The novel on which this DVD is based is a real powerhouse. And most of that survived in the translation to the screen.
As usual, Sean Bean delivers his best Sharpe performance. Brave and vulnerable at the same time. Sharpe and Harper chance upon the scene of a murder and robbery where the occupants of a coach have been most severely brutalized. A young lass, who managed to flee the scene and who was traumatized by the event latches unto Sharpe for safety and refuses to leave his side. Emilly Mortimer plays the young lass to perfection. We have a traitor (James Purefoy) and a crusty spymaster who does indeed have heart. Simmerson, incompetent and slimy, portrayed by Michael Cochrane is eminently despicable. Daragh O’Mally, a repeating character, stars as Harper, Sharpe’s right hand man. In this episode, Sharpe comes to death’s doorstep: major injuries send Richard to the dying room. The lass removes the bullet, cleans and sews his wounds, and nurses him back to health.
This is the second time I’ve watched this episode. By mistake. But I’m glad I did. It didn’t lose anything by being seen the second time around.
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