Reign, Season 1
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2013
First I should say that this show airs on a regular station not HBO or Showtime or Starz, which are geared towards being much more "adult" tv. So if your looking for a show that has any violence or nudity, this is not it. I've watched both Tudors and The White Queen and enjoy this show, it's meant just to be a fun show that isn't so serious. I do agree with a lot of other reviewers that it's on the same production scale as Downtown Abbey. The costumes and scenery are all wonderful, and I really like all the characters.
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful
on October 31, 2013
This series is very loosely based on the story of Mary Queen of Scots. There are a bunch of people getting all rawled up that it isn't 100% historically accurate.... but seriously, this is the CW, not PBS. What did you really expect? :-)

This series has it all -
* a delicious love triangle
* scandal
* politics
* amazing costumes (so what if they aren't historically accurate?!)
* great cast

Every week, I look forward to Thursday night. I'm happy that there is finally an entertaining show that doesn't have anything to do with cops, or crime scenes, or wannabe pop stars.
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54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
on June 24, 2014
For those of you who are wondering, this show will NOT be getting a Blu-Ray release. However, a DVD is available, with good picture quality and *very* good sound. It certainly beats unreliable streaming options.

Subtitles for the episodes are included in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

As far as special features go, there are deleted scenes available for most episodes, and two featurettes -- Reign: The Making of a Queen; and The Authenticity of Reign: Recreating the 16th Century. The two featurettes are surprisingly informative, despite their short length (a combined total of about 30 minutes should get you through both of them). The deleted scenes range from short extensions, to very interesting scenes showcasing plot points that were less clear in the broadcast episode.

As far as the show goes, I watched it hoping for a CW-ized version of "The Tudors," and basically got that. Fabulous teens in fabulous clothes, acting against the backdrop of trendy music. After a handful of episodes, I managed to convert my wife over to the show, and we spent the second half of the season watching it together and having a hoot.

We would laugh, we would guess what kind of twist was going to happen next (and were usually right), yet it felt more like we were laughing along *with* the show, not so much *at* it.

The production team undoubtedly knows exactly what kind of show they're making, and they must have a blast doing it, because we have a blast watching it.

I couldn't help but smile after seeing how the program got lambasted on twitter for being "historically inaccurate." Criticizing Reign for being historically inaccurate is like criticizing Star Wars for being scientifically inaccurate. It seems that access to Wikipedia makes people feel like experts in history, so when I see hilarious complaints like "Mary has no Scottish accent" based on a total lack of knowledge (plus, you do realize everyone is supposed to be speaking French, as they're in France, right?), I know exactly what type of people these critics are: people who have no ACTUAL knowledge of history, but want to be trendy nonetheless.

So let's set that complaint aside, and enjoy the show and its fun "twists" on historical events (there's a wonderful one in the season finale).

PARENTAL NOTE: There is a mild amount of violence, more graphic than you would typically see on network TV, and plenty of sexual content that wouldn't fly, save for the setting. I'd recommend ages 15+.
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67 of 81 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2013
Although I know historically that Queen May ends up locked up by her cousin Queen Elizabeth in the end, I never really thought through the perspective of what it would be like to be in her shoes when she left her country to marry Francis. I love Mary's perspective and spirit, the supernatural elements,and the love and betrayal already present in this series. I realize that some people are giving this show harsh reviews and saying it historically inaccurate, but come on...this is a CWTV show that is dramatized, not a documentary. I am personally a big fan. I can't wait to see what happens.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2013
Though the first thing I can tell you about this show is that it isn't historically accurate in the slightest, take comfort in the fact that it isn't trying to be. The main character is Mary, the Queen of Scotland who (in this version) is engaged to the future king of France named Francis. I absolutely fell in love with this show because Mary isn't only a strong woman, but she's intelligent, loyal, and clever. She also has a kind heart which she tries to use to do the right thing as often as she can. While at times she escapes death by the skin of her teeth, its nice to see that so many characters are willing to stand by her even when they waver in their own loyalties. Love and marriage in this series is largely political, and the reasons behind why people do what they do are revealed for the audience. It's also nice to note that there is a clear display of the differences between the rich origins of each culture. Its lovely to see this clash appear in many of the dance scenes. It's also nice that they've brought modern music tastefully into the show. What's not to love?
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79 of 99 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2013
This series is as high of a production value as downton abby or Vikings. I hope more costume dramas become available soon. Yes please stop making so many cop/murder shows and do more historical romance.
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27 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on October 25, 2013
Ok is it just me or is this one of the best shows out there . I am in love with the show give it a chance people . It will pay of .
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 20, 2014
Thanks to Robert Wallace; I was one of those wondering about a Blu-ray release. That there won't be one is inexplicable, since the show was originally broadcast in HD. I like this show, and recorded the HD version on TiVo every week. So I won't be buying the inferior quality (and expensive) DVD version despite the annoyance of commercials in my TiVo version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 26, 2015
Horribly inaccurate from a historical point of view. The costumes ... oh, the costumes. The king and his son were wearing matching turtle necks in one scene!! What the ...?! And Mary herself had a drastically different style in every scene. Knee-length dresses, Spanish-style frills, Tudor-style gowns, Bohemian dresses ... Not a single one of them accurate for this period of history. Help.

The music. Yeah, it drove me crazy. The style of it clashed horrendously with the show. Don't get me wrong, I'm not opposed to more modern music being in period dramas or movies. But whoever chose these songs was way off the mark. Way off. These songs not only DIDN'T add to the show, I think they went so far as to actually TAKE AWAY from the potential drama of some of the scenes. Sad.

People interact with each other in ways that are completely unrealistic for this time period and their statuses. They are informal and bold. Commoners are up in the faces of royalty without any consequence or even the blink of an eye. Princess Mary waits on her own servants and takes lip from them constantly ... really??! It just doesn't happen that way. I mean, if you're going to be inaccurate about style and music, that's at least a surface thing. But why tell the story AT ALL if you're going to modernize it until it's utterly unrecognizable??

And then there's the acting. I could have forgiven a lot if the acting had been pulled off well. Unfortunately, it was not. At all. With the exception of a very small handful of actors (most of them older), the other actors were complete amateurs. I will say, though, that I think more than a little of the blame must lie at the door of the screenwriters. I couldn't help myself laughing a bit derisively at many of the lines - corny, over-obvious, tedious info-dumping. Yikes. Not ok! We're not kids who need to be led by the hand through the over-evident and over-simplified things happening in front of us.

I had high hopes for this show. I love historical dramas when they're done right. But this one most definitely was not. I usually don't write reviews of shows, at least not reviews of this length ... However, I felt people needed fair warning on this one! I wasted some brain cells watching it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2014
Not as well done as HBO and Showtime series but okay. I finished the Borgias and others and thought this may be interesting. It is okay but nothing on the grand scale. Guess I am used to the grand scale.
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