Penny Dreadful

Season 1 Episode 2


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM May 18, 2014 on Showtime
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Egyptologist Sir Ferdinand Lyle hosts a party and requires Vanessa and Sir Malcolm to attend. There they meet Dorian Gray during a séance held by Madame Kali. Meanwhile, Ethan makes the acquaintance of a young Irish immigrant, Brona Croft, with a dark past.

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  • why can't i watch this??

    someone please tell me how to watch this.
  • Goddess Eva Ives - Queen Vanessa Green !

    ~ We all have our demons ~ by

    Green's character during the medium's party is beyond compare. Vanessa - who we already sense has an obscure secret door online with 'spirits' - first is in a battle, we watch her desperate struggle, she fights back against whatever unvisible enemy aiming their attack directly at her mind. We understand she isn't strong enough to win the raging war inside her head. She's possessed, and psycholigically very alone in that battle.

    Eva Green's acting during the whole 'stage play' is just A-MA-ZING ! She carried out her performance throughout the scene with brio. I was left under her spell.

    Never forget Eva Green first studied theatre art of stage show before coming to movies. Therefore, you can see her talented Art backgrounds in all her performances and understand why she is so good.

    She is definitely one of the greatest actress I have ever seen.moreless
Simon Russell Beale

Simon Russell Beale

Ferdinand Lyle

Guest Star

Alex Price

Alex Price


Guest Star

Lorcan Cranitch

Lorcan Cranitch

Inspector Goldsworthy

Guest Star

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (9)

    • Victor: We should give you a name. You're a form of new mankind so perhaps Adam. No. The theological connotations aren't very nice, are they? I know--you shall choose your own name. My mother taught me many things. Among the most useful was that one must have Shakespeare close to hand.

    • Brona: Other than the damnable goddamned sailors, we don't get your kind in here very much.
      Ethan: You mean Americans?
      Brona: That'll serve.

    • Brona: Are you still in the theater?
      Ethan: I don't think so.
      Brona: What trade do you have, then?
      Ethan: Well, I can shoot the ace out of a playing card at fifty paces.
      Brona: Well, that'll come in useful, I'm sure.
      Ethan: You'd be surprised.
      Brona: Not much surprises me.

    • Brona: There's always a way to make a living when you've a bit of flesh, isn't there?
      Ethan: I couldn't say.
      Brona: I'll bet you could.

    • Inspector Goldsworthy: Faint-hearted?
      Malcolm: My heart's never fainted.

    • Dorian: I've never fucked a dying creature before. Do you feel things more deeply, I wonder? Do you feel pain?
      Brona: Do you?
      Dorian: Find out.

    • Vanessa: Are you a friend of Mr. Lyle's?
      Dorian: Never met him before tonight. It was more of a random invitation.
      Vanessa: Do you get many of those?
      Dorian: Entirely.
      Vanessa: You could say no.
      Dorian: I never say no.

    • Ferdinand: It was a riveting performance. The dilettantes among the company were outraged. But if one is to engage with the primordial forces of darkness, one must expect a bit of... social awkwardness.

    • Ferdinand: This is a spell foretelling the annihilation of Man and the coming of the Beast. I would not tell Miss Ives this. After all, who wants to know they were hunted by the Devil.

  • NOTES (1)


    • Vanessa: If this belief from heaven be sent, If such be Nature's holy plan.
      Referencing William Wordsmith's 1798 poem "Lines Written in Early Spring, published in Lyrical Ballads with a Few Other Poems.

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