Thursday 21:00 on CW
2 Seasons, 33 Episodes

Genre: History / Drama

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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. Queen of Scotland since she was six days old, 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 more
... 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' roguish half-brother, who has a history of his own - despite his illegitimate birth, Bash is his father's favorite. And now that Bash has caught Mary's eye, a royal triangle may be forming. While at French Court, fierce foes and dark forces conspire to sabotage Mary's marriage to Francis and even threaten her life, until a mysterious shrouded guide becomes her ally. With danger and sexual intrigue around every dark castle corner, Mary rallies her ladies-in-waiting and steels herself, ready to rule the new land and balance the demands of her country and her heart.
 
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  • Mid-Season Finale Mary's Vengeance Doesn't Repair Her Relationship with Francis

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    Mid-Season Finale  Mary's Vengeance Doesn't Repair Her Relationship with Francis This week on the mid-season finale of Reign, Mary gets biblical vengeance on the men who raped her, but it doesn't make her feel any better. Francis goes around yelling and hanging people, which unsurprisingly does not make him a more popular king.
    Greer says goodbye to Castleroy, Kenna shoves her little face around doorways to remind the audience she's still technically on this show and Catherine has ghost sex, because sure, why not?

    After last week's episode, I was very much on the fence about the rape storyline. Rape isn't a topic television should always shy away from, and just because a character has been victimized doesn't mean they can't also be tough, compelling and capable. Unfortunately, on television this topic is all too often thrown into the mix in order to raise stakes, create drama, or even service the storylines of characters other than the victim.

    Watching other shows, even good shows, completely bungle similar narratives makes me much more c...
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  • Did the Show Go Too Far with Mary's Assault?

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    Did the Show Go Too Far with Mary's Assault? This week on Reign, everything seems to be looking up for our favorite royals right before things get much, much worse. Narcisse and Catherine display real human feelings, Mary is the victim of a terrible act and Greer and Castleroy accidentally fund terrorism. It's not exactly a cheerful episode of Reign.

    An Assault on a Queen

    It's hard to think about anything else in this episode besides Mary's rape. The scene itself is brutal and incredibly hard to watch. Adelaide Kane brought her A-game as usual to this storyline and really knocked the acting out of the park. She has been consistently great throughout the series and her performance as Mary works as the fundamental building block of the show. Even still, the work she's done this season, and this week in particular, has certainly gone over and above.

    Rape scenes on television are extremely tricky things because it's such a sensitive topic. Reign has skirted around the topic of sexual vi...
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  • Will Religious Strife Tear France Apart?

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    Will Religious Strife Tear France Apart? This week on Reign, things get real between the Protestants and the Catholics, Narcisse sets his sights on someone else in the castle and Mary and Francis are driven further apart than ever before. In summary: this is not France's best week ever.

    It's exciting to see Reign really grapple with the religious issues of the time period, setting Catholics against Protestants without choosing a side or picking a bad guy. Even the minister this week is more of a pawn for radicals than a bad guy himself. By seeding both sides of the conflict with likable characters, the show demonstrates the real complications of this particularly turbulent time in history.

    Unfortunately, on the flip side this blackmail storyline is still being dragged past the point of credulity. I don't mind seeing Francis and Mary hit a bump in the road of their marital bliss, and I appreciate that their argument is over policy instead of meddling outside love interests. But the problem is that,...
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  • Will Mary and Francis Really Split?

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    Will Mary and Francis Really Split? This week on Reign, Narcisse discusses his bath fetish, Conde makes sex eyes at Mary, Princess Claude redefines appropriate sibling relationships, and Francis spends all episode looking like a deer caught in headlights.

    Plus Catherine plans another raging party, because that is her sole role this season besides conversing with ghosts. Most importantly, Mary and Francis have the fight to end all fights. You know when the last word in the argument is, "Well maybe you should leave the country," your marriage isn't in a great place right now.

    The problems in their relationship really come down to secrets, lies and murder. Francis can't tell Mary about the whole "whoops, murdered my dad" thing, because it would implicate her in the crime. But he's still being lead around by Narcisse, which has the effect of making him look like a total wimp constantly caving into the pressure.

    The Blackmail Cycle

    A few things here: first, the show is going to need t...
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  • Will Mary and Catherine Bow to the New Queen of France?

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    Will Mary and Catherine Bow to the New Queen of France?

    Reign always surprises me with their episodes. Some of them seem so jam-packed with information, and my mind is always whirling with emotions. Within the first ten minutes of the episode, I'm usually crying, laughing and making new enemies. I never know who to hate and who to cheer for. Reign always keeps me guessing.


    In this week's episode, Queen Mary and Catherine are ambushed on their carriage ride, pretend to be commoners, and come into contact with impostors pretending to be Mary and Francis, wreaking havoc on the commoners of France. Meanwhile, Lola thaws out for Narcisse when she learns he's the top contender of last week's sex journal while plots of the English rear their nasty heads. Life at French court is never boring.

