Thursday 21:00 on CW
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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  • 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.

    Francis

    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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  • Banished

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    Banished

    Things certainly are rushing right along, aren't they?

    When learning the title of Reign Season 2 Episode 12 was "Banished," I imagined maybe Conde would be threatened with it as a result of his feelings for Mary, putting more strain on the royal marriage or perhaps Narcisse would further condemn himself in some way. It never even occurred to me one of Mary's ladies would ride off.

    Earlier in Reign Season 2 the ladies were all a flutter when they found a sex book and giggled, wondering who the man with the tattoo and sexual expertise may be. That man turned out to be a dud, but at least they were having some fun. Those days are, clearly, gone.

    Reign Photos from "Banished" 1. Together Again - Reign Season 2 Episode 12 Finally! It feels like forever since all of the ladies have been together.

    While I'll give Mary props for pairing up Lola and Conde, thereby killing ...
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  • Getaway

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    Getaway

    Two steps forward, one step back.

    A little bit of progress is better than none at all, and that's what we got in Reign Season 2 Episode 11. Mary was still trying to determine how to make sense of the tragedy that befell her when the castle was invaded and Francis was unable to make a clean break, not because he couldn't, but because he didn't want to.

    Some time away for Mary and a chance to set things right on behalf of the Protestants in France by Francis and it appeared as if they two might have been headed to a least a mild reunion. What happened? Let's find out.

    Reign Photos from "Getaway" 1. Antoine and Conde - Reign Season 2 Episode 11 Conde is chatting with his brother, King Antoine.

    We really need to have a chat with the photographers who cover Reign for The CW. Their photos rarely, if ever, match anything even remotely interesting within the epi...
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  • Mid-Season Premiere Mary Grows Closer to Conde and Further From Francis

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    Mid-Season Premiere  Mary Grows Closer to Conde and Further From Francis

    This episode of Reign involves love triangles, religious turmoil, parental poisoning, sex parties, and some light incest. So all in all just another day at French court!

    We left the show in a pretty dark, heavy place after Mary's rape. In the mid-season finale Mary enacted vengeance, but didn't find herself feeling much better. She decided to pull away from Francis, blaming his increasingly poor decisions for the misfortune that befell her.

    Mary's Strength

    More importantly, the mid-season finale left the show in a strange position. After Mary's assault, it was still too soon to see if the fallout would be handled gracefully, or exploited for cheap drama.

    So far, so good on that front, as the show continues to deal with the emotional repercussions of what happened to Mary in "Getaway." Mary is very much the focus of this storyline: how she feels, how she's recovering, and how she's gathering her strength about her to move on.

    While...
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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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