Mental Margaret and the Witches Wind

I liked this episode over the last one (episode 2) because this episode wasn’t as jumbled, and didn’t jump about like the other. Episode 3 focused on a clearly insane Lady Margaret Beaufort (Amanda Hale), as she jumps from one crazy scheme to the next, hoping to secure her son Henry’s chance at the throne. She claims to be doing gods will but she is extremely devious, both her faces. A complicated soul indeed, as she goes against a weak chinned, but loving husband.

King Edward (Max Irons) is under illegal arrest at Warwick’s place, but he can’t be held much longer. Brother George (David Oakes) and Lord Warwick (James Frain) must go to parliament and ask the lords to crown George the rightful King. The lords refuse them and now a released King Edward returns home to a worried Queen (Rebecca Ferguson), but the joy doesn’t last very long, as the King pardons his brother and cousin for any wrongdoing, but to make matters worse for Elizabeth, Edward gives title to Warwick that belonged to her murdered father. Out come the curses. The Queen’s mother Jacquetta Woodville (Janet McTeer) and she, stir up several curses this time, with one aimed at the once again treacherous cousin and brother, to save Edward, then a final one to cause a storm.

There were also a few double dealings as Jasper talks his ex, Lady Margaret into betraying her own brother. She lies to him by telling him he has been chosen by god to raise an army, supposedly to help the imprisoned King Henry, but in reality, to offer a diversion so the King can be killed. Again, nothing goes as planned as Warwick and George get beaten and try to sail for France. Warwick’s daughter is now heavily pregnant, but is forced into going on the ship to France. Not a good idea.

Edward kept disappearing, the Queen was pulling silver spoons out of the lake, and she and her mother appear to be powerful witches. Yes, I remember the famous painting with the Queen in a pointy black hat … not. Where are they getting this stuff? It’s OK to hint at it, but to show them all blowing into a bowl, then a huge storm brew up is really stretching it, in my rarely humble opinion. Anyhoo, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy it. Witches, backstabbings and all.

Grade: A-

Review by E. Blackadder, special to Influx Magazine

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