In Review: Pennyworth – Marianne Faithful

Alfred must take a side in the struggle.

Synopsis: After a member of the British royalty is abducted, Alfred must take a side in the struggle. Meanwhile, Lord Harwood uses those closest to Alfred to remove him from the game.

Review: Alfred’s plans to leave the country are thwarted as Harewood stages a hostile takeover of Her Majesty’s Government.

The Story

As Alfred and his friends prepare to leave the country. Harewood and his Raven Society stage a hostile take over of the Government by kidnapping the Queen. Alfred and his friends go to Thomas Wayne and Martha Kane in order to stage a rescue attempt of the Queen and return things to the status quo.

Unbeknown to Alfred is the fact that his father is a member of The Raven Society’s most secret chapter, which is called the old guard, which means Alfred will have to choose between family and country.

The Acting

Ian Puleston-Davies puts in a brilliant performance this week as Alfred’s old fashioned Father, whose views are not the same as his sons. The scenes where he is celebrating the Raven Society’s short-lived victory are really good. But its the final few scenes that he has with Jack Bannon that really make this episode. Especially given how the episode ends.


This is a pretty good season one finale, which will hopefully prove good enough for the series to be picked up for a second season. Especially given how this ends.

The one thing I wasn’t keen on was Alfred winding up in the bed of Her Majesty the Queen. This seemed rather farfetched and kind of undermined Alfred’s character as well as that of the place which the Monarchy occupies in this series.

The hostile take over of the Government by Harewood was brilliantly done with the soldiers marching through the streets of London alongside armed and enthusiastic members of The Raven Society.

Overall. A fairly good, but not perfect end for the first season.

Pennyworth - Marianne Faithful
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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