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2 Seasons, 44 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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  • The Siege

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    The Siege

    Things got ca-razy on Reign Season 2 Episode 21 and I couldn't be happier. The performances tonight were top notch and had me utterly enthralled. I'm going to break the episode down into my royal rants and raves. Let's get started.

    Rants: 

    • I started off very concerned, especially as Mary asked Francis a lot of really stupid questions she absolutely knew the answers to. In season 1 we saw that this queen has a sharp mind for politics and strategy and yet here she is asking why Francis thinks Conde's a threat. Seriously? Yes, that could've been a ploy by the writers to clue in the viewer, but if so that was a poor choice because it's made Mary look dumb, ineffectual and weak. 
    • I had this hinky feeling in my gut about Delphine and I was right! She's looking kinda bat-shit bonkers and that means poor Bash is screwed again. Come on, give the poor man a break.

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  • Mary's Shocking Confession Could Change Everything

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    Mary's Shocking Confession Could Change Everything This episode on Reign, Conde embraces his dark side and tries to usurp the throne, Catherine goes Fatal Attraction on Narcisse, the castle is full of goblins and blood magic, and Mary lets loose with a shocking secret that could change everything. Also we all learn a very important lesson about accepting food prepared by Catherine de Medici: just don't. Don't do that.

    This was a very good episode of Reign. It's such a good episode of Reign that it makes you wonder why more of the season couldn't be filled with this level of drama and tension. The regular storylines are still going on in the background, but the stakes for everything are much, much higher in "The Siege" and it makes the hour more compelling.

    Let's get the Mary stuff out of the way first and foremost: I think she's probably bluffing for some sort of plot or scheme she's got cooking. It would explain why Mary is so far removed from the action during the episode, instead regulated ...
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  • Is Conde Planning to Kill Francis?

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    Is Conde Planning to Kill Francis? This episode of Reign, Mary tries to protect an increasingly betrayal-prone Conde, while Francis wonders how much she has been drinking to think any of this is a good idea. Claude's heart is broken, Kenna finally gets laid before she literally explodes from sexual tension, and Greer chooses business over love.

    Meanwhile, Catherine plays Mean Girl with Narcisse by forcing him to do something "unforgivable" to Lola. This unforgivable act is unsurprisingly bath-related. "We love by the bath; we die by the bath. That's just how my people roll," Narcisse tells her sadly.

    So we've finally come to the point of this whole Mary and Conde storyline, and that point is the Amboise conspiracy. After "Fugitive" I finally find myself excited about where Reign might go in the final two episodes of the season and what the show might have up it's sleeve. No more lame love triangles, it's violent coup time!

    Historically the Amboise conspiracy was an attempt by ...
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  • Conde's Shocking Betrayal

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    Conde's Shocking Betrayal

    This episode on Reign, things get even more complicated for Mary after Conde goes behind her back to align himself with her greatest enemy. "Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" she whispers sadly. "Side pieces, you know?" she says, staring at an enraged Francis. "They ain't loyal."

    Francis, as it turns out, does not know and flounces off so he doesn't have to deal with Mary anymore. In fact, everyone seems pretty put out with Mary in "Abandoned" and it's not hard to see why. Mary's love life is really getting in the way of her reasonable decision making skills, and it's starting to make even her friends side-eye her.

    Meanwhile Francis only has one emotion this whole episode and it's restrained anger and incredulity. Every time Mary says anything, Francis looks like he wants to burst into Hulk mode and start destroying villages. Francis smash!

    A Delicate Subject and A New Queen

    When the rape storyline first came up earlier this sea...
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  • Reversal of Fortune

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    Reversal of Fortune

    Reversal of Fortune is an episode to be cheered as Reign Season 2 Episode 18 is where Queen Mary is finally made to confront her choices--her treacherous, selfish, ill-made, disloyal choices.

    It is also the episode we can all heave a collective sigh of relief at because the King lives!  

    I can't say Mary caught all the hell I wanted her to, but the scene where Catherine brought her royal rage down upon her daughter-in-law was one that made me holler at the TV in support. I even watched it again for pure pleasure's sake! Megan Follows is a goddess. Her ferocity is unmatched. I could feel her energy ripple out of my television and across my arms. I imagine acting across from her is rather like being near a live wire. 

    Nostradamus always said that you would be the cause of my son's death. I never imagined you'd kill him by breaking his heart.

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  • Will Mary Stay in France?

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    Will Mary Stay in France? This episode on Reign, Francis nearly dies of an ear infection, but then survives just to really mess with people who think this show might ever be historically accurate.
    Kenna tries to grand theft auto a horse and ends up flirting with a general, while Claude is introduced to the exciting world of brothels. Mary tries to steal an army from her dying husband, while Narcisee continues to plot and scheme and dream of relaxing bubble baths.
    And finally, Clarissa the Friendly Burlap Monster reappears, only to be mercy killed by Bash in order to save Francis. You would think that sentence would make more sense in the context of the episode, but I can promise you it does not.
    As the first episode back from hiatus, "Reversal of Fortune" quickly throws the audience back into the action at court and the stakes have perhaps never been higher. If Francis dies, Mary has no power and Catherine might find herself on the receiving end of a coup for power. After all, it's not ...
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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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