I enjoyed this show. It's a costume drama about Mary
Stuart, Queen of Scots, but really it's a soap opera set in
the 1500's. I can't tell you if it's historically accurate
or not, but it appears to be trying in that regard.
The show is about Mary arriving in France as a teen. She
is supposed to marry the future King of France, Francis, who
is also a teen (and still Prince). They knew each
other as little children, but now they're older (and of
course, sexier). Someone is trying to kill Mary, which
adds a lot of intrigue. Also, her future mother-in-law, the
queen, fears her because she is getting advice from
Nostradamus that says Francis will die because of Mary.
Francis has a bastard brother, Bash, who is quite charming
and attractive. He and Mary seem drawn to each other.
There is a lot of political intrigue and romance, but it's
tempered with some fun and music.
The actor who plays Bash, Torrance Coombs, reminds me
quite a bit of Grant Bowler from "Defiance", and he's
gorgeous. I enjoyed the show and will probably watch it.
It's hard to watch a show like this without some sense of
impending doom, though, knowing that Mary does not come to a
good end. It's kind of like watching what happens to Anakin
Skywalker in that regard.... Let's put it this way,
Mary was 25 when she died. Francis was only 16. So I
guess they're playing a little with the ages, since Francis
appears to be older than 16 already (then again, people
didn't live as long back then, anyway). At least he did get
to be king...for a year...
Anyway, it's enjoyable, despite how the real-life
characters ended up. If you're the type who likes very
chaste maidens, don't watch this. It has a lot of steamy
sex, some of which surprised me. I guess they don't care as
much about showing really sexy stuff on The CW as on other
The CW is sending me another DVD of the show with some
additional scenes. Woo hoo!! I can't imagine what they felt
they needed to fix, but bring it on! The more, the better...
See what's coming this fall to The CW!
Mary may not be so bright for Francis' future. Watch a
Reign, coming this fall!
Mary will need more than love and friendship to do what
is best not only for her, but for her country.
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