‘The Musketeers’ Series Premiere Review

Published 5 months ago by , Updated June 23rd, 2014 at 3:51 pm,

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[This is review of the series premiere of The Musketeers. There will be SPOILERS.]

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BBC America’s The Musketeers joins an ever-growing list of British imports, like Downton Abbey and Sherlock. While this new venture into the period-based drama arena may not garner the same critical acclaim as the aforementioned titles, it is still worthy of note, as Alexandre Dumas’ classic tale comes to life in an enjoyable fashion.

Lead writer/executive producer Adrian Hodges (My Week with Marilyn) proves himself more than capable of adapting such a well-known story, which stems from the ‘D’Artagnan Romances’ penned by Mr. Dumas in the 19th century. The Musketeers themselves must be larger than life and to accomplish this feat, casting is of the utmost importance.

Fortunately, Hodges and company chose wisely in this regard, picking four individuals worthy of the title, Musketeer. While our young D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) is not yet an official member, his journey should be an exciting adventure to behold. Pasqualino (Battlestar Galatica: Blood and Chrome) embodies everything a brash young hero should emulate. He’s bravado, as well as his good looks and impulsiveness, are all equally matched by a strong performance. Being the new kid on the block is never easy and he’ll have to prove himself worthy several times over before he can stand toe-to-toe with Porthos, Athos, and Aramis.

Of all the Musketeers, Athos (Tom Burke) is the one most shrouded in mystery. Burke (Only God Forgives) does an impressive job portraying the drunken and heartbroken soldier lost in a world of duty and honor. The source of his melancholy comes from a relationship he once had with a character simply referred to as Milady (Maime McCoy). Apparently, Athos believes he is responsible for her death, due to his deep love for the deadly beauty. Does he speak of her literal death, or is the wearisome Musketeer figuratively speaking of her transformation into a ruthless assassin for hire? Whatever the case may be, their relationship is worth learning more about. Though the two never share a moment on-screen (except for the flashback), it will be interesting to see what happens when Milady and Athos meet again.

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With a title as masculine as Musketeer, one would assume this to be a “bro-centric” series, filled with swords, guns, and lovely ladies aplenty for our leading men to fornicate with; however, Hodges has done a marvelous job of giving the women of this show the same ferocity and backbone as the men. McCoy (Milady) is quite possibly the most dangerous character, with her gorgeous features matched by her skill with a knife. Constance, played by the talented Tamla Kari (Being Human) doesn’t fall for the charms of D’Artagnan right away, which is a welcomed site. The look of horror on her face said it all after she killed a member of the Cardinal’s Red Guard. Constance’s “safe” life will continue to become more complicated as her relationship with the Musketeers deepens.

Porthos (Howard Charles) and Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) were given the least amount to do in terms of plot, but their characters are likely to be fleshed out more as the season progresses. Some of you may remember Mr. Cabrera from BBC’s popular series, Merlin, as the devilishly handsome Sir Lancelot. The Venezuelan-born actor seems born to play the romantic Musketeer. Again, without a strong kinetic bond between these men, The Musketeers wouldn’t work. Thankfully, for all of our sakes, Adrian Hodges has the foundation for what could be a compelling story for a 10-episode season.

For those of you interested in seeing more of the Musketeers in action, BBC has already announced that a second season has been commissioned to air sometime in 2015 (First in the U.K., then in the U.S. at a later date). What are your thoughts on this new take on Alexandre Dumas’ work, and which of the Musketeers is your favorite? This reviewer has always fancied Porthos. Keep watching to see how it all unfolds.

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The Musketeers continues with ‘Sleight of Hand’ next Sunday @9pm on BBC America.

 

 

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  1. i been looking for this show on ondemand but could never find it, im assuming it just aired last night becuase i did see it on BBC but i didnt watch it…can anyone describe the tone of this movie and how it compares to the movie and is it more action oriented or is it more character driven or both?

  2. I’ve seen the entire 1st season and it is a lot of fun and a very well written character driven series. Lots to happen in 10 episodes. Lots of good action and very good fight scenes. For me it was must watch TV.

    • I did too and I agree. Glad to hear that there will be a second season.

    • Yeah,the first season was really nice !
      Good Show !

  3. You guys have just got this? Wow….

    On topic though, it’s a good mini-series and well worth watching, especially if you’re a fan of the time-period in question.

  4. Tried to watch it when it was on a while back but had to agree with the critics who compared it to other bad BBC shows that feature poor writing and poor acting to match (The White Queen was another which I also gave up on after the first three episodes).

    On British Sunday nights at 9pm, the choice was either The Three Musketeers on BBC1 or the much more superior Mr Selfridge on ITV1 with that annoying Jeremy Piven.

    If you liked it, great, I just found it to be terrible. At least the BBC redeemed themselves with Happy Valley not so long ago.

  5. This show is going to end up really bad or really good, I’m hoping for the latter

  6. I don’t think I knew this was out there. I will have to look into this, because it just might be a fun ride! Thank you, SR, for this article!

    • I must confess that at first I just glanced fleetingly at the pics of the Musketeers, and I thought it was guys dressed up to reenact the American Civil War!

      I see Netflix has this potentially listed as something they might get, although it is not available there yet., for those who are Netflix Nutz like myself.

  7. I don’t tend to watch much TV at all these days but it was an excellent series, one of the few I cared enough about to actually sit down and watch (being on after Top Gear helped). I’m surprised America is only getting it now.

  8. This show us uber fab!

    It’s such a fun show, and is essentially a blend of fine writing, strong characters written & performed, witticisms (with sword or word) galore while a steady episodic rythm & series arching plots all weave together with a fun action coating & thrilling historic driven plot at the center! Yummy!

    Must watch. Such a good 10 episode season 01!

  9. Having watched the full season of Muskateers I have to say its a cracking little piece of British adventure tv. Some of the episodes can be a bit sluggish in parts but overall very good. With some suprising guest appearences during the series to boot.

    A second season is on its way and I am so pleased with that.

  10. This show aired a while back, why is the review so late?

  11. This is only airing now? This aired way back in January.