Penny Dreadful, S1E5 “Closer Than Sisters” Photo Recap
We started the episode with Vanessa writing a letter to Mina who is supposedly the captive of a vampire.
(I hope you can read that )
She said she’d been writing to her for a while now but of course she had no way of sending the letters. So it was more of a therapeutic act she did for herself.
So she began to tell their story:
(Don’t worry, I won’t continue using this font.)
Vanessa and Mina were friends ever since they were children. They were also neighbours.
They got to live in these super cool mansions near the beach. (Which are the most expensive ones on Sims and in real life I suppose.)
Vanessa offered Mina to get in the water and just swim until they got somewhere?
Mina said no, and we were thankful that one of them was able to think logically.
But Vanessa considered that a lack of courage.
As our Vanessa narrated the story we learned that she spent her time with Mina and her brother Peter.
And she was deeply interested in stuffing animals and making them appear as lively as possible. She mostly sounded like:
Peter wasn’t so enthusiastic about this particular hobby.
Then Mina and Vanessa started to talk about their dream men.
Peter wanted to grow up to be the sort of man his father would approve of and take with him to his adventures.
On the other hand, I don’t know if it’s me but everything that came out of young Vanessa’s mouth sounded like:
Then Malcolm Murray returned from one of his expeditions even though we didn’t know how long he’s been away.
A handshake? I know men (especially men of Sir Malcolm’s status) have a way more distant relationship with their sons but reallly? Your son’s missed you. He probably thought you could have been eaten by lions.
Oh well, I guess we should be thanking that it wasn’t an awkward nod instead.
Then he hugged the girls and it was hard to watch Peter’s expressions.
I loved how he had a similar relationship with his wife.
uh so polite and annoying. But look at the kids’ faces:
Then Sir Malcolm remembered his son for a second (or felt sorry for the strange boy at his house) and gave him a present. And not surprisingly it belonged to an animal.
Very telling scene.
Later Malcolm was putting on a show with a cannibal story and entertaining his and Vanessa’s family.
We learned that Vanessa and her family are Roman Catholic.
Mina found it awkward.
After dinner, for some reason Vanessa decided Mina and Peter were hiding and she needed to find them. What she found out instead was her mother’s affair with Sir Malcolm.
Vanessa ran back to her room and started praying.
Vanessa says she felt something change in her after that night and she decided to go along with her urge for small acts of wickedness.
Mina on the other hand didn’t have a clue:
Then we jumped forward in time
Vanessa and Peter were playing around.
And Mina was engaged:
Vanessa didn’t really appreciate that.
In the meantime:
Vanessa, as she was writing the letter, admitted to not wanting Mina to marry because she didn’t want to lose her. Also she thought that Mina would get to experience life before her.
All the same, they did cute things and at this point I decided to make these because I had a feeling I wouldn’t get a chance later:
(Enjoy while you can)
Okay, I’m done.
Vanessa basically seemed to think this way:
You know how everyone has controlling, envious friends like Vanessa who are prone to getting possessed by the devil every now and then. They are still your friends, guys. Don’t abandon them. (Run, run fast and never look back)
Later Peter was complaining to Vanessa about wanting to go to Africa.
But his father still didn’t seem to know who he was.
Guys, WE DIDN’T SEE VICTOR AND ETHAN AND DORIAN this episode. I missed them terribly.
But I did enjoy seeing Vanessa and Mina’s story, as well as Peter’s (Poor, lovely Peter)
Now I hate Sir Malcolm Murray with the fire of a thousand suns. And I rarely hate a character. So this is a compliment to Timothy Dalton I suppose?
However, I love how good of a character Vanessa is. She is conflicted, desperate, strong, weak, horrible and good at the same time. Well-written (and therefore flawed) female characters are hard to come by so I think we are lucky to have met one in this show. I’ve seen comments criticizing that her possession was caused by her sexual actions and betrayal of a friend but I think it is mostly about her own judgement and perception of herself.
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