TV Review: ‘The Musketeers’ Encounter ‘The Prodigal Father’ as Intrigue Builds

Caution: This review contains spoilers.

Howard Charles as Porthos - BBC, Photo: Dusan Martinek
Howard Charles as Porthos – (C) BBC Photo: Dusan Martinek

Since the first episode of the second season, “The Musketeers” has dropped hints about Porthos’ father. Finally, in “The Prodigal Father,” we get to meet the reclusive and mysterious Marquis de Belgard. It’s a chance for both Liam Cunningham and Howard Charles to shine in their portrayals as reunited father and son. However, as Captain Treville (Hugo Speer) points out, it’s not so simple as that. Years ago, Treville left young Porthos and his mother in the Court of Miracles, hardly a nice place to be cast out. Continue reading “TV Review: ‘The Musketeers’ Encounter ‘The Prodigal Father’ as Intrigue Builds”


TV Review: Season 2 of ‘The Musketeers’ Starts Strong

“The Musketeers” are back on BBC America for a second season. The title is “Keep Your Friends Close” and I suppose, by implication, enemies closer as the saying goes. Noticeably missing is Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu, due to the actor’s prudent switch to the BBC hit, “Doctor Who.” Richelieu is far from everyone’s minds however, as the premiere opens with his funeral and the question of a suitable replacement on both the King’s Council and the helm of the Red Guard. He even speaks from the grave with an ominous warning to Aramis at the end of the episode. One wonders why, if the Cardinal knew everyone’s secrets, he didn’t put them to good use. Continue reading “TV Review: Season 2 of ‘The Musketeers’ Starts Strong”