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Musketeers and pirates

Oh look. A new take on The Three Musketeers.

Musketeers was fun. I liked the depiction of Paris in 1630--filthy, rough, dangerous. I liked the whinybaby portrayal of Louis XIII. I liked the jokey spirit (which is really quite true to the original), and I didn't hate Peter Capaldi's Cardinal Richelieu. I mean, I did hate him, as one must, because a more villainous villain doing villainy because he's just plain villainous has rarely ever been written.

I can't decide how I feel about the female characters so far: the source material doesn't provide a huge amount to work with (but then the source material doesn't imply that Porthos is a person of color either, and yet the show manages to make that alteration beautifully, so, you know, selective hewing to "historical accuracy" and whatever).

Anyway, it was fun and I enjoyed it and it has huge fannish potential (as attested to by a flood of Tumblr posts today), and I'll probably watch the next two eps. It's certainly wonderfully filthy and muddy and harsh and the locations are gorgeous and the costumes: so much leather OMG.

No, I didn't watch "Black Sails". It's just...the system is forcing me into piracy, I swear. With the best will in the world and waving money around, I cannot buy the audiobook of Broken Homes, Ben Aaronovitch's fourth Peter Grant novel. It's been out in the UK for many months, but "due to geo-restrictions" (or something) Audible.com can't actually sell it to me--or even let me put it on my wishlist.

Seriously, Audible, and publishers, and whatever corporate intellectual property bullshit concerns: you can't give me books 1, 2, and 3 of a series then withhold book 4 and expect me to just wait like a good girl. So please don't expect that.

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Jan. 20th, 2014 05:12 pm (UTC)
I haven't watched Musketeers yet, the photos I've seen look amazing though (especially Santiago's look, I loved him as Lancelot and he looks great in this). Glad to hear it's good.

I did see Black Sails, my cable company offered an hour long edited version of the first episode for free for some reason. I liked it well enough.

I am always amazed at how often, though, the only option we have of acquiring something is through illegal means, it's so short sighted! Okay, while I'd never pay a lot for most of my fannish interests, I would pay a some, especially if they made it easy to get, but it seems like more and more they can't be bothered and want us to jump through hoops or do without completely. It's so frustrating.
Jan. 20th, 2014 06:00 pm (UTC)
Aramis is a lovely character, and I like Santiago in the role very much--there's that elegant grace that was also perfect for Lancelot. I have an idea that you'll like the show when you, um, acquire the means to watch it.

I've said for years that I'd gladly pay a buck or two per episode for my favorite fannish shows, if that small sum could buy me a commercial-free watch, on my own time, full-screen with reasonable definition, and the option of rewatching, say, a time or two--in short, what I would get from file-sharing (assuming I participated in file-sharing. Which I totally don't. Huh-uh.)

Netflix gets it exactly right (except for the time-lag and the limited selection--though I notice some old fandoms enjoying revival on Tumblr, presumably because the series are available for binge-watching on Netflix).

I also fully approve of the BBC model, wherein my tax dollars would pay for Santiago Cabrera to appear in leather and lace and a sword, and profits be damned. It would beat the hell out of some of what my tax dollars pay for now.
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