Set on the streets of 17th century Paris, where law and order is more an idea than reality, the show follows a group of highly trained musketeers commanded by Captain Treville as they fight to protect King and country.
While the sword-fighting is not exactly imaginatively staged, it is violently convincing, and so is the The Musketeers. With solid production values, it has set itself up to tell an old tale in a fun, entertaining way.
Refreshingly realistic in some ways (there is much jumping out of high windows, but the jumper is often actually injured) and soothingly romantic in others, The Musketeers is a captivating balance of spectacle and story
Even viewers who are just now meeting [Dumas'] iconic foursome will have some difficulties with this uneven BBC adaptation that begins with an overly complicated backstory and fails to fully make up for it with compelling characters and must-see action.