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Are there no decent scriptwriters anymore? Can't they bring in technical advisers? Or is it just that the target market is 12 to 15? It could have been a lush production, educational as well as dramatic, with great dialogue and beautiful costuming. But no...Mary and her court wear George at Asda, and there's not a whiff of Tudor to any of it but the set design. Oh, I take that back. Did they have white plastic stand alone baths in Tudor times? Accordingly to this yes.
But then there's my affection for the characters. I love Francis and Mary's relationship (and Toby is such an adorable actor :), I love Bash, I love Catherine (though seeing Anne Shirley on screen put me into shock for a while...had to pause it for a moment...), and I love that strangely mysterious person that keeps giving people hints. I FEEL SO HORRIBLE FOR LETTING SUCH A HISTORICALLY INEPT SHOW SUCK ME IN, BUT I LOVE IT AT THE SAME TIME!
tl;dr: Let's just say it's a fantasy show that just so happens to have the same names as historical figures.
The music should be Renaissance for the period of Mary, Queen of Scots, but instead, I'm hearing music akin to Mumford & Son with the odd bodhran thrown in for a "Scots" feel (though the bodhran is really Irish in origin). And sometimes, it's just Emo British folk rock.
The wardrobe department seems to have taken contemporary prom dresses and tries to pass them off as period attire. Seriously, sleeveless dresses in the 1500's? What happened to the high necks, tapestry clothing, bustles? The girls in their dresses look more like they are ready to go clubbing rather than rule countries or be ladies-in-waiting. The men look more like they're straight out of Robin Hood and Nottingham Forest rather than France. Wrong time period.
I found the actors shallow, unsure as to what accent they are to be using, and have no presence or substance. It's more like watching wet cardboard than actors portraying real people.
This was a great opportunity to help us Americans understand a very significant person of UK history, glean some insight into UK/France royal lineages, and see historical intrigues of our cousins across the pond. Opportunity blown. I saw the pilot episode. That was about all I could take. I gave it the full hour to be fair, but couldn't wait for this to be over. The producers either should have made this a true period TV show focusing on Mary, Queen of Scots, or if they were so keen on keeping the rambling lavishness and contemporary music, omit any correlation to real history and focus on making this a quasi-historic-esque fun-run. If this wasn't supposed to be based upon historical reference, I'd have enjoyed this much more. As is, it's asinine and insults my intelligence as well as anyone that cares about facts.
Mary Stuart's life, even if only while at the court of Henry II, is filled with enough sex, intrigue and blood to fill several seasons of a series. Catherine De Medici was her mother-in-law. Diane De Poitiers, the kings mistress was 20 years his senior! The war of the Reformation was literally being fought beneath her balcony at times, with heads rolling and bond fires blazing.
Yet, the writers fail to mine the rich, actual story connected to Mary,Queen of Scots and prance into ridiculous plot lines, conversations, and clothing fit more for a 21st century adolescent drama than the story around a girl whose existence made several countries unstable for decades.
The production values are high, and it's a delightful show visually. If the story had been made without any pretense of basis on historical characters it could have been sold as fantasy, and I'd have had no problem with it. I just couldn't get past the anachronisms week after week: the roles of women in that society; the clothing and hair styles, while beautiful today, that would have been grounds for being burned alive; "Diane is shopping in Paris";pagan blood rituals....
It's frustrating to see such obviously high production capital put into such a poorly written show.
For those of us who are looking for an over-the-top costume drama by the people who brought you 90210, welcome to your new favorite show.
Reign is like Game of Thrones meets Gossip Girl,a mash up you never knew you wanted, but now might not be able to live without.
the hour long episode was quite intriguing,as it takes you through different levels of feelings the,Juicy love triangle + epic costumes x political intrigue = one of the interesting new shows of the season!
If on the other hand you are looking for some semblance of historical accuracy walk away before you throw something at your TV and break it. Yes the cast is gorgeous. However the women's costumes can't make up their mind which era, decade, or even century they are in. In the pilot I saw a mixture of dress styles ranging from Renaissance to Victorian and everything in between. The hair and make-up drove me nuts. I don't mind a little modernity added, but this took the cake. Their costume designer should be fired! Then I could focus on the nice romance love triangle story lines, and it may be enjoyable.
This show would have been better off going for a fantasy story line in a make-believe time and world like Game of Thrones. Then they could do whatever they wanted. But if you are going to portray Mary Queen of Scots, then by God get it right.
