Synopsis: A riot is taking place at the prison, the king has his hands full with his sons birthday.
Review: Governor Feron with the aid of Grimaud stage an ambitious breakout of the Chatelet in order to break out a prisoner who used to be the official locksmith to the King.
Things go wrong when a more dangerous prisoner who believes himself to be the King also escapes.
While the Musketeers are trying to round up all the escaped prisoners they catch wind of Feron’s plot and find the locksmiths wife. She is being held prisoner by some of Feron’s hired muscle.
Back at the Palace preparations are afoot for the prince’s birthday. The King is sparring no expense with the pending party and Feron is also making a large contribution. Minister Treville gets a few steps closer to figuring out what Feron’s end game and learns of a massive debt via the Dutch financier Van Laar. Unfortunately Van Laar does not live long enough to have his money returned.
Obviously the Musketeers eventually prevail and put all back to rights, but not before Grimaud once again escapes, but lucky for him. The Musketeers have bigger problems with having to capture Borel who has murdered some nuns while under the belief that he is the true king as ordained by god.
Things come to a head when Borel takes the Queen hostage and forced D’Artagnan to shoot him.
When the Musketeers return the Queen safely to the palace. The King is none to pleased that Aramis is with them. Relations between the King and Queen have been cold to say the very least.
Lots revealed in this episode in terms of the complexity of Feron and Grimauds plot to basically raise an army and overthrow the king.
We get a great performance in this episode from guest actor Stephen Walters who gives a compelling portrayal of the disturbed Borel who is suffering from a serious mental illness. A fact that D’Artagnon is very aware of when feeling somewhat guilty about having had to have killed him.
I really like the fact that this series has started to explore social justice and look much more at the devide between the classes. I also quite like the continued romance between Athos and Sylvie.
- Incidental Music9.6