Review: Pilgrim: Series 1 Episode 4: ‘Gainst All Disaster

Pilgrim 1.4Pilgrim must find Joseph of Arimethea before disaster strikes.

The final episode of this first season ties up a number of plot threads that have been running through the four parts, with the discovery that Pilgrim has been manipulated by others for their own purposes. Threatening those to whom he is close – including Freya, the werewolf from the previous episode – is a guaranteed way to get Pilgrim’s attention, and he has to use all of his thousand years of knowledge to get out of the situation in which he finds himself.

Sebastian Baczkiewicz once again weaves fantasy elements into everyday life – the vicious Malachi could simply be a thug, until he reveals his true nature to his victim, and Arthurian legend is added to the mix. We also learn more about Pilgrim’s own story, as we discover the last resting place of his wife, as well as a lot about the legacy that he will eventually leave when he achieves peace.

This first miniseries has only scratched the surface of the potential of the Pilgrim format; Paul Hilton captures Pilgrim’s world-weariness combined with a determination to do what must be done, even though he knows that it may not always be to his own advantage.

Verdict: A strong finale that, like its predecessors, is highly recommended. 8/10

Paul Simpson

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