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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious: Doctor, Who Commissioned This Version of The Musketeers?

by | 20th, January 2014

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Mic Wright’s Remotely Furious

Doctor, who the hell commissioned this version of the Musketeers?

MY first problem with The Musketeers is that it isn’t a live action remake of The Muskehounds . With any luck if the BBC decides to make a new version of Around The World In 80 Days it’ll have a lion as the lead and an acrobatic cat as Passepartout. If we have to have humans, The Musketeers was fun but scheduled at entirely the wrong time. There was too much sex for it to be a CBBC series d’Artagnan and Milady are schtupping already but not enough shagging or bloody violence to make it feel worthy of a 9pm slot. France’s modern day potato-face President Hollande is getting more action than the Musketeers.

On the topic of the Musketeers themselves, I’m more than a little disturbed by Freddie from Skins buckling his swashes as d’Artagnan and why is one of the three Musketeers basically just Chris Kamara in 17th century France? The acting isn’t terrible but the script lets the gang down. There’s far too much dialogue that sounds anachronistic the Captain of the Musketeers calls the famous three in for a dressing down with a Sweeney style “My office…now!” and the Musketeers seemingly can’t go past a window without leaping out of it.

Peter Capaldi as The Cardinal is also disappointing. As someone who channelled so much malevolence into the character of Malcolm Tucker, he seems pretty mild. While the script squeezes in some killings near the end of episode one to ramp up the threat coming from Capaldi’s direction, he’s just not quite evil enough. I understand that the writers and Capaldi himself were trying for a realistic villain rather than a moustache-twirling baddie but realism doesn’t quite fit with the

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