The Musketeers, Season Two (2015)
In 2014, BBC invited us to again journey on another classic adventure with their take on the legend of the noble Musketeers. Season two snuck up on me and then instead of opting for seeing the series sooner, I went with the U.S DVD release. Let me just say, it was worth every single delay.
King Louis (Ryan Gage) and his court are in a bit of an uproar. There is a gap in his council and without a person to fill it the King is looking more foolish than usual. With the post left vacant by the cardinal’s untimely death, the King is ready to insert his control, and offers it to Captain Trevelle (Hugo Speer). Not one to engage in politics, Trevelle turns down the generous offer, altering his future in not just the Musketeers but his usefulness in the eyes of the King. The Musketeers find themselves with a greater problem when they are tasked with recusing a French prisoner held captive in a seemingly impenetrable prison. This leads them to meet with Rochefort (Marc Warren), a man with a plan to help them with their comrade… or is he? His long history with the Musketeers makes them leery, but at the bequest of the King – and their Queen (Alexandra Dowling), who has a history with Rochefort, they are obligated to work with him.
Meanwhile, D’Artagnan (Luke Pasqualino) secures a position for Constance (Tamla Kari) in the Queen’s court. The two have parted ways, but that doesn’t stop him from trying to keep Constance as far from her husband’s reach as he can. Aramis (Santiago Cabrera) is having trouble keeping his distance from the son he cannot openly love – and he uses the child’s governess (Charlotte Salt) as a means of keeping the baby under his watchful eye. Porthos (Howard Charles) goes in search of discovering his parentage. Something Trevelle knows the truth of yet refuses to confess. Then there is Athos (Tom Burke). Broken still after discovering the once upon a time love of his life, Lady De Winter (Maimie McCoy) is still alive, Athos struggles with seeing her as the King’s new mistress. But fate may yet offer these two broken lovers a second chance.
Now that the basics are written and out of the way, it’s only fair to warn you all. This review is likely to, potentially, maybe feature some seriously silly fangirl moments. I think it’s safe to say, I haven’t fangirled over a series of this genre since Robin Hood. Much as I enjoyed Merlin, even it could not compete with the first season love I had for the former. BBC previously undertook the robbing-from-the-poor and sorcery legends in their respective series, which is what I often liken this latest effort to. It’s got the same quality, cheeky humor and “feel” to it as their prior productions. Fortunately where it has drawn the line (up until now) is following in its predecessor’s footsteps by turning into a dark, moody kind of drama. This season certainly is darker, but it’s got too much good going for it to be considered depressing. Like the end of season one, the guys continue to suffer the consequences of their actions when it comes to the women and loves of their lives, but fortunately for fans, one of them does get a happy ending before the screen fades to black.
If you’ve not yet discovered this series, what are you waiting on? If you like “old-fashioned” swashbucklers (think more like The Musketeer with Chris O'Donnell, 2011's cheeky The Three Musketeers or Disney’s pirate series), then you’d love this. If you enjoy BBC drama in general, you’ll love this. If you like fun adventures, you'll love this. It’s got an unforgettable sense of style, really. It’s all old-fashioned sentiments and charm, yet has unique qualifiers all its own; I even read an article that called it a contemporary re-telling, which it isn't in the sense of being set in our modern times. BBC definitely doesn’t leave it up to question that this is set back in the 1700’s, but the costumes take a modern approach as does some of the weaponry. Still, I don’t care a fig about any discrepancies there. What I do care about are the titular characters. I pretty much love them all. These dudes are hard to forget and each episode chips away a bit more at their backgrounds. From Aramis’ loving something he cannot have or Athos’ regretting the way things turned out in his past, passions and tensions continue to mount and keep viewers intrigued. It also doesn’t hinder anything watching them in the swordplay battles.
Have you seen this season or watched this drama? Have you any thoughts about the good, bad or ugly of its sophomore season? What is your favorite thing? Share your thoughts - or fangirl enthusiasm, down below.
Content: there are multiple battle scenes and deaths. Men are shot, stabbed or murdered for no particular reason. One man is executed by having his head cut off [off-camera]. There are at least two sex scenes. One of more “graphic” and is a dream sequence, the other is a sweet scene of a married couple in bed conversing. A married man is seen consorting with his mistress on two or three occasions in various states of undress, we also see Aramis in bed with his mistress once or twice. There is some minor profanity. Depending on the episode the rating would fluctuate between a PG or TV14.