The Musketeers: Season 2
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Musketeers, The: Season Two (DVD)
Prepare for more pulse-pounding thrills, more breathtaking action and more high-stakes heroism in the second season of this swashbuckling saga from BBC America. The gallivanting royal bodyguards for King Louis XIII – Athos (Tom Burke, The Hour), Aramis (Santiago Cabrera, Heroes), Porthos (Howard Charles, &Me) and d'Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino, Skins) – are back for love, honor and adventure. Together, the inseparable Musketeers employ their bravery and skill to track down a missing Musketeer; become embroiled in a full-scale riot orchestrated by a notorious criminal mastermind; and embark on a dangerous mission to Le Havre. It's all for one in the non-stop second season of The Musketeers.]]>
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Although very entertaining, season one was at times balanced on a knife's edge of becoming a vehicle for action-stunts and clichéd one-liners however the narrative seems to have moved past things like D'artagnan's adolescent desire to become a musketeer or over-the-top, fork dueling and looks as if the story arc is swinging more towards large-scale political intrigue. Producers Adrian Hodges and Jessica Pope continue to cultivate a big-screen feel (special emphasis on episode 2 "An Ordinary Man"), while the writers are bringing a slightly more mature tenor (less the overreliance on "adult" content) and If anyone's wondering what happened to Peter Capaldi (a.k.a. Cardinal Richelieu) he's conveniently and mysteriously died between seasons as the BBC pulled him over to Doctor Who (helping to get the last few nails in that coffin).
Following the events of episode 12 from the previous season, Milady de Winter (heavy on villain short on seductress) is back with a vengeance creating scheming subplots, there's also a welcome addition of Marc Warren as Comte de Rochefort (giving a slightly unhinged performance), King Louis (Ryan Gage) is moving from buffoonery to legitimate tyranny and although I said it when I reviewed the first season, I'll reemphasize that the four guys playing the musketeers have some real chemistry and it's just a pleasure to tag along on their adventures.
I'm not the BBC fan I used to be, however I'm definitely along for the ride on Musketeers and I still say this show has the coolest opening credits of anything on TV.
[Update 3/22/15] An epic, exciting and at times bittersweet finale has rounded up this exceptional second season of The Musketeers and may I say I'm even more devoted to this series than I was when I posted my initial review. There were some very remarkable scenes in episode 10 "Trial and Punishment" that reemphasize the thoughtful writing and creative energy invested in this show and I'm very glad to hear that BBC America will be renewing for a third season. :o)
The dark film noir and settings continue to be a fabulous backdrop. Similar to Downton Abbey, the costumes should win an award just for themselves alone.
I wondered how they would handle Capaldi's exit. I already knew the Cardinal would be declared dead but it seems his influence will be just as strong from the grave. The new villian seems to be much more dangerous, as well. A good season opener. I look forward to the rest of it.
Just one note - kind of confused on how this one is being priced. No season pass? I don't mind paying per episode, even if it'll cost more in the long run but a season pass with reduced pricing would be much appreciated.
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