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Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Through a Glass Darkly” | Aired Feb 21, 2015

After last week’s wonderful adventure away from the King and Paris, the Musketeers are back to normal. This time, they are accompanying the King to an old fort, occupied by astronomer Marmion (Leo Gregory), in time for the solar eclipse. Well, three out of the four of them are, as Athos has returned to the garrison to bond with Treville, who is packing up after being dismissed from captain duties.

People’s understanding of the solar system during the 1600s wasn’t quite as deep as what we know today. The King’s interpretation, in fact, largely serves to flaunt his relationship with Milady while implying he will always return to the Queen. Once the royal party arrives at the fort, they are handed sunglasses-style protection for their eyes. Never look directly at the sun!

Rochefort tells the Red Guard to secure the fort, but they are immediately attacked and killed by the masked and hooded workers of the fort. Meanwhile, Marmion reveals a mirror that allows the Musketeers and the King to safely view the solar eclipse, but it’s all a ruse to distract them.

Almost immediately, the guards begin to attack everyone and surround the King, who appears to be the target. Clemency is offered to Marmion if he will let them go, but he refuses because he knows the King will immediately revoke it. Aramis asks him to show compassion toward the women and the baby, but is instead pushed out the window! Rochefort and Porthos are chained down in the cellar, leaving only D’Artagnan to stay with the King.

Marmion does a lot of coin tossing. He seems to believe that everything is tied to fate and chance. Basically, he is the 1600s version of Harvey Dent.

Two Face

He offers them the opportunity to call heads or tails on a coin toss, with the chance to live or die depending on their choice. The King won’t do it, so Milady, to his horror, makes the decision. She chooses heads, which is correct and allows her to leave. Another courtier decides to tempt fate, but is killed. He chose … poorly.

Marmion holds some grudge against the King and anyone who comes from wealth. He feels the dice are loaded in their favor. Life is about making choices, and there are always consequences. So he takes everyone from the room, separating the Queen, the Dauphin, and the governess away from the other courtiers and leaving only the King, Constance, and D’Artagnan.

Marmion’s brother, Robert (Nathan Wright), does not seem too happy with what is going on anymore.

Unaware they would be killing so many people, Robert asks his brother to reconsider. He’s told, however, that all this is necessary because the only thing the brothers have left is each other. Now Marmion wants the King to make a choice between two rooms. Depending on which room he picks, either his family will die or his courtiers will. The King chooses room 1, which turns out to be the courtiers, who are all slaughtered.

Meanwhile, Milday rides back to the garrison, ditching her clothes on the way, and by the time she reaches Treville and Athos, she’s chomping on a drumstick and looking crazy as she demands they return to help the others. Athos doesn’t believe her, but she insists that if she is lying, she’ll lose her place at court. Treville rounds up the remaining Musketeers to ride off to the fort.

The King is crying and grovelling on the floor at Marmion’s feet. Honestly, it’s quite pathetic that he’s showing so much weakness. I don’t know how D’Artagnan can stand there and know that he has to protect this man-child. Luckily for everyone, Aramis survived the fall! He fights off several guards and, after an awkward exchange with the governess in front of the Queen and HIS baby, leads them to safety. Porthos and Rochefort work together to free themselves from the cellar (only suffering a dislocated shoulder on the way). With Athos and company arriving, everyone meets up to take down Marmion.

Marmion’s whole reason for this affair is that, several years ago, his village was struck down with a plague and ordered to be isolated by the King. Everyone starved to death when no supplies were sent from the crown. Marmion had to choose by coin toss which of his family members were to survive with their rations, only to see all of them die before his eyes. Constance tries to reason with him, but he won’t listen. Robert tries as well, but even that doesn’t do any good.

Instead, he wants the King to choose Constance’s fate. When it’s determined she will die, Constance does not beg or grovel. (Take a lesson, Louis!) She is ready to die. D’Artagnan, however, says he will die for her because he loves her. The coin flips and D’Artagnan’s death is fated—until Robert steps in the way and is killed. One final toss, and it’s the King’s life at stake now. D’Artagnan, in an attempt to reason with Marmion, suggests either they all live or he will kill the King himself. Just then, the others come rushing in and rescue everyone. Rochefort hunts down Marmion, who does not beg for his life and allows Rochefort to kill him.

The King praises Rochefort again, but blames D’Artagnan for nearly losing his life. He is happy to have Treville back but tells Milady she is banished from court for leaving him earlier. As the party leaves, Constance and D’Artagnan declare their love for each other, while Aramis snubs the governess. It seems love was both won and lost today.

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

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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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