Full disclosure: I have not read the Fifty Shades of Grey books (although I did read part of the first one when it was still Twilight fan fiction). I have read Jenny Trout’s extremely detailed recaps, however, so I feel I am pretty knowledgable about the books. Yes, Jenny’s recaps are biased, as most recaps are, but she provides a significant amount of textual evidence for her conclusions, and I suspect I would have largely agreed with her anyway.
I think we were all waiting to see how the Reign writers would follow up last week’s episode—specifically, if the rape plotline would be addressed with proper sensitivity or abruptly dropped once the shock value and dramatic impact had run its course. Granted, one episode—and a preview, as we’ll soon see—makes it still a little soon to tell, but so far, the writers’ method wasn’t entirely satisfactory (at least as far as I am concerned).
I know, I’ve been remiss in blogging about Reign lately. I have a lot of thoughts after most episodes and on season two in general but I never actually write them down except sometimes on my twitter, and not in a particularly coherent fashion. But since shit went down on Thursday’s episode, “Acts of War,” I had to write a post about it.
Ahh, Reign. You continue to bring life every week. Guys, I’m so glad I stuck with this show. Yeah, it’s a historically inaccurate hot ass mess most of the time, but it’s a highly entertaining one. It is impossible to hate a show that brought such glory as blood sacrifices, psychotic con artist princes, more parties than Sweet Valley High has dances, faux fur during the Tudor era, and sexing someone out a window (I doubt anything is ever going to top that scene, for real). And since the show was renewed and got an actual budget, it can only get better (and by better, I mean balls-to-the-wall insane). This was a solid episode–so solid, in fact, I felt like i was watching a different show. Now don’t get me wrong–I love weird vampire-beasts in the woods, pagans, bed-hopping, teen angst, and love triangle melodrama as much as the next gal (OK, I hate love triangle melodrama, but 4 out of 5 ain’t bad), but it was extremely nice to see an episode about what the show was ostensibly supposed to be about–political intrigue and Mary coming of age as a ruler and not just as a teenage girl.
A while back, I wrote a scathing review of the pilot episode of the CW’s “Reign.” Still, I continued watching in spite of those impressions (or perhaps because of them—you know I can’t resist a good train wreck). It seems that other critics who had similar first impressions have also warmed up to the show, if by “warmed up” you mean “come to embrace it as less of a costume drama and more of a typical CW teen soap in kind-of sort-of period dress, if faux fur and acetate were around back then.”
The CW’s Reign is awful, but not for the reasons you might think. Continue reading
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