Sharpe

Season 2 Episode 1

Sharpe's Company

1
Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 25, 1994 on ITV
9.0
out of 10
User Rating
27 votes
1

EPISODE REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

Episode Summary

EDIT
Sharpe's Company
AIRED:
Spain 1812

After victory at Ciudad Rodrigo, Wellesley (now Duke of Wellington) sets his sights on Badajoz. Sharpe is reunited with Teresa and learns that he is the father of a baby girl, but is alarmed to learn that the baby is in Badajoz.

As new men arrive from England, Sharpe discovers that his old nemesis, Obadiah Hakeswill is among them. Hakeswill was responsible for having Sharpe flogged for a crime he did not commit. His speciality is preying on soldiers while being servile towards the officers. Hakeswill also believes he is immortal, after surviving a hanging.

Hakeswill attempts to rape Teresa who is on the point of killing Hakeswill when Harper intervenes. Hakeswill develops an obsession with Teresa and is determined to hurt her to get at Sharpe.

Adding insult to injury, Sharpe learns that he is to be demoted from captain as the regiment now has a full complement of captains. Sharpe volunteers to lead the attack on Badajoz in an attempt to secure his captaincy, but he is refused. This first attack is known as the Forlorn Hope, as chances of survival are remote, however survivors are given their reward in money or rank.

The Forlorn Hope charge is awarded to Capt Rymer and Sharpe fears for the safety of Teresa and their baby daughter.moreless

Who was the Episode MVP ?

Wednesday
No results found.
Thursday
No results found.
Friday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • "Sharpe's Company" has a lot of things going for it: a great script, exciting battle scenes, and a memorable villain.

    9.5
    "Sharpe's Company" is a very good Sharpe episode, and lays the foundations for what was to come. This was the first episode without Michael Cox as Hogan and with Hugh Fraser replacing David Troughton as Wellington.



    There are many points in the film that make it special: a great script, well-filmed battle scenes, and fine acting. Colonel Windham is enthusiastically portrayed, the young actor who plays Matthews is very good, and, as usual, Sean Bean and Daragh O'Malley are excellent. But probably the high point of the film is Pete Postlethwaite's performance, who plays the sinister Sergeant Obadiah Hakeswill. An insane and evil character, Hakeswill is an old nemesis of Sharpe's from India, and thinks that he cannot be killed. He also talks to the inside of his hat, where he has a picture of a woman that represents his beloved mother. This character almost steals the show from everyone else.



    Overall, "Sharpe's Company" is a superb episode.moreless
Michael Byrne

Michael Byrne

Nairn

Guest Star

Clive Francis

Clive Francis

Windham

Guest Star

Nicholas Jones

Nicholas Jones

Fletcher

Guest Star

Hugh Fraser (II)

Hugh Fraser (II)

Wellington

Recurring Role

Daragh O'Malley

Daragh O'Malley

Harper

Recurring Role

Michael Mears

Michael Mears

Cooper

Recurring Role

Watch Online

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

FILTER BY TYPE

  • TRIVIA (0)

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Teresa: All men should have daughters. It puts honey on their tongues.

    • Hakeswill: (speaking into his hat) I do, I do, I do. I hates 'em! (rounds on men) Who said that? I heard that. Mad? Oh, no, I ain't mad. Not so's I don't know.

    • Sharpe: They say you can't be killed, Sergeant Hakeswill. It is known. "Come with me, my lads, for I cannot die. I'm going to live for ever, for they tried to hang me once but did not do it." I could almost believe it. Except in the case of someone you tried to kill, Sergeant Hakeswill and did not do it. I wonder who that might be, Sergeant. You're a dead man, Obadiah.

    • Fletcher: (bed-ridden) The French were offered a silver dollar for every spade brought back, I'm told.
      Nairn: (joking, looking at bent coin) Is that where you got yours?
      (later)
      Fletcher: (realizing) Oh no, my Lord! I would not sell anything to the enemy. Oh, no. Oh, no.

    • Nairn: As to the Forlorn: I'll speak to Wellington. He'll say no, and he'll see to it none say yes. He values you too much, Sharpe. He'll kill you when it suits him some good purpose.

    • Teresa: (to Hakeswill) Your mother was a pox-ridden sow who sold herself to a toad!

    • Sharpe: I promise you you'll get your jackets back, your rifles back, and me back!

    • Wellington: I think you're a rogue, Sharpe. But you're on my side; you're one of my rogues. I don't want you dead.

  • NOTES (3)

  • ALLUSIONS (0)

More
Less