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2 Seasons, 39 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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  • Tempting Fate

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    Tempting Fate

    Tempting Fate. The title of  Reign Season 2 Episode 17 is aptly named as the showrunners are truly tempting fate in thinking that their viewers will continue to watch. Had you told me back in season one that I would detest Queen Mary and adore Catherine I would've checked to see if you were indulging in Marie de Guise's hinky herbs.

    Numb. Dumbfounded. Betrayed. Appalled. Distraught. That's how I'm left feeing, as I'm sure many of you are. Let's break down the crumbling walls of the castle, starting with the good and working our way to the worst.

    I love that Leith is willing to go to great lengths to make Greer his wife. I fear he just got himself waaay over his head being assigned to Claude and in asking that evil eminence for help. Any man of God who says the things he does is one to be seriously wary of. 

    As far as sayonara's go, Bash and Kenna's was short and sweet. His offering her the protection of his name until she finds herself ...
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  • Is Francis on His Deathbed?

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    Is Francis on His Deathbed? This episode on Reign, Mary briefly loses faith in Conde but ultimately gains faith in herself, Francis develops a potentially deadly ear infection, Catherine finds out Mary's plans to leave France, Narcisse skulks around being inappropriately sexy, Leith tries to make an honest woman out of his madam with a heart of gold, and Bash gets shanked for the millionth time this season.

    Thankfully Bash bumps into a nun with magic hands (not a euphemism) and once again punches his "get out of death free" card.

    I feel bad for Bash on multiple levels. His marriage is falling apart, he gets stabbed, he's probably a zombie now after Sister Delphine uses her black magic mojo on him, and he definitely has the worst subplot on this show. And that's saying something, because Greer's latest storyline is "Hookers!"

    Remember when Bash used to be a character on this show that actually moved the main narrative forward? If you removed Bash from this episode, would anything have ...
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  • Tasting Revenge

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    Tasting Revenge

    Mary, Mary, quite contrary.

    Yeah, I don't care about her freakin' garden. I do care about how blindly contrary she's being when it comes to both Francis and Conde. Reign Season 2 Episode 16 is almost enough for me to yell, "Off with her head!"

    I'm trying to be understanding and patient, I know she's been through a devastating trauma, a horrific violation, but I want the strong and sure Mary back. She doesn't even resemble the queen we once knew, the woman who'd royally kick ass and not think twice about it.

    Reign Photos from "Tasting Revenge" View Photo Any time these two are together you know something bad is going to happen. View Photo Is Mary returning home with Conde in tow? She seems to be running from things a lot this season. View Photo Hopefully Mary is beginning to think about all the mis...
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  • Francis Finally Lets Go of Mary, But Can Conde Be Trusted?

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    Francis Finally Lets Go of Mary, But Can Conde Be Trusted? This episode on Reign, Kenna becomes the most powerful person in the French Court by taking on the mantle of party planner, everyone hooks up with someone they shouldn't, Francis lets go of Mary even though he's still holding out hope, Mary and Conde act like idiots all over France, and Greer embraces life running prostitutes.
    "Leith, my darling," she says, having just thrown an apple at a John's head. "Pimpin ain't easy."


    Right now, everyone's life is a beautiful disaster. Mary's actions regarding Conde are so frantic they almost seem unhinged. Francis should not have to explain to Mary the repercussions of cheating as a Queen. At this point, they're not long out from the infamous reign of Henry VIII, who beheaded two of his six wives for infidelity. This is not the kind of atmosphere where you have sexy snowball fights with your side piece out in the open.

    Mary isn't the only one exhibiting bad judgement this episode. In fact, everyone is pretty off k...
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  • Mary Makes a Shocking Decision

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    Mary Makes a Shocking Decision This episode on Reign, Mary's mom comes to town to pressure her for an heir, King Antoine drives a wedge between Kenna and Bash, Lola gets wasted and talks to candlesticks, Greer officially becomes a madam and Mary shares with Conde her desire to return to Scotland.
    Also there's another party, because of course. The French Court spends about 90 percent of their budget on parties.


    All of the established relationships are falling apart in "Forbidden," which just might present some interesting opportunities if the show really commits.

