Milverton takes his first step against William
Although he does not know it yet, William’s new enemy has just made a murderous gesture against him in Moriarty the Patriot.
WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Episode 19 of Moriarty the Patriot, “The White Knight of London, Act 1”, now airing on Funimation.
With London still reeling from the social upheaval caused by the Jack the Ripper affair in Moriarty the Patriot, Episode 19, the start of a whole new arc, transfers these unrest to the country’s political landscape. Having just gotten a foothold in the “New” Scotland Yard, William “Lord of Crime” Moriarty turns to parliament, in which an idealistic MP, Mr Whiteley, is staking his career on an electoral reform bill.
But while William’s attention is focused solely on ensuring Whiteley will stand by his conviction, he remains blind to the movements of a hitherto unforeseen foe in the shadows: Charles Augustus Milverton.
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As previously established, the Sherlock holmes foe specializes in blackmail. As such, he despises the ugly actions of Whiteley’s political opponents in the House of Lords – sending a gangster to try and catch the politician in an explosive assassination attempt. Whiteley’s survival and prioritization of civilian life around him rather than saving his own skin does exactly what Milverton chastises the Lords for doing: attaching Whiteley even more to the British electoral public. Killing him will only make him a martyr, explains the businessman to his associates. That’s why, when the Lords call on Milverton to clean up their mess, the blackmailer decides to smear Whiteley’s name; killing him only by name and reputation.
That’s not to say the gray haired criminal isn’t ready to get his hands dirty. at all, however: to fix the problems, he pays a cop to kill Whiteley’s potential murderer in his cell – making it seem like a suicide – then to tie up this free end, this officer was he also killed by two interesting henchmen.
Milverton’s involvement puts him in direct opposition to William Moriarty, who, as someone secretly bent on overthrowing the elitism of Victorian society, sees Whiteley as a potential ally – another recruit to help implement his ambitious Moriarty plan. William even subjects the politician to the nerve-racking test of having his name publicly dragged through the mud to see if he would stand by his actions. Whiteley passes brilliantly, proving that against all odds, politics is not completely devoid of those who genuinely intend to serve the best interests of their constituents. As a reward, Albert, a member of the House of Lords through his lineage, provides Whiteley with evidence of the lords’ misdeeds, letting him know he has a friend inside.
Now that William is allied with Whiteley and Milverton planning his downfall, it’s a safe bet that the next episode of Moriarty the patriot will finally bring the Lord of Crime and President Milverton into the same arena – especially since Milverton’s next move is to go after Whiteley’s brother, Sam, either to scare the MP into backing down or can -being to try to extract dirt on him. If that were to happen, Whiteley will no doubt ask Albert to help her get Sam back. William, meanwhile, has so far not looked wiser about Milverton’s maneuvers, which is rare in the anime. If caught off guard, he may need the emergency support of a certain raven-haired sleuth, bringing the namesake of the source material back into the fray.
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