The Battle At Acre in the Holy Land
While this series is about the Templar Knights, the show actually starts at the end of their history, with the fall of Acre in 1291. The Templars are heavily defeated, however, History Channel still manages a Skyrim reference when a Templar legit gets an arrow to the knee!Besides this hilarity and the epic battle scene, we also discover that the Holy Grail is put on a ship and set sail for a safer location.
Except the ship is totally sunk in the bay and the Grail is lost for ever. Or, so it seems…
15 Years later
So, even though they were kicked out of the Holy Land, the Templars are still kicking around the countryside. They have set up shop in France with their leader, Godfrey (Sam Hazeldine).
However, it is Landry (Tom Cullen) who is the interesting one, what with being gorgeous and broody and all for the initial cause the Templars once upheld. Now, he is reminding people that they are not a bank and should be donating more to the poor. They should also be helping all Christians and not just the ones they deem fit.
Oh, and he is totally banging the Queen of France as well.
To make matters worse–most likely, but not right now–Landry is also a friend and trainer to the King of France.King Philip (Ed Stoppard) also has another important person within his inner circle, William De Nogaret (Julian Ovenden). This guy is a total arsehole if you ask me, what with his making comments about how the Templars should be giving their money to France, but I guess we’ll have to wait and see just how horrible he really is.
Episode 1 of Knightfall also sees just how scheming De Nogaret is when he suggests taking money from the Jews rather than the Templars, but you can see he just doesn’t like this group and is looking for an excuse to rob them legitimately.
And then, whoops, all of a sudden a Jew is assassinating a Christian and I am not at all surprised to find out the Jew is an impostor that De Nogaret is besties with.
Now the king is sending the Jews out of the city rather than risk unrest within its walls. And this is exactly what De Nogaret wants. However, the king’s daughter witnesses a clandestine meeting involving a plot to kill all the Jews as they leave the city. She tells her mum, Queen Joan (Olivia Ross), who then sends a message to Landry.Landry foils this plot but can’t reveal how he knew it would happen because Templars are not supposed to have girlfriends and they are most certainly not allowed to be scoring with the Queen of France.
Meanwhile, Godfrey has gone on a secret mission that was spurred on by the sighting of an orange–I shit you not! Considering this seemed highly suspect, I Googled the shit out of the history of oranges and it turns out this is totally an important thing.
While on this mission, he gets jumped by highwaymen and ends up getting killed by one of them. but, not before he can tell the farmer, Parsifal (Bobby Schofield), to get his sword back to Landry.
Parsifal returns the sword to Landry who immediately sets off for Godfrey’s burial so they can dig him up and move him back to the Templar cemetery. However, there is a hiccup in this mission. It seems that these highwaymen seem intent on killing everyone who witnessed the murder of Godfrey. Parsifal finds out his girlfriend is not longer his girlfriend as a result.
Back in Paris, while the Templars are cleaning up Godfrey’s sword, it is noticed there is a rattling sound coming from it. After some investigation, it is discovered there is a blue glass stone inside. One that matches their lantern. When they return the stone to the lantern, they discover it shines out an image of the fleur de lis. This is a sure sign that the Holy Grail is in France.
And so the search for the Holy Grail has begun in earnest.
What did you think of the premiere episode of Knightfall? Let us know by commenting below!
Knightfall returns to History Channel on Wednesday, December 13, at 10 p.m. ET. TV Guide lists the following synopsis for Episode 2 (titled “Find Us the Grail”).
“Landry and Parsifal search for a killer. Meanwhile, the unexpected arrival of Pope Boniface in Paris threatens De Nogaret’s carefully laid plans.”
[Featured image via Larry Horricks/History Channel]