Reign has been pushing the CW’s envelope since day one, originally having to trim a masturbation scene in its pilot. And now, halfway through its freshman season, it has released an uncensored version of the most recent episode, titled “The Consummation,” online. In the television version of the episode, there were two censored sex scenes. Online, the full director’s cut was immediately made available. But is it worth watching? I’m not so sure. READ FULL STORY
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Spoiler alert: If you haven’t watched the March 6 episode of Reign, stop reading now!
Mary is married! Clarissa is alive! Bash is gone! Was this just the best hour Reign has ever had? I’m thinking so! So unless someone has a royal trumpet to announce my entrance — which would be amazing — let’s dig in!
The episode started with Queen Catherine’s head literally on the chopping block. But don’t worry, she was only rehearsing her execution, as one does. In order for the Queen to go out in style, she had to plan the event as if it were as big as a royal wedding (foreshadowing, I know). She wanted 50 musicians and ships made of silver and gold in order to symbolize her journey to heaven, even though Henry informed her that was not where she was headed. But that’s not important right now, because those royal trumpets are blowing. Everyone say hello (or perhaps curtsy) to Marie de Guise, Mary’s mother!
Mommy dearest was quick to inform Mary of her disappointment in the fact that she sent her daughter to marry a King and found her engaged to a bastard. Let’s just say she wasn’t one to believe in Nostradamus’ prophecy. She told Mary that Scotland was in danger of falling to Protestantism, and that they needed Catholic France. In a panic, Mary took that as a sign that she and Bash had to elope now, before her mother could ruin things. Bash was off to find a priest and she would meet him at the church. I’m not sure how I feel about his line, “Don’t plan on sleeping this night, wife.” It was cute, right? Or kind of uncomfortable? Maybe it’s just me, but their relationship has slowly been growing on me, and I like them, but the idea of them sleeping together feels weird. But that’s neither here nor there. (How royal and British do I sound?)
Being royal isn’t easy, but neither is being the bastard son of a king, especially when it’s suddenly decided that you will be legitimized and take the throne from your brother (along with his girl). But the drama is only just starting on The CW’s new hit show Reign.
In tonight’s big episode, Mary is finally forced to choose between brothers. By the end of the hour, she will either be with Francis, the man she’s been promised to her entire life, or Sebastian, the bastard brother who’s slowly stealing her heart. And when we had the opportunity to get that bastard brother to take our Pop Culture Personality Test, we took it!
Torrance Coombs, who plays Bash on the show, stopped by our offices to talk about the show, and we put him in the hot seat while we had the chance. Watch his test below: READ FULL STORY
I sincerely hope your DVRs aren’t full, because this week has quite a few must-watch events. For starters, tonight features the most glamorous evening of the year — the Academy Awards. Speaking of which, be sure to check our site around showtime for all of your coverage needs.
And come Monday, it’s time to welcome back the Bates family for another season of mystery and general creepiness. Add in a new Pharrell album, Wes Anderson’s latest film, and the True Detective season finale, and we’d say your week is looking pretty good right about now.
Here your entertainment plan for the week:
First things first, I’d like to announce that I’m now officially on the market for a large barrel-sized bathtub, because that bath — poison aside — looked absolutely heavenly. But we needn’t get caught up on my shopping habits. Instead, let’s talk about Clarissa’s big reveal, Bash’s love confession, all the Queen’s lies and and the Queen’s schemes!
Just as Mary told Bash that the baby was safe with Henry away, a woman ran in exclaiming, “Henry’s back,” — unfortunate timing — and he’d brought the Medici family with him (Catherine’s peeps). Apparently, the Pope had refused to see Henry about legitimizing Bash, which is why he’d now turned to plan b, which involved fake adultery and decapitation, as all good plan b’s do. He was lining up the Queen’s enemies and preparing them to lie about having witnessed her (fake) affair with Nostradamus, who was currently in the dungeon. But the Queen wasn’t going to let her husband and his new prosecutor, Richard, scare her … READ FULL STORY
Here at EW, we have a series in which we — and readers — weigh in on ways to rehab much-maligned characters on some of our favorite shows.
When we first met Sebastian in Reign‘s pilot, I thought I knew what to expect from the bastard son of the castle. He was Francis’ brother, the one without all of the royal expectations weighing on him. He had a sense of freedom, and therefore, an edge. He was the “bad boy” who more than likely had a heart of gold. But most importantly, he had eyes for his brother’s girl. I was immediately intrigued by the possibilities.
However, with every passing episode of Reign, I have become more and more confused with Bash’s role. It’s not that I dislike him. It’s that I don’t know how to feel about him, because I don’t know who he is. For the most part, Bash has remained a secondary character. We see him in every episode, but it’s rare that he’s central to a story (unless it involves Pagans). And that lack of interaction with him has made it hard for the show to fully develop his character. So far, I feel like Bash fills whatever role the writers need him to fill each week. That’s not to say that his character has been inconsistent. He’s just been consistently under-developed.
From what I know of him, he seems like a good brother and a good son. But