The Three Musketeers: Episodes 10-11 Recap

It’s been a while since the last TTM recap and I’m terribly sorry about the long break – it took a lot longer than I’d expected to dig myself out of the mountain of papers-to-read. By now, I assume that most people have also heard the bad news: tvN has confirmed that the previously-announced Seasons 2 & 3 have been cancelled. (Apparently tvN thought it was a good idea to announce three seasons and then change their minds and slash two seasons out of the blue.) With that in mind, what was a story meant for three seasons had to be told in one – I do hope that the writer had an inkling of what was to come and wrapped it up satisfactorily.

Regardless, picking up from where we left off…

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The Three Musketeers – Episodes 8 & 9 Recap

This is absolutely late and I apologize – it appears that no amount of attempting to bend the space-time continuum could produce a scenario where this recap and my thesis could be written simultaneously. Ah, well. And for the same reason recaps for the upcoming episodes will most likely be delayed, but I will finish them. I promise!

Onto the episodes. Team Sohyeon may have won a small victory last time, but they don’t get to enjoy much of a reprieve, what with Mi Ryung muddying the romantic waters and Kim Ja Jeom a-plotting. More importantly, it’s finally our crown princess’ time to shine; I must say it’s a nice change to have two such complex and well-written female leads for a change. Thank you, Show.

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The Three Musketeers: Episode 7 Recap

Yesssss, finally! This is the episode that I’ve been waiting for – big reveals and action aplenty, but most importantly we finally get to see Dal Hyang play the game rather than being played. Previously he had always been the one who’d been dragged along for the ride, unsure of what he’s doing but caught up in something too big for him to disengage from. Now he finally gets to choose his next course of action – and it’s up to him to find out whether the result will be high risk and unrewarding, or high risk, but at least for a worthy cause. We also get an answer to the question of trust between prince and subordinate much faster than I’d expected, but perhaps that is something I should have expected instead. Thus far this drama has consistently surged ahead with plot and character developments so that the audience isn’t left to stew over their predictions; always ahead or on schedule, never late.

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The Three Musketeers: Episode 6 Recap

Our hero finally learns some bitter lessons (and equally bitter truths) in this episode – no, his luck doesn’t seem like it’ll take a turn for the better any time soon. He’s not the only one, though, because the prince is thrown his fair share of complications and finds harsh realities piled at his door. There are upsides to all this, however; we get a return of Dal Hyang’s mane of glory and some welcome bromance, about which I would never complain. Looks like I wept prematurely after the previous episode rather shook things up in that department.

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The Three Musketeers: Episode 5 Recap

Gah, Dal Hyang. I don’t know whether to admire his sheer guts in daring to challenge someone so far above him in status or strangle him for making a move that could only lead to more bad luck for him (and his luck has really been astoundingly bad so far). The tug-o-war between Dal Hyang’s loyalty towards prince or nation finally reaches its peak, but with so many secrets floating around the palace and the game of politics complicating everything, the denouement is anything but simple. Worse, both our intrepid hero and the prince come down with a bad case of jealousy, and with swords within easy reach, one can imagine where this goes. To describe the result as mere bad life choices would probably be the understatement of the year.

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The Three Musketeers: Episode 4 Recap

If you thought Dal Hyang’s journey to Hanyang and his first night in the big city was bad, you clearly haven’t seen what his first day on the job looks like yet. (Hint: It sucks.) Considering how quickly the situation with the Manchu envoys is falling apart on our good guys, it doesn’t look like Dal Hyang will be experiencing much joy at work any time soon, either. It’s a good thing he has the friendly Seung Po and Min Seo to look out for him, though any bromance with Sohyeon might have to wait a bit longer…

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tvN Releases Footage of The Three Musketeers’ First Script Reading & Test Shoot

Why hello there, Mane of Glory! Can’t be a dashing Joseon swordsman without a matching mane of glory, of course.

We have our first look at the The Three Musketeers leads Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Jin Wook, Yang Dong Geun, Jung Hae In (as the crown prince and his three bodyguards/musketeers, based loosely on the Alexandre Dumas classic), Seo Hyun Jin and Yoo In Young in costume for their camera test along with footage from the first script reading, courtesy of tvN. The script reading was held on June 24th at CJ E&M Center in Seoul.

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Jung Yong Hwa Confirmed as Swashbuckling Hero of ‘The Three Musketeers’

Bring out the champagne, we finally have a confirmation: Jung Yong Hwa is locked in for tvN’s upcoming swashbuckling action sageuk, The Three Musketeers! This means he’ll play the role of the hero, Park Dal Hyang (the D’Artagnan of the classic Dumas novel), a young warrior from a poor yangban family in Kangwondo who excels in martial arts and possesses courage and principles. He travels to the capital city of Hanyang to take the military service exam and becomes one of the three ‘musketeers’ involved in the protection of Crown Prince Sohyeon.

With the drama inspired by the story of The Three Musketeers and promising plenty of action, intrigue and romance set in the tumultuous period during which Joseon submitted to the Qing, we can also expect to see Jung Yong Hwa at the center of a sword-fighting scene or two, all dressed up as a dashing young Joseon swordsman in warrior garb. Oh yes, please. Someone pick me up off the floor; I think I might have collapsed from the excitement.

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