Dee Discusses: The Musketeers 2×06

Posted: February 22, 2015 by Dee in Dee, General Media, Musketeers, Recaps, Television
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There are spoilers in this review. Duh.

Well that was unsettling. In a good way. This episode was a great example of me knowing that the end result was all our characters would be fine, but still feeling tense the entire way through. It was emotionally exhausting, and it was an ambitious storyline for the show. They typically have stories that can wrap up by the end of the episode and might not leave lasting impacts, but I think this episode did. It was getting to a bigger overall concept, and that’s how choices change everything. The choices the main characters have made over the course of the show do matter, and the villain makes Louis see that every choice of his matters too. Of course he doesn’t seem to learn his lesson at all, which I’ll get to in a minute, but I found the small beats in this really interesting. The bad guy Marmion was over the top and ridiculous, sort of a Joker-like person thriving on chaos, but the emotional parts of his storyline did stay with me after the show was over. Previously on The Musketeers, Milady seduced the King and is now his mistress. Aramis and Anne continue to keep their baby’s identity a secret, and Aramis seduced the baby’s caretaker to keep close to him. Captain Treville was demoted, and Rochefort’s obsession with Anne leads him to try and make plans to get rid of Louis. Although he probably has had plenty of chances by now to do that, right?

Louis is flaunting Milady in Anne’s face, which irritates everyone, and Athos peaces right out of a journey they’re all having because of it. They’re going to see an astronomer, the bad guy Marmion, who says he can help them see the eclipse. Athos goes to hang out with Treville instead, and it was a smart way to move a chess piece to the side for later in the story. Once they arrive at the observatory, Rochefort’s men are killed and they’re all taken captive. Aramis is shot out a window, although obviously he gets up later and manages to sneak his way back in. Marmion plays a game with the King, saying that he’s going to flip a coin and fate will decide who lives and who dies. Okay it’s less Joker and more Harvey Dent. He plans on murdering all of them, of course, although he does allow Milady to leave because she agrees to tempt fate and get her life saved on a coin flip. She continues to be such a fantastic character, and it’s not at all surprising that she’s willing to take the chance when other people are not. Her whole life has been a coin flip, in a lot of ways. This gives her the freedom to run back to the city, and to get Athos and Treville to join her in saving them. The full force of the Musketeers will only cause Marmion to kill them sooner. She dresses up like a Musketeer and looks fabulous while doing so.

The-Musketeers-2-6Eventually we learn the tragic backstory of Marmion. His brother is a better character in my opinion, although that’s supposed to be intentional. During a plague year, their town was infected and they were cut off without food or aid. The King made the order to keep it from spreading, but he also left them all to starve to death. Marmion was forced to decide who should live and die as he watched his family starve, and he did a Sophie’s Choice with his children. But they both died. This led him to want revenge on the King and to watch him lose everyone he cared about too. He always planned on making it a suicide mission, although his brother foolishly didn’t see that. I do think he waited too long, he could’ve easily just killed everyone, but he wasn’t a stable person. He wanted to make Louis suffer and the longer it took, the more he could make him stew. I wonder how he became such a renowned astrologer though, and how much time it took for him to get that reputation. D’Artagnan offers his life to protect his beloved Constance, and he buys them the time they need for Aramis to save the Queen and the others, and then the observatory to be stormed by the rest. Porthos and Rochefort have slight bonding, with Rochefort admitting that he’s in love with someone who is married, and closing up quickly when he realized he said too much. Hmmmm bet that’s going to come back to haunt him later on. Milady seems to be cast off by Louis, or at the least he’s less interested in her now, thinking she abandoned him. TO GET HELP. Ugh.

Louis was really sympathetic this episode, so of course they had to destroy it almost immediately. He was put in an absolutely terrible place, and he does never really seem to understand the consequences of his actions. So while I felt for him the whole episode as he cried and feared for his family, that all changed by the end. Despite the Musketeers saving him and Rochefort’s people failing from the get go, he blamed it all on the Musketeers again! What! I know the show is just doing this to cause more drama, but it’s making Louis a really irritating character. He always walked a fine line in the first season from being pathetic and annoying to amusing and charming in his own way. I don’t want the Musketeers to have to fight for someone they dislike and disrespect, I liked the middle ground they had before this season. At least the Cardinal’s influence over him always made sense because he raised Louis himself. It’s frustrating to see them do this again and again with the character, while giving him so much screen time. It was a good episode with an interesting idea, and it did lead to Constance and D’Artagnan saying screw it at the end and make out in front of everyone. This probably isn’t going to work out well for her, although now Anne has her back, so she might have a better chance. It looks like Aramis’ girlfriend might be getting wise to him and Anne, or at least figuring out that he isn’t that into her. I dislike that part of his character currently, and I don’t appreciate the preview implies she’ll be used as a weapon against him by Rochefort next week. Yuck. Aramis was always a womanizer, but he always seemed to like them at least, not use them shamelessly and cruelly. I liked the idea of the episode, but I don’t like the constant regression of Louis’ character.  You can be better than this, Musketeers!

 

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