    Here's the thing, I would love for Mary to really take off for Scotland. Her most interesting things, including the time she maybe blows up her stupid husband? Those things all happen in Scotland. Rappelling down a building while eight months pregnant? Scotland. Watching someone get stabbed right in front of her face while having a gun pointed at her pregnant stomach? Scotland. Mary is basically in a 24/7 telenovela once she ...
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  • Mary Admits her Feelings for Conde

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    Mary Admits her Feelings for Conde This episode on Reign, Narcisse continues pulling strings, Mary finally admits she's feeling the feels for Conde, Kenna gains 200 pounds by eating an entire table full of strawberry cakes, Bash stands in corners looking guilty, and Greer takes a step towards become the most polite madam in France. Viva la prostitution!
    We are diving deep into the love triangle morass in "The End of Mourning," and your patience for this relationship drama probably depends pretty deeply on your appreciation for both Conde and love triangles in general. As someone who doesn't mind Conde but really hates useless love triangles, I find myself at an impasse.

    Didn't we just do this last season, only with Bash? Remember Bash? Remember when he did more than just stand in corners, his piercing blue eyes boring into your soul through the television screen, begging to be more included?

    We are once more treading familiar ground. The path is the same, only the scenery has changed a bit. Before Mary ha...
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  • The End of Mourning

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    The End of Mourning

    And so the dance continues.

    It's becoming exceedingly more difficult to witness the pain Francis is in as a result of being shunned by the woman he deeply loves. In Reign Season 2 Episode 14 he makes it clear to her again and again how intertwined their lives and his ability to love have become.

    You say that I can be free, open to another. But without you my heart is closed as tight as a fist.

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    Mary cannot grow closer to Francis for reasons that remain unclear, as it appears she wouldn't have the same problem if she would allow herself to take the step to sully her marriage and put her reign in jeopardy to be with Conde. It's no longer about the rape. It has become something more.

    Reign Photos from "The End of Mourning" View Photo Mary uncovers secrets from the past while investigating the King Henry's murder o...
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  • Sins of the Past

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    Sins of the Past Reign Season 2 Episode 13 plays with your heart and makes you think things with Mary and Francis are finally on the mend only to shred your hope even worse in the end. 

    The episode starts off with hope in the form of a winter bloom signaling that Spring is near and so is a new beginning. Mary enfolds Francis's hands in her own and Mancis shippers everywhere sigh. Surely these two will find their way back to the wildly romantic lovers they once were. Or will they?

    The way Toby Regbo played the scene where Mary invited Francis back into her bed was exquisite. Breath held in hope, but fear he'd somehow misunderstood darkening his eyes. And then when he realized it was indeed a true offer, the slow and careful way he approached his side of the bed, as if afraid he'd send his skittish wife running. Beautifully done. And when Mary does indeed run, he offers tender comfort and women everywhere swoon. We want to see Mary heal, to feel safe and loved by her King. The long absen...
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  • Bash Doesn't Know He's in Grave Danger

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    Bash Doesn't Know He's in Grave Danger This episode on Reign, the French Court find the weakest excuse yet to throw an opulent party, the King of Navarre stops by to extort money for more Eyes Wide Shut-style orgies and also to feed refugees (but mostly for orgies), and secrets and alliances are uncovered that could put multiple people in very grave danger.

    "Sins of the Past," finds our French royals striving to get beyond the past with varying levels of success. Bash finally decides to forgive Kenna after befriending a hot Greek zombie, while Mary decides a reunion with Francis is just too hard considering everything that's happened.

    Meanwhile some of Catherine's chickens finally come home to roost in a hilarious fashion when she's given every horrible treatment in the book for syphilis, only to discover she's actually been poisoned. Talk about a bitter taste of your own medicine!

    Re-imagining and Repeating

    I really love the Catherine reveal for how it retroactively explains...
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  • Francis and Conde Fight Over Mary's Heart

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    Francis and Conde Fight Over Mary's Heart This episode on Reign, Francis and Conde have a quarterstaff fight over Mary's affections, Catherine takes a one-way ticket to crazytown but stops at murder station along the way, and Bash finds out some uncomfortable truths about the women in his life.
    The title of this episode is "Banished," which works on multiple levels. Greer is banished from her old life, Conde is banished from Mary's friendship, Kenna is banished from Bash's affections and Catherine finally banishes the ghosts of her past.


    I've been critical of Catherine's storyline since ghosts started popping up at random, ordering her to murder people. It just hasn't seemed like the show using this dynamic character or actress to the best of her abilities. But I have to admit, there was some great character stuff in this episode that almost justified all the ghost sex and wandering around the castle, mumbling to herself. Almost.

    When Catherine was running around in the snow giggling like the h...
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