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Reign S01E02: "Snakes in the Garden"


I know it's a little early, but I kind of want to give this show a friendship bracelet. Friendship crownlet? It's like someone I want to know made this show just for me. How did y'all like the arty new opening credits? How did you like the establishing shot of the for-real, mortar-and-stone, no-CGI-thanks castle? How did you like the anachronistic music like in Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette? Reign's second episode was slightly more restrained, but it raised the stakes and proved our girl is no fool. Just very lonely. So lonely she is sweating a ghost. But let's start at the beginning, with a crazy torture scene and a scuttling hunchback. 


Colin was not, after all, beheaded last week: Someone painted a red X (the international sign for “execute tomorrow”; apparently 16th century French justice had no time for paperwork or asking people their names) on the wrong prisoner's door, and our spooky ghost/disfigured creature of shadows loosed Colin to try and make his rapey way out of the keep. Thank you?

Of course, this was good news for Mary, as she wanted to interrogate Colin about where he got his roofie wine. Mary demanded the King and Queen find him and restrain themselves from beheading him for at least 15 minutes so she could figure out who orchestrated the attempted assault on her last week. Of course obviously this was Queen Catherine de'Medici, so she was like, “Who knows what our guards will do? We certainly can't give them orders” and the King was like, “I'll see what I can do.” Score one for Mary! Mary also skillfully inserted herself into a totally cool road trip out to meet Francis's brother's 7-year-old fiancee Madeleine, part of Mary's continuing efforts to seduce Francis against his will. Catherine de Medizzy was not pleased by the idea of Mary and Francis sharing the 16th century version of Combos and listening to hot jams on an unchaperoned trip, but she needn't have worried as Mary apparently fell immediately asleep. Yes, Mary is that girl on a road trip.


But see what gentlemen guys were before Vine videos? Charles and Francis politely let her slumber and complimented her body spray (Calgon Vanilla Cupcake), whereas guys today if you fall asleep on a road trip will draw all manner of crude runes on your cheeks then put shaving cream on your hand and make that shit viral.



Mary's big wakeup call came when instead of a pink, sparkly bridal ship at the harbor there was an approaching English warship! Francis was about to send Mary flying on a horse into the wilds (THE BLOOD FOREST!!) for her safety, but luckily Bastian arrived and, like he does, made everything okay: He explained that the English had just given the 7-year-old bride-to-be a ride when her ship broke down. All was well. Not a hair on her head or pearl on Madeleine's hat had been touched. Look at the hats! Gosh those hats.



The engagement party for the children (HRRRK involuntary gag excuse me) was a chance for Mary to meet the English envoy, Simon. Simon lost no time in body-shaming Mary (“You are clearly of age”—new creepiest comment ever) and asking why Francis hadn't set a date to marry her. 





Francis, sensitively enough, whisked Mary away to fake make out against a pillar. This was a big moment for Francis as a protector, potential love interest, and all-around savvy dude, he managed to look out for Mary and frustrate an English envoy and whisper nose to nose with Mary. He would later prove to be not so awesome, when she alluded to her suspicions that his mother had forced Colin to try to assault her, and Francis freaked out. It left her with no choice but to ask old Crazy Eyes to do her a solid and get Colin first—even though it meant GOING INTO THE BLOOD WOOD!!!




Also... am I alone in kind of giggling at “the English” being constantly named as the big bad when everyone is speaking with an English accent? It's sort of hard to remember all the characters are basically French (or Scottish) and all these breathy English accents whispering about how the English want to just take everything... it's sort of folding my brain in on itself like a taco. But that's nothing new.

Speaking of folding in on yourself like a taco, Kenner and the King's super sexy little storyline got both heated up and cooled down this episode, suggesting a long-term arc: The King (his regular mistress is on vacation) approached Kenner and asked if she'd like to bed down for realz, she answered later that she had to focus on marrying rich dudes who would want a virtuous wife, an explanation followed by the greatest segue ever: “Do you see that man who can't take his eyes off me?” BWAAHHH!!! Genius line. How quickly can I incorporate this into literally everything I say? “Do you see that man who can't take his eyes off me? No? He must have scuttled off. Anyway nice to meet you, I'm Lily.” “Do you see that man who can't take his eyes off me? He just made my Subway sandwich and is waiting for me to give him five dollars for this footlong.”

