Reign Review: Never Been Kissed

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For an hour that started off a bit slowly, Reign Season 1 Episode 3 certainly picked up a lot of speed - and ended up in a place that I couldn't have anticipated.

A Tricky Proposal

The first half of the show seemed to point to typical early-first-season doldrums, the phenomenon where you've introduced all the main characters and their conflicts, and just kind of have them bump around each other for a bit, establishing their personalities and taking on not-particularly-fascinating plot points (land politics! crushes on dorky Portuguese royals!) until you can move back into the action.

But the second half featured some pretty heavy, fast-moving (and thoroughly absorbing) action. Bash getting seriously wounded? Mary actually accepting that dork Tomas's proposal? Everything's falling apart! Why didn't we all listen to Sexy Nostradamus when we had the chance?!

Speaking of Tomas: Tomas, Tomas, oh Tomas. How do you solve a problem like Tomas? You just sweep in here, lambada Mary around the dance floor like you own the place, and suddenly she's marrying you, Tomas, even though you remind me of nothing so much as Raoul Julia as Gomez Addams.

While I'm clearly not enamored with Tomas, his proposal kicked an exciting kink into Reign Season 1, and sped what had seemed like a slow episode into high gear. Francis's negotiations with Henry to get troops dispatched to Scotland were a lot more thrilling than they had any right to be, and it was certainly nice to see Bash (my favored royal brother) come out from whatever royal cavern they've been hiding him in for most of the episode, even if it was only for a few minutes (and even if it did end with him profoundly stabbed).

King Henry also came into his own as a character in this episode, stepping out of the generic "lusty, slightly amoral king" role he'd held in the first two installments and revealing himself to be a bit of a tart-tongued bon vivant (as this week's Reign quotes show). I definitely liked it, even if I definitely don't like him.

Speaking of people who don't like King Henry right now: though she has a small part each week, I am always gripped by the charisma of Caitlin Stasey, the actress who plays Kenna, the lady-in-waiting/past and possibly future illicit lover of King Henry, every time she appears on screen.

And this week was no different. She jumps out of the lady-in-waiting pack (and I love the entire lady-in-waiting pack!), and often seems to have a stronger screen presence than Mary herself. Here's to hoping for a spin-off for her (The Kenna Diaries?).

Though I was disappointed not to see any input from my favorite bag-wearing maybe-ghost this week, there was still plenty to love - I prepared to grit my teeth through the whole thing when I saw that it was an episode about land rights, and I was very, very pleasantly surprised.

Anyway, can't wait to see how they kill off Tomas next week. Wait, was it poor form to actually say that out loud? I meant, can't wait to see what happens with Tomas next week!

And, last but certainly not least: for this week's Reign FashionWatch, I give it a 10 out of 10. Those little seed pearls in the braids are killing me, and I fully look forward to seeing all these dresses in the spring 2014 Free People catalog.

How will Mary's engagement to Tomas play out? Will Francis figure out how to step up his game and win her back? Will every episode from here on open with a ladies-in-waiting kiss status report?


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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (123 Votes)

I also love Francis and Mary relationship. They have real.chemistry. I was so happy when he kissed her! :-)


I love this show already, Its interesting and very twisted. I am also concerned for Francis, If he marries Mary he dies and that is not what i want, but i do want him with Mary. Bash is great too, he is a good brother and friend, but chemistry between Francis and Mary is amazing. I hope Nostradamus is plotting something and Mary will not bring death of Francis and history will be ignored and changed.:) - See more at:


I love Francis and Mary together!!!! I'm so happy they kissed!!


Not sure what you have against Tomas. Of course we know from history that she marries Francis. But in this theatrical version, if I were here, I'd take Tomas over Francis any day. I'd rather have a man than a boy. Especially if Tomas is declared legitimate. However, if he's not, then that's a different story. That said, I'm sure they're going to make Tomas wicked or something. He was probably the one to tell the English about the French troops. *sigh.

@ Ramona

Totally agreed! But I really like Mary with Francis as well! Tomas is way more charming, but they really like each other! As it's a show, they'll find a way to keep them together,,I hope he cuts that mistress off somehow! I also hope they don't create a love triangle between her, Francis and his brother..that's so weird and TVD, like, been there, done that. There's no need for it, and he could be with one of her ladies in waiting! Like the gorgeous one having an affair with the king! She's too pretty for him and that would be a love triangle worth seeing


I love this show it fills my Gossip Girl void. I love Mary with Francis. I wonder how true to history this show will be in the future.


Love love love this show! Great casting ! Storyline is pleasurable and entertaining to follow, not frustrating! I love "period" historical, historical fiction productions.... they transport you. fantasy! The setting is stunning! watch it just for that! The hair,costumes/dresses are to die for.. I always wished that we would dress like that ,at least for special events!!!!...let's start a new trend! LOL


I loved this episode and the clothes... oh...
I love Francis, but I also loved Bash, when he raised his head and was shown on his wet hair, I just thought, HE IS HOT.


Their outfits kind of kill me. The king and Francis wearing those sweaters looked like a jcrew ad.


Historically hysterical but I too love this show! I want them to drop any connection to the real characters and just disappear off into a sumptuous, velvet and seed pearl clad world we can just revel in!


Another great episode.... I keep getting sucked deeper into this show.... I love Francis! Cant wait to see him win Mary back! Honestly though... if they want me to like Bash... they really need to give him more story. I usually lean towards characters like his in shows but he feels more like backround then a star of this show.

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Reign Season 1 Episode 3 Quotes

You know the Scottish border is quicksand. A pretty girl doesn't change that.

King Henry

I'm not a fool--I know a true royal would never look at me but except to ruin me.