When I heard about Pennyworth a series about Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler I knew I had to check it out.
I saw the first three episodes of Pennyworth through the Roku Channel app that let me access Epix on my Roku TV without a cable subscription.
Jack Bannon, who portrays Alfred, who has left the military and his servant parents want him to follow in their footsteps. However, Alfred prefers to develop his own security service with his military buddies Deon ‘Bazza’ Bashford and Wallace ‘Davy Boy’ MacDougal.
All three suffer nightmares and flashbacks from their days in the war and the SAS. (Special Air Services) Of the three Alfred and Deon are the most collected but Wallace is unable to hold himself together except when he is on a job. But even then he has a tendency to want to shoot and not ask questions later.
Bannon is spot on as Alfred and channels Michael Cain well even sounding like him now and then. He also shows how cunning, smart, thinks things from all angles and develops contingencies. Basically, Alfred can find away through most anything thrown his way.
However, as good as Bannon is as Alfred and the supporting case is good too; after three episodes I had enough.
The writers have the elements of a great spy and security work series. And although this is used, the writers chose to form characters like Esme’ and Lord Harwood in the mold of future Batman villains. As well as bringing a secret society like the Court of Owls into play right away.
I do not believe this was necessary. The show could have stood on its own without elements of Alfred’s future brought to his past in the first season.