The King pulled perhaps the greatest pimp move in French history by showing up at Kenner's door with the rich guy in question and proving he could get them engaged in a moment's notice regardless of whether she had been a freak in his bed. Kenner was appropriately dressed for such a conversation in a push-up bustier?!



Guys these clothes!! They are so technically inaccurate, but I would argue that they are technically accurate in the sense of beauty and fashion they convey, transporting us to a greater sense of empathy for the time? I don't care how I have to rationalize it. It's like a moving Elle photo spread and I want to look at it, thanks.

Mary's dress when she tried to chase down a ghost was particularly beautiful. Also we can stop calling her the ghost, Mary learned that her helpful guardian angel's name is Clarissa and Mary REALLY wants them to hang out more. Not only did she basically beg her to hang out in the middle of a fa-la-la garden party, she went into the secret passage and started up a game of marbles.




Seriously though I love how Mary is not afraid of Clarissa at all. She knows a friend when she sees one (not often, apparently) and is completely okay with hanging out with a ghost, no shame, no reticence. I've honestly never seen a character so comfortable with a mysterious, possibly malevolent presence and it's sort of refreshing and intoxicating. Also Clarissa helped Mary figure out who'd poisoned her dress. Or rather not poisoned her dress? Basically the English envoy Simon had STAGED a poisoned dress attack rather than actually paying for the poisoned dress (pricy, and lots of cleanup when the flesh bubbles all over the floor), and he started really digging at Mary about how France was no safe haven for her, they were in cahoots with the Queen to oust her and she should get on back to Scotland. The show then took possibly its biggest historical liberty yet by making Mary assert that she had no desire to assume the English throne. English historians all over the country started throwing things at their TVs because the real deal Mary Queen of Scots was like a full-time all-day English throne coveter, she wanted that English throne like a fat kid wants cake. She spent the majority of her reign jumping through hoops so Elizabeth I would consider naming her as successor. Whatever, maybe Mary was just trying to throw him off. Pretty sure this isn't meant to be a documentary y'all!


Meanwhile, in the heart of the Blood Wood (shiver of joy) Bastian was doing what he does best: GETTING RESULTS. Unfortunately the results were blood-soaked and upside-down. Nostradamus's pilot prophesy had already come true! Blood on petals! It took Bastian a long time to get the body down, apparently, by the time we saw him again dark had fallen and Francis had shown up. They lost one point for referring to each other as “Dear brothah!” but I'm still so impressed they kept that out of the pilot I'll let that one slide. You get ONE, Reign, you get ONE.


And immediately the show got even more awesome as we noticed mysterious figures flitting around the Blood Wood, shifting through the trees. Bastian, thinking fast, cut his palm open and started talking witchcraft. WHAT WAS HAPPENING?! 





Apparently Bastian knows things about the Blood Wood and its heretics (pagans?!) and their crazy blood vows and how to deal with them. God knows what crazy poems he had to recite and what body parts he had to let blood from to get Mary's dog back last week. He translated the witch language to Francis later as “Deep the roots dark the night red the blood I will pay.” YUP. Somewhere, right now, Loreena McKennitt is setting these words to a melody for an autoharp. TRUST.

However the terrifying PTSD-triggering episode in the woods did make Francis take the threat to Mary more seriously. Realizing her life was at risk, he went toe-to-toe with Catherine de' Medici, proving he was no mama's boy by telling her that if Mary died, he would be really, really, really mad. Take that, mom. No seriously though, Francis stood up to both his parents in defense of Mary and clearly he's making her a priority—a pivotal moment for him as a man coming into his own and a suggestion that he completely wants to consent to a marriage with her like uh YESTERDAY.


