Everyone’s had one of those nights where they get absolutely wasted and then wake up sprawled in the mud next to a melon and a corpse. No? Possibly just Porthos then, who in this week’s episode found himself sentenced to death and rescued in the space of a couple of minutes. But it wasn’t our usual brave boys doing the rescuing – this week Porthos’ past came back to haunt him in the form of the Court of Miracles.
Plot wise, this week The Musketeers were back to being detectives. This could have led to a boring episode, given that it was basically a rehash of episode one (a musketeer is wrongly sentenced to death, but the others will find some evidence to clear his name!), but it did well, cramming in a few red herrings along the way. But they weren’t just there to distract us. The subplot about Catholics and Protestants just added to the world-building, reminding us that this was a time in French history where Protestants had only recently been tolerated. It was a nice touch to make de Mauvoisin’s family Huguenots, giving a reason for his relative poverty, like a little history-geek bonus. The script was definitely ambitious, taking in thieves, the court, religious intrigue, capitalism, murder, urban cleansing and the printing press. Which might explain how the plothole slipped through the net. Part of Porthos’ alibi relies on the fact that the young de Mauvoisin couldn’t have been killed in the street, as there was no blood or brain matter in the mud. But when Porthos finally has a flashback to his forgotten night, he sees the murderer in said street, leaning over the corpse. Either the murder happened in the pub and no-one noticed, or in the street and very cleanly, or the de Mauvoisins went elsewhere to have their fight, before de Mauvoisin Senior and Charon moved the body to the street. Essentially, none of the possible explanations really work. So why mention the lack of blood in the first place?
In next week’s episode... well, it’s kind of difficult to tell. It looks like we’ll be getting another load of history thrown in, with the appearance of Marie de’ Medici, Louis’ mother. She’ll be having friction with the Cardinal! Constance’s fighting lessons will recommence! Aramis will say one thing and do another! Baby! I counted at least three women in that teaser! But the most pressing question is this: will Aramis’ saddle-mounted hat stand make another appearance?