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Old 28-10-2013, 11:08
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Has anyone here been watching The CW's new period drama called Reign.

It is about the future Mary Queen of Scots who moves to France to prepare for her marriage and eventually become queen. However, there are dark forces out there who are determined to make sure it never happens. Although based on real life characters, it is mainly fictional.

I am really impressed with this show. I will go as far as saying it's one of the best drama's that THE CW have pulled out in years. I originally thought it would just be a teen period drama, but it's not. It's rather dark and hasn't turned away from the likes of Female Masturbation, Attempted Rape and a good old beheading.
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Old 28-10-2013, 11:19
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Has anyone here been watching The CW's new period drama called Reign.

It is about the future Mary Queen of Scots who moves to France to prepare for her marriage and eventually become queen. However there are dark forces out there who are determined to make it never happens. Although based on real life characters, it is mainly fictional.

I am really impressed with this show. I will go as far as saying it's one of the best drama's that THE CW have pulled out in years. I originally thought it would just be a teen period drama, but it's not. It's rather dark and hasn't turned away from the likes of Female Masturbation, Attempted Rape and a good old beheading.
I watched the first two episodes, and I certainly didn't expect anything close to historical accuracy (I believe quite strongly that dramatists are entitled to take liberties with history when doing period drama). Still, it is clear that this show is being tailored to the tastes of young women (perfectly understandable given that that is The CW's target demographic) and I can't say I have those kinds of tastes, hence will probably not continue with the show. Let the same subject matter be tackled by just about any UK channel, or an American cable channel, and something better would have come from the effort.
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Old 28-10-2013, 11:33
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It is glossy and has pace - but the design and music choices are very jarring.

I am not expecting total authenticity - but the costumes are ridiculously out of period (worse than The White Queen)

The music - well, yes, the show is being made to please a certain demographic - but the soundtrack is so modern that it, as with the costumes, take you out of the story and into the modern world. There is a way of putting together a score that is both modern and evokes the period.

Given how strong some recent period dramas have been, this feels too wrong.

The dialogue is often clunky and far too modern in terms of idiom (not that I was expecting full Early Modern English) - and the behaviour of the characters is again out of kilter with the era.

If you want to construct a piece that has all the characteristics that have been built into Reign - then set it in a fantasy world and don't try to pretend this is a historical drama.

As a piece of entertaining fantasy fluff, it would succeed. As drama it is falling short.
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Old 02-11-2013, 18:12
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Just me that likes it then
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Old 02-11-2013, 22:41
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Just me that likes it then
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You know, I decided to give the show ONE more chance, and I actually liked episode three. It dealt much more with the politics and the complications in Mary's situation. I can't say I am won over yet, but that episode bought the show more time as far as me following it goes.
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Old 03-11-2013, 14:03
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enjoyed ep 2...not seen 3 yet :]
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:41
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I went really over the top looking back at my first post. I only judged the show based on those two episodes. But the ones aired afterwards haven't matched the quality.
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Old 09-11-2013, 16:36
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Has anyone here been watching The CW's new period drama called Reign.

It is about the future Mary Queen of Scots who moves to France to prepare for her marriage and eventually become queen. However, there are dark forces out there who are determined to make sure it never happens. Although based on real life characters, it is mainly fictional.

I am really impressed with this show. I will go as far as saying it's one of the best drama's that THE CW have pulled out in years. I originally thought it would just be a teen period drama, but it's not. It's rather dark and hasn't turned away from the likes of Female Masturbation, Attempted Rape and a good old beheading.
Hated it, script clunky, acting so so and dare I say it but even the BBC's White Queen was better than this.
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Old 07-02-2014, 12:18
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So iv watched all 10 episodes in the past 2 days and I have to say I really enjoyed it overall!! The first few episodes were'nt the best but I was thoroughly into it by episode 5/6 and the latest few episode have been great!
Think people need to give it another go, however i do feel its not really for those who seek a proper historic drama
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