Pointless Nonsense

Posted in tv by Bill on March 17, 2014

3musThe Musketeers is a BBC Three Musketeers adaptation series, basically what you’d expect. Bearded dudes in leather having sword fights, sinister royalty, ladies in period costumes mostly with jacked up cleavage. The musketeers themselves are weirdly diverse, with the guy who painted the future in Heroes as a hispanic Aramis, and some guy I don’t recognize as a mixed race probably part black Porthos. Alexandre Dumas, who is credited with writing the book*, was himself mixed race/part black, so I imagine that’s why they went in that direction.

Anyway, when I read about it, it sounded like the pilot wasn’t all that well-received but that it got better in the next few episodes. In the pilot, I mostly enjoyed the bit of diversity, a couple hot actresses, and Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richelieu. The third episode is a big step up, with Gaius Baltar playing a scoundrel pirate guy.

* – This dude is an uncredited “collaborator,” but I understand that Dumas hired people to write a first draft for him, then go through and do an edit and spice up the dialogue. And given Dumas’ fame, The Three Musketeers by Dumas would sell a lot better than The Three Musketeers by Maquet, so these people who were basically ghost writers went along with it.

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