In Review: Pennyworth (S2 – E9) Paradise Lost

With less than 48 hours, Alfred, Thomas & Martha concoct a plan to infiltrate Raven headquarters
Paradise Lost

Synopsis: In ‘Paradise Lost’. With less than 48 hours, Alfred, Thomas & Martha concoct a plan to infiltrate Raven headquarters with Daveboy and Lucius to steal Project Stormcloud.

 

The Story

Thomas, Martha, and Alfred come up with a plan to infiltrate Raven headquarters and steal project stormcloud. In short, Thomas will use his position as CIA Station Chief to take Lucius Fox back to Raven HQ. While Alfred and Daveboy do all the grunt work. Little do they know that Bet and Peggy Sykes are also on a similar mission. Which is to get Frances Gaunt out of prison.

Inevitably, Alfred and the gang get captured just as they are about to leave the facility with Stormcloud. Now prisoners of the Raven Union. They are at the mercy of John Salt’s sadistic streak and he particularly picks on Alfred. While trying to persuade Alfred into coming over to The Raven Union. Salt wheels out Alfred’s Father who is hooked up to a steampunk-style breathing machine. Alfred’s old man dutifully tries to talk his son into joining them. But is ultimately unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, Bet and Peggy with their prisoner in tow cross paths with Alfred and his friends and enable their escape.

 

The Acting

‘Paradise Lost’ has some great acting performances. In particular, Dorothy Atkinson as a very worried Mary Pennyworth was brilliant and definitely not someone you’d want to cross. Indeed, she was pretty harsh toward Thomas Wayne, Martha, and Lucius Fox when they visited Alfred in order to concoct their plan. Jack Bannon continues to do a great job as Alfred and his scenes with Ian Puleston-Davies who plays Arthur Pennyworth were brilliantly executed. I particularly loved the twist at the end of the episode.

Of course, you can’t really have a decent episode of this show without the additions of Paloma Faith and Polly Walker as Bet and Peggy Sykes. The scenes where they’re escorting Salt’s girlfriend Vicky around Raven HQ are quite fun. As is Bet’s use of a cutthroat razor. We even get a quite fun reunion with Bet and Alfred.

Finally, we have to mention Edward Hogg for his leery performance as John Salt. Who gets a little revenge on Alfred.

 

Overall

This was a brilliant penultimate episode. The episode’s title ‘Paradise Lost’ is most likely a homage to John Milton’s poem. Indeed, the world we see in Pennyworth is very much an exploration of the darker side of humanity. As well as the more redeeming qualities as well. The question is. Will Alfred and the English League be able to get the upper hand for long enough to build their Edan. The episode ends with a win for Alfred and his team. But what will that ultimately cost them? I sincerely doubt that John Salt is going to surrender now that he no longer has the upper hand. I highly suspect that we’re in for an epic season finale next week. And we’re looking forward to seeing where all pieces will land.

 

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9.7
Pennyworth (S2 - E9) Paradise Lost
  • Story
    9.7
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.7
  • Incidental Music
    9.6

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net 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: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: [email protected]
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