Told his battalion is to be split up due to lack of recruits at home, Sharpe and Harper return to England to investigate. What should have been a simple query turns politically explosive as... See full summary »
Sharpe is teamed with a Colonel he helped promote and they are tasked to destroy a powder magazine, but an alliance with the French may threaten their success. Meanwhile, Jane is wearying of the army life and Harper and Ramona are at odds.
1813. Major Sharpe's old enemy, Major Ducos manipulates a beautiful young marquesa into falsely accusing Sharpe of rape. Her husband calls Sharpe out in a duel. But when the husband is ... See full summary »
Now married to Maria, Horatio Hornblower is soon sent by Admiral Pellew in search of the sloop Grasshopper captained by their old friend, Bracegirdle. The ship had been patrolling a stretch of French coast but had not sent in a report for over two weeks. During a raging storm they take aboard two passengers, an American woman and her French speaking Swiss husband. They are not what they pretend to be. Horatio and his men also encounter Wolfe, the Irish rebel turned traitor and now fighting France. They also realize exactly what Wolfe's plan is when they see three French frigates riding high in the water near his encampment. At home, Horatio is getting used to marriage and having to share his life with someone. Written by
Bracegirdle(Coy, driven) and his ship have disappeared, mysteriously. Horatio(Gruffudd, with a strong sense of justice and honor) is sent out to find him, and learn of the circumstances. Along the way, he rescues a few foreigners, including a married couple - only, they may not be the best people to have aboard.
By the end of this, the final entry, everything is resolved, all loose ends tied up, in a satisfactory and not rushed manner. Hornblower's marriage is contrasted well to that of the aforementioned couple, and classic, age-old issues are explored - when the seaman is out, he misses land, and vice versa, and how can a husband put both his wife and his country before himself? "Duty" is indeed gone into, beyond those examples(in hierarchical relationships). Filming(barely showing that this was made for TV), editing, tension(you will be glued to the screen), action, story, pacing, acting, dialog, humor, all top-notch.
There is some disturbing, bloody, brutal and violent content in this. I recommend this to any fan of drama and swashbucklers. 8/10
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