Of course Catherine had arranged for Colin to be bled to death in a tree, in addition to all her child wedding preparations (sooo many Jordan almonds tied up in little bags) AND being chastised by her son about her international scheming? No wonder she was just bushed, but before she could lay down, Catherine realized someone had painted the executioner's X on her sheets and let out a whoop. Clarissa you cheeky little devil you.



So, slow progress this week: Francis and Mary trust each other, Francis seems quite protective of Mary (even after she pulled the risky “your mom or me” card), and instead of ending the episode staring out into the middle distance over the lake, Mary ended the episode staring out into the middle distance over the lake with Francis.


The preview for next week's episode looks incredible. A rival proposes a new alliance? Another ball? Mary wears a neck ruff? I think I'm sort of completely hooked on this show and I intend to spend my weekend convincing people who haven't watched it yet to do so. They will learn a little too much about my affinity for side braids, but the real friends will be cool with it (and maybe even look up crownlets on Etsy with me later.)


QUESTIONS:

... Did you wish there were more Bastian scenes this week?

... Clarissa's deal: What is it?

... Opening credits: win-win-win or just okay?

... Did you notice Peaseblossom had somehow fit like eight more pigtails onto her scalp?

... How did Bastian know that witch talk? Is his mom (the King's mistress) a witch? Will she curse Kenner?


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AIRED ON 6/20/2016

Season 3 : Episode 18

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"The show then took possibly its biggest historical liberty yet by making Mary assert that she had no desire to assume the English throne. English historians all over the country started throwing things at their TVs because the real deal Mary Queen of Scots was like a full-time all-day English throne coveter, she wanted that English throne like a fat kid wants cake. She spent the majority of her reign jumping through hoops so Elizabeth I would consider naming her as successor."
Its amazing to think that Mary's and Elizabeth's fight for the English throne would eventually kill her but I do think in this point of history Mary cared for Scotland foremost and then France. When things went to hell in both countries England gave her refuge.

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. The show then took possibly its biggest historical liberty yet by making Mary assert that she had no desire to assume the English throne. English historians all over the country started throwing things at their TVs because the real deal Mary Queen of Scots was like a full-time all-day English throne coveter, she wanted that English throne like a fat kid wants cake. She spent the majority of her reign jumping through hoops so Elizabeth I would consider naming her as successor.
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So I am loving this show!! I don't know why, but the anachronisms aren't bothering me one little bit. LOVING the real scenery (getting SOOO SICK of CGI on OUaT).

Loved this episode in general, and I know the sort of thing happened for real, and they played it in a fairly light manner, but I think there was a darker undertone behind the meeting of those two children. At the least, the way they did it, with the cinematography and music choices, I was almost crying. Of course the little girl and boy were freaking out!! It would be weird if they weren't! They're SEVEN freaking years old. Even 50,000 years ago when the humans then looked WAY different from humans now and a guy who lived to be 18 years old had a "long life" and they procreated at like 12 and 13, SEVEN was still WAY TOO YOUNG. Just saying.
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LOL the symbols on Bastian's pictures XDD
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I needs me a personal seamstress, these dresses are too gorgeous
And is it just me or is really hard to see Anne of Green Gables be all villain-ey?
My theory on Clarissa - she's a weeping angel, I mean has anyone really actually seen her? She only moves when you aren't watching!
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Its awesome and emotionally scaring my childhood, all hail QUEEN OF GREEN GABLES!
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Your reviews makes this super fun show beyond amazing. Thanks Lily!
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I love this show so much already! It is amazing, as are your reviews. You give me a lot to think about and weave into my brain's side braid as I wait for Thursday to be here. PS Somebody should just give Peaseblossom corn rows and be done with it. I hear there is a servant, who was definitely not poisoned by a dress, that is probably available.
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who's peablossom? who's sara? And any other girls that are not mary's friends lola, kenna, greer, ailey?
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Lily, I would be more than happy to crownlet-shop with you. My god, those things keep getting better and better. Also we need to figure out how to tie pearls into our sidebraids without getting knots in our hair. We should ask for Peaseblossom's help. (Q: is her real name on the show Aylee?)

