The penultimate episode of the first season of Pennyworth begins with Alfred being sent off to prison, following the murders in the previous episode. But there is far too much going on in the main plot line to leave Jack Bannon there, and out he comes, recruited for yet another shady job by the government.
This is a well paced episode, as the leaders of the Ravens and the No Name League, now allowed to openly campaign in the new election, seek to form a mutual bond against the government in power, only to have the Prime Minister seek to kill them off.
All the schemes and counter schemes neatly allow for all the major players, including Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), Martha Kane (Emma Paetz), and Bet Sykes (Paloma Faith), to get involved in what would appear to be a big climax sequence. I guess I am giving a bit of a spoiler when I say things do not turn out as planned, even though the characters have a lot of different plans, and goals.
The episode concludes with a great scene, laying the groundwork for the final episode of the season. But that’s all I will say about that.
I am feeling that 10 episodes just wasn’t enough for the story they want to tell. There has been so much fascinating world building in this series, and I need to know so much more about this alternate reality. But I guess it’s a far better thing for me to want to see more of the show, than to be content.
As yet there has been no announcement about whether there will be a second season. I certainly hope there will be. The harshest criticism I have come across is that the series didn’t need to be tied to the Batman mythos. And yes, I will concede that there was no imperative about that. But had the series not been about young Alfred, I likely would never have started watching it. And I wager that many viewers would be in the same position. And since I am very glad that I did start watching Pennyworth, I am also glad for the link to the Batman universe.