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post #1 of 48 Old 06-30-2014, 11:57 PM - Thread Starter
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The Musketeers-BBC America

Has this really slipped past everyone's radar on here, or am I completely dense and missing the obvious thread?

Either way...two episodes in and it is pretty decent for a Freshman show. The underlying themes and long-term story lines are pretty solid and tie relatively well (on the surface) to the original stories. I am not necessarily who demands absolute adherence to original material, but they are doing pretty well with this updated take on the stories.

Granted it's a little Disney-ish compared to most other series on TV these days (i.e. light on gore, language, sex, etc.). But to be honest, I don't think it is lacking in story-telling capability without those elements.

Anyways, thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone else had given it a shot yet or not.

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Has this really slipped past everyone's radar on here, or am I completely dense and missing the obvious thread?

Either way...two episodes in and it is pretty decent for a Freshman show. The underlying themes and long-term story lines are pretty solid and tie relatively well (on the surface) to the original stories. I am not necessarily who demands absolute adherence to original material, but they are doing pretty well with this updated take on the stories.

Granted it's a little Disney-ish compared to most other series on TV these days (i.e. light on gore, language, sex, etc.). But to be honest, I don't think it is lacking in story-telling capability without those elements.

Anyways, thought I would throw this out there and see if anyone else had given it a shot yet or not.
It's a really good series. It gets better and better as the season progresses. It's definitely a fun series to watch!
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I have it on my queue but haven't gotten to it yet. Thanks for the feedback.

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Didn't think it had started yet. Guess it's time to check the old VOD cues.
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I already watched the whole season thru vpn when it aired in the UK. I enjoyed it and look forward to the 2nd series next year.
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Another happy camper here. It is vastly better than I expected.
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Three episodes in and keeping a steady course it seems.

For whatever reason, and I hope to not get flamed for this, but I had this feeling I couldn't figure out after the first couple of episodes. The third one finally hit me...this show almost has a "Firefly" feeling to it right now. Something about the pace, cinematography, dialog, etc., just leaves me with that similar feeling from back in the day.

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Not quite Firefly for me but does have a "feel good' quality.
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Not quite Firefly for me but does have a "feel good' quality.
I always enjoy shows that look like the actors are having a good time playing their parts and enjoy working together!
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Been watching from Ep 1 & like it. Not as much as Ripper St & Copper but liking it.

I do like the touches of sarcastic humor which, now that you guys mention it, is a bit like Firefly. Nothing negative to say about the show (for a change )

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Really like the show Hope it's not just a 1 season fill in.

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The entire series will be reprised next weekend.
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I'm surprised there hasn't been more discussion of this show. I think the writing and acting has been superior. Especially, Richelieu.
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. . . and acting has been superior. Especially, Richelieu.

. . . played by Peter Capaldi.


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Really like the show Hope it's not just a 1 season fill in.
It was already renewed for a 2nd Series by BBC for next year. Only change is availability of Peter Capaldi as Richelieu. He wasn't available for filming because of Doctor Who filming at the same time, so they are supposedly just going to ignore the Richelieu character onscreen in the 2nd Series. Rochefort will be the main antagonist in the 2nd Series.
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It was already renewed for a 2nd Series by BBC for next year. Only change is availability of Peter Capaldi as Richelieu. He wasn't available for filming because of Doctor Who filming at the same time, so they are supposedly just going to ignore the Richelieu character onscreen in the 2nd Series. Rochefort will be the main antagonist in the 2nd Series.
Not having Richelieu would be a major negative in my view. He and the King are so connected that I don't see how they can manage the overall show dynamics without him. Regarding the last episode, I didn't find it believable that the love affair with D'artagnan and Constance could so easily get derailed just by her trying to end it the way she did. Overall, a good episode though.
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Guess I'm the only one who kept watching Loved the season ender and watched the whole series over the long weekend.Looking forward to season 2
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Guess I'm the only one who kept watching Loved the season ender and watched the whole series over the long weekend.Looking forward to season 2
I remain a big fan as well and am looking forward to next season albeit concerned that there will not be a Richelieu character.
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Same here. Thought the season finale was fantastic! Watched the whole series over the long weekend with the boys again. That says a lot when the 13 and 15 year old want to watch something TWICE

