All for one, one for all May06

All for one, one for all...

“All for One, One for All!” cried the child as he swung the wooden rapier, parrying and riposting against his enemy. Have you ever truly thought what this saying means as it rolls off our tongue? On New Year’s Day, I finally caved to the phenomenon that is Netflix. While scrolling through the umpteen number of choices, my eyes caught the BBC Television series The Musketeers. Who doesn’t love a good swashbuckling story. And if it’s based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel, all the better. I thought, why not? Why not, indeed!! I was hooked. Each episode is filmed almost like a mini-movie. The cinematography is brilliant, and the scripts draw you into the story.  Fight sequences are dances of power and finesse, and the flashes of steel instill the heightened awareness of danger. I raved about this show to my fellow “geeks” and the gauntlet was thrown. Why not write about what this series means to me as both a geek and a Christian? Our unique gifts and helping each other through weaknesses are what makes us strong. Challenge accepted… En Guard! In the first episode of The Musketeers, we are introduced to each character. We meet Athos, the leader among men, Porthos, the warrior, Aramis, the self-proclaimed romantic hero, and D’Artagnan, the young up-start out to prove himself. Each man is beautifully flawed. Through the actor’s nuanced portrayals during the exquisitely choreographed fight sequences, we glimpse into and draw on these characteristics and see how they make a well-rounded, yet intriguing person. It is where we begin to engage in their strengths and weaknesses that we see the foundation their characters are built upon. Athos (Tom Burke) mourns the loss of his wife, a woman who he gave everything to and was betrayed...