Synopsis: The Musketeers investigate Emille of Duras, a woman claiming to have visions of God which instruct her to lead thousands of followers into war with Spain.
Review: The Musketeers are back after their week off because of the FA Cup and they have returned with a highly charged political episode, which has very little to offer in the way of action.
The story sees Emille rant about the complacency of King Louis in his dealings with the Spaniards and rallies an army of her own to take on King Philip and Spain. Which is an absolute political powder keg that the Musketeers are charged with stopping by any means.
Emma Lowndes puts in a brilliant performance as Emille, who as it turns out has been fed all sorts of religious and political propaganda by her mother who has also fed her drugs, which have been causing Emille to hallucinate.
Meanwhile back at the court of France Mi Lady continues her affair with the King, but Rochforte, who still has ambitions to take the throne from his King has learned of Mi Ladies dark secret and uses it in order to convince her to murder for him.
This was an episode in which most of the story was set up for stuff that will happen later down the line. Emille’s story-line in this particular wasn’t really all that exciting, but seemed to be a jumping off point for the King and Rochforte to decommission Captain of the Musketeers Treville.
It will be interested to see how much of this weeks set up plays out in future episodes. But thus far this has to be the weakest episode of the series to date due to some serious pacing issues. We can only hope this was a blip.
- Great acting from Emma Lowndes as Emille
- Far to much expositional stuff slowed down the pacing
- Incidental Music7.5