So I know my stuff, and I always love it when movies and TV shows get made about these influential rulers in history. But most of the time they don’t quite live up to their expectations mainly because they are historically inaccurate on so many levels. The problem is that the writers will either leave a very crucial thing out that had a dramatic effect in European history, or they’ll get the name of a historical figure wrong just to simplify the plot for the audience.
Or worse, they make up a fictional character who never even existed just to make the plot more interesting!
In the end I just glare at my TV in anger for this lack of accuracy.
The first was:
It’s The CW!
The only reason why royal historical pieces on shows like Showtime, HBO and Starz, are successful is because of . . . sex.
Down and dirty sex.
Only for Showtime they tend to show more boobs than sex scenes from time to time.
For instance, when watching The Tudors, are you thinking about how Henry VIII (AKA Jonathan Rhys Myers) will succeed in handling the Protestant Reformation?
All you think about whenever you watch The Tudors is when the next time Henry will be getting it on with Anne Boleyn!
But before the TV show even aired, I did some research on the show itself and was disappointed with what I found.
There were many medias sources who were criticizing the show for its inaccuracy.
And when I say inaccuracy, I mean the ENTIRE SHOW itself is inaccurate.
The costumes are entirely wrong, the historical characters did not even come close to coinciding with the people that they were historically interpreting, and they made up a character who obviously was never alive during this time period at all.
Although, he is very cute to look at:
We’re talking about The CW here!
The station that got you hooked on The Vampire Diaries, Arrow, One Tree Hill, Gossip Girl, America’s Next Top Model, and of course, THESE guys:
Anyway, back to my main point: The CW gives very little care into their accuracy of historical period dramas. After all, in the show, they play contemporary pop music (which actually isn’t all that bad).
So in the whole grand scheme of things, the show really does a successful job drawing in their younger teenage audience, but they also do a poor job satisfying the gun-ho royal history buffs (like myself) by eclipsing the historical themes with metallic botanic accessories and “pretty” clothes.
All in all, from a historical point of view let me first explain why the show is completely wrong in the first place:
1) In the show, England never shows any interest in having an alliance with Scotland. They only want to invade the country.
Also, at that time, England was a Protestant country and everyone basically hated them.
2) Mary spent the first twelve years of her life in a nunnery before officially moving to the French court.
But to clear, SHE WAS NEVER IN A NUNNERY!
3) In the show, Mary arrives to the French court when she is around sixteen or seventeen years of age.
4) Mary had four friends named Kenna, Lola, Greer and Aylee, who were also her ladies-in-waiting.
5) Prince Francis was a beautiful handsome gent like this:
Out of all deaths you can image, you have to agree that that's a pretty lame way to go.
6) Francis had a half-brother named Bash:
THIS GUY NEVER EXISTED!!!
Granted, Francis’ father, Henry II had three illegitimate children, although they are never mentioned on the show.
Can we just take this time stare at him for a moment?
As of now, these are the only things that I can think of when it comes to nit-picking the show. Historically, the show is completely wrong.
However, so far what I am noticing is that The CW is using these historical characters to their advantage by creating their own story arch (despite the inaccuracy) to make the show more interesting for their viewers.
And it’s working.
As I said in the beginning, The CW draws their audience in with their formula of hot guys (check), beautiful clothes (check) and a knack for having the viewers care about the characters on their shows (check, check).
It is these factors that get their viewers addicted to their shows.
So putting the historical inaccuracies aside for a moment, let me now explain why this show might just be a genius move by The CW:
1) The Lumineers grace the show with its folk music in the 1557-set background.
2) The Clothes!
Although my friend Lena, has a serious issue with this. Hi Lena!
3) They’re some freaky things going on in this show!
4) BOYS! BOYS! BOYS!
Need I say more?
I’m just going to leave this here for you to enjoy.
So that’s pretty much the good and the bad that I have with Reign.
It’s totally inaccurate, but it does a good job appealing to its viewers.
Overall, the show is a mash-up of Gossip Girl, Game of Thrones and The History Channel.
Is that a bad thing?
If anything, Reign is a perfectly respectable period YA soap that might have some potential with its viewers if continuing to be done right.
Lots and lots of headbands in this show for some apparent reason.