El Ministerio del Tiempo 3×09 Review: the Schism of Time

El Ministerio del Tiempo has always made something very clear: you can travel to the past, but you can’t visit the future. That’s what Salvador has always stated. 2017 is the last stop, and there is no going forward. But now, that so-called rule might change forever. Do we want to see what’s beyond our present?

The story this time revolves around Benedict XIII, known in Spain as Papa Luna and, unfortunately, considered an antipope for a number of reasons that are too long to explain here.

Let me tell you what happens. Remember the Exterminating Angel bad guys? They kidnap Abraham Levi, the rabbi who created the Book of Doors, so that he can make a new book for them. But luckily, Levi escapes (in a very bizarre way) and ends up in 1417 in the castle of Peñíscola, where Benedict lived. He trusts the pope enough to give him the book for safekeeping. Benedict then goes through a door and ends up in 2017, where the shock is such that he collapses and ends up in hospital.

The ministry, obviously, finds out because the pope is wearing the Piscatory Ring -well, and because he is telling everyone that he is Benedict XIII. The patrol, with the addition of Young Lola, visits the pope (Alonso is particularly excited about this) and he instantly recognises them as time agents, because, as Levi warned him, they “travel in groups of three.” Our friends then take him back to 1417, and agree to stay for the day with him, for protection. Of course, Benedict gives them the book, and it is then that they find out a big revelation: Levi has found the way to travel to the future! In particular, to 2025.

In the meantime, 2017 is proving difficult for Salvador. He feels indebted to Marta, because she saved his child self, but he wants to do an exchange: if she gives him information about the Sons of Padilla, he’ll make sure that her father, a prisoner in the 19th century for a terrorist attack he’d claimed he didn’t do, is released. Marta quickly agrees, but when she is reunited with daddy, turns out he truly is a terrorist and considers his daughter a traitor who has talked to the enemy. Hence why he grabs her by the hair and smashes her head against a mirror, which causes her to go into a coma.

Back in 1417, our team wakes up in Peñíscola to some weird noises: the Exterminating Angel (TEA) guys are there and, in addition to keeping Levi with them, are now taking Benedict hostage. They tell our team that, unless they hand over the Book of Doors, they’ll kill both men.

After running away from the TEA agents that are shooting at them, Lola, Pacino and Alonso end up inside a door that inadvertently takes them to the castle again, but a century earlier. It is here that they meet a bunch of hidden Templars who, instead of attacking them, believe Alonso to be the ghost of Don Pedro de Moneada, a brave Templar who had died years earlier. Needless to say, the painting of Moneada looks just like Alonso, which makes me think perhaps that’s what will happen to him by the end of the show, only he doesn’t know it yet. Still, Alonso plays along (at Pacino’s request) and quickly bonds with the Templars, especially with the grand master, who says held Pedro’s head as he lay dying.

Pacino’s brain quickly forms a plan: let’s ask the Templars for help to take over the TEA and save the antipope. The holy soldiers agree, but turns out there’s only six of them, being on the run and all that. But that has never stopped a soldier before, as Alonso has taught us throughout the series.

So off they go, all, err… nine of them, to 1417, where they attack by surprise, saving the hostages and killing most of the TEA. And I say most because, well, the bad guys had very modern guns, and they kill the Templars. Yup, all six of them, Alonso watches the outcome heartbroken, and holds the grand master’s head as he lay dying. But everyone is safe now, and it is time to go home.

So Alonso is now quite emotional about the whole ordeal, and while walking through the door halls, he even sees the master, but then turns away and he’s gone. Was it a vision? Was it a ghost? Is Alonso truly Don Pedro, only he hasn’t been there yet?

And Pacino is not much better. Through a series of flashbacks, we’ve learned that tween Pacino survived those difficult years thanks to the comic books of Diego Valor, a brave boy from the year 2025. So it is no surprise that, after Salvador burns the book with the pages about the future, Pacino decides to keep in his phone the photos he took of it. I’m sure they will play a significant role in the season finale.

Guys, Phillip III and all the people from four episodes ago are back for next week’s adventure! AND we also have the return of Simón Bolívar, from five episodes ago!


What is an Argentinian?

-Diego Valor was based on Dan Dare, if any of you are interested in that.

-The insanely gorgeous castle of Peñíscola was also used in El Cid.

-Pacino mentions that, on the train from Madrid to Peñíscola, they’ve watched the film Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi, and that it’s a great film with great actors. Hugo Silva (Pacino) is the star of that movie.

-“Tails, you’re the boss; shield, I am.” “Isn’t there a simpler way?” “Public examinations, but we don’t have the time for that.” Turns out, Alonso’s coin has a shield on both sides.

-“What year is it? “2017 AC, Your Holiness.” “And who is the Pope right now?” “An Argentinian.” “An Argentinian…and what is that?”

-In Spanish, the saying to stand in one’s ground is mantenerse en sus trece, which means to remain on one’s thirteen, which originates on Benedict XIII, because he stood firm and refused to be acknowledged as a fake pope.

After last year, here comes a new mention of Adolfo Suárez. Well, here he actually shows up, as he turns out to be Salvador’s mentor when the now boss joined the ministry.

-“Yes to everything.” That is Pacino’s advice to Alonso when the Templars mistake him for a ghost. To be honest, Pacino’s faces in the background are the best of the episode, as they always are.

-Basilio Palazuelos, the agent in the 19th century, has a crush on Angustias. Cute.





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