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The Musketeers: Season One (DVD)
The Musketeers, Athos, Aramis and Porthos, are far more than merely royal bodyguards for King Louis XIII; they are inseparable, loyal unto death and committed to upholding justice. Together, this crack team of highly trained soldiers fight for honour, for valour, for love, and just for the pure thrill of it. When d’Artagnan arrives in Paris to avenge his father’s death he soon impresses the three Musketeers with his bravery and skill, and quickly discovers kindred spirits in these boisterous soldiers. Witty, action-packed episodic stories combine with breathtaking adventure and stunning production values to create this cinematic, blockbuster drama series with universal appeal.]]>
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That said, the stories are a little too compressed, too neat and clean but quite enjoyable nonetheless. I would love to see a more BBC or PBS-esque technique of 1:30+ run-time to allow deeper story lines. Each actor is given the lead each week and the others support...it is a nice round-robin cast. Overall very enjoyable and I look forward to each episode. For those not familiar or less familiar with this period of time in history, it is a good way to see how the politics, the church and the stark separation of the (have's and the have not's) was and in many cases, still is.
The other writing that is great are the three females, Constance, Milady and the Queen. They are extremely intelligent and their unique contributions to the series are awesome too. I love that the writing addresses womens issues, gender roles, Porthos being biracial (though it is hinted this will come back later, his parentage). Really fun themes spun into the plot.
There is "sex" in that the musketeers and other characters definitely sleep around, however, there is nothing particularly graphic. No grinding, no nudity, it's more hinted at than shown (the couple in bed after, as opposed to wasting two minutes watching them get it on) which I appreciate because teens could watch this too. Because they keep the sex toned down it is more family friendly that way.
Even the violence isn't gory. which is kinda nice. On the whole, the characters drive this series and it's great fun. The hardest part of watching it is trying to decide who is my favorite Musketeer.
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The movies are wonderful to watch and enjoy the British version