Reign

Reign

The Complete First Season

DVD - 2014
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Ever since Mary Stuart, Queen of Scotland, was a little girl, the English have wanted her country and her crown. As a teenager, Mary is sent to France to wed its next king to save herself and her people. Waiting at the French Court is the gorgeous Prince Francis, his illegitimate half-brother Sebastian, a king on the brink of madness, a scheming queen, and the seer Nostradamus with a devastating prophecy.
Publisher: [Studio City, California] : CBS Studios, Inc, [2014]
Branch Call Number: DVD TV-SER Rei, 5 disc
Characteristics: video file,DVD video,region 1
digital,optical,surround,Dolby Digital 5.1
5 videodiscs (913 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in

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joannainsf
Jan 28, 2018

As period series go, this definitely is geared to those who are open to a mix of history and historical fiction. It is a series that would appeal to younger audiences (Gossip Girl meets medieval France) who don't mind some of the facts being stretched a bit. There is an abundance of pageantry, scenery and locations to admire.

The main characters, Mary Queen of Scots (Adelaide Kane) and Queen Catherine of France (Megan Follows) are well cast. Some of the others, not so good and some of them are pretty awful. Mary and her ladies-in-waiting begin to be appealing to the viewer once one gets to know their personalities and the story lines. There are characters that are quite attractive (Bash and Lola) and will engender a following.

Those who like clothing will find the costuming very interesting - to get 16th century clothing to look somewhat modern and hip - oh my, that's a challenge! Lots of low-cut bustiers, colorful gowns with easy to pull off sleeves.

In Season One, we get to learn about the French court, the major players and all the drama associated with relationship dynamics amongst protagonists while becoming accustomed to period happenings at the time of the story. The writers are laying the groundwork for future story lines that may or may not play out. As expected of this age there is much gratuitous violence and gore; so sometimes, the scenes are not pretty and you'll have to turn away. It will be interesting to see what the writers do for the following seasons and whether or not the stories will continue to sustain our interest.

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talktimereader
Dec 05, 2016

What absolute trash. Not true to history, terrible costuming, writing and acting. Don't make history a nonsense story with unreal story lines and characters acting as if they were in New York today.

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daysleeper236
Aug 09, 2016

This series takes a fascinating era in history and waters it down to the level of a teenage soap opera, complete with an annoying Top 40 soundtrack. There are far better period dramas out there, ie. A Place to Call Home, Outlander and Downton Abbey.

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tinybookworm
Mar 15, 2016

I have always heard that this series was good and it is true-it is very good. The acting is fantastic and everyone is so well fitted (well cast) for their roles especially Queen Catherine (Megan Follows) and Queen Mary (Adelaide Kane). There is so many plot twists and turns, it is suspenseful. Also, what I like about all the plot twists is that they don't get dragged on for several episodes; each time there is a twist in the plot it gets resolved within the episode or the next one. The only thing I am not a fan of is the bloodiness and violence, it's a bit hard to watch and the 'darkness in the forest' storyline is not my favourite, but overall it is a great series.

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mparsons333
Jul 28, 2015

Without having watched Gossip Girl, I assume this is Gossip Girl meeting the 16th century. Everything seemed immature and trivial. The music was off-putting.

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