Young Mary Queen of Scots reigns over all in Reign.
I’m not sure how I missed the premiere episode of Reign, but it seems that The CW isn’t really advertising it much. Which is a total pity, as this is prime guilty pleasure television right here. It’s like The Tudors, but with a lead female character, with all of the intrigue, romance, brutality and violence one would expect in a television series about royals.
Reign takes us through the journey of a 15-year-old Mary, Queen of Scots. Promised to the prince and future king of France, Mary arrives at his castle only to discover plots to have her murdered lurking around every corner, a shadowy figure who seems intent upon protecting her, friends who may no longer be friends and a fiance who doesn’t really want to marry her.
Okay, first off. If you’re wanting historical accuracy. Skip this. Seriously, if you expect such a thing from a show on The CW, you’ve probably not watching a lot of that network. However, if you want something that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat (and not just in a “will they or won’t they?” way), that has a wonderful cast, nice sets and cool costumes, all set to the tune of modern music a la First Knight, you want to watch this series. The pilot episode pulled me in so hard that I am now planning on binge-watching the next two episodes to get caught up.
Part of the appeal of this series is its lead actress. Adelaide Kane, as Mary, is compelling to watch and shows a great deal of depth. You find yourself rooting for her, regardless of her historical reputation as Bloody Mary. Yes, she will eventually bring a lot of death to her people and others, but as a young girl, she’s likeable with real hopes, fears and doubts. I also liked Anna Popplewell (who you will know from the Narnia films) as Lola. Her character discovers that being the friend of a queen is no easy task.
There are guys in this series, but this one is truly about the ladies. From the intrigues and dangers of being at French court that the girls face to the search for love and discovering who is worthy of trust, this series brings a clear focus to its female characters.
So give this one a watch and leave me a comment to let me know what you thought.