The Musketeers – Spoils of War 3.01




Spoils of War

Season 3 starts four years after season 2 ended. France has been at war with Spain and the Musketeers are doing their part for the war.

The opening scene has Athos (Tom Burke), d’Artagnan (Luke Pasquilino) and Porthos (Howard Charles) getting ready to charge the Spanish. It’s a grueling fight but they are forced to retreat. Athos rides to his commander and demands aid. The general informs him that the supply of gunpowder was delayed but he must take the field. Needless to say Athos is not happy. The three musketeers do take the field and are victorious. Al this happens in the first 10 minutes of the episode and it’s thrilling. But someone is missing. What’s going on?

Episode one introduces us to one of the ne bad guys for the season. He’s a shadowy figure Athos sees on the battle field. We also learn he’s blackmailing the general and steals the supplies from the musketeers. The new bad is called Grimaud (Matthew McNulty) and he a very sinister character. I’m sure we’ll learn more about him as the season continues.

The burning question is, where’s Aramis (Santiago Cabrera)? He was true to his word and join a monastery. We first see him herding a bunch of children away from a hill overlooking the battle field. His knack for getting into trouble quickly surfaces as one of the children witnesses Grimaud killing the musketeers escorting the supply of gun powder. Aramis quickly diffuses the situation saying they saw nothing. He ushers his charges back to the monastery. A short time later Grimaud shows up at the monastery to hide the supplies while he waits for the Spanish to arrive. Aramis witnesses him killing the abbot and realizes he has to save the children.

Athos, Porthos and d’Artagnan are following the trail of the general when they come upon the massacred musketeers. They continue on the trail when they hear someone yelling. They find Luc, the boy that escaped out a secret passage from the monastery. He tells them everything that happened then leads them back to the monastery. As they are sneaking around the tunnels they see a shadowy figure. The musketeers are in pursuit when Luc tells them not to shoot that it’s only one of the monks. Aramis steps out from the shadows and the musketeers smile, all but Porthos. Athos and d’Artagnan hug their friend but Porthos refuses. Seems there is some bad blood between Aramis and Porthos.

The musketeers help the monks and the children to safety. When Aramis says he will stay and help them Porthos unkindly tells him to join his “brothers”. Aramis is hurt but does as he says. As he leads the children and monks to safety he notices the Spanish have arrived. He needs to warn his friends and goes back to the monastery. The musketeers are already fighting and Aramis joins them. He helps Porthos try to win back the wagon full of gun powder back from the thieves. They also have to keep it out of the hands of the Spanish. The best way to do this is to blow it up. This little adventure breaks the ice between Porthos and Aramis but the rift is far from being healed. Aramis decides he was never cut out to be a monk and joins the musketeers on the journey back to Paris.

Oh Paris how you have changed during the war. There’s a new bad guy in town in the form of Marquis de Feron (Phillipe Achille) the governor of Paris and leader of the Red Guard. He’s also in league with Grimaud. Feron has let the Red Guard run rampant in Paris and there is civil unrest. Seems the Red Guard is a little heavy handed when it comes to justice. The musketeers have a nasty new nemesis that should give them a run for their money.

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