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'The Musketeers' recap: Revenge vs. justice

Season 1 | Episode 4 | “The Good Soldier” | Aired July 13, 2014

Every episode reveals more about the men who are the Musketeers. This week, Aramis fans can rejoice, as the focus is on his backstory. We’ve seen the suave Musketeer seduce and charm his way with winks and smiles. This time we see part of his dark past and what happens when he becomes super-serious. (P.S.: It’s still super-hot.)

Everyone is impatiently waiting around for an important guest to arrive. The King, tired and bored, starts complaining, but Cardinal Richelieu reminds him that this meeting is to sign a peace treaty that will be very important for France, as it deals with keeping off Spanish influence. The Musketeers are there, too, with Aramis looking uneasy about this visit. It is briefly mentioned that this is due to a massacre that had taken place several years ago.

Finally, a carriage rolls up, and the honored guests, the Duke and Duchess of Savoy, have arrived. I’m not sure of royal protocol during this time period, but I found it interesting that the King and Queen got up to greet them versus waiting to be approached. The Duke (Vincent Regan, 300) doesn’t seem thrilled to be here either, but the Duchess (Phoebe Fox) is glad to have arrived, for she is the King’s sister.

Suddenly a masked assassin shoots and kills one of the guards; the target appears to have been the Duke. There’s mass confusion as everyone rushes to protect the royalty and the Musketeers race to find the culprit.

As Aramis examines a rope hanging from a window that the assassin had used, someone suddenly sneaks up behind him. It is revealed that it is his old friend and former Musketeer Marsac (JJ Feild, Captain America: The First Avenger, Austenland).

Five years ago, Aramis and Marsac had been the only survivors of an attack on a group of Musketeers that left 20 soldiers dead. The group had gone out for training exercises. While they were camping, they were attacked in the night, with most of the men killed in their sleep. Aramis had been wounded and Marsac pulled him to safety, then ripped off his uniform and rode away. That was the last time they had seen each other.

He appears now to be suffering from PTSD and survivor’s guilt and wanting revenge. He has returned because he believes the Duke is the one who ordered and led the attacks. D’Artagnan finds the two of them, but is sworn to secrecy by Aramis because he feels he owes Marsac his life.

Meanwhile, Captain Treville and Richelieu find that they need to work together because they need to make the treaty happen. It seems that five years ago in Savoy, they made decisions together, including having the Duke’s chancellor being kept in a prison in France. They must keep him hidden during this visit so the treaty can be signed.

As a former Musketeer who left, Marsac is considered a coward and a deserter by others, and is under sentence of death should he be found. D’Artagnan, therefore, brings Marsac to Constance’s house to keep him hidden. After Marsac shoots her some admiring looks, D’Artagnan reminds him that she is married and that he needs to stay away. I don’t know if it’s because she’s in her own home or if that’s the fashion of the time, but Constance’s dresses seem rather skimpy compared to what other women have worn on the show.

After Treville is told that the assassin escaped, Athos confronts Aramis and says he knows he’s hiding something, which forces a reveal of Marsac to him, Porthos and Constance. She is angry at D’Artganan for lying to her and for choosing to be loyal to Aramis over her. This seems pretty silly to me because, as pointed out earlier, she IS married.

Marsac brings the men to a witness he found in a bar. He had been one of the Duke’s soldiers and confessed that they had been told that the French had come to kill the Duke and put his son in his place. He also revealed that Treville was the one who had been the betrayer. All of them are in shock over this news and leave Marsac to discuss this over. Bad move, as Marsac’s temper takes over and he kills the man.

It’s decided that Aramis will go investigate on his own to find out the truth about Treville. He tells the others that during the attacks, he left a mark on the leader’s back, and there should be a scar.

Porthos and Athos are assigned to protect the Duke, who is not happy about it at all; in fact, he’s so against this idea that he wants to duel with Athos. If Athos wins, he’ll discuss plans to sign the peace treaty. If the Duke wins, he’s going home and the treaty is off. Treville states that he has faith in Athos, and the duel begins in front of an audience including the King and Richelieu.


Athos. Sword. Fighting. Sweaty. Swoon!

It’s a very tense fight, as both men are expert sword fighters. The Duke throws out punches, hitting Athos squarely in the mouth, and also pulls out a dagger. But Athos has more emotion behind his fight and defeats the Duke, knocking both sword and dagger out of his hands. It looks like he wants to finish him off for good. Later he goes to apologize, but as he does, the Duke pulls off his shirt, revealing that scar Aramis talked about.

