“The Musketeers,” a BBC America production, is loosely based on Alexander Dumas’ classic, “The Three Musketeers,” which was a classic romantic novel. The novel followed the adventures of the young D’Artagnan, who went to Paris to become one of the King’s Musketeers. Along the way, he encounters the titular “Three Musketeers” — Athos, Porthos and Aramis. Together they take on two villains whose plot was to manipulate the entire court — Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter. However, in the television adaptation, the series drew inspiration from the novel for the characters and some events. Read on to learn more about the first season of “The Musketeers.”
The series stars Luke Pasquilano as D’Artagnan, Tom Burke as Athos, Santiago Cabrera as Aramis, Howard Charles as Porthos, Hugo Speer as Captain Treville, Peter Capaldi as Cardinal Richeliu, Ryan Gage as King Louis XIII, Alexandra Dowling as Queen Anne, Maimie McCoy as Milady de Winter, Tamla Kari as Constance Bonacieux.
The series aired its first season on BBC America from June 22 to Aug. 24, 2014, and its second season will premiere in 2015.
In line with this, Movie News Guide (MNG) has provided “The Musketeers” Season One guide.
The first episode of the season was entitled “Friends and Enemies.” D’Artagnan (Luke Pasquilano) and his father stopped by an inn on their way from Gascony to Paris, which was attacked and robbed by masked men, whose leader claimed to be Athos of the King’s Musketeers. D’Artagnan stayed at an inn in Paris while looking for Athos in order to avenge his father and spent the night with the lovely Milady de Winter (Maimie McCoy). However, the next morning, he found that she had set him up for murdering a Spanish Envoy, which led to him kissing Madame Constance Bonacieux (Tamla Kari) so as not to be noticed. Constance ended up tending to his wounds, as he had collapsed in exhaustion. He then went to Musketeer garrison, where he ended up in a duel with Athos (Tom Burke) who claimed that he did not kill D’Artagnan’s father, Porthos and Aramis.
Athos, under Cardinal Richelieu’s (Peter Capaldi) orders was arrested and tried for being a highwayman and a murderer. The D’Artagnan, Aramis and Porthos tried to clear Athos’ name and discovered that under the Cardinal’s orders, a Musketeer regiment that was carrying highly sensitive letters from the King was attacked, and the uniforms were stolen — the impostors were the Cardinal’s Red Guards. They were able to defeat the impostors — thanks to a little help from Constance — and they were able to rescue Athos in time from execution, much to the chagrin of Milady, who was trying to destroy the Musketeers for the Cardinal. At the end of the episode, D’Artagnan ended up lodging with Constance, and the Cardinal was able to win back the King to his side.
The second episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “Sleight of Hand.” D’Artagnan allowed himself to be arrested for illegal dueling in order to become close to his new cell mate, Vadim, who was rumored to have a lot of gunpowder on him, enough to blow up a part of Paris. The pair managed to escape prison when the Queen was handing out pardons. During the chaos, Aramis won a token of thanks from the queen (a necklace with a gold cross), as he was able to protect her from harm. D’Artagnan was successful in gaining Vadim’s trust and learned that Vadin was going to start a peasant insurrection on Easter Sunday, when the King and Queen attend Easter Mass. However, it turned out that Vadim knew that D’Artagnan was a spy for the Musketeers and tied him up to kegs of gunpowder in a tunnel under the palace. It turned out that the insurrection was just a distraction, as his real aim was to rob the royal vault. Meanwhile, Milady paid a visit to Vadim’s mistress, under the Cardinal’s orders, and killed her while pocketing the Queen’s missing diamond pendant for herself. She also paid a visit to Constance, revealing that she knew D’Artagnan, making Constance a little jealous as she was starting to have feelings for him. In the background, she was already plotting to destroy the Musketeers for her own sake and for the Cardinal.
The third episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “Commodities.” Their task to ensure the safe passage of merchant and explorer Emile Bonnaire to Paris was met with difficulties, as Emile was being hunted down by the Spanish, his business partner who ambushed them, and the Musketeers. During the ambush, Porthos was gravely injured, and Aramis sewed him up a nearby estate that belonged to Athos. While D’Artagnan, Aramis and Athos tracked down Emile after he had escaped again, Porthos found out that Emile was a slave trader, therefore earning his wrath when they got back. During their stay, Athos was haunted by his past demons, as his wife, whom he thought he had hung and left for dead as she was a criminal, came back to seek her revenge by burning down the estate and killing him. However, before his wife, who was revealed to be Milady, could exact her revenge, D’Artagnan came back for Athos and saved him. In Paris, the Cardinal and Emile became business partners as his plantations in the Caribbean would profit the government a lot. However, the Musketeers tricked Emile into boarding the ship of the Spanish agents who were hunting him down, as his participating in the slave trade was in direct violation of the Spanish trade treaty.
