Reign is a drama that is placed in the 15th Century and tells a slightly different story than most are used to. The drama is concentrating on the early years of Mary Queen of Scots, that is currently in the French Court.
Reign gives the viewer nothing new in some respects because it does feel like a water down version of The Tudors due to the rating that they wanted to the show to get, but don’t let this write off the series straight away because it does leave you wanting more. The major emphasis of the early part of the series is the way in which Mary gets torn between the two son’s of King Henry, Francis her betrothed and Bash his half brother. This was really well done because you never really knew which brother she was going to end up with, as she generated feelings for both. Bash offered something different for her because he is a bastard and he wasn’t the one that had to be careful and had a sense of independents that Frances didn’t have. Reign allows the viewer to know that Mary is going to do what is right for her country and the choice isn’t really hers but with the twists over the story leaves a feeling of never being sure which one she is going to end up with on both sense of duty and from a love standpoint.
Halfway through the season the viewer finally finds out where her heart lies and where her duty is going to take her, but this isn’t the end of it the viewer sees the issues she then has to face with the aftermath. Reign also does really well with the way that yes the story and drama centers around Mary however the way they have brought in other characters it means the drama isn’t stale and the viewer is intrigued by the people around Mary and their lives.
The acting is really well done with semi well-known stars. The acting shows a difficult time with relatively young girls struggling with the cut throat way the world worked at that time. All the characters are believable and make the viewer feel for them in some respects, even the villains that switch sides from time to time have their soft spots.
The story is no secret but, its part of a story that gets overshadowed by others. Everyone is interested in Henry VIII and his stories, but this is quite refreshing. The other thing this brings is the relatively unknown so for this reason, we can’t comment on how true to facts they are, but it does seem to feel right with the times.
Reign Season 1 gets a solid 7/10 just because it has some cliffhangers and the stories are very well put together with the feeling of just one more episode but sometimes it seems to lack those big suspense moments. The cliffhangers, for the most part, are 3/4’s through the episode and that doesn’t instill the same feelings as if it’s not at the end of the episode except the last episode of the season. If you have a Netflix subscription in the UK this is a must pick up especially if you’re a fan of The Tudors.
The Trailor can be seen here: www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi2063967769/