I’m curious whether Rochefort and/or Buckingham will be introduced this season…
They’re playing pretty fast and loose with time lines, but if it makes a difference, Buckingham’s been dead for a couple of years by the time the show is set (Endlessly amused that Auntie Beeb bumped the timeline forward five years so that Our Heroes would be at war with Spain, not England). It’d be cool to see Rochefort through.
Thank you! and yeah, you’re right. The historian inside me has been slightly baffled with some of the changes (raised eyebrow), but since they are already quite loose with time and historical accuracy (why not, it’s for fun after all, I don’t mind the slightest) I do believe Buckingham will be introduced eventually (depending on how long the show is going to run…) because of what kind of role he has in the book and the potential new conflict he will bring along? (even though it would make no sense in the current context like you say) but probably not this season.
Rochefort is much easier, I do wonder what kind of story-line they will give him and how they will build his relationship with d’Artagnan specifically, if he comes around….
While they have (among other things) moved the entire history of Savoy forward about five years, randomly reanimated a dead heir, done a few historically questionable things with the slave trade, and costumes generally (!), I don’t think that the BBC is going to, on this occasion, mess that badly with its own national history. The only reason I can think of to set the show in 1630 not 1625 is to drop Buckingham entirely. Other wise, why bother changing it?
(can I give you a virtual hug? because this is exactly what I’ve been thinking about), the other things you mention haha, yes, exactly! (the costumes maj maj, although I can forgive that a bit, after all it looks pretty great? and the BBC does have a tendency in it’s ‘fun’ historical shows not to be too historical accurate, which would explain the slave-trade cards for example? idk what they are up to), but especially since the Savoy-episode the chronology has been in the back on my mind constantly (and I’m not an expert on this period at all), because you are right, the only reasonable explanation since Buckingham was assassinated in 1628 and Victor Amadeus I became duke in 1830 is that they wanted to exclude him, you can’t even bend time for that since the guy is dead… so your conclusion seems completely valid to me, why they set it in 1630 instead of 1625, which one would aspect, they must have done it for some reason. e.g. dropping him indeed.
Still, I wonder what’s up with that? and how much does the BBC decide on this (and a ‘good’ portrayal of English history) and what does the character/real person of Buckingham play into it as well. They have been constantly propagandizing that this show is different than other adaptions, which is why they changed so much, so that might be an alternative explanation for this peculiar choice….
I mostly think that they wanted to drop the Buckingham plot because everyone knows it, it’s been done to death, and it’s honestly pretty hard to beat Orlando Bloom in the 2011 movie anyway (IMO, anyway).
I don’t think they’re concerned about Buckingham generally, but in the book Our Heroes were picking on the Protestants and at war with England, and I don’t think that’s something the BBC is especially interested in featuring in their show. It might make it more difficult to sympathise with the boys. Whereas they can be at war with the Spanish (and allied with the English) and no one will care (except the Spanish, who probably aren’t watching it anyway).