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Saturday, October 26, 2013

When Bad Shows Happen To Good People

"Just wait 'til I get my hands on my agent."

I gave it a try, but there is no getting around the fact that Reign,  The CW's new show about Mary, Queen of Scots and friends, is an epic fail, in spite of the welcome presence of Mr. Toby Rego as Francis II of France.  In truth, Francis was a sickly child, who died,  sixteen years of age, less than two years into his reign. Don't tell the folks at The CW, though, as they prefer him as a energetic and strapping young lad who will live until the show is canceled in six weeks.

I give the show a bit of a pass for it's historical accuracy, but they really aren't even trying here. The costumes, makeup, and hairstyles are laughably modern. The show takes place in France, but everyone speaks with an English accent.  The music is  modern, which doesn't bother me in the least, but seems to drive a lot of people to distraction. And all of this would hardly matter if the story would be told in a compelling manor. Instead we get Pretty Little Monarchs. It doesn't help at all that Adelaide Kane, upon whose shoulders the show must rest, is such a wet dishrag of an actress. 

Toby is still pretty. He tries his hardest to bring boring and risible dialogue to life. And he's pretty.  He's really pretty. 

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