The fourth episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “The Good Soldier.” The visit of the Duke of Savoy to France after five whole years led to an assassination attempt on the Duke’s life. Aramis discovered that the culprit was the former Musketeer Marsac, who claimed that the Duke of Savoy was the one responsible for the massacre of his and Aramis’ companions five years ago during a training exercise in Savoy. While they investigated, they let Marsac stay in Constance’s house, who became irritated with D’Artagnan after she learned that he was a convicted murderer, but they amends later as D’Artagnan agreed to teach her how to shoot and how to sword fight. They discovered that Captain Treville was the one who had leaked information on where the training exercise was under the King’s orders, as they had to distract the Duke of Savoy from learning the truth about his wife, the King’s sister, who also spied for France. The Chancellor of Savoy, a Spanish spy, was close to learning the truth, which was why during the massacre, Treville and the Cardinal had spirited the Chancellor of Savoy to a little well-known prison in France. The Duke, who refused to sign a treaty with France, ended up signing it, as he was not able to prove that his old Chancellor was being held prisoner in Paris, thanks to the quick thinking of The Musketeers and his wife, the Duchess of Savoy. However, Marsac, determined to punish Treville for allowing the massacre to happen was shot, as Aramis tried to stop him from killing Treville.
The fifth episode of “The Musketeers”was entitled “The Homecoming.” After a night of drinking and target practice in order to celebrate Porthos’ birthday, he was arrested for murdering a young man named Jean De Mauvoisin, whose dead body was found next to Porthos. However, before he could be brought to the gallows, he was rescued by some criminals who brought him to his old friend Charon to his former love Flea and to his old home — the Court of Miracles. It was then revealed that Porthos had grown up in that area, which the Cardinal wanted to have destroyed as the King wanted to build a better and new capital city there. Upon investigating the case, the Musketeers learned that although Jean came from a noble yet bankrupt noble and prominent Catholic family, he was a practicing Huguenot. It was revealed that he had several kegs of gunpowder, which was hidden in the printing press of the Huguenot church. It was later on discovered that it was Jean’s father who had murdered him, as Jean had disagreed with his father’s plans to restore the family fortune. Jean’s father, who was in league with Charon and the Cardinal, planned to blow up the Court of Miracles, so that he could make a fortune on rent, as he had been buying substantial amounts of land there. The Musketeers were able to stop the Court from being blown up in time and cleared Porthos’ name. However, in the end, Porthos had to let go of Flea, who wanted to remain at the Court of Miracles, and Jean’s father killed himself, preferring death over jail.
The sixth episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “The Exiles.” Porthos and Athos accompanied King Louis XIII during his hunt, which was disturbed when his exiled mother, Marie De Medici, who tried to depose him before, appeared asking for help as someone was trying to kill her. Meanwhile, D’Artagnan and Aramis were tasked by the Cardinal to escort a young woman named Agnes and her baby, Henry, to Paris. However, things went south as the baby was kidnapped. The pair tracked the baby down to an unsavory part of Paris and asked Constance to go undercover as a wet nurse in order to find out how many men were inside and to get the baby. However, things became more interesting as the baby’s grandmother, Marie de Medici, was revealed to be the mother of Philippe — the deformed husband of Agnes who turned out to be the King’s older twin brother. The Musketeers were able to get the baby out of the house where he was being held, and Aramis faked the death of the baby so that neither Marie or the Cardinal would be able to get to the baby. In the end, Marie’s plot to overthrow the throne, and rule as regent over Baby Henry was foiled. Furthermore, Agnes and Henry were able to live their lives in rural France together.
The seventh episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “A Rebellious Woman.” The Comtesse Ninon de Larroque was tried and accused of witchcraft after a young servant girl whom she had educated died after trying to hand a note to the queen in her carriage and after Constance’s husband’s relative, Fleur Baudin, went missing. The Cardinal, who was encouraged by the Jesuit Roman envoy, Father Sestini, to deal harshly with the Comtesse as educated women were frowned upon and the Cardinal would win more favor in Rome if it was seen that he deals harshly with heretics. He also enlisted the help of Milady to say lies about the Comtesse in court, as the Cardinal wanted the Comtesse’s vast wealth so that France could have a new navy. She was sentenced to burn to death, especially after the Cardinal fell ill as someone had tried to kill him by poisoning him. The Musketeers then discovered that Father Sestini was the one who had poisoned the Cardinal and stopped him from killing the Cardinal in time. The Cardinal then released the Comtesse with the provision that she never set foot in Paris again.
