In Review: The Musketeers – Trial and Punishment

The Musketeers must risk everything to save France from Rochefort's treacherous plan. However can they protect Aramis and the Queen before Rochefort is able to execute them?

Synopsis: The Musketeers must risk everything to save France from Rochefort’s treacherous plan. However can they protect Aramis and the Queen before Rochefort is able to execute them?

Review: The season two finale of ‘The Musketeers’ pretty much wrapped everything to do with Rochefort up, which was kind of disappointing given that we had only started to see the depths of his insanity, but also because Marc Warren’s portrayal has to be the best since Christopher Lee played the role in the Mark Lester ‘Musketeer’ movies of the 70s and 80s.

Disappointingly the writers and producers have chose to kill off a really good villain at the cost of giving Constance a stay of execution. By this point in the book series and movie interpretations she’d have been killed off. But for some reason the writers have chosen to keep her around. I’ve no doubt we will find out why next year, but it will be annoying if she has just been kept around for the sake of having a permanent love interest for D’Artagnan. I’d personally always thought that the loss of Constance was a strong part of character building in the books for D’Artagnan, who starts out as an idealistic and innocent character, but eventually winds up becoming a realist by the time that we see the older version in Duma’s ‘Man In The Iron Mask’.

It’s understandable that the writers will want to keep these characters around for the duration of a series, but I think having lost Cardinal Richelieu in the last series due to ‘Doctor Who’ that its a potential mistake killing off Rochefort.

The action quotient for this final story of the second series was slightly less than we seen last week, but the action was still there when it really mattered. I loved the scenes near the start of the episode where Porthos is playing cat and mouse with the Spanish spymaster and his soldiers. But the final duel between Rochefort and the Musketeers was kind of disappointing due to the fact that pretty much every character with an axe to grind against Rochefort got a piece of the action. I’d much preferred to have seen a straight up duel between D’Artagnan and Rochefort.

By the close the episode Captain Treville has been promoted to the minister of war. Aramis, who is saved by his friends has joined a monastery, which is just as well given that his love child to the Queen was pretty much all but exposed for a time, until the nieve and somewhat stupid King was convinced that everything Rochefort said was a lie, and the fantastically sexy and dangerous MiLady, who helped our heroes take Rochefort down has left for England supposedly never to be seen again.

To me the season two finale of this series almost played out like a series finale because so much was wrapped up. Which seems to indicate that the writing team were not confident of a series three pick up.

It was all a little too neat.

The Musketeers - Trial and Punishment
  • Fantastic action and acting performance from Marc Warren
  • Why is Constance still alive. I was hoping this series would not go the Disney route
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Incidental Music
  • Stunts

Ian Cullen is the founder of 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: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at: [email protected]
One Comment
  • Raissa Devereux (@RaissaDevereux)
    29 March 2015 at 2:28 pm -

    I liked the duel at the end in a boys with their toys all having fun sort of way. I think they’ll probably keep Constance around, because it’s the only way they can have a female Musketeer in a historical narrative that otherwise won’t allow for that. If they kill her off it’ll be toward the end of the series when they know they have nothing left to lose. Given the caliber of villain in both series, I am wondering who they’ll get for S3.

    On a historical note, King Louis was probably a dud, and Queen Anne’s children were likely fathered by Mazarin, who essentially helped her raise them after Louis died, and she became regent. Including a story line where a religiously inclined Musketeer fathered her love child is therefore a round about nod to assumed history, especially when you consider that Aramis becomes the Richelieu/Mazarin version of himself by the end of Man in the Iron Mask.

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