In Review: The Musketeers – Keep Your Friends Close

The Musketeers are tasked with rescuing Comte De Rochefort, the Cardinal's man in Madrid

Synopsis: The Musketeers are tasked with rescuing Comte De Rochefort, the Cardinal’s man in Madrid who has escaped from a Spanish prison. He has news that the chief author of France’s military strategy has been captured, so he and the kings men team up to rescue him.

Review: The episode starts with a brief scene of Cardinal Richelieu’s funeral and then quickly breaks away to our four heroes as they are riding to meet up with Comte De Rochefort, who has already made his presence known by killing a villager in cold blood and becoming the victim of a lynching.

Luckily for Rochefort the Musketeers intervene, but not being one to miss out on the last word Rochefort shoots the leader of the lynching party as he rides home as a prisoner of the Kings Musketeers.

Playing the part of Rochefort is Marc Warren who is perhaps best known for his roles in ‘Hustle’ and ‘Mad Dogs’.

As far as scheming goes Rochefort for me seems like a far more sinister threat to the Musketeers than Richelieu was in the first series, but that said Richelieu was more of a political figure in last years series whereas it looks like the writers are going to have Rochefort function as both a political and military spymaster, which if so could make for intriguing viewing.

The four main leads of the series after a first season to establish themselves seem like a much tighter unit now and we got continuations of D’Artagnan’s ongoing relationship with Constance as well as Aramis’s ongoing dangerous flirtation with the Queen.

The central plot device of this story is a rescue, which forces The Musketeers and Rochefort to work together and leads to Rochefort being granted the captaincy of the Cardinals Guards by King Louis who has also adopted Rochefort as his new adviser. A role that was turned down by Treville earlier in the episode.

You probably would not have missed the presence of the Cardinal in this episode if it were not constantly referenced throughout, but that said it could be that the cardinals sudden death may make up some elements to this years ongoing storyline, but we’ll have to wait and see to see if that prediction bares fruit.

It’s a promising start for the new series and it would be interesting to see what the new Friday night slot does for the shows ratings.


The Musketeers - Keep Your Friends Close
  • Great introduction for Marc Warren
  • Maybe a bit to many references to the departed Cardinal
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Incidental Music

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One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    3 January 2015 at 3:59 am -

    I’m okay with the references to the Cardinal, because they needed to acknowledge Capaldi’s contribution and do their best to show that portion of the audience who tuned in for him that he will still be felt. All in all, they did a really good job. Structurally, I really appreciate how they’ve linked Constance and Queen Anne. It works as both a nod to the book and a concession to narrative economy in television.

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