Real castles in credits = amazings.
Bash: I think there was just enough of him. However the witchcraft thing goes, I think it could be incredible. Maybe he is Nostradamus' apprentice? They could get into so much craziness with this, we're talking about a time when people were sometimes burned at the stake for being PROTESTANT, let alone a witch. Also, the whole mom is a witch thing could make for some very interesting insights on how a woman twenty years older than the king managed to be his lifetime mistress. They can pretty much do whatever they want since Bash isn't historically true.

Clarissa: I still am going with the theory that she is a real girl and not a ghost. A severely F'ed up girl, but a girl nonetheless. I would say she is probably either majorly disfigured in the face region or she cannot let anyone recognize her for some other reason. Nostradamus talked with her like he knew her well and was both fond of and scared of her - she did sentence a boy to death with some paint, which makes her a kickass ally for Mary.
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I am freaking loving this show so much. Hilarious review, had me in stitches so many times. I care little for historical accuracy, so these costumes are just amazing. I seriously want a dress maker to make me the lace one Mary was wearing with her red flower crown. Lurveee and even Kenna's hot bustier gown, that chick is hot.
So I'm loving the relationship between Francis and Mary (starting to ship them yo!) but still love blue-eyes and how he pretty much is constantly doing anything for Mary. I love the constant threat of death, and I like that we are reminded that Mary is still a queen and has things like her entire country to worry about. The whole magic element was rocking! I enjoy a little bit of witch craft, and this whole creepy Clarissa thing with secret passage ways!

Also the soundtrack is the best, it's all music I listen to! Lumineers <3 I've already downloaded all the songs, so much love for this show. Next week's ep looks awesome. "How come you can't dance like that" "Shuttup". Is it bad that I just want to rewatch reign over and over again instead of the 100 other shows I have lined up to watch. So much love.
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I agree! I love the dresses, love the show, like the music. Woman not chick.
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Instead of criticising the English accents, we should be praising the lack of American ones. Also boarding school?
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Reign is one of my dead pool picks, I'm hope I stay on trend and am wrong about this one too, full season pick up please!
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Who's Sara tho? Is says she was the the episode. What's the name of the girl Francis is sleeping w?
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Finding a push up bra! LOL! I was thinking same thing when I saw that scene. Still really enjoying this show.
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1.- I don't wished for more Bastian scenes. He had plenty as Lily says the guy makes things work (hahaha so wrong that I imagined Tim Gunn while typing it) and I absolutely love the fact that he has creepy eyes. Why? who knows I just do.
2.- I'm hoping for Clarissa to be a witch or Nostradamu's ex.
3.- Opening credits? mmm just okay
4.- Bastian is so mysterious! I think his mom is a witch and taugth him some self defense witchcraft.

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This show has so many things that I like that it makes it easier for me to deal with the historical inaccuracies. I also am really into Sebastian for some reason. I think it might be because he is fictional? He is very attractive to me. (Significantly moreso than he was to me on The Tudors, cause I thought he was kind of a creep there.)

Also, I would like to discuss the cowlneck sweater from Urban Outfitters or Banana Republic or somewhere that Francis was wearing under his leather vest thing at the end of the episode. Mostly, how can I get one?

In conclusion, as something of a history nerd, this show makes me way less angry than the Tudors ever did. Which is confusing to me. But there it is.
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Well show is, of course, one of the most historically inaccurate rubbish I have ever watched..

But it is entertaining and... loving the music!
(Of course the fact that everybody is extremely easy on the eye is no drawback )
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I am officially hooked on this show. Loving every historically-inaccurate moment! It's shamelessly addictive. And love that you're recapping them Lily, hope momentum builds for this show.
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"I intend to spend my weekend convincing people who haven't watched it yet to do so."

LOL Please do!! I was really sad to see the ratings went down this week. I wasn't even planning to watch but I read your review and now I'm completely obsessed. It's gorgeous and juicy and and the costumes remind me of the Dark Shadows flashbacks.
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Ok, is the NEW thing period piece sex stuff?
GOT, doing sisters, showing all, otherwise this show is a drag!
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1. Seriously, who I have to kill to get one of Mary's gowns?

