TV Review #1: The Musketeers 

 Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama

Produced by: Adrian Hodges and Jessica Pope

Based on: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

Original Release date: 19 January, 2014 – present

Language: English

Country of Origin: UK

Network: BBC America and BBC Worldwide

Number of Series: 2

Number of episodes: 20

Running time: 54 – 60 minutes

Cast:

          Tom Burke (as Athos)

          Luke Pasqualino (as D’ Artagnan)

          Santiago Cabrera (as Aramis)

          Howard Charles (as Porthos)

          Ryan Gage (as King Louis)

          Hugo Speer (as Treville)

          Tamla Kari (as Constance)

          Alexandra dowling (as Queen Anne)

          Maimie McCoy (as Milady)

          Peter Capaldi (as Cardinal Richelieu)

          Marc Warren (as Comte de Rochefort)

IMDB Rating: 7.3 out of 10

Plot Summary of the book: 

The Three Musketeers is a historical novel by Alexandre Dumas, set in 17th century, which recounts the adventures of a young man known as D’ Artagnan who comes to Paris with the ambition of joining the ranks of prestigious Musketeers of the Guard, and meets the three musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis to form a life-long bond of friendship and loyalty.

Overview of the series: 

I am in absolute love with the series!!! Classics reflect the literary genius of an era that we can be part of only through the pages of the book. However, the attempts to recreate that same magic has been highly successful when it comes to the virtual world. The Three Musketeers and The Scarlet Pimpernel are two classics from the genre of action and drama that I have been particularly fond of. So I was extremely happy and surprised when I came across this series by chance. The classic rendition of three Musketeer has been adapted to fresh story lines with characters as strong as the ones depicted in the novel and acting that brings a smile to your face. I saw the movie that came out in 2011, and disappointment would be a mild word to describe my feelings at that time. The series, however has kept me highly entertained with its detailed set, a touch of modern vocabulary and new adventures while highlighting certain social issues like slavery and civil rights. What I loved the most about the series was that instead of using Paris as the setting, like the book, the producers went for a more realistic approach with the grittiness of untouched Prague. For me, the 17th century was successfully reincarnated in the series.

My Opinion: 

If you are tired of watching the ever-boring crime shows and feel disillusioned with crime rates, go for this. A definite must watch.

My Rating: 8.5 out of 10

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