The second episode of “The Musketeers” aired on BBC America, Sunday, June 29. This chapter of the newly-remodeled Musketeer saga displayed more action and a lot of intrigue as D’Artagnan goes undercover for King and country.
The episode opens with D’Artagnan dueling in Paris, something forbidden in the time the show is set. He is promptly arrested by the Red Guards and thrown into prison awaiting execution. Last week, Athos was awaiting execution. Will it be Aramis or Porthos next week? That aside, he meets the evil Vadim who does sleight of hand tricks, telling D’Artagnan that the secret is making someone look in the wrong direction.
A daring escape plan frees both of them and D’Artagnan is taken into Vadim’s confidence, D’Artagnan claiming that the Musketeers betrayed him and he hates them. What develops is an elaborate plot to murder the king and queen.
As Athos, Porthos and Aramis attempt to keep tabs on D’Artagnan and keep Captain Treville and Cardinal Richelieu apprised of the plot through D’Artagnan's information, things start to heat up. An unhealthy attraction seems to be developing between Aramis and Queen Anne after he saves her life by falling on top of her. The mysterious Milady is also back, the woman who bedded D’Artagnan and got him accused of murdering the Spanish diplomat she killed. She’s working hard to get back into his good graces.
The plot twists and turns almost right up until the end. I won’t spoil it for you if you haven’t watched it on your DVR yet. You can also see it online at the BBCA web site. You can catch up on last week’s episode, too, if you missed the premier of the show. If you plan to watch, get caught up now while there’s only two episodes.
The Musketeers airs on Sunday nights at 9 p.m. eastern on BBCA. It stars Tom Burke as Athos, Howard Charles as Porthos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis and Luke Pasqualino as D’Artagnan. Veteran Scots actor Peter Capaldi plays the evil Cardinal Richelieu.