2. I don't know who chooses the music for the show - but he / she deserves some kind of reward for the job well done.

3. That Simon guy was really creepy.

4. Bastian is freaking druid!!! YAY!!!

5. Francis grew a pair and stood up to his Devil-Mom. Good job, lad!

6. Kenner is 16th century version of Victoria's Secret model. No wonder she's sleeping with the king of France.

7. If Nostradamus is Reign's version of Merlin then I suspect Clarissa is Morgain.

8. Mary you can't comfort the GF of your failed rapist. That's just wrong, girl!

Questions:

1. Did you wish there were more Bastian scenes this week?

Silly question - of course, I did. The more we see Francis - Mary - Bastain - the better!

2. Clarissa's deal: What is it?

She's Nostradamus' arch nemesis.

3. Opening credits: win-win-win or just okay?

Definitely win-win.

4. Did you notice Peaseblossom had somehow fit like eight more pigtails onto her scalp?

Nope.

5. How did Bastian know that witch talk? Is his mom (the King's mistress) a witch? Will she curse Kenner?

He's a druid. Also Kenner is a lingerie model. Curse will have no effect on her.

Thanks for review, Lily! This show is awesome!
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I also giggled when everyone was talking about how evil the English are in English accents, haha it's so silly and yet I love this show.

Can I also say how refreshing it is to see a main character who's actually switched on? I expected the sort of plot line where each week Catherine tries to kill Mary and Mary has no idea or blames the English for ages. So for Mary to figure it out in the second episode and for Francis to believe her in the end and confront his mother was great!

Bastian's eyes also scare me but I wish he had more scenes this week.

No sight of Francis' lady friend this week, I also expected her to be giving Mary and Francis the side eye when they were getting close in public but maybe next week?
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AGREED! Brilliant point. I love that Mary is no fool. She proactively gets things done, sleuths her own mysteries and is not afraid to consult a ghost?! More heroines like this please.
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I must say, I'm enjoying this show. I think it has potential--not favorite show potential, but P/TCA potential--and I intend to stick with it promote so it has the chance to realize it's potential.
I loved the new opening. I actually replayed it as soon as I finished it the first time because it was so unexpected. And I'm loving the music their using, it sets a good tone.
Not too much development in this episode, but it didn't feel slow. By second episode standards, I think it was pretty good. I LOL'd when I saw Kenner's push up bustier and I may or may not have GOL'd (gasped out loud) when Mary said she wasn't interested in the English throne. But really the best way to watch this show is to separate it from history buff self and just watch it as a nice fictional drama.
Did Mary remind anyone else of Daenaerys this episode? Her low voice and dark hair (the actress--Emilia Clarke--has dark hair), even in this episodes preview that was my first thought. And then her talk of bringing armies and such... IDK just me or...?
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Like Francis more and more. His lil bro is annoying tho. But he was like that IRL too
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I love this vapid show so so much! As someone who adores history it should piss me off as it is wildly inaccurate. But the fashion, and the princes, and the scheming Megan Follows- if this is wrong I don't want to be right.

I loved this episode! Is it wrong I find the king kind of hot? And Francis really has started to come into his own this episode. From facing off with both his parents to protect Mary, to his assurance of Bash that they are brothers(as opposed to his mother who view Bash as simply his father's son), he was AWESOME this episode.

Two moments stand out for me and make me love his character. When he grills Bash about going into the woods for Mary and Bash claims that it was because Mary is engaged to Francis, Francis calls bulls&*#t on him and then reminds him no matter what their respective stations they are brothers and should have honesty between them. Secondly, when he rescues Mary from the French envoy and then shoves his glass at the envoy subtly reinforcing that both he and Mary are royal and for all his power the envoy is a mere lackey. Hahahah- awesome!

