Young BladesLuciana Carro as Juanita in one episode of this 2005 series
"Young Blades" is an historical fantasy television series that aired on PAX from January to June of 2005, lasting only thirteen episodes before cancellation. Set in 17th century France, it followed the adventures of four Musketeers:
D'Artagnan, son of the legendary d'Artagnan in Alexandre Dumas' novel The Three Musketeers; Jacqueline, alias Jacques, a woman disguised as a man while on the run for murder; Siroc, an inventor; Ramon, a poet. Other main characters include the Musketeers' leader, Captain Duval; Queen Anne; Cardinal Mazarin; and a sixteen-year-old Louis XIV (Wikipedia
Luciana Carro's small role in 1.10 "The Invisible Sword" (May 12, 2005) is that of Juanita Navarro, a Spaniard's daugther (at 23'30''). They are both arrested by the Guard after Musketeer Jacques becomes paranoid due to the influence of his/her marvelous sword.Links
- Internet Movie Database - "Young Blades" overview
- Internet Movie Database - 1.10 "The Invincible Sword"
- Frosty's screencaps
- inofficial LiveJournal communityReview
This time, I've not only never seen an episode of this series before, in fact, I haven't even heard
of it. This is probably not surprising, given that "Young Blades" was a short-lived show airing on a small network and produced on an obviously low budget. Its genre - action adventure - and medieval setting don't exactly make it more attractive for me.
After having watched the episode, I'm confused about the final plot twist and disappointed because of the pretty cheap production values. There are no real outdoor shots, and most of the action seems to take place in three or four sets. The simple script is filled with rather unexciting sword fights, few laughs and lots of cheesy lines.
Taking the blandness of many characters and the plot into account, I don't understand why Michael Ironside and Bruce Boxleitner joined the cast. But apparently, these days, both these actors are forced to take what they can get. Together with some interesting camera angles and directing, Luciana Carro is the only bright spot in a sea of darkness.
It's funny that she plays a Spanish woman, because according to her Dorinha interview she is often mistaken to be of Spanish descent. What's great about Luciana's scene in "Young Blades" is that we get to see her in a real dress.
Quite fetching, as we speak.
P.S.: Tobias "Zak Adama" Mehler portrays D'Artagnan (ugh, don't get me started on the awful English pronunciation of European names in this series