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Binge My Weekend: Reign

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When a person has insomnia late night options are limited. They can watch infomercials and consider buying a remote control vacuum or view streams of programming. With Netflix, Hulu Plus, On Demand and other avenues to watch shows all around, the opportunities to embrace a new television shows are abundant. Binge watching consists of looking at a television series back-to-back and at a sharpened pace.When sleep is alluding, instead of dreaming, the ability to watch and entire show in one weekend becomes a reality. Binge watching makes the plots more intense, the characters’ point-of-views immediate, and since a viewer doesn’t have to wait a week, they’re harnessed into the great progression of the thematic tension.

This weekend’s “Bing My Weekend” program was the CW’s new series, Reign.
The story mirrors the burgeoning teen years of Queen Mary of Scotland and her courageous and crossed courting of Prince Francis the II of France.

First thought: “Isn’t this the girl that history and a certain Cate Blanchett film tells you…”

Whether the audience knows Mary’s fate or it escapes them, there is no denying the heart pounding glimmer of this show. There’s intrigue, deception, aristocracy, mysticism and of course, crowns. The cast is talented and bring a sincere quality to the script. The wardrobe merges the polished opulence of the past with a spiced vision of contemporary fashion. The tenth episode airs Thursday, February 6th. In the past nine episodes, the carrousel of key players and their motives have shifted tremendously. Mary came to France in the first episode, offering her heart and her country, Scotland, to her arranged fiancé Francis. Reality is revealed when Francis exposes that he will only offer his hand in marriage when it’s suitable for France. For many episodes, Mary’s desires and dreams becomes incased in the walls created by that admission. When Scotland requires aid, Francis, who really cares for Mary, longs to help but is hesitant. New suitors and possibilities emerge for Mary and a turbulent relationship with Francis’ mother edges her toward pursuing them. She has allies in the court in the form of her ladies in waiting, all who have complex storylines themselves, and Sebastian, Francis’ half-brother. Once alternative husbands fade and the Queen’s life-threatening attempts to separate the couple are ignored, a great plot twist is voiced. The Queen’s efforts to sever the ties between both Francis and Mary boiled with such resilient purpose because a fortune teller, Nostradamus, believes their marriage would result in Francis’ death. A fact such as this is grave and dangerous for any the person who utters such a claim, believes in it, and the individual whose death it’s purposed. Heretics were burned to death at this point in history. However, Mary believes Nostradamus’s vision to be true, since he predicted many other events and flees. Once she is caught and returned to the French court, she offers Francis the words of Nostradamus’ vision as her reasoning for leaving and not the fading of her love for him. With the King wanting a union with France and Scotland to place a tangent claim England, he demands she marry a prince of France. Mary counters with the offer of marrying Sebastian, the King’s bastard son who is also very smitten with Mary. She mutually cares for him. Sebastian is shrouded with a history of a family of heretics. The Queen faces the relinquishing of power and Mary and Francis’ hearts remain emotionally drawn and turbulent. The characters revolve around the quest for power, the duties of their countries, and the good of the vast amount of people in the lands. However, there is only one throne, one castle, and room for only one mistress and master to reign.

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