'The Musketeers' Provides Swashbuckling Fun For Some & Camp Tedium To Others - Review Round-Up
The new series from the BBC has split critics, with some offering praise and others complaining of derivation
BBC1 premiered their new series, The Musketeers, last night (19 Jan.) to an audience who couldn't be more undecided as a whole regarding what they had seen. The latest retelling of Alexandre Dumas's tale of pre-revolution fighters is one of the channel's flagship entertainment programmes for 2014, looking to fill the void for those trying to come to terms with the end of another season of Sherlock. A difficult task indeed, and one that many think has not been accomplished.
The stars of the new BBC series suited up and ready for action
SPOILERS AHEAD! The show stars Luke Pasqualino, Santiago Cabrera, Tom Burke and Howard Charles as our sword-wielding musketeers, doing good in 1630s Paris in the name of the King and country. That is until the very first scenes however, when Peter Capaldi's villainous Cardinal Richelieu kills off D'Artagnan's (Pasqualino) father and discredits the work of the Musketeers, sending them on the run. Their tale begins from there, trying to prove themselves as loyal and moral fighters who wish to only serve good, whilst also having to dispose of and discredit the evil doings of the twelfth Doctor Who.
The adventurous tale looks to keep the adrenaline pumping after the third season of Sherlock, rather than resorting to a pleasant period Sunday night romp like Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife. Perhaps for this reason alone the new series has split critics, who can't decide whether to love or loath the latest Dumas retelling.
King Louis XIII and Quuen Anne are portrayed by Ryan Gage and Alexandra Dowling
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