Hi, thank you so much for your ask and I am really sorry for such a late reply. @riley1cannon
Yes, I wish they started in 1625. To be honest, I don’t know why they didn’t because it sort of shifts the whole timeline. It does make the characters more mature and closer to the actors’ real age, I guess. (If anyone cares about it.)
As for the La Rochelle siege and Buckingham, I still hope that we would get both. I know that it won’t be historically accurate. Perhaps, they would just come up with an original character and some other siege and it would sort of fill in for those. Who knows. The series is based on the characters and doesn’t really follow the book.
For someone like me, who prefers adaptations to follow the canon (and only with the musketeers I am sort of flexible), I would have liked them to start when the novel starts. But anyway this timeline still works for the series, so it is good.
I admit that I am not a big history nerd so it doesn’t really bother me too much if they make some history blunders.
My own personal opinion is that this being the BBC, by moving the events forward in time a bit, they change from the Big Enemies being the English to the Spanish :-)
English translations of French works tend to do this; when Jules Verne wrote “Twenty Thoiusand Leagues Under the Sea”, Captain Nemo was a Polish nobleman who had been driven out by the Russian occupation of his country. Since Russia was an ally of France, his publisher made him change this, and so Nemo became an Indian prince driven out by the British Empire in India.
English translations (at least, the 19th century one I read as a young teen; modern ones may be different) changed this back to Nemo being Polish :-)
Good point. I certainly can see how they might make the Spanish their big enemies. But this would definitely mean no Buckingham and even though we had no confirmation, I still believe/hope we might get him.