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The South Essex regiment arrives in Spain,led by the cowardly,stupid Simmerson with his nephew Gibbons and friend Berry to whom Sharpe takes an instant dislike. Due to Simmerson's incompetence on a mission to blow up an enemy bridge the British standard flag is captured by the French. Simmerson tries to blame Sharpe but Wellesley learns the truth and promotes Sharpe to captain. After Sharpe has caught Berry and Gibbons trying to rape a Spanish girl he challenges them to a duel. Berry accepts but tries to kill Sharpe during a night patrol and is himself killed by Harper. Sharpe and his men pursue the French and succeed in capturing their standard,an eagle belonging to Napoleon. Written by
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Historically, there was no Eagle taken at the battle of Talavera, though it was a victory for the British. See more »
When Sharpe promises to capture an eagle, the dead Major Lennox's eyes blink/flutter twice before the end of the scene. See more »
[Richard confronts Berry and Gibbons in the mess after they have raped and flogged Josefina. He throws a glass of wine in Gibbons's face]
I don't fight duels over whores.
[Richard replaces the glass, takes a second and throws it in Berry's face]
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In his second outing Sharpe is promoted captain, but can he keep this new rank? With a solid storyline about an incompetent regiment, bigoted colonel, and the quest for the titular Eagle, Sharpe excels in everything that makes this series - namely playing it fast and loose with rules, regulations and, it has to be said, women. Even the romantic interest retains the plausibility of the first episode, before the advent of the disastrous Jane.
An excellent performance by Sean Bean, ably supported by the Rifles, in particular Daragh O'Malley and Assumpta Serna, this is definitely a must see for any Sharpe fan, or indeed anybody interested in the Napoleonic Wars.
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