In the third episode of the Musketeers there is a bit of a problem in the royal household as the Dauphin is taken ill and the King employs a physician who wants to bleed the Dauphin to get rid of his illness but it doesn’t seem to be working and he only seems to get weaker and weaker as time goes on. Ann blames herself and Louis blames Ann. All Aramis wants to do is see his child and Louis has no idea that he isn’t the father of Dauphin, but quite a lot of other people have realised it and want to keep it a secret from the King and from the rest of France.
Also an exiled Moor from Spain, Tariq Alaman, has the secret of gunpowder that he is willing to give to the French if they help him rescue his daughter who has been captured by a Spanish General known to the man and who is also a sworn enemy of France. Colin Salmon played Alaman and was very good in the role.
Marc Warren was a duplicitous as usual in the role of Rochefort and it was fun to see him foiled at the end as he is just so horrible and smug that you cannot help but revel in his each and every failure. He is also incredibly creepy such as in the scenes with the prostitute pretending to be the Queen and then later with the Queen herself.
Constance got a bit of plot in this episode with her wanting to help the Dauphin, doing something very brave for a woman of the times and very nearly coming a cropper herself towards the end of the episode.
Milady murders a passing woman for her dress so that she can impress the king and even ends up getting jiggy with him, not that he really needs much persuading in that department, especially when Milady found his missing ring down her cleavage and it does have to be said that it is quite an impressive cleavage, and Milady is not afraid to use her considerable charms to get what she wants. There really is nothing and no-one that Milady will not do to get her own way.
Once again there was mention of the difference in the colour of both Alaman ‘s and Porthos’s skin, but Porthos doesn’t consider himself any different to any other Frenchman and at that moment a lot of the others don’t seem to be that bothered about it but this is very likely to become more than just an occasional mention as there had to be a story reason to have one of the Musketeers of mixed race as they never appear to have done that before, even if the author himself was also of mixed race.
I am not sure why it should matter either, but at the time it did which is why these things have to be mentioned within the context of the story and the times it is set in.