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The Musketeers delivers a bit of a misstep in this week's series 3 episode, The Queen's Diamonds...
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3.4 The Queen's Diamonds
So far, the opening three episodes of this series have been good and at times, great, television. This year's run had yet to really put a foot wrong with all the themes and plot machinations seemingly leading us to an explosive finale. Then The Queens Diamonds comes along. And that, to be frank, is all a bit of a mess.
Written by Jeff Povey (who has a good catalogue of staple British shows to his name, including Midsomer Murders), he tells us the story of the Queen of England’s missing gems, a bit of Aramis backstory as well as an expansion on Sylvie’s treasonous meetings and her developing relationship with Athos. That looks a lot, even on paper and it’s unfortunate »
Action, drama, and some great character moments come in the latest episode of scheduling-football, The Musketeers series 3...
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3.3 Brother In Arms
Let’s start with a complaint. Three episodes into this final series of The Musketeers and this is the third completely new time slot. Even with interference from football and news events, that feels disrespectful to fans and not indicative of a show wanting to go out on a high but rather something being hurried off the BBC's schedules. It’s a shame because Brother In Arms in a step up from last week’s The Hunger and demonstrates that The Musketeers deserves to be shown a little more respect.
Simon Allen takes over writing duties from Simon Ashford as this week we see The Musketeers come to grips with Louis’ brother Gaston, grapple with their consciences and do some basic derring-do. However, »
The Musketeers serves up the usual adventure thrills and romance with an additional moral about migrant persecution in The Hunger...
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3.2 The Hunger
After a very encouraging, if not slightly overstuffed opener, we’re now onto the story proper as the reintroductions and in the case of the villains, introductions, have all been done. What I wanted from The Hunger was something to take the promise of that opener and really throw the Musketeers against the wall, preferably so hard that we start to get what the showrunners promised, a sense of real peril and danger to our heroes. That wasn’t to be, but that’s not to say that the instalment was a disappointment as this was a really effective ensemble episode for the Musketeers with a few nice character moments thrown in for good measure.
The Hunger’s principle job was very simple: further establish the new threat from Everett’s Feron and McNulty’s Grimaud. The plot had it all in that regard. Persecution of the weak and disaffected. Tick. Needless but-make-the-bad-guys-feel-good murder. Tick. Manipulation of the law and disregard for the King. Tick. Throw into this a much better week for Stokoe’s Captain Marcheaux whose presence last week suffered due to the sheer amount going on and it was all there for the taking. However a little like last week, it reached high, but just didn’t quite make it.
First the very good - it’s Feron’s and Grimaud’s show when it comes to menace and these two are starting to bookend nicely. Feron the string puller with Grimaud the enforcer. What’s nice to see is that this is no organ grinder and monkey relationship – Grimaud is very much his own man even though he takes orders from Feron. It’ll be interesting to understand just how their relationship works as there’s a sense that there’s a hidden debt to pay or repay. Everett was less over the top than last week, and was the better for it. His use of drugs to ease his pain and his self-admitted love of losing control is suitably in stark contrast to Grimaud’s focus and discipline, however Everett plays it with just the right amount of edge that leaves you unsure whether he’s any less or more dangerous when the drugs kick in. Grimaud’s unfortunately become a little more vocal rather than the straight-cut man of violence and action of last week. I suppose it was inevitable in some way as we need to be spoon-fed his motivations and feelings - but I had hoped that his actions would speak far louder (and that writers would have a little more faith in their audience).
It was very much the machinations of these two that’s the basis for the story – but then we get distracted. Not for the first time, The Musketeers tries valiantly to tack on more important issues to a sufficiently good enough plot and it just doesn’t quite get there. As this was an episode seemingly trying to flesh out Feron’s and Grimaud’s credentials as villains it was surprising that the bigger issue of migrant persecution was floating around to the point where it felt intrusive. Don’t get me wrong, themes of persecution and injustice are hefty issues but in The Hunger (yep, clue was in the title wasn’t it), they felt extraneous to the story. There were points, especially at the end that I felt Tim Curry was going to appear and say, ‘Migrant persecution, was just a red herring!’ (love that film…). It's understandable that they needed someone for the Musketeers to protect and take up the fight, but when looking back on the episode, the time spent with the refugees seems wasted when more could have been done to focus on the villains. After all – this is it for The Musketeers, every episode brings us one closer to the end and it’ll be the villains that will bring the drama and intensity. Unnecessarily diverting attention could make for an unsatisfactory finish. I will say this, Thallissa Teixeira’s Sylvie was damn good and added some much needed life (which reminds me, when did Porthos become so miserable – remember when he was the ‘joker’ of the crowd?). I’m hoping we haven’t seen the last of her.
