The Horror Honeys: Penny Dreadful: Season 2, Episode 6 ~ Glorious Horror

Penny Dreadful: Season 2, Episode 6 ~ Glorious Horror

A Horror TV Honey Episode Recap by Lisa

Glorious Horror is certainly a promising, yet scary, title for an episode of Penny Dreadful and, indeed, we had equal parts glorious as everyone awoke from their exciting nights of coitus and horror when that poor maid discovered Gladys Malcolm.


In this house we celebrate the unusual, we set the tune and the world follows.So. is this what Dorians purpose is this season? Oh wait, his purpose was to be the test for how Lilly passes as Lilly and not Brona. Again, that dye job Victor did really is the 007 of hair services and Mr. Gray only wonders if the two have met before. Really?! I absolutely refuse to believe that Dorian Gray would ever forget a night of sex that also involved consumption and blood. Well, at least we got to see his glorious portrait room and it did provide a most perfect setting for a truly gorgeous blood rain scene. Anyone else start humming Slayer in their head? 
Perhaps Dorian has slept with so many people
that he doesn't remember all of them. 
There is another character who is only marginally more important than Mr. Gray and that would be Sir Malcolm. I realize that he is being used as a tool in Madame Kalis sinister plan to get to Ms. Ives, but the fact that him shaving his beard is the biggest story arc for him in this episode does not bode well.

Ethan, on the other hand, has come face to face with his truth, both literally and figuratively.The sole survivor of the Mariners Inn Massacre has a job to do and he intends to do it. It was mighty ballsy of him to waltz into that house and threaten Ethan with selling him to a freak show, returning him to his father or scalping Vanessa, but he truly has no idea who he just threatened. Lets not forget Mr. Chandlers grand speech about preparing for battle. This Pinkerton agent has also severely underestimated the power of Sembene. Ethan asking him for help brings me hope that we shall finally see more of Sembene and his unique talents outside of baking buttercream cake.

Ms. Ives shall Reign in Blood. (You're welcome.)
Victor and Lilly did make quite a lovely couple and Lillys hair was a beautiful nod to the classic Bride of Frankenstein that we all know. It was low key and classy, but it was definitely a wink to the original. Its not surprising that Victor has gone from love to crazy jealousy in the time it took for Dorian and Lilly to dance, but its not very becoming either. This is not going to end well for anyone.

Im going to go out on a limb and assume that we have hit the halfway point in the season and there is a lot set up for Ms. Ives, Mr. Chandler, Dr. Frankenstein, Lilly and Madame Kali, but everyone else seems to just be on the periphery, only to be brought in when needed to further the others story. This has proven disappointing. Last season brought us a misfit group of unusual characters working together and this season finds them on, mostly, singular paths. Its a pity to see such lovely writing being wasted on less than engaging narratives.

Someone has messed with the wrong werewolf.
Sidenotes:
  • If Lillys hands are cold to the touch, then what must her Hello Kitty be like? Dont pretend you werent thinking it too.
  • I would kill to look as fabulous as Angelique does before she puts her makeup on.
  • Madame Kalis fetishes are really freaking me out.
  • The use of the dancing guests to showcase the standoff between Vanessa and the three Nightcomers was visual perfection.