I started watching Reign this past weekend when I noticed that Netflix has finally streamed it on their website. I have wanted to watch this show ever since I saw the trailer for it back when season 1 first premiered. However, I prefer to “binge-watch” my TV shows so I just decided to wait until it was online. Despite starting the show literally 5 days ago, I am nearly done with the season. It is so good, I don’t even know how to describe it. It’s this whole extravaganza of romance, mystery, and drama and its well amazing to say the least.
The show is very loosely based on the life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. It is considered to be mostly fiction because, well, the story is extremely inaccurate, historically speaking. So if you want to watch something with historical accuracy do not watch this show, I repeat, do not watch this show. It follows Mary’s journey as she travels to France, where she will marry the future king of France, allying the two countries of Scotland and France together. It also follows the lives of her handmaidens: Kenna, Lola, Greer, and Aylee, who are also searching for marriage in the French court.
This show is jam-packed with drama. Whether it be secret flings, murder, deceit… Reign has it all. It also has this captivating love triangle between Mary, Francis (the dauphin or heir to the French throne), and Sebastian, otherwise known as “Bash” (Francis’ illegitimate half brother). So, if you are into those kinds of intricate love stories, definitely watch this show. I would characterize this show as being like Gossip Girl meets 16th century France.
Here is the opening narration to the show just so you can get a better glimpse as to what this show is mainly about:
Since Mary, Queen of Scotland, was a child the English have wanted her country and her crown. She is sent to France to wed its next king, to save herself and her people – a bond that should protect her, but there are forces that conspire, forces of darkness, forces of the heart. Long may she reign.