Season 1 is very light and full of spiralling dresses, and love stories. So light you might loose interest at some point but somehow, I always wanted to give it one more episode. Just one more to convince me to drop it. But just like you stuck with Gossip Girl for Blair & Chuck, you stick with Reign for Marie & Francis. Marie is regal and steals the screen while Francis is honest, and endearing. I have to admit Francis grew in me, wasn't such a fan at first.
Season 2 however, gets much more political (and we thank you for it). The plot twists are unpredictable (at least less predictable than the first season), you will feel thorn by the various love stories that are stretched by politics. You will find matches you're rooting for, and others you hate. Following Marie's ladies from their teenage crushes to their marriages, you will see what life has planned for them. While it still revolves very much around the love stories, the intrigue is not only accessory in this season, it is fully part of the story.
Can't wait to see season 3!
The actors were lifeless, or perhaps the characters were poorly written - actually I think it's both. The casts were awful, the characters were unlikable and the acting was horrible! The costume and music were historically mismatched and inaccurate.
Nothing of Reign reflected the 1500's. Aside from using the names of historical people, there was no resemblance to what truly took place in our history. What a missed opportunity - the Queen of Scott is a story that has all the ingredients for a masterpiece, but from scriptwriters, to the wardrobe department, the music department, and the cast selection - it was like someone went to a second hand shop and looked for the worst items possible, put together and called it Reign!
If you want to waste your life away, then by all means watch this pile of rubbish. If you value your time then I can tell you there are many high quality, romance-filled, action driven, excellent acting and historically accurate dramas out there i.e. The Tudors. If you do not care much for historic accuracy, there is also Game of Thrones... seriously, try watching anything else for that matter, you can't get any worse than Reign.
There is nothing to like here - move on!
But personally, this show is my new guilty pleasure. Would I gush to my friends about how good it is and how hot so-and-so is? No. Would I complain to other people how historically inaccurate it is, and that shows like this are the downfall of modern television? No. Would I lie in bed with a bag of popcorn at the end of a long day at work and enjoy it in private? Yes. And I do.
The costumes, however inaccurate, are beautiful. The sets and scenery are stunning. The acting is so-so.
I didn't have high expectations for the show to begin with, so I wasn't disappointed. I was actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. I'm keeping my expectations low, but the first two episodes have me hooked.
Y'know, if you're only going to pay lip service to historical, documented fact (well, a couple of characters have the names of people who actually existed..), shouldn't you have to issue some sort of warning or disclaimer? - 'Any resemblance to any person living or dead is purely co- incidental..' Details that completely change the story - Mary's sickly Dauphin husband died when he was about 15, here he's played by a healthy looking chap in his 20s who looks like a knitwear model.. what am I saying, THEY ALL LOOK LIKE KNITWEAR MODELS. Mary seems not to have been raised in the French court from early childhood, but in a convent off the coast of.. somewhere--- Bad acting, bed-head hairdos, hilariously historically-implausible character names - especially those replacing the names of the Marys (Mary Beaton, Mary Seton, Mary Fleming, Mary Livingstone) who are now named Greer, Kenna, Lola and Aylee... Puh-leeeez!!! It's history channelled by, oh, Paris Hilton.. nah! let's be honest, history as enacted by the characters of Neighbours
Crap Crap Crap Crap and did I mention, Crap!! This show is a dog. The crap of a dog.
Having watched the Tudors I guess I was expecting something along those lines. Instead I got a an hour of crap.
The shows plot lines are quite obvious--the villain is Catherine De Medici. The key twists are going to center around a love triangle between Mary, Sebastian and Francis. There's going to be betrayal between Mary and her courtiers and so forth. The Nostradamus angle is interesting but completely unnecessary. I guess they wanted to add a supernatural aspect to this show.
Mary Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I, Philip II of Spain are some of the most interesting figures in world history. The time is rife with religious struggles between Catholics and Protestants. The story of Mary vs. Elizabeth is wonderful and would have made a great show. Instead they want to make it 90210 set in the 16th century ( Francis II died at the age of 16 so there isn't really much plot there).
The show is needlessly bad. The history is right there, these were real people. Craft a story around the most interesting aspects of Mary. It's as though they found the least compelling aspect of Mary's life and decided to make a show around it.
I will watch anything remotely classified as historical drama -- and am willing to accept deviations from real history for a good story line. In one scene, girls in modern ball gowns kick off shoes and dance like the 2000's. Why bother with historical setting if you're going to deviate from anything remotely historic? Better set story in modern time