We’ve now hit the halfway point for Season 3 of “Penny Dreadful” and it looks like Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett) has really begun to embrace his dark side. Sure, he’s a werewolf … that’s a detail that has been known for a while. But Chandler has been walking the line between good and evil for the past few seasons now and it looks like his patience is wearing thin.
Part of his new desire to be bad has come from Hecate’s (Sarah Green) influence. She’s got a way with words and isn’t hard on the eyes but there’s something about watching the two ride around on horses in the old west that provokes an eye roll or two. This girl is a demon? We thought demons were above such human actions.
Yet, just as we begin questioning her motives and abilities, Ethan succumbs to her suggestions to involve other demonic beings in his persevering quest for vengeance. Did the beasts she summoned show up as smoke monsters or fork tongued hell hounds? Nope. Instead, we got snakes. As Indiana Jones put it best, “Why’d it have to be snakes?”
We expected a bit more, especially with all the crawling on the ground, digging in the dirt and speaking in tongues. But her summoning ritual did enough to dispatch most of Chandler’s enemies, including his Apache father. While not dead, it looks like Kaetenay’s (Wes Studi) health is deteriorating fast and Ethan isn’t at all sad.
It seems that his three fathers — the two surrogates, and the one real one — have all left lasting effects on young Mr. Chandler. Yet his disdain for his blood father, Jared (Brian Cox) feels the most strong.
One has to wonder if he’ll follow through on murdering his parent and accepting Lucifer as his master. If Hecate has her way, Ethan accepting his beastly fate will bring on the apocalypse. How will that effect Dracula’s (Christian Camargo) plans with Miss Ives (Eva Green)? Something tells us, we’ll find out soon enough.
“Penny Dreadful” airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.