Saturday, March 22, 2014

Reign (Episode 15)

Reign is a 2013-2014 TV series, broadcasting on the CW network, on Mary, Queen of Scots stay at the French court during the 1550s. The fifteenth episode garnered an audience of 1.61 million people.

Adelaide Kane as Mary, Queen of Scots
Alan Van Sprang as King Henry II of France
Anna Popplewell as Lola
Caitlin Stasey as Kenna
Celina Sinden as Greer

At the request of King Henry, Kenna engages in a threesome with a prostitute. When she awakes after their night together, she is horrified to find the prostitute dead in their bed, with finger marks on her throat. Catherine covers up the incident but starts becoming concerned that this may become a regular thing, considering what happened to his last lover. She believes him to be ill but Henry outright denies it.

Greer accepts the suit of Lord Castleroy although she continues to see Leith, a castle servant. Greer has Castleroy arrange an apprenticeship for Leith in Spain. She later rejects Castleroy as her family has already chosen a husband for her. At the end of the episode, Greer is seen at the castle opening waiting for the arrival of her new husband.

Mary fears that Lola may try to usurp her position just as Diane did to Catherine all those years before. She pushes for Lola to accept the proposal of the first suitor available despite the fact that she knows that he is a homosexual. She later changes her mind and tells Lola to make her own choice even if it means waiting.

Olivia tells Nostradamus that she was taken to a creature known as "the darkness" where she was fed on daily until she escaped. The pagan takes Rowan to be their next sacrifice after she opens her eyes at the call of Basch in front of the pagans. It is up to Basch and her brother, Carrick, to go and rescue her.

I give this episode 1.5/5. The sexual escapades of Henry II make this episode otherwise it was boring, boring, boring. Greer is probably the weakest of all the characters and her subplot is excessively dull. Lola and Mary's conflict is so underplayed by the Kane and Popplewell that I really don't get a sense that there is any tension at all. What I don't understand is why they tied up Basch? The pagans chose THEIR family for the sacrifice but Basch isn't part of their family so he could creep all he wanted and technically he shouldn't get it trouble.

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