The following are a few notes from Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3. Warning: mild spoilers may be included, though I’ve tried to stay away from anything too glaring. Either way, consider yourself warned.
Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3 sees the Knights Templar prepare to exact vengeance after suffering a grievous casualty last week.
For my money, some of the best moments from tonight revolved around the French royal family. The addition this season of Prince Louis seems to have stirred the pot just enough to make things really interesting. Now, this week, we have his wife Margaret arriving, and you can immediately tell she and Princess Isabella are going to mix about as well as oil and water. It’s perversely ironic that Louis has been going around murdering children, and now he seems unable to sire one himself. One can only imagine the intrigue that may be in store if he is unable to produce an heir. Isabella’s star may be on the rise.
Continue reading and you’ll find there was certainly one part of tonight’s episode for which I didn’t care. Overall, however, this season has been great so far. The show is definitely on the right track, and it honestly pains me being aware of where it’s all headed.
This episode included, hands-down, the worst part of the season thus far.
One aspect of Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3 that I found quite disappointing was the inclusion of the Luciferians. I spoke last week about my hope that the entire thing had been just a ruse. It certainly seemed as though that was a possibility, considering the Templars sent out to deal with them were quickly ambushed by Prince Louis’ forces, leading to the death of Draper. This made it possible for them to steal the Templar’s iconic vestments, which they’ve been wearing as they go about killing infants born around the same time as baby Eve. Frankly, this would have been much more narratively interesting than what was apparently the truth.
In place of a brilliant ruse that furthers multiple story arcs, viewers are instead treated to sensationalism. Literal Devil worshipers appear out of the forest, dressed as barbarians, to provide a convenient enemy for the godly knights. Never mind that there’s no historical proof any such groups ever existed and were simply roaming around French forests. Never mind also that they were dressed like extras from a Conan film. I say “never mind” to both of these things because that’s not even the worst part.
The worst part about it – by far – was Landry trying to martyr himself by sneaking off in the middle of the night to attack them alone. Needless to say, he almost succeeds in every sense of the word. First, he’s able to dispatch a disbelievable number of them alone, before they finally get the better of him. Then, as he’s about to be martyred, cue Mark Hamill‘s Talus pulling a deus ex machina to save him. To be honest, the whole plot line was just lazy writing, and it was by far the worst thing about the shows this season thus far.
Interestingly, my least favorite part of Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3 gave way to perhaps the best.
The only saving grace of the Luciferian plot was how it ended. In these moments, viewers saw a nice moment between Landry and Talus for the first time. Obviously, the narrative for season two was always going to be centered on Landry’s redemptive arc. To that end, they needed someone to play opposite him who could chew scenery with the best of them. They found that in Mark Hamill, who is frankly doing some of his best work. Still, one had to wonder when that first hope of redemption would appear, considering there’s only eight episodes.
Well, it finally happened in the waning moments of Knightfall Season 2 Episode 3, and it was a powerful moment between two fine actors. Here’s to hoping Knightfall gives us more of that redemptive arc and less cartoonish sensationalism going forward.