Three Musketeers Korean Drama Review

Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Jung Hae In, Jung Yong Hwa, Lee Jin Wook, and Yang Dong GeunThree Musketeers tells the story of Park Dal Hyang (Jung Yong Hwa), a poor young man from a rural town, who goes to the capital to take the military exam.  He gets involved with Crown Prince So Hyun (Lee Jin Wook) and his to guards, Heo Sung Po (Yang Dong Geun) and Ahn Min Seo (Jung Hae In).  Not only does he find himself in a love triangle with the Crown Prince and his childhood love turned Crown Princess (Seo Hyun Jin), but he even ends up in the middle of the issues between multiple political factions.

Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Jung Yong Hwa

Three Musketeers is only a 12 episode drama.  I have to say I’m glad that it was only 12 episodes, or I probably wouldn’t have finished it.  This is a drama that just did not click with me.

I did really like the first two episodes that were more focused on Dal Hyang and his journey to the capitol and passing the exam.  But once he gets tangled up with the Crown Prince and his Musketeers, things grinded to a screeching halt for me.  Everything got a bit to political as we dealt with all of the different factions.

The middle stretch of the drama was a long, slow journey that I found mostly boring.  One thing I did find interesting during this period were the snippets of back story involving the Crown Prince and his first love Jo Mi Ryung (Yoo In Young).  I wish that would have been developed more.

Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Lee Jin Wook

Things pick up a bit for the last 2-3 episodes of the drama.  We get more in depth with our characters as all kinds of relationship issues come to a head.  I always really enjoy Yoo In Young, and her character was the most interesting by far.  A lot goes down in the final stretch, including lots of betrayal and murder.

Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Yoo In Young Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Seo Hyun Jin

But overall, the pacing of the drama felt extremely uneven.  And I simply found myself unable to engage with the characters and the story for the most part.  Despite having an interesting opening and closing, the complete dead part throughout the entire middle stretch really hurt the drama.  It had a lot of potential to be a fun, thrilling saguek, but it ended up falling flat.

Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Yang Dong Geun Three Musketeers Korean Drama - Jung Hae In

Maybe Three Musketeers just had the misfortune of being the follow up sageuk to the amazing Empress Ki on my drama watching list.  Ah well, you win some, you lose some.  Plenty of people really liked this drama, so if you’re a fan of sageuks or any of the actors in the drama, give it a go.  It’s only 12 episodes, and maybe it’s just what you’re looking for.

My Rating: 5/10

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5 Responses to Three Musketeers Korean Drama Review

  1. hariaharia says:

    TTM is one very unlucky drama. Despite the fact that it was actually set for 3 seasons (that means 36 episodes instead of just 12), I believe, at the end of the day, the writer did her best for whatever time she was given. She followed the original novel in terms of storyline, mixing the comic relief with some romance and big portions of political schemes and picked Joseon as the background of her story – since we’re watching the country’s decadence during Injo’s reign, every shenanigan seems justified but probably fruitless.
    Everyone did their best but, unfortunately, the new time slot and low ratings did not help. The uneven pace may be the result of tvN’s decision of officially (and brutally) cancelling the series *snif, snif*

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I remember being excited when this was announced as a three season drama. It sounded like the perfect set up for it. And it really had so much potential, so it is sad that it didn’t seem to have a chance to be what it could have.

      The story was quite rich, and there were a lot of elements that I did really like. Loved Dal Hyang’s character as well as the story between the Crown Prince and Mi Ryung. That’s the story I really wanted more of. If some of the pacing issues could have been fixed as well as toning down some of the political stuff in favor of the character stories, I think this would have been one amazing drama. Early cancelations are definitely harmful😦

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      • hariaharia says:

        If we had the rest of the episodes, I think everything would have made perfect sense including the romance, the political plots and those adorable misleading plans made by our Three (Joseon) Musketeers. Although I still love tvN, I can’t forget how furious they made me with that attitude last year…

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        • Kay says:

          I agree. It would have been nice to get to flesh things out more. I really like tvN dramas for the most part, so I was hopeful for Three Musketeers, but it looks like they made a bad decision on their handling of the drama. But I would love to see some more sageuks from tvN in the future since they haven’t really explored that genre much.

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