Reign | Season One

My series review of “Reign | Season One ” created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie Sengupta

In my view…

Last year I have been on holiday to Edinburgh, Scotland. So I knew a bit of the history about Mary the Queen of Scots. And I was wondering if this series is based on real facts, is it historical true? Sadly it is not historical accurate. It is a costume drama of fiction and a bit of fantasy. So what is exactly true and what is not…I dare not say.

The first season is about Mary Queen of Scots fleeing to French court somewhere in Paris – no it is not Versailles – and preparing to marry Francis the Dauphin of France. This first season is about alliances, friendships, love, intrigues, the threat of war, power,  nobelty and of course how to reign. Everybody is trying to find out how to do that best in his / her own environment and in his / her own way.

The episodes differ a bit from one to another. There are many plot changes and unsuspected events or habits that appear. The middles episodes of the whole season are becoming cruel so it is not suited for underaged children to watch. Especially when you do not know if such scenes are historically correct. Or is it fantasized cruelty? Makes me shiver and I do not know if I will completely watch the second season.

And how about the Scottish accents? Mary Queen of Scots and her four ladies named lady Aylee, lady Greer, lady Kenna and lady Lola. Great actresses but who speaks really Scottish? It is not a Scottish production but a mixture of all kinds of English accents. I love the history of the ‘Great British Castles‘  which is also a series with lots of historical facts presented by Dan Jones. The castle chosen for this series is ‘Ashford Castle’ in Count Mayo, Ireland. So in short I am not sure if I really like the series Reign because of the historical facts and the quick turnarounds in the episodes. I love the costumes though and the choice of crew and the diversity of day and night scenes and festivities.


I hope you like the series. It is worth to try watch it! I am not telling too  much about the story – never do in my reviews – you have to see the series yourself and make your own opinion. 

Greetings by Sophie

Series Facts:

Title: Reign
Genre: Drama | Fantasy | Fiction
Country: United States (USA)
Language spoken: English | French (now and then)
Release Date: 17 October 2013
Release in NL: Netflix
Time: 42 minutes per episode
IMDb rating: 7.5 / 10 stars
Rating:  6 / 10 stars

The overview of the episodes:

  • Episode 1 ‘Pilot’
  • Episode 2 ‘Snakes in the Garden’
  • Episode 3 ‘Kissed’
  • Episode 4 ‘Hearts and Minds’
  • Episode 5 ‘A chill in the Air’
  • Episode 6 ‘Chosen’
  • Episode 7 ‘Left Behind’
  • Episode 8 ‘Fated’
  • Episode 9 ‘ For King and Country’
  • Episode 10 ‘Sacrifice’
  • Episode 11 ‘Inquisition’
  • Episode 12 ‘Royal Blood’
  • Episode 13 ‘The Consummation’
  • Episode 14 ‘Dirty Laundry’
  • Episode 15 ‘The Darkness’
  • Episode 16 ‘Monsters’
  • Episode 17 ‘Liege Lord’
  • Episode 18 ‘No Exit’
  • Episode 19 ‘Toy Soldiers’
  • Episode 20 ‘Higher Ground’
  • Episode 21 ‘Long Live the King’
  • Episode 22 ‘Slaughter of Innocence’

Top 25 cast:

  1. Adelaide Kane / Queen Mary Stuart
  2. Megan Follows / Queen Catherine de Medici
  3. Celina Sinden / Lady Greer
  4. Anna Popplewell / Lady Lola
  5. Craig Parker / Lord Stephane Narcisse
  6. Toby Regbo / King Francis II
  7. Jonathan Keltz / Leith Bayard
  8. Rose Williams / Princess Claude
  9. Caitlin Stasey / Lady Kenna
  10. Rachel Skarsten / Queen Elizabeth I
  11. Spencer Macpherson / King Charles IX
  12. Ben Geurens / Lord Gideon Blackburn
  13. Alan Van Sprang / King Henry II
  14. Sean Teale / Prince Louis Conde
  15. Rossif Sutherland / Nostradamus
  16. Dan Jeannotte / Earl James Stuart
  17. Charlie Carrick / Lord Robert Dudley
  18. Will Kemp / Henry Stuart / King Darnley
  19. Michael Therriault / Lord Aloysius Castleroy
  20. Alexandra Ordolis / Delphine
  21. Adam Croasdell / Lord Bothwell
  22. Nola Auguston / Lady Lennox
  23. Ann Pirvu / Nicole
  24. Jenessa Grant / Lady Aylee
  25. Steve Lund / Lord Luc Narcisse

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