Women Crush Wednesday, Women of Reign, Reigning Women.
Megan Follows, Rose Williams, Anna Popplewell, Celina Sinden, Jenessa Grant, Caitlin Stasey, Katie Boland, Ann Pirvu, Rachel Skarsten, Adelaide Kane.
I am seriously concerned about the casting directors on Reign...
Guys, are they ok? Are they even trying? Do they think we’re stupid? Have they employed a script adviser to check the consistency of what they’re making? If they have, they need to fire them real quick, because whoever they are hasn’t seemed to realise that CATHERINE’S CHILDREN ARE ALL REAPPEARING AS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PEOPLE who are WAY TOO OLD!
Let’s take a trip down memory lane to the good old days when Reign was kinda alright.
Remember this little guy? This lil’ cutie from Season 1? Lil’ Charles. Just in case this picture doesn’t make it quite QUITE clear that this person is a young CHILD, here’s another one:
He’s tiny right, I mean Megan Follows is small, and he barely reaches her shoulder. Ok good, we’ve established that Charles in Season 1 was a young child of around eight years old. Good stuff.
Now I know Reign has a habit of stretching, embellishing and basically destroying history. Mary and Francis are supposed to be like 14 at the start, and clearly they’re older, but that’s ok, that’s fine, we’ll roll with it.
The show begins in 1557:
Nice, some fluffy goats and fluffy clouds just to prove this. I’ve done my research people.
So in real life, ol’ Francie Boi was supposed to die in 1560 after being King for roughly one year
And sure thing, as I said, Reign likes to stretch history like, BEYOND the breaking point. So it’s entirely plausible that on the show Francis was king for a little bit longer, maybe we’ll give him an extra year or two. Which means the next time we see young dude Charlie he’ll have aged… hmmm around five years or so? He’ll be approx 12, right?
WRONG! What the FuCk ma dudes, this guy right here is NOT CHARKLES I don’t know who he is, but Catherine and the rest of them should all be really concerned, they’ve been hella duped! He’s frickin old enough to fool around with this random chick
He’s aged like 10 years in 5, and NO ONE EVEN NOTICED, not Catherine, not Francis, not Mary, and especially not anyone in the writing or casting department apparently.
Now let’s move onto Elisabeth, Catherine and Henry’s eldest daughter, dis chick from the pilot
Remember her? The one who married the Spanish dude, and then they had to have sex while a whole lot of old men watched, and Mary and her lil’ sweet naive buddies got all hot and flustered cos they were sneakily watching too? Yeah that one.
As you can see, this woman is clearly a BRUNETTE. Well, apparently Spain has really changed Elisabeth. Like, REEAALLY changed her. So good to see her back in 4x01! She goes by Leesa now, she’s blonde and older and basically looks like a completely different person…
I guess Catherine just has so many children she honestly can’t keep track and doesn’t even notice when they return to France looking like they’ve endured intense plastic surgery to reconstruct their faces, or somehow age them enormously.
Catherine has the names of all her children written in her bible, although her youngest son Hercule is missing, but I think the camera has just cut off the bottom of the page.
At the end of Season 3, Catherine brings back this dude below to lowkey threaten Charles with MUrdEr (the most ooc Catherine has ever been, honestly this show is just…)
Now god knows who this one is, I mean it could be Lil’ Henry making a comeback from Season 1 when he was blonde and cute (see below) and got kidnapped by his insane potato-sack-wearing half sister
If so, he too has had a significant dye job at the castle salon. Except whoever this kid is in Season 3, he can’t be Henry because he’s considerably younger than Charles
I mean, what’s the deal? Charles gets hit by the ageifying-ray gun, but his little bro Henry doesn’t? How is that fair?? They never actually mention him by name, so possibly it is Hercule.
Which would mean that this hunky blonde dude Megan’s been posting on her Instagram and captioning with “My boys”…
IS HENRY WHAT THE FUCK YOU GUYS! He looks even older than Charles, I CANNOT BELIEF THIS
This makes absolutely ZERO sense, I do NOT understand. The casting directors and writers of Reign either don’t comprehend human viewer intelligence and the ability to pick up on the ENORMOUS INCONSISTENCIES THEY THROW AT US WITH WORRYING REGULARITY, or they themselves have serious memory issues. Or possibly they just don’t care. I really don’t know.
I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way to watch Reign now is by ignoring these massively aged characters, ignoring the yawn storylines, ignoring when the only original characters we have left suddenly rewrite their whole personalities; I’m looking at you Catherine ‘I would literally die for my children’ de Medici, suddenly going, ‘Oh yeah Charles, I have loooads of other sons, don’t you forget that, I might just kill you to become regent again, k, love you, bye.’
I’ll just focus on the pretty clothes and Megan Follows’ profound talent to somehow make something out of this steaming pile of insanity.
Long story short, the only thing Reign is consistent at, is being inconsistent.
Even so, I’ll watch it every week cos I’m total trash. Rip me.
I started this show because I saw Rachel Skarsten was in it and it kept popping up in my recommended list on Netflix. I was nervous at first because at that point CW shows had a tendency to pit women together and what would be more tempting than to pit Queen Mary and Queen Elizabeth against each other? Or Queen Mary and Catherine de Medici? But nevertheless I felt drawn to it and gave it a chance.
Imagine my pleasant surprise when the show hit its stride and instead, we got the opposite. The show became about women supporting women, building each other up instead of tearing each other down. We saw these women find strength in each other, and discover the power within to tell the world around them “We know men run it and we will not compromise ourselves or back down.”
The show and its finale had its hiccups, as most shows do, but I stand by my belief that it is so, so underrated, and never got the attention it deserved. It was a show that, in spite of giving us men who were sexist pigs, also gave us men who pushed for gender equality and believed in women’s right to power without portraying it as though men were needed for women to rise to power, but rather supplement it–– something missing a lot in feminist media. It was a show that never took the ‘easy’ route and was a breath of fresh air. It was a show that, at its core, was about how being vulnerable and emotional are not something a woman should shy away from. I will forever cherish how Adelaide Kane, Megan Follows, and Rachel Skarsten poured their heart and soul into their respective roles, and breathed life into this show with every performance.
I’m glad that the show got its closure, and that its finale celebrated the power of women. RIP Reign, and thank you for a fantastic four-season run.