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Same here. Thought the season finale was fantastic! Watched the whole series over the long weekend with the boys again. That says a lot when the 13 and 15 year old want to watch something TWICE
That's great to hear. The BBC appears to be getting "family drama" more right than wrong at the moment. The Musketeers, Atlantis, Merlin, Robin Hood and - of course - Doctor Who are/were all pretty good at ticking that box (and are all in the classic "Saturday teatime" slot in the UK) They appeal (and are suitable for kids) but are equally watchable for adults.
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2nd Series Premiere is Jan 17th in the US on BBC America. It Premiered tonight in the UK. Looks like it will be a 1.5 hr premiere in the US as it was 59mins in UK on BBC. I just finished watching it with vpn and it is off to an excellent start.

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59 minutes is a standard "BBC Hour", with 29 minutes being the usual "BBC Half Hour". When shows are commissioned for hour or half-hour slots that is the usual duration you'd expect to fill (give or take 30 seconds here or there, particularly with live shows). Not having commercials makes a big difference!
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59 minutes is a standard "BBC Hour", with 29 minutes being the usual "BBC Half Hour". When shows are commissioned for hour or half-hour slots that is the usual duration you'd expect to fill (give or take 30 seconds here or there, particularly with live shows). Not having commercials makes a big difference!
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59 minutes is a standard "BBC Hour", with 29 minutes being the usual "BBC Half Hour". When shows are commissioned for hour or half-hour slots that is the usual duration you'd expect to fill (give or take 30 seconds here or there, particularly with live shows). Not having commercials makes a big difference!

That is normal for most BBC shows, but BBC has been changing to accommodate some of their international broadcasts, especially if BBC America is a production partner. Doctor Who is only 45mins in the UK broadcasts now instead of 59mins, exceptions being the Christmas specials and such. The no commercials is nice, I hate when I go to ITV or Channel 4 and its as bad as watching US tv.
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That is normal for most BBC shows, but BBC has been changing to accommodate some of their international broadcasts, especially if BBC America is a production partner. Doctor Who is only 45mins in the UK broadcasts now instead of 59mins, exceptions being the Christmas specials and such. The no commercials is nice, I hate when I go to ITV or Channel 4 and its as bad as watching US tv.
The 59'00" and 29'00" rule is really for shows that are scheduled weekdays in the BBC's xx:00 and xx:30 block system (that most UK broadcasters follow weekdays, with the odd xx:15 and xx:45 bits) Weekends have far less regimented schedules - and Doctor Who has never really been a regular hour show historically.

Incidentally the BBC used to have to schedule short 10'00" shows (or commission 40'00" shows) to fill up the hours when US shows were big over here in the 80s, because we had an hour to fill but shows like Dallas, Dynasty and Cagney & Lacey only ran for just under 50'00" back then.
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I'm also a big fan of the show and looking forward to Season 2. I had originally started watching on BBCA, but finished watching Season 1 on blu-ray.

My favorite film of all time is the 1973 version of "The Three Musketeers" and I've seen several mediocre film versions which came out after that. But I'm enjoying this interpretation of the characters and tone of the show very much (though I'm not crazy about Tamla Kari as Constance).
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Season 2 has started out being excellent!!!
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Yes! I thought season 2 would begin later so this is a great surprise.
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Yes! I thought season 2 would begin later so this is a great surprise.
Did I fall into a wormhole? Am I in a coma? Am I barking mad? (Don't answer that one.)

BBCA, Tribune and D* seem to be under the impression that season 2 doesn't start until 1-17-15.
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Did I fall into a wormhole? Am I in a coma? Am I barking mad? (Don't answer that one.)

BBCA, Tribune and D* seem to be under the impression that season 2 doesn't start until 1-17-15.
It started last week in the UK for those of us that use VPN's or other means
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