The eighth episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “The Challenge.” In this episode, after a fight between the Cardinal’s Red Guards and the Musketeers broke out while they were escorting the prisoner Labarge back to Paris, King Louis XIII decided that a tournament was going to be held to finally figure out who had the better regiment. D’Artagnan saw this as an opportunity to finally gain a commission to become a Musketeer, but his dreams were dashed to the ground as he did not have the entry fee of thirty livre. Constance, who sold her locket and some of her things was able to obtain thirty livres for him, but she was too late as Milady had given him thirty livres already. During his training with Athos, he was told that he shouldn’t let his temper rule the way he fights. He let his temper get into his head as he almost died while trying to take on Labarge to avenge his father’s farm, which Labarge had burned down. Treville, who had learned that the Cardinal chose Labarge as his champion, nominated himself but was wounded during the tournament. This led him to nominate D’Artagnan, who quickly defeated Labarge and won his commission as a Musketeer. Meanwhile, the Cardinal, who learned about Milady’s past, recruited Constance’s husband to spy on D’Artagnan. He found out about their affair and forced Constance to break up with D’Artagnan, or else, he would be hung. Milady then revealed to the Cardinal that she had the perfect plot to bring down the Musketeers and would D’Artagnan to do so. However, Athos, from a chance encounter with Milady in the street, learned that she was working for the Cardinal.
The ninth episode of “The Musketeers” was entitled “Knight Takes Queen.” In this episode, due to the attention of Charlotte Mellendorf, who was visiting France, Louis grew frustrated with Anne’s infertility and wished she was dead. The Cardinal then enlisted the help of Milady, who hired a mercenary named Gallagher in order to kill the queen, who was bathing at a pool known for granting fertility upon women. Aramis and Athos hid the queen at a nearby nunnery, where Aramis discovered his former lover, who later on died as the mercenaries laid siege on the nunnery. The queen, who had her eye on Aramis ever since he protected her when she was handing out pardons, comforted him, which led to a tryst in the nearby bedroom. In Paris, Treville, D’Artagnan and Porthos found that the money lender who gave a promissory note to the mercenaries was killed and that the one who had paid the mercenaries was Count Mellendorf, who was arrested after finding forged letters in his possession linking him to the attempted assassination of the queen. After a fierce struggle, D’Artagnan and the other Musketeers arrived in time to help Athos and Aramis against the mercenaries, allowing the queen, whom the king still loved very much, to be brought home safely.
The final episode of the season was entitled “Musketeers Don’t Die Easily.” D’Artagnan allowed himself to be shot and abandoned by his fellow Musketeers as he tried to rescue Milady from the clutches of a drunken Athos. The deal was sealed when Treville told him that he was no longer a Musketeer and decided to accept Milady’s task in killing Athos to prove that he was hers and the Cardinal’s now. They brilliantly staged Athos’ death and a funeral to make it seem real. During this time, Milady decided to take matters into her own hands, just in case, and kidnapped Constance as insurance. D’Artagnan then suggested to the Cardinal that he be exchanged for the promissory note that Treville had implicated the Cardinal in the attempted assassination of the queen. During the exchange, the Cardinal confessed to the crime, which Treville and the Queen overheard, but the queen, in her mercy, spared his life. They then rescued Constance from Milady, resulting in a stand-off between Milady and Athos. Milady was defeated, and Athos, who spared her life, told her to never come back to Paris. Constance broke things off with D’Artagnan, telling him that she could not abandon her husband who had tried to kill himself as he thought that she had left him. The Queen then revealed that she was pregnant and confronted Aramis, who said that he would watch over the child, knowing that the baby was his. However, the Cardinal overheard the entire thing. Meanwhile, Count Mellendorf was released from prison, and the Musketeers rode off into the distance, to a brand-new adventure.
And that’s it for the Season One guide of “The Musketeers.” For more news and updates, including spoilers and recaps, on “The Musketeers” and other television shows, keep following Movie News Guide (MNG).
Catch the brand-new adventures of “The Musketeers” in 2015 on BBC America.
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