With this information, Porthos follows the Duke’s right-hand man into a bar, where he overhears the jailer tell him about his prisoner. Based on the description given, the Duke’s man believes it to be the missing chancellor.

Aramis’ search for information on Treville has turned up nothing. Literally nothing. All the documentation from that night is gone. The Musketeers finally decide to confront Treville. He refuses to answer them directly. Aramis loses his temper and yells way more than he should at his superior officer, but Treville will not answer them. This is the last straw for Aramis, and he decides to take things into his own hands.

Back at Constance’s house, Marsac has been sampling a little too much wine, and apparently it’s been a while since he’s been near a woman. He starts making advances at Constance and tries to attack her, but D’Artagnan comes in just in the nick of time to save her. Because he’s the one that decided to bring Marsac to her house, he apologizes and asks if there is anything he can do to make up for it. Constance tells him there is something she wants that her husband must never find out. She walks over to D’Artagnan slowly …

And she want to learn how to sword fight! “Why should men have all the fun?” she asks. A woman after my own heart! Though it’s quite obvious that’s not what D’Artagnan was expecting.

Aramis overhears Treville and Richeliu making final plans, and finally gets Treville to admit that he was the one who told Savoy about the fake plans for attack. Aramis punches him repeatedly. Marsac had been telling the truth all along. He wants Aramis to join him for revenge, to avenge their comrades who had been slaughtered. Aramis wants justice instead. Marsac doesn’t share his idea and promptly knocks him out.

In a glorious room that looks like the library the Beast gave Belle, the Duke refuses to sign the treaty.

He tells the Cardinal that he knows his chancellor is in the prison, and they will prove it by actually going to visit him. Everyone looks rather shocked. While Richelieu tries to stall and protest, the Duchess arrives at the Musketeers’ garrison. She tells them of the Duke’s plan and wants them to go hide the chancellor, as there are lives at stake here, including her own. It’s a race to see who’ll get to the prison first!

By the time the Duke and Richelieu have reached the prison, the plan is already in place. D’Artagnan has disguised himself as the jailer (Richelieu recognizes him just in the nick of time) and the chancellor has been replaced by one of the Musketeer’s cooks. The Duke seems embarrassed and resigned to the fact that they were wrong. Walking out, Richelieu gives the slightest of nods of appreciation to D’Artagnan.

Marsac corners Treville and has him at gunpoint, forcing him to finally confess everything. It turns out the King was the one who told Treville to betray them. This was to protect the King’s most important spy in Savoy. Surprise! It’s the Duchess. Apparently the Duke’s chancellor had been a Spanish spy and they needed to find a way to stop him.

It’s not enough for Marsac. He wants revenge; for him, the only way is to kill Treville. Aramis arrives, but even his pleading cannot stop Marsac. Triggers are pulled all around and while Treville is safe, Aramis’ bullet fatally hits Marsac. As Treville’s friend dies in his arms, Marsac tells him, “Better to die a Musketeer than to live like a dog.”

The treaty is finally signed, complete with Richelieu giving the Duke’s son a friendly little wave, which seems completely out of character for him. The Duchess pauses to remind the Musketeers that she does love her husband.

Shooting practice begins for Constance and D’Artagnan, which really means they are shooting sparks from all that passion that is bubbling just under the surface.

Aramis buries Marsac among the graves of the fallen Musketeers. He places Marsac’s sword in the grave, as his friend has finally found peace and can be at rest.

No sign of Milady this week, and Aramis was too busy finding justice to be charming to anyone. No worries, as Constance and D’Artagnan have so much chemistry together that they didn’t really need the gunpowder to make more sparks. Will the writers do something to her husband to get him out of the picture for good?

Richelieu may have done everything tonight for his own purposes, but it was fun to see him work together with the Musketeers for once. The little wave to the nephew was the icing on the cake. I did like how Marsac points out that D’Artagnan isn’t actually a Musketeer. Will he officially become one at some point in the season? This week also had my favorite guest star—I’ve been a big fan of JJ Feild since he starred in Northanger Abbey. I was thrilled to see him and devastated that he won’t ever be able to return. A roller coaster of emotions this week.

(Reacting to Constance being angry at D’Artagnan)
Aramis: She’ll forgive you. Just give her time.
D’Artagnan: How much time?
Porthos: A decade … or two. Maybe?

The Musketeers airs on Sundays 9/8 C on BBC America. 

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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