...But according to Reign on the CW, they're a lot like us.
By Kimberly Lew (Playwrights/Blogger)
Steamy love triangles, supernatural presences, Forever 21-esque gowns, and treachery around every turn. Sure, it's got the markings of a CW show written all over it-- but it's also a period piece about Mary, Queen of Scots. Even more surprising? It works.
Reign debuted this fall to little fanfare, but fans of soap mixed with period drama should get a kick out of this gem of show. It's like if Gossip Girl had dinner with The Tudors and then met up with Vampire Diaries for drinks. No, Reign is not concerned with being historically accurate, and yes, that IS a Lumineers song playing over a scene of girls in corsets running around a castle. But what this show proves is that the drama of being a teen transcends status and time, seamlessly fusing itself to an epic story of royal proportions in a way that reveals the politics of youthful angst.
Still not convinced? Here are some reasons to watch Reign:
None of that damsel in distress bullshizz. Though Mary is but a teen, she is wise beyond her years. As the ruling Queen of Scotland, Mary finds herself in a predicament when she is brought to French court under the assumption she is to marry Francis, heir to the French throne and the childhood love of her life. Unfortunately, France (and Francis) keeps dragging its feet in solidifying the union, trapping Mary in the castle without giving her the alliances she and her country need. Rather than sit around and whine or play the helpless girl, Adelaide Kane's Mary fights for the things she wants, regally protecting her friends, strategically negotiating on behalf of her people, and demanding Francis to admit his feelings.