Reign Season 1 Review “Kissed”

Kisses

It feels a little too early for this much to be happening on Reign, and I continue to be impressed by the breakneck speed of a show that could easily have relied on pretty costumes and pretty people to keep their audience engaged. Now, however, we have war, Mary marrying into the Portuguese royal family and Bash being almost fatally wounded in battle. We can still rely on Mary’s gaggle of girlies to provide the teen drama, but that’s just a small part of all there is to enjoy.

I don’t think anyone expected Mary to actually accept the proposal from soon to be legitimate Portuguese prince Tomas, but accept she has. This is only when the promise of marriage to Francis starts to look a little too frail and, after Francis makes a monumental mistake in his first act as future king, he pushes his possible future bride away (after kissing her, of course!) and into the arms of her backup royal. Do we think Tomas will stick around long enough to actually marry Mary? Not a chance.

The plot served to spice up our central relationship between Mary and Francis, which had been decidedly cool ever since the latter had expressed his wishes not to actually marry his fiancé. In other relationship drama, Kenna and King Henry were playing games with each other (not the sexy kind, unfortunately) for the entire hour, and another of the ladies in waiting was a put out when Mary took Tomas’ attention away from her commoner hopes and dreams. This episode proved more than ever that the only way for women to get anything done was to marry smartly.

We saw it here with Mary, whose choice of husband pretty much boils down to who can provide her with the biggest army to fight against England, and I’m sure this issue will be explored over and over again through the medium of teenage girls in court. It comes with the territory of female-centric medieval period dramas, which is a relatively new subgenre on television, to be fair. So far, Reign hasn’t skirted over the icky business of marrying for power, and that’s a major point in its favour.

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