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January 10th, 2015 (07:31 pm)

So, yeah - given that my only real interest in The Musketeers was 'cos of Peter Capaldi, and I didn't get beyond the first episode (although I've been meaning to watch the whole series properly)...is it worth catching up and then watching the second series..?

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Posted by: Soufflé Girl Wannabe (ragdoll)
Posted at: January 10th, 2015 07:40 pm (UTC)

We're not getting series 2 for another week or so in the US, but I really enjoyed the first season a lot. Capaldi doesn't even have that large a role in it -- but I liked all four of the Musketeers as well as the other supporting characters. I was a fan of Santiago Cabrera before hand, but he was fantastic in this, and the other three (Tom Burke, Luke Pasquilano and Howard Charles) really won me over too. It seems like they stuck fairly close to the original Dumas stuff (at least from the other versions I've seen), and it was all very adventurey and swashbuckle-y. :)

Capaldi's been replaced by Marc Warren who is also one of my favourite actors, so I'm looking forward to seeing him chewing scenery too. I guess it all depends on whether you liked previous versions of the Musketeers' story or not. I'm very fond of the Gene Kelly version and the Richard Lester films so I'm probably biased.

Posted by: Diaries of a dolphin (luckykaa)
Posted at: January 10th, 2015 10:48 pm (UTC)

I like your title. We need a Muskahounds/Chicago mashup!

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: January 11th, 2015 12:51 pm (UTC)

I've got no real experience with any previous version of the Musketeers (which seems...wrong, somehow - I'm 45, FFS, how come I've never read or watched it before?!), so the Capaldi (and now Warren) version is the first I've seen. But given that I like Warren too, it still sounds like it'll be pretty much up my alley.

I'd either forgotten or didn't know that Santiago Cabrera was in it. Nice bit of eye candy! :-) (Oh, and he can act as well...)

Posted by: gillo (gillo)
Posted at: January 10th, 2015 10:13 pm (UTC)
aristocrat

It's deeply silly, like "Merlin", but a lot of fun. Lots of pretty men in tight leather outfits and girls with heaving bosoms. Capaldi was wonderful as ever, and clearly enjoyed chewing the carpet, parquet, walls... You get the picture.

It plays very fast and loose with history, and Dumas must be spinning heyin his grave, but we enjoyed it enough to stick with it. Just don't assume any ages, dates, costumes, settings, characters are in any way accurate!

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: January 11th, 2015 12:55 pm (UTC)

Sounds indeed like the Merlin approach to historical accuracy! As long as it's a bit of good old ripping swashbuckling adventure, I'm not too bothered about details. I'll just have to keep it away from Sarah - she went a very interesting shade of purple when she was in the same room as an ep of Merlin for a few seconds, although the ensuing conversation about Mallory was entertaining, IIRC... :-)

Posted by: the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind)
Posted at: January 11th, 2015 11:52 am (UTC)
actor//renner approves - daxcat79

I randomly couldn't find my remote when 2:02 was on on Friday (plus I wanted to watch Graham Norton later on with Mark Ruffalo and James "my god how are his eyes so damn hypnotic?!" McAvoy) and ended up loving it.

It's fun, and I spent all day yesterday in front of my computer knitting and watching season one... Hee!

Posted by: David Brider (davidbrider)
Posted at: January 11th, 2015 12:48 pm (UTC)

Ruffalo and McAvoy on Graham Norton?

<scurries off to iPlayer>

And fun sounds...just what I need right now. :-)

Posted by: the girl who used to dance on fire and brimstone (whiskyinmind)
Posted at: January 11th, 2015 12:51 pm (UTC)
Indy funny - Callie_Girl

Dude - you have to watch it, they were both on UNICYCLES!!! (and McAvoy got Meryl Streep to say "bawbags" in a Glaswegian accent - so much win!)

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