Cast: Torrance Coombs, Adelaide Kane and Toby Regbo
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By Siddhi Pathak
With Game of Thrones attracting so many eyeballs from the global audience, royal drama is becoming widely popular, be it fantasy, fiction or picked up from historical books. As viewers impatiently await Season 5 of Game of Thrones, Reign is a promising drama, that will keep them intrigued. There could have been no better timing to introduce it on Indian television. The show revolves around the life of Mary, Queen of Scots, who has been engaged to wed, Francis, future king of France, ever since both of them were six years old. The marriage is for a political alliance between Scotland and France. When Mary is nine years old, she is discretely sent to a convent to grow up as life threatening danger awaits her in the outer world. When she is of age, she returns to France, waiting to marry Francis. A lot of dramatic events unfold during her stay at the French Court. One important aspect of the show is how it plays on the fact that all the royals and nobles have deep, dark secrets, waiting to be uncovered.
Along with the drama, a very gripping element of mystery and ambiguity is introduced, by the existence of dreadful pagans and the puzzling character, Clarissa, apparently the ghost in the castle. With these elements of mystery and drama, the show also has a lighter side to it, where beautiful romances unfold. This perfect amalgamation of simultaneous tracks, adds a little something for everyone to enjoy. Fortunately, the costumes, even with all their royal magnificence, don’t reduce the other aspects of the show. The background music although, is sometimes too contemporary to fit into the historical era being portrayed. The sets of the castle and places around are very well designed, complemented with cinematography that highlights all their nuances. The show has some brilliant acting by Adelaide Kane (Mary, Queen of Scots).
Another interesting element of the show is that even though it deals with royalty, it is very relatable and shows the royals too are like normal people with their own set of problems and complexities. With countries and lives at stake, constant danger, threats from the dark world and a delicate romance fostering under the name of an alliance between two European powers, the show in its entirety makes for a very fascinating watch.
Verdict: If the ways of the royals intrigue you, you are bound to get hooked to this show.