Reign, 3 episodes in, a series review

Hi my hot cute girly geeks and boy geeks of course. Although I didn’t add Reign to my geeky winter is coming and so is the start of a new season filled with TV series. I accidently stumbled upon this series thanks to Instagram and following the CW account. And I am thrilled about it!!! Remember I post my posts with spoilers!

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Synopsis according to the official CW site:

Hidden between the lines of the history books is the story of Mary Stuart, the young woman the world would come to know as Mary, Queen of Scots. The teenage Mary is already a headstrong monarch ─ beautiful, passionate and poised at the very beginning of her tumultuous rise to power.

Arriving in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting, Mary has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king’s dashing son, Prince Francis. But the match isn’t signed and sealed, it depends more on politics, religion and secret agendas than affairs of the heart. Prince Francis is intrigued by the fiery Scot, but like most young men, he resists the idea of settling down into marriage, especially when he has a history with a lady of the court and his own point of view on the wisdom of an alliance with Scotland. Still, an attraction between Mary and Francis is ignited.

Further complicating things is Bash, Francis’ handsome, roguish half-brother, who has a history of his own ─ despite his illegitimate birth, Bash is his father’s favourite. Though he is all too aware that Francis is the heir to the throne and Mary’s intended, Bash soon develops his own feelings for Mary. None of the intrigue at Court is lost on Francis’ mother, Queen Catherine. The strong-willed Queen is aware of Mary’s inflammatory effect on her son and his half-brother, just as she is aware of the dalliances of her husband, King Henry, not only with his mistress, but with other ladies of the Court, as well. For guidance, Queen Catherine turns to her trusted advisor, the seer Nostradamus, who terrifies the Queen with his prophecy that marriage to Mary will cost Francis his life. Catherine is determined to save her son, no matter how many others have to pay with their lives.

As Mary learns for herself that fierce foes are conspiring to sabotage her marriage to Francis and even threaten her life, she becomes aware of other dark forces. There’s a mysterious presence in the castle; a shrouded figure who may become her unlikely ally. Villagers cope with the brutality of the times by trusting in magic and superstition. And in the dark woods surrounding the French Court lurk those who offer human sacrifice to a being who seems to require blood.

With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary rallies her ladies-in-waiting – Greer, Kenna, Lola and Aylee – and steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart.

The series stars Adelaide Kane (“Teen Wolf”) as Mary, Toby Regbo (“One Day”) as Prince Francis, Torrance Coombs (“The Tudors”) as Bash, Megan Follows (“Anne of Green Gables”) as Queen Catherine, Alan Van Sprang (“The Tudors”) as King Henry, Celina Sinden (newcomer) as Greer, Caitlin Stasey (newcomer) as Kenna, Anna Popplewell (“The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader”) as Lola, and Jenessa Grant (“Cyberbully”) as Aylee.

REIGN is from CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television with executive producers Laurie McCarthy (“Ghost Whisperer”) and Frank Siracusa (“Beauty And The Beast”).

My thoughts:

I do love a good costume drama. But why this one? Reign is clearly trying to get to the younger audience, whereas series like the Tudors and Borgias is more for the mature audience (which doesn’t make them bad series, I enjoyed those as well.) Reign is more for the teenage / young adult watchers. Think of it like gossip girl meets the Tudors. But with that statement I would sell this series short.

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The story is really good, the characters well chosen as well as the actors portraying them. They have dept, they have and faults, screw up and make things right again. The costumes are beautifully done and mix that with well chosen modern day music (where can I find a list of said music, please link me, I want a playlist!) intrigue, romance, hunky guys, fight scenes and I am sold

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So why is it that I love the modern twist to these costumes for a period series and I hate the ones in Dracula (see my post about that series). Well, for starters the costumes in this series look more authentic; even do you clearly see modern day twists in it. For as in Dracula it’s all too much steam punk and trying to be different and failing big time. Don’t try to invent something new, but give the old a twist, just enough so we, as viewers, accept it, but still see some historical resemblance with it.

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This series has the right mixture of everything. And I think it will appeal to a lot of young adult viewers, as well as the ‘older’ ones. Like I said, the cast is brilliant and the producers already have a couple of really good series behind their names. The CW is known for producing some pretty damn good series as well. And I think this is a winner in my books. I can’t wait until next week’s episode!

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So go watch it for yourself and let me know what you think!

Love, your own hot cute girly geek, Mendy.

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About hotcutegirlygeek

Hi I’m Mendy, 30, live in the Netherlands together with my lovely cat Sir James. I’m a social worker who works with drug addicts and homeless people by day and a geek, avid blogger and aspiring author by heart. I read, write, blog, bake and create. More about Hot Cute Girly Geek

One thought on “Reign, 3 episodes in, a series review

  1. Ilana says:

    Thanks for the tip of a series I wouldn’t have run across. I enjoy a historic setting. I gave the Tudors a try, but them messing actual history up completely lost me about half way season 1.
    The CW are the ones who brought us an awesome 10 years of Smallville. So knowing that, and from your description, this aims at the same viewing audience, I’m very happy to give this a try.
    I don’t mind historic shows that aren’t trying to be historically accurate. I do mind historic docudramas that mess up history. There is a great difference between fun entertainment and history. Look at Smallville – which took about 8 seasons to get the timeline right, but they did it! And in the mean time it was super entertainment, with lots of prettty people.
    Keep the cool tips coming, Mendy!

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