TV Club: Penny Dreadful: “Fresh Hell”

It doesn’t take long for “Fresh Hell” to draw us back into the seductive world of Penny Dreadful. The opening shot of Eva Green making her way through a snow-covered Victorian park is all that’s required to remind us that the show’s pleasures lie largely in the atmosphere it conjures, to which plot considerations often take a back seat. Yes, there are cliffhangers of a sort to be resolved from last season as well as new business to be introduced, but Penny Dreadful isn’t in any particular hurry to get to any of it. With an additional two episodes this season, there’s time for us to reacquaint ourselves with the characters before things start to get crazy.

First and foremost among those characters is Vanessa Ives, who finds herself the target of a new threat…or a very old threat, depending how you look at …

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