Thursday, November 7, 2013

Reign (Episode 4)

Reign is a 2013 TV series, broadcasting on the CW network, on Mary, Queen of Scots stay at the French court during the 1550s. 

Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots
Alan Van Sprang as King Henry II of France
Torrance Coombs as Sebastian "Basch"

Tomas is bold in his advances towards Mary, upsetting Francis. Mary wishes to seal the alliance between Portugal and Scotland but King Henry refuses to break off Scotland's commitment to France. He only frees her from this commitment when she agrees to support a witness in the case of Lord Simon against the French Crown for the attempted murder of Sebastian.

Mary and Francis find it hard to fight their growing attraction for one another and they sneak off for an evening rendezvous.When Tomas discovers this, he is furious! He asserts that as Mary's fiance, he now controls her. He is completely changed in his character.

Francis becomes suspicious of Tomas and begins to investigate. He discovers that Tomas had every reason in wanting Basch's venture to fail as he needed Mary to increase his prestige as the future King of Portugal. After receiving a tip from Clarissa, the resident "ghost", Mary begins to think that Simon is actually innocent to the charges laid against him. Her suspicions are confirmed upon closer examination of the witness.

The Dauphin and his half-brother confront Tomas, which becomes violent in its nature. Basch is still recovering from his wounds from last episode so it's up to Francis to stop Tomas. In the ensuing struggle, Francis kills Tomas. This is Francis's first kill and it has clearly upset him.

Lord Simon Westbrook is cleared of all charges. Tomas's death is attributed to a hunting accident where the Prince of Portugal sacrificed his life to save the Dauphin. The alliance with Scotland is renewed with a new player in the mix, Mary, herself. Francis approaches the marriage with thoughts of his happiness as well as France's happiness.

Basch and Lola shared a moment in this episode when she visited him during his recuperation. Greer and her kitchen boy lover steal a kiss during the masked ball. Kenna and the King finally consummate their relationship after some discord over her position as his mistress.

I give this episode 2/5. Every episode so far has featured a new romance. Episode one feature Lola and Colin. Episode 2 was Kenna and King Henry. Episode 3 was Greer and the kitchen boy. Episode 4 features Lola 2.0 and Basch. There are too many characters in this show! It becomes incredibly hard to pay attention to all these little developments especially when it comes to Mary's ladies-in-waiting. Although I will admit, I am glad the "will they, won't they" relationship between Kenna and Henry has been resolved. Don't get me wrong, I still don't approve of their relationship but the writers had stretched that plot point for so long that I was just about as frustrated as Henry was over the situation. 

I "love" how they just gloss over Tomas's death. As if there wouldn't be any investigation into the death of the possible heir to the Portuguese throne. He was killed by a stag, let's accept that as the god given truth despite the fact that it honestly does look like he was stabbed, oh well. I did think that Tomas's transition was a little too sudden because it was never mentioned before but I'll let it slide because it was all "part of the plan."

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