In Review: The Musketeers – The Prodigal Father

Porthos uncovers the truth about his parentage and questions his allegiance to the Musketeers. Can he trust his new found family and where do his true loyalties lie.

Synopsis: Porthos uncovers the truth about his parentage and questions his allegiance to the Musketeers. Can he trust his new found family and where do his true loyalties lie.

Review: We have been teased with the origin of Porthos since the series began last year and we get to finally learn about his father in this episode, which is largely centred on him.

We get to see some fantastic acting between Howard Charles (Porthos) and his manipulative father Belgard, who is played brilliantly by Liam Cunningham. Also putting in a great performance was Emma Hamilton as the selfish and conceited Eleanor Belgard , who is not beyond lying and selling young women into a life of slavery to the highest bidder.

In the episode Porthos spends much time hearing his father out on why he never benefited from an upbringing in his house and for a time Porthos does actually question his place with the Musketeers, but soon learns the ugly truth when his father is confronted by himself and Captain Treville.

My one small complaint is that it took quite awhile for Porthos to wake up to his deceitful father.

There are a few pretty nice action sequences in the episode, but much of it is an emotional roller coaster for Porthos, who is trying find some meaning behind why he was abandoned as a child.

The episode also advances the relationship between Constance and D’Artagnan.

But the big surprise is saved for the closing moments when Rochefort tries to have his wicked way with Queen Anne only to lose his eye in the process.

Things are likely to get interesting as we come to the close of this current run. Especially given that Rochefort is now very much in the know about Aramis and his romantic interest in the Queen.

8.9
The Musketeers - The Prodigal Father
  • Great way to end an episode
  • It took Porthos a little to much time to figure out his fathers lies
  • Story
    8
  • Acting
    10
  • Action
    8.5
  • Incidental Music
    9

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    8 March 2015 at 1:51 pm -

    That was a great ending. I loved Anne taking his eye out, even if it causes trouble later. Kudos to Mark Warren, as well, for finally bringing Rochefort’s full crazy center stage.

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