The Musketeers Episode 2

D’Artagnan is in deep trouble again in this week’s The Musketeers. He has been thrown into a gaol for duelling without due permission and is awaiting execution. However it turns out that this is a ruse by the Musketeers to try and find out what this shady character called Vadim was up too.

This second episode of The Musketeers had some good moments but I don’t think was quite as good as the first episode. For one we had a lot less scenery chewing scenes featuring Peter Capaldi which are always going to be a highlight of this series I think, but which were less on display in this episode.

The plot of the story with Vadim seemingly wanting to murder the King and Queen which turned out to be nothing more than ruse, which was a rather nice counterpoint to the ruse at the start of the episode, which made the character of Vadim a bit less ruthless than he had been painted as in the earlier part of the episode, just really a bit of a greedy bastard who decided that after being poor all of his life deserved a little nest egg.

It did provide a bit of tension with the possibility of D’Artagnan being executed but you never really felt that he might actually be killed in this episode, but at least it made more sense than having one of the Musketeers themselves doing it, despite some of them wanting to take his place, which we knew full well was a blatant lie on all of their parts.

Once again there were some pretty well choreographed fight scenes in the episode and it all looked very nice but apart from being rather diverting viewing on a Sunday evening does rather suffer from a lack of substance when compared to say Sherlock in the same slot. We do have a bit of a plot arc featuring Richelieu and Milady which might be quite interesting as is the burgeoning relationship between D’Artagnan and Constance Bonacieux which like the Milady subplot is, at least, straight out of the original Dumas novel.

I am not sure that this series will be little more than a diversion, but at least it is an entertaining diversion, and that really is all that this needs to be.