What I did like was that this seemed very much an ensemble hour for the Musketeers. Each had their turn in the spotlight and each shone. We get much more sense of them as a group rather than individuals which is very much what they should be representing, their famous motto - after all - should be the guiding light on that one. Also for a relatively non-event episode it had a really nice pace to it as it seemed to rattle through the hour. This is important as we do need to remember that this is a show about adventure, thrills and romance and as long as that’s what’s served up then in my mind the show’s doing pretty well. I don’t think The Hunger proves me wrong on that account.
Read Rob's review of the previous episode, Spoils Of War, here.
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The Musketeers returns for its third and final series with a table-setting episode that introduces two deliciously bad new villains...
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3.1 Spoils Of War
The Musketeers are back for their final season and the show opens big, in every sense. Yes, it has an impressive-looking battle but it’s also big in the sense of its scope. This opener packs in an awful lot of elements as it ties up loose ends from the previous season, reintroduces us to the main characters and then sets out its stall for the season ahead. In sixty minutes that’s an ambitious ask and one that it almost manages to pull off as the inevitable scrum to pack it all in means that some parts feel a little rushed. Look no further than Aramis’ introduction which, given time and maybe pushed a little further into the season, »
Things may not end well for The Musketeers. In a recent interview with Digital Spy, the BBC series' executive producers said fans can expect a dark final season.
Earlier, we reported that all three seasons of the UK drama are available in the U.S. on Hulu as of May 14th. The action series stars Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, and Howard Charles as D’Artagnan, Athos, Aramis, and Porthos from Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers.
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The Musketeers returns for its third and final series on Saturday the 28th of May with a confident, entertaining opener...
If you're reading this than maybe you, like me, felt a Musketeer-shaped hole in the Beeb’s New Year line-up. Fortunately, there was no need to fear cancellation as it was always going to be a question of ‘when’, not ‘if’ as filming of the forthcoming season had been no secret. The question was, despite the wait, was this season going to be better than the last (which was pretty decent by anyone’s standards) and how were the showrunners going to keep things fresh?
Based on episode one of the new run, I can say with some confidence that the show seems to have grown in all the right ways.
It opens big and picks up from where the last season finished (albeit four years later »
All for streaming and streaming for all. Hulu has announced it will stream all three seasons of The Musketeers TV show in the Us, starting tomorrow, May 14, 2016. While no one has said The Musketeers series was cancelled, the cast announced the series was ending after the third season. The BBC later confirmed season three of The Musketeers would be the last. The showrunners have also said there is no chance for a fourth season.
The Musketeers TV show cast includes: Luke Pasqualino, Tom Burke, Santiago Cabrera, Howard Charles, Tamla Kari, Maimie McCoy, and Hugo Speer. Rupert Everett joined the series in season three as Philippe Achille, Marquis de Feron, the corrupt Parisian Governor.
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BBC drama “The Musketeers” is heading to Hulu, which has nabbed the exclusive U.S. SVOD rights to every episode of the British series. Under the deal, Season 3 of “The Musketeers” will premiere in the U.S. exclusively on Hulu. All three seasons will be available to stream beginning Saturday, May 14, and Hulu will be the only streaming service with rights to the third (and final) season stateside. The show previously aired on BBC America in the U.S.
“The Musketeers” is set on the streets of seventeenth century Paris, where law and order is more of an idea than a reality. In addition to being King Louis Xiii’s personal bodyguards, Athos (Tom Burke), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) and Porthos (Howard Charles), joined by D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino), stand resolutely for social justice, honor, valor, love — and for the thrill of it.
The series was created by Adrian Hodges, with »
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All for one, but three is all. Digital Spy (DS) reports the upcoming third season of BBC America and BBC One's The Musketeers TV series will be its last. The BBC has not yet officially announced the swashbuckling series is cancelled.
The 17th Century action-drama, inspired by Alexandre Dumas' novel, The Three Musketeers, stars Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, and Luke Pasqualino as d'Artagnan. The actors issued statements to Digital Spy, in which they reflect on their time on the ending series, thank their audience for tuning in, and even tease season three of The Musketeers.
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The BBC won't make any more series of The Musketeers after the third and final ten-episode run, it's been confirmed...
Following creator and showrunner Adrian Hodges' candidly worded departure ("I was totally knackered") from The Musketeers after series two, it's been confirmed that Porthos, Aramis, Athos and D'Artagnan will be hanging up their swords following the third run.
Ten new episodes of the BBC One action and adventure series, due to return to screens shortly, will bring the story to a conclusion. Executive Producer Jessica Pope promises that series three "will delight its fans and pay off everything they have come to love about the show." No chance of a shock-cancellation cliff-hanger there then, at least.
Digital Spy has some goodbye messages from castmembers Luke Pasqualino, Howard Charles, Tom Burke and Santiago Cabrera, all of whom express their thanks to fans and appreciation at having been part of the show. »
10 items from 2016
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