive size bears strange fruit.
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One of the best episodes
30 June 2015 | by ledgerheathSee all my reviews

Let me start off by saying that up until now Season 2 hadn't been as impressive as Season 1, the story was not progressing as such and there were a couple of episodes which were completely dedicated to things that had happened in the past. While, the background stories were interesting, I believe they did not warrant full episodes and could have just as easily been integrated into other episodes (similar to what happens in Arrow). But this episode seriously changed my overall view about season 2. Simply put, I think that this is the best episode in this entire season, major plot lines coincide, shocking truths and true intentions of several characters are revealed, there are a few tragedies (no spoilers!), even more complexities are revealed, characters are explored even further and there's A LOT more suspense in this episode compared to the rest of the season. Furthermore, I also liked the pace of this episode, it started off with a bang and managed to keep me on the edge of my seat throughout. There were no unnecessary flashbacks, the past was discussed in words only (as it ideally should be, IMO) and tension ran high. Without further ado, I would like to say that this is overall the best episode of this season and could easily be ranked among the best episodes in this show. Season 2 has been slightly on the slower side overall but this episode has made it all interesting again and I hope the finale lives up to its potential (and so does Season 3!) :)

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