First Aired: October 17, 2013-Season One
Status: 2014-Season Two, 2015-Season Three, 2017-Season Four-Final Season, last episode aired June 16, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Drama, Fantasy
Mary, Queen of Scots, faces political and sexual intrigue in the treacherous world of the French court.
As a dedicated follower to almost all CW shows, I was somewhat excited to see what drama they would create now. I have taken multiple classes in school that have helped me know the actual history of Europe. Although I anticipated the show wouldn’t be exactly right, I was hoping for a somewhat truthful retelling. My hopes were not completely destroyed right off the bat, but as the show progressed, I found more and more inaccuracies that started to irritate me. From the gorgeous dresses, some of which were “highly inappropriate” for the time period being portrayed, to the situations happening between European countries, I was just disenchanted. I am all in favor of dramatics, but I feel if you are making a representation based on a certain time period, you have to completely and accurately capture it to the best of your ability. I feel as though it could have been portrayed much better.
Now, there was good in the series (if you want to look at it that way). The crazy insanity of some characters, like King Henry captured my interest and helped keep me entertained. The interactions between Queen Catherine and King Henry were the reason why I continued pushing through the first season. All of the extra drama is not something that I normally shy away from. I find the added drama creates more laughter because I know the probability of that happening is next to nothing.
All together the first season is acceptable, but I feel that it has started to lose what it was that made it entertaining at the beginning of the premiere season. With the deaths of a couple of key characters, and possible directions the show looks like it may take, it feels as though I am going to find myself more annoyed than being able enjoying Reign. Hopefully as I continue watching, my predictions do not come to life.