Peaky Blinders 2.02 - ‘The One with Tom Hardy’
If Peaky Blinders episodes were named like Friends episode, episode two of season two would be ‘The One With Tom Hardy’. It’s all anyone was talking about in the run-up to season two, it was his absence in episode one that many people commented on, and it’s the thing everyone is talking about for episode two.
And rightly so, Hardy has an amazing screen presence, and there’s no shortage of it in his role as Alfie Solomons: Boss of Camden’s gangs, arch-enemy of the violent Sabini, rum distiller and baker. A bruised and beaten Tommy doesn’t appear to be in the same league as his verbal sparring partner, but nonetheless an alliance is formed. [snip]
… Overall, this seemed like an episode of setups, with mere incremental movements: An unread telegram from Grace in New York, Major Campbell’s extortion of Tommy to make him an expendable assassin, the slightly over-acted Sabini… But the highlight of this episode was the introduction of Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomons. Long may he chew the scenery and steal the show. Full review