‘The Musketeers’: God Save the Queen

[This is a review of The Musketeers season 1, episode 2. There will be Spoilers.]

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Last week’s exciting premiere of The Musketeers set our players in motion, establishing a strong balance of action, drama, romance, and suspense with a promise of more to come. ‘Sleight of Hand’ is a bit more procedural, but continues the upward momentum we all expect from a well-crafted BBC series.

The chameleon-like actor Jason Flemyng (X-Men: First Class) is superb in his guest role, as the troubled former cook to King Louie and Queen Anne. The episode’s title says it all, for this is a story of deception and trickery – but for what purpose?

In terms of character development, most of our heroes and villains remained ...

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