The King takes his retinue to see an eclipse in a castle with a great astronomer who has a special device which allows them to fully appreciate the phenomena. They get there and start the process and, all is going well, until the astronomer pulls his gun on the King and his other men follow suit.
What follows then is a rather tense affair where the astronomer hold the king and his court and the musketeers captive whilst he plays a little game of life and death by the toss of a coin.
For one of the game he puts the Queen and her maid in one room, and a few of his loyal courtiers in another, and then sends one of his men into one of the rooms to slaughter the occupants of the King’s choosing.
This episode was very tense indeed as you never really knew that the astronomer was thinking and how far he would actually go. when he got the king to call for Milady’s life and he chose right you did wonder if he would actually kill someone if the coin has been on the other side.
It turned out that he was true to his word when another of the Kings courtiers chose the wrong side and was then promptly killed.
The King probably wasn’t that bothered about either the courtier or Milady but when he thought that the Duaphin, or the Queen, was dead then he really did seem distraught, so perhaps he has a heart after all, or then again was probably more worried about losing his heir than his wife, as he was quite happy to flaunt Milady in front of her without much of a concern about how she might feel about it.
When Aramis was thrown out of a window from a great height you did wonder whether or not he would survive the fall, which, of course, he did, but for a little moment or so there was a thought that he might actually be dead.
It was quite amusing to see Milady’s plan to rescue the king backfire at the end with Rochefort getting all the credit and Milady being asked to leave the palace as the King said that she had deserted him at his time of need, which, to be honest, she actually had done, but for the noble reasons, at least as noble as any choice by Milady de Winter could ever be.