I never really expected the CW to do a period piece. But upon further examination a series of this sorts is perfect for the target audience of the station. Tons of plotting and sexual stuff. Just what the fans want. Think of it being like Gossip Girl set in the 16th century.
Don’t come here if you want a history lesson. Yes, there are some things that are right. But most of it takes complete dramatic license. The focus here is catty women, sexual foibles, big parties and beautiful gowns.
That being said it will suck you in with all the intrigue, drama, tension and pretty people to look at. Enough of characters are interesting and Megan Follows munches up the scenery like she is on stage with all the blustering, plotting and poisoning she does.
Since Mary Stuart (played by Adelaide Kane), the Queen of Scotland, was a young girl her life has been at risk due to the English. They want her crown and country and will try to get them by any means possible. To keep her safe she is sent to a convent hidden away. As a teenager she returns to France in order to wed its future king. The goal is to gain protection for herself and her country.
The French court is not an easy place for a teenager to navigate. There is her potential husband Prince Francis (played by Toby Regbo), his illegitimate brother Sebastian (played by Torrance Coombs), an unstable King Henry (played by Alan Van Sprang), the devious Queen Catherine (played by Megan Follows), and the seer Nostradamus (played by Rossif Sutherland) all looking out for themselves.
• Reign: The Making of a Queen
• The Authenticity of Reign: Recreating the 16th Century
• Deleted Scenes