    Queen Catherine And Mary's Road Trip
    The episode begins with the burning of an older couple's house and farm, at the orders of a man with a crown on his head. It just wouldn't be Reign without op...
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  • A Wedding, a Confession, and a Betrayal

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    A Wedding, a Confession, and a Betrayal This week on Reign, religious turmoil comes to France, Narcisse springs another evil plan on Francis, and Greer finally ties the knot. Plus, Lola and Kenna become sex detectives and Mary and Francis have the most painful fight of all time.
    I am constantly in awe of this show when it comes to the amount of story they can stuff into a single episode. Most shows would dedicate a whole episode to Greer's wedding, or to Narcisse's plan unfolding, or even to the fight between Protestants and Catholics. Reign sees all those story threads and thinks, "Why don't I throw in a butterfly sex ninja also?" Bless this show's twisted little heart.

    It's nice to see the show deal in a fairly even-handed way with the Protestant and Catholic battle, painting both sides as reactionary and capable of violence. For Francis and Mary, things are only likely to get worse from here on out when it comes to religious turmoil. This was an incredible fractious time in history, and religious con...
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  • Showdown Between Mary and Lola

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    Showdown Between Mary and Lola This week on Reign, a million things happen at once because everyone in the French court is crazy good at multitasking. There's a fight, a christening, a pregnancy announcement, a miscarriage, a sexy dance, a sexy sex scene, a murder, a suicide, and ghosts. The real mystery of this episode doesn't revolve around whether the riders are men or demons from the underworld, but how in the world everyone manages to fit so much into their day.
    It's to the show's credit that the hour zips by without feeling overloaded and overstuffed. Several episodes worth of developments are introduced and just as quickly discarded. By the halfway point Mary and Lola have already had a friendship-ending fight, made up, and ferried Narcisse's new bride out of the castle and, presumably, to safety. I looked at the clock and back up to the television in confusion, because how was there still half an episode left?

    I'm always impressed with shows that don't hold anything back, that throw themselves...
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  • Long Live the King

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    Long Live the King This week on Reign, Francis and Mary bicker like an old married couple over how best to handle the grain shortage, Kenna realizes she's never getting a chateau, and Francis has a heart-to-heart with the pissed off spirit of his murdered father.

    All in a day's work for a king! Thankfully after a long day of communing with spirits and bickering with his wife, Francis at least has a coronation party to look forward to. And it looks like Catherine de Medici throws one killer royal kegger.

    The theme of this season so far has revolved around the question of what kind of rulers Mary and Francis are going to be. Will they be manipulative and crazy like the former King and Queen of France? Or will they put the people's welfare above all?

    Embedded in this fight is the fluctuating roles of the show's two most powerful women, and arguably the show's most dynamic characters. What will Catherine's role look like now that she's Queen Mother instead of just the Queen? And how wil...
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  • Revenge Is a Two Sided Sword

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    Revenge Is a Two Sided Sword France may never be the same on Reign! Not only is the plague in the castle, but Mary is taking vengeance to a crazy level. The saying goes, it's an eye for an eye, right? Francis has fallen in love with his and Lola's illegitimate son. Add to that, Bash and Kenna are in the plague-ridden town with Pascal at death's door. Reign has set up the story for the dark forces that control the plague to get Pascal. Now that he may have died is there another one they need? Let's see where Reign takes us tonight.
    The Castle and the Dead
    The castle yard is full of corpses as the court counts their dead. Francis arrives with Lola and her child. Did he have to rub this in Mary's face? Of course the baby had to come to the castle, but why so visibly? Oh, hello plot device...We know that the illegitimate can't inherit a throne!
    Francis has an offer for Bash. He wants Bash to serve on the council but Bash refuses. Next, Francis in...
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  • Season 2 Premiere The Plague Hits France Hard

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    Season 2 Premiere  The Plague Hits France Hard Last season Reign's Mary, Queen of Scotland, became Queen of France and declared herself Queen of England. Her poor husband, Francis, had just become King of France after fighting against his father in a tournament. While only wounding Louis, the wound led to Louis' death and Francis becoming king. Both are facing the Plague on different sides of the castle gate. Is this a soap opera? Nope. Just another day in France during what most consider the Elizabethan age.
    Mary Duty at the Castle
    Mary and Catherine decide to show they truly reign by calling the court together so they can assure them that the castle is safe. Last time I heard this on a historic drama: the monster is among them. Both assure the crowd that no one is sick but Nostradamus does warn them of the symptoms. Bain has arranged an isolation area where the sick will be kept. I forgot that he was a physician first and a prophet second. Yvette does have a sweet scene with Pierre about it be...
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