Guilt-ridden for reanimating a corpse that degenerates into a monster, Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) bares his troubled soul on Showtime’s “Penny Dreadful.”
The title of Episode 106, “What Death Can Join Together,” refers to Percy Shelley’s “Adonais” and its contemplation of the Great Beyond. The elegy haunts Victor, who fears his macabre medical experiments produced “a sin that is everlasting.”
“Do you believe in fate?” Victor asks Prof. Abraham Van Helsing (David Warner), an expert on rare blood diseases. “I don’t mean justice. I mean retribution. I mean facing the consequences of your actions that have produced a catastrophe!”
Van Helsing tries to...