This is a somewhat (by about 2 weeks) belated article on the finale of BBC2’s excellent Peaky Blinders Series 2. The following does contain a few spoilers so if you’re planning to watch it I’d wait till you seen it to read on. Anyway back to the programme. The second series of Peaky Blinders concerned Tommy Shelby and his gang of Brummie gangsters’ attempts to muscle in on the illicit horse racing racket controlled by powerful London gangs.
Series One was a great start. Its biggest issue was that it occasionally strayed into the dangerous world of Style over Substance. It was a beautiful looking piece but some elements of the plot were at times slightly weak.
Fans will be happy to know that the second series remedied that in a big way. It kept the distinctively astonishing look and aesthetic style that was so successful in the first series but added one of the best and most well executed plots I’ve seen on screen in my lifetime. Where the action was sadly limited in series one series two added some hugely inventive set pieces including the fantastic fight between Tommy Shelby and an army officer in the finale.
Series 2’s other brilliant feature was a superb ensemble cast featuring a great set of characters and actors. For me as a life-long fan of Christopher Nolan’s Bane Tom Hardy as a foul mouthed and excellently observed Jewish Gang leader was a highlight.
For me the finale took the series to new heights of greatness and is, in my humble opinion, perhaps the best single TV episode I have ever been lucky enough to see. I really can’t overate the perfect balance of drama, intrigue, aesthetic brilliance and solid action. I’ve already mentioned Tommy’s assassination of the officer. The fight between the two was phenomenally choreographed and nail bitingly tense. The crowning glory of this episode was the final sting in the tale twist. Watch it.
Thanks for reading this slightly short and very late article.
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