This upcoming series, and I quote,
Chronicles the rise to power of Mary Queen of Scots (Kane) when she arrives in France as a 15-year-old, betrothed to Prince Francis, and with her three best friends as ladies-in-waiting. It details the secret history of survival at French Court amidst fierce foes, dark forces, and a world of sexual intrigue.
Here’s the trailer.
All right. Leaving aside the fact that Francis II died of an ear infection, something which I highly doubt could be laid at Mary’s door (unless she took up with the Protestants that were rumored to have poisoned him at one point) this series has chosen to completely ignore the fact that Mary Stewart spent most of her childhood in France. More than that, she was brought up at the French court, in an honored position as current Queen of Scots, future Queen of France and possible Queen of England. It was most certainly not a ‘fish out of water’ scenario where she had to adapt to survive, even if she didn’t get on with her mother-in-law, Catherine de Medici – something which the show is sure to latch onto and all but elope with.
Also, since they harp on the subject of height so much in the trailer; Mary was a good deal taller than Francis. She was five foot eleven.
I’m not even going to comment on the acting, or the wild American accent jumping out of the undergrowth, or the foreboding prophecies. However much I want to.
Reign may be attempting to – no, scratch that, it’s clearly attempting to cash in on the success of The Tudors and The Borgias. Time will only tell whether the attempt will pay off. Maybe the formula of love, hate and sex with plenty of ruffs and petticoats will triumph once again. Personally I hope it doesn’t, because this is one adaptation of the life of Mary, Queen of Scots I could well do without.