Also, what is up with the ghost? I cannot wait to learn more about her. For all the good she has done she is still a confusing figure. She totally sent someone to death in Colin's place and that is STONE COLD.
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Holy Lord is that King hot.
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This show is great I love it, and yes more Bastian scenes this week would have been fantastic I like his character and the way he looks at Mary is brilliant, those eyes. Clarissa is freaking me out and making my head hurt trying to figure it who and what the hell she is. Just saying this show has one of the best soundtracks they know how to pick the right song for the right moment.
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Kenna (Caitlin Stasey) is too damn hot for this show. She belongs on True Blood!
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"Also... am I alone in kind of giggling at “the English” being constantly named as the big bad when everyone is speaking with an English accent?"

Eh... you can't really complain for a tv show when there are High-Badget movies regarding ancient Greece (Troy, 300 etc) where we see Ancient Greeks talk native American English and can't say one greek word with the right accent. Just ignore it, bigger productions have done worse.
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I did like Marie Antoinette and also the old Romeo and Juliette, with all the anachronism in music and fashion, but I am not enjoying the same in this show. After watching The White Queen, this is a little too childish. I don't hate it, but don't know what to do with it. I feel like I'm watching The Princess diaries. Am I the only one? Maybe I finally got too old for this?
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I told you guys, Francis would come around, didn't I? He was not so bad this time... I wouldn't probably believe anyone in the first place that my mother is a scheming bitch, even if I had a crush one the one who told me. He was quite nice, though, to question his mother and protecting Mary in the end.

Yeah, Bastian, I still don't know yet. Sure he is a good one, but his overly green eyes are really creeping me out. At least he is an ally, on whom Mary can rely on. Likewise Clarissa, who is helping Mary a good deal. Maybe she has leprosy or something similar, that causes her to hide her face? Just a thought...

I am interested in how the story goes on with Kenner (I mean, we all know where the story will lead us in the end, but if so, she will make Catherine a great enemy).
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And can I just say, how lucky is Adelaide Kane that she gets to like, live in Ireland to shoot this show, and gets a different pretty gown for like, every two minute scene that she's in?

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SHE IS LIVING THE DREAM. And yet I couldn't be happier for her? She is hella likable.
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Did you wish there were more Bastian scenes this week? Well I just watched the pilot and this week's back-to-back, so I think I was satisfied. But, yeah, definitely more of him, the better.

Clarissa's deal: What is it? Nooo idea. But I'm loving her. I'm glad she's not an actual ghost, but instead just some super creepy girl sneaking around the castle.

Opening credits: win-win-win or just okay? I...cannot even recall the opening credits right now. So I'll table that one.

Great recap, Lily! I decided to give this show a shot after your "Should I Watch It" article, and just got around to catching up yesterday. And I love it! I'm with you, I love that it's like, the middle ages, but in the pretty way that we all wanted it to be like when we were preteens. Cuz, uh, yeah, that was me, all the way. I used to read some historical kids series that was about different girls from different parts of history - it was like their diaries, but, you know, fiction, duh - and my favorites ones were Elizabeth I and Catherine of Aragon. So yeah, this show definitely taps into that interest for me, in all the best ways.

I liked that Francis had a couple of awesome moments in this episode, because I hadn't really expected to like him much, for some reason. He's much more promising now. Also, I'm glad that it already started to come to light that his mother was scheming against Mary, because I kind of expected that might be drawn out for a looong time, without anyone realizing she had it in for her.
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If you could compare this show with any other? Which would it be ?
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For sheer sensibility I say this show compares best to the Ball scene of Labyrinth, but that's not a show per se.
That's actually hard to say! It's nowhere near as dry as the Tudors, which is purportedly a touchstone for the series. It definitely has the Vampire Diaries lighting going on. I'd say it compares most favorably with like a BBC production of a classic literature piece- like Tess of the D'Oubervilles or Tenant of Wildfell Hall- with a dash of Urban Outfitters mixed in.
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Ok Im definitely watching it!
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Lily, I gotta say this: I love your avatar pic:-) dunno what shes called in english but its been a heck of a long time since I last saw the empress from the neverending story. you made me want to read and watch it again and I thank you for that, reminded me of some good times!
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The Childlike Empress. Well, the Neverending Story was the Harry Potter of the old days... One of the best fantasy books ever written (even if a wee bit too morally and educational from today's point of view).
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it was awesome - really surprising they haven't come with a new version yet
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You are right, it's about time. With nowaday CGI it could be amazing. But Atreju was such a looker then, *sigh* ...
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Oh boy, was he a hero of mine:-)
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SAY MY NAME BASTIAN. Why thank you. It holds up on re-viewing.
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I haven't seen it and have one question: do they speak american english or the correct british english?
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Haaaard to say? I speak American English but I do watch a lot of PBS so I sort of speak both. But can you give a specific example? (No one has said "okay" yet or "howdy")
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So its probably the american accent, which for me ruins all of the leftover credibility. It's like watching Nick Cage being an ancient knight in good old England. I would however love to get my hair braided for everyday life.
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i'm in love with this show, and it's only the beginning! LONG LIVE THE QUEEN
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While I actually like this show I know too much about the real Mary Queen of Scots to enjoy it effectively due to all of the historical inaccuracies. I guess I'm just too much of a history nerd to let it not bother me.... :( But I do think it's cool for ppl younger than me who aren't into history that much to watch.

But please nobody use this show as a substitute for reading up on the real ppl! Entertaining, but not educational..
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Yeah, so, for me, watching a show like this makes me go seek out the real history, cuz now I'm all interested. However, I'm also old enough to understand that this is obviously not historically accurate, lol. I hope younger people don't watch it and think that it is.
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Hopefully this highly heightened retelling of European history will push more people to investigate the actual facts? And come on, how much fun would it be to get a bunch of euro history majors in a room and make everyone sip their tankard of wine every time something wildly historically inaccurate happened? There is a way into this I am telling you its too good to just let it go!
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I'm likewise enjoying this show; I almost feel like recommending it to a friend of mine, but I know he'd cry tears of blood at the historical accuracy.
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You just basically pretend its not about Mary Queen of Scots (Mary, Queen of Hots) and then its just pure fun. Although I'd love to watch this show with someone who loves 16th century European politics so they could snark about all the inaccuracies. When else do you get to show that knowledge off?
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That's a good point. :o I actually think I will recommend it to him, now.
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This show is definitely my latest guilty pleasure. I enjoyed every moment of it. 1. More Bastian for sure! 2. Undecided on Clarissa...I'm thinking getting revenge? 3. Definitely a win 4. LOL...that was really a lot of pigtails. I love Mary's side braid though. =D. 5. Mum might be a witch...yes, she'll curse Kenner.
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I read your review last week and it intrigued me enough to watch the pilot. I didn't expect to like it, but I did. The scheming at court is entertaining and if nothing else on this show turns out to be historically accurate (it is the CW) that part is. Like the king showing up to greet Mary with his mistress at his side rather than his queen. I read a book called 'Sex with Kings' a few years ago and was surprised to learn how much power royal mistresses had throughout history. So I'm interested in that as a potential side plot, especially now that Kenner is added to the mix. I also like the actress playing Mary - she's engaging. And the show is visually entertaining - I confess I like the dresses more than I would period dress. So far I like Bastian's character more than Francis. I find Francis a little boring, I guess? I'm not sure, but there's this edge to Bastian that I like. I definitely want to know what's going on in the woods. And it seems like they might be setting up a potential love triangle with Bastian? Totally not in the history books, but I'd kind of like to see it lol. I'm going to pretend it's AU Mary Queen of Scots and just enjoy the ride for as long as it entertains me.
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1. More Bastian!
2. Looking forward to finding out her deal.
3. WIN! WIN! WIN!
4. All hail the mistress of pigtail ;)
5. Leaning against that his mom is a witch
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I'm definitely a history girl but I'm not the sort to let fussy inaccuracies stop me from watching a show I like. Especially not if that show seems to have thrown in 90% of what I like in a TV show, rolled it into a rosette and lace covered ball, placed it in a velvet box and handed it to me.

Haters will forever insist on hating but after these two episodes I'm 100% sold.
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Me too! I like history, you all just seem to be such snobs. This isn't the history channel. This is meant to entertain and I like it, entertaning me.
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Yes I can forgive a lot of historical inaccuracies when a show is filmed in a legit castle.
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