IN REVIEW: PENNYWORTH: THE ORIGIN OF BATMAN’S BUTLER (S1 – EP4) Silver Birch

Alfred is hired to break Thomas Wayne out of the Tower of London.
Birch

Synopsis: In Silver Birch, Alfred is hired to break Thomas Wayne out of the Tower of London. Meanwhile, Virginia Devereaux pulls the trigger on operation scorched earth. 

 

The Story

Picking up from events in last week’s episode. Thomas Wayne has been charged with attempting to murder his wife Martha and is being held in The Tower of London. However, Thomas was acting under the influence of a drug that Virginia Devereux had slipped into his drink as a means to try to coax him into murdering his wife for her CIA Black Op. However, Thomas’s father Patrick Wayne was not fully sold on her scheme and takes matters into his own hands by hiring Alfred Pennyworth to break his son out of the Tower. Meanwhile, the scientist who developed the drug is still in the wind and it seems that Virginia and her CIA goons are not the only parties interested in what he has to offer.

The question is can Alfred get Thomas out of the Tower and blow the scheme wide open so that Prime Minister Azeez and his people can begin to unravel the conspiracy?

 

The Acting

Jack Bannon remains brilliantly cool in his role of Alfred whose little eyes light up when Patrick Wayne (Richard Dillane) offers him one million dollars to break Thomas (Ben Aldridge) out of the tower of London. But the star turn in this episode belongs to Lorraine Burroughs who is brilliantly manipulative and menacing as the CIA rogue agent Virginia Devereaux who has been stage managing things from the very beginning. 

 

Overall

Silver Birch is a solid episode that does a brilliant job of building on the plot threads that were introduced in the opening three episodes. I loved the sequence where Alfred and Dave Boy break into The Tower of London and get Thomas out. But it’s the way in which Alfred manipulates events in such a way that Azeez had little choice but to let him go at the end of the episode. Which is something that gets touched on in Alfie’s final scene where he is having a bit of fun with the celebrated Sandra Onslow.

Overall a fun episode with plenty of twists and turns.

9.6
PENNYWORTH: THE ORIGIN OF BATMAN’S BUTLER (S1 – EP4) Silver Birch
  • Story
    9.6
  • Acting
    9.8
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.5
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

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: ian@scifipulse.net
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