Synopsis: In ‘The Rose and Thorn’. Alfred is enlisted to help extract Lucius Fox from Raven headquarters. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Aziz sets in motion a plan that pits Aleister Crowley against John Ripper.
This episode brings us lots of skullduggery as Alfred is blackmailed into one last job. Indeed, Prime Minister Aziz has a few cunning plans in play. One is to blackmail Alfred into extracting Lucius Fox from the Raven Society HQ. The other is to get Aleister Crowley to work his dark deeds on John Ripper. In short, Aziz needs Ripper out of the way as he is the only real challenger to his claim as Prime Minister.
Meanwhile at Raven Society Headquarters. Colonel John Salt is plotting to undermine Lord Harewood and have him removed. The means of this plan falls into his lap when a lieutenant seeks an audience with Harewood in order to try and clear the good name of former Vice-Chancellor Frances Gaunt.
At his club. Alfred’s friendship with Dave Boy is in danger of fracturing due to recent events.
‘The Rose and Thorn’ has a few great acting performances and features some brilliant character moments. Firstly kudos go to Edward Hogg who becomes the master manipulator as Colonel John Salt. His scenes with Jason Flemyng’s Lord Harewood were brilliant to watch. And the end result is somewhat bloody.
Also fun to watch was Ramon Tikaram as Prime Minister Aziz. The way in which he manages to get Crowley (Jonjo O’Neill) to drive John Ripper (Danny Webb) mad was brilliantly done. I love the scene where Crowley meets Ripper in the car and Ripper callously throws Crowley’s dog out the car window. By the end of the episode Ripper is well and truly paid back for his cruelty.
Overall. Pretty much all the cast gave solid performances. But it was the actors that were involved in all of the skullduggery that really stood out in this week’s show.
Overall. Probably one of the best episodes of the season to date. I really appreciated seeing Alfred get to work with Martha Kane again. The mission to get Lucious Fox was a little short and sweet in that it only seemed to amount to a brief shootout in a coffee shop. I was kind of hoping for something a little more elaborate. But I supposed they had to make way for the more nuanced skullduggery that was happening with both the Raven Society and the No Names.
Now that Alfred has the means to escape to America. It will be interesting to see what events will transpire that prevent him from taking the trip. Will Gully come after him? I suppose we’ll have to wait and see.
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- CGI & Stunts9.4
- Incidental Music9.6