After two episodes that gave the focus to Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge) and Martha Kane (Emma Paetz), Alfred returns to centre stage, and Jack Bannon really makes the most of it.
Not only do we get a damn good story, which sees Alfred reluctantly work alongside Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith) to hunt down his fiancee’s killer, and learn about the man’s connections to the Raven society, we also see the leaders of the Ravens launch their plan to take control of England.
The episode is packed with great scenes, and some beautiful moments of storytelling. I particularly loved the scene in which Alfred meets with his buddies in the pub. The sequence opens with the regulars crowded around the television, watching a sporting match. Some of the Ravens enter, trying to recruit supporters for the big rally at the climax of the episode. This leads to a full out bar brawl, although that all plays out in the background of the scene. Alfred and his mates make their own plans, and head out of the pub without getting involved in the ever-increasing fight.
I was also quite shocked to see how negative the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth is in this series. Jessica Ellerby is darn close to proclaiming Let them eat cake, the way she plays the monarch. Her only real concern is to make sure her uncle, called the Duke of Devonshire, and his American divorcee wife remain in the Caribbean and far from the seat of power.
There are good plot twists, and some chilling developments when it comes to Alfred’s own family.
This series is just so much better than it could have been. I’m glad for it.