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The series was shot in Prague, and it should be gorgeous to look at, but instead, it's oddly gray and murky. The plot, involving truth, justice and the creation of modern France, is equally murky.
Old-fashioned it may be in spirit, but this adventure tale is nothing if not exciting.
The adventure is good, the characters are better than good, and the playful, often insulting repartee is someting you might hear from college buddies on holiday in Cabo. These Musketeers are worth a bite.
Some of the plot machinations are more than a little far-fetched. But none are fatal to the overall thrust of a series that turns out to be much more than a series of romps and flirtations.
What gives this new and notably updated British version of the classic tale its best kick, though, is the characterization of the four swashbucklers at the heart of it.
The first episode is a bit overstuffed and murky, but "The Musketeers" gets better as it goes along, with charismatic performances and lively adventures.
It just doesn't have enough weight to captivate a modern audience that is perhaps more cynical and certainly more aware of storytelling tricks than any before it.
As the scheming Cardinal, who hates the Musketeers for no particular reason, [Peter] Capaldi does his best to inject some gravitas, but the script is pretty thin stuff.
The main problem with The Musketeers, apart from the quality of the script, the acting and the predictability of the plot, was that there are only so many ways to make sword fights between men wearing blue leather tunics that entertaining or exciting.
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.
Audience Reviews for The Musketeers: Season 1
Apr 13, 2021Honestly, one of my favorites seasons of TV ever. This is so much fun and so well done. I absolutely love it. I highly recommend checking this show out!! The casting for this show is so good. I love love love the Cardinal especially!
Jan 31, 2021loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct 23, 2020This is a bunch of straightforward good guys vs bad guys plot lines. Protecting King and Queen, dealing with villains with lots women to be saved, sword play and shooting of muskets and pistols. Protecting the innocent. Nothing ground-breaking here, although based on the characters and not not the plot of Dumas' novel. I doubt any historical accuracy, but Louis XIII, Queen Anne, the musketeers and Cardinal Richelieu were real people but stylish production and great looking cast make this entirely agreeable...
Nov 12, 2016This incredible series filmed in England (surely) and happening in France of course is super excellent. Very well acted and produced. I applaud the recreation of the period and the source material has always been such a great success. Here the english authors add their own twists and occasionally pull the covert on the english side, trying to put the blame of historical events on the french. We know how the englishes have been evil all along. But still, the series is full of humour and I don't take this too seriously at all. I have not seen it all yet and they might put some blame on the english on other occasions. In any case, I really enjoys the adventures in France, even if told in english. It seems that the epoch is sufficiently well recreated. The origin of so many modern things. The king was doing pidgeon shooting with real pidgeons of course at the time! Fabulous!
Jun 22, 2016I was disappointed with the first few episodes, left wanting to see a more serious approach to the period, and I almost stopped watching the series. however, as I get further into the first season, I'm impressed by the improved quality of the episodes.
Oct 30, 2015Absolute perfect. This series is a little pearl.
Feb 02, 2015It got better and better and I'm really looking forward to the next season. The central foursome are eye candy deluxe and their repartee is entertaining. Lots of fun.
Jul 21, 2014Acted well, and well designed, but as far as writing goes it's pretty bland. Three Musketeers is still enjoyable, but only when the action picks up, and the swords start to fly.
Jul 07, 2014it excites you enough to watch it again, but can it excite you just as much next episode?