Behind the Blog – What I’m Watching: Reign (CW)
I’ll be the first to admit I have a few addicting pleasures when I’m not writing or blogging. You already know (or at least you should have a clue) that I’m a HUGE gaming nerd. But outside of that my other favorite guilty pleasure is TV. I watch an INSANE amount of television. Between Netflix, DVR, online on demand, I’ve always got my eyes glued to a show. And yes, my taste in TV varies as wide as my taste in books so you can only guess what shows are constantly on repeat in my house. Over the course of this year, in what I hope will become something I do on a regular basis, I hope to give everyone a glimpse into my crazy life outside of blogging, because hey, no one reads 24/7 right?????? Hum, maybe that’s still debatable…
What I’m Watching: Reign (CW)
Reign chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue (Source).
Who’s In It: (Source)
- Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots
- Megan Follows as Catherine de’ Medici
- Toby Regbo as Dauphin Francis
- Torrance Coombs as Sebastian (Bash)
- Alan van Sprang as King Henry II of France
- Anna Popplewell as Lola
- Caitlin Stasey as Kenna
- Celina Sinden as Greer
Aires Thursdays at 9/8c following The Vampire Diaries.
|S1, Ep13||The Consummation||Mar 6, 2014|
|S1, Ep12||Royal Blood||Feb 27, 2014|
Reign for me is the YA equivalent of Game of Thrones. Even though it’s grandeur is not on the same EPIC scale as GoT, I’ve been pleasantly surprised with how the CW is making Reign feel larger than life. From the first episode, I’ve been very addicted to this show since it aired way back in October. There is just something about an awesome fantasy that gives me the warm fuzzy feeling in the pit of my stomach. Although this show is based on an actual person I know very little about, I don’t think the history part of it adds or draws anything away from the overall story. It’s easy to follow and each episodes packs enough political intrigue, flair, whodunit, and smoking hot teen angst I keep right on watching.
After being in hiding for most of her life in a convent, Marry arrives in France with four close friends as her ladies-in-waiting to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French king’s son, Prince Francis. A man she is desperately in love with even though he cannot bring himself to love her in return for fear of not being a good future king (and because he has no desire to give up other women). As Mary struggles to convince Francis they are right for each other, Queen Catherine is secretly plotting her quick demise. At the same time, the King’s illegitimate favorite son Bash is also swept away by the headstrong beautiful future Queen who he can never have. And so begins a crazy dance of politics, mystery, betrayal, murder, and a LOT of fornication.
The characters are the best part of the show. I swear I don’t remember Adelaide Kane (who plays Mary, Queen of Scots) from Teen Wolf but she makes for a great leading lady. The show begins with one love interest, which Mary is head over heels for and dying to have, and in the beginning, they do seem like a great fit. I adored watching Mary and Francis one-up his duplicitous mother Queen Catherine who plots and schemes as well as Cersei Lannister (Lena Headey) on Game of Thrones. Catherine will do anything to keep the vision from Nostradamus (yes, he’s a part of the story) from coming true. Essentially the whole show is about what this mother is willing to do to protect her son from an early death, even if it means denying him true love. But we’ve already changed pace and now and Mary, being the cunning strong-willed woman that she is, has turn the tide on Catherine and the entire country by offering to marry the Kings bastard son, Bash to protect Francis. Needless to say this total mindful*k spins everything on its head.
Check Out The Trailer: