Review: Penny Dreadful, Season 1, Episode 5

Vanessa_Penny_Dreadful_Episode_5_IINow this is how you do a standalone episode. ‘Closer Than Sisters’ doesn’t just function as an immensely satisfying flashback with its own beginning, middle and end, but it also manages to have a major effect on Penny Dreadful’s main mission without ever even touching the present events.

Eva Green continues to prove she can carry a show all on her own by exhibiting astounding range throughout the episode. We begin with Lili Davies’ young Vanessa who naturally exudes happiness only to have her pure joy corrupted by catching her mother and her best friend’s father, Sir Malcolm, in the act. Then, with a rather delicate tonal shift in the score and Green’s profound narration, you can see and feel feel the darkness start to slip in.

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