5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2003
I found this slightly disapointing, compared with the rest of the series. There is an excellent performance from Samuel West (recently seen in Cambridge Spies), and the usual good performances from the rest of the cast. The thing is , this episode confused me. In the book, theis comes after 'The Even Chance'. For no apparent reason, the film-makers put it last out of the four episodes. Then there is the presence of Mariette. She is not in the book, and her part is rather pointless and unsatisfactory. She is acted well, but the best of actors could not have done much with that part. Otherwise, this is a good episode. I would recommend, though, that you buy it on video or in a box set.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 27 June 2005
This is possibly my favourite one in the series, although it is based more on land then at sea. The humourous frequent mentioning of the word 'frog' referring to the French is quite halarious and light hearted.
This time Hornblower, newly promoted to Lieutenant and co are joined by a band of royalist French. Monkytonk (Not his real name, but that's what it sounds like) is a French foppish idiot that makes you sympathise with the french rebels and the other, a more courageous honour worthy man makes you of course sympathise with the royalist cause.
Unfortunately, their whole mission is hopeless and thankfully England does not win the war that day otherwise Hornblower would be out of a TV series.
The cast is joined by Samuel West, who expertly plays Major Eddrington (Who is infact the Earl of Eddrington) as well, who is the commanding officer of the 'Lobsters' or in other words, the British Army.
Slightly less action in this episode, due to being on land - but with a bit of romance for our poor Hornblower. This episode shows the difference between the man and the duty bound sailor and portrays the feelings of both the royalist cause whom they are fighting for, but also of the Republicans. It is a different kind of Hornblower you see - with quite a bit of humour added in.
I missed the sea battles, but in this episode you see a bit of Hornblower away from his natural hope - the ship - and a bit more of his personal character coming through while he is away from home, doing what he's used to.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 June 2013
Thank goodness I read good reviews about Hornblower, as I reckon it's got to be the best navy drama around. The characters are great and interact really well with one another and the denouements of the stories are never obvious.