Thursday 21:00 on CW
2 Seasons, 36 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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  • 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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  • 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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