The BBC has done it again. Another Saturday night family period TV show (Merlin and Atlantis have both been hits). Now it is time for The Musketeers inspired by Dumas’ infamous characters.
First up is a great cast. With Luke Pasqualino (Skins) as d’Artagnan, Tom Burke (Great Expectations) as Athos, Santiago Cabera (Heroes, Merlin) plays Aramis and Howard Charles a relatively newbie plays Porthos.
Then put Ryan Gage (The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug) as King Louis XIII and the new Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi as the evil Cardinal Richelieu and you have yourselves a sturdy team to bring these legendary characters to the small screen.
There have been many an adaptation of these characters, my personal favourite from my childhood is Dogtanian, so most people know the story. The three Musketeers are the king’s guards, they live by their motto, “All for one, one for all”. d’Artagnan heads to Paris, in this outing, to seek revenge on the musketeer Athos, who he believes to have killed his father. But upon arriving Athos discovers that someone has been pretending to be him, and after seeing d’Artagnan’s fighting skills recruits him to help him catch the people behind it. d’Artagnan isn’t a musketeer, but he certainly spends all of his time with them.
This was a good first episode and I look forward to seeing what comes next in this story.
Image sources: BBC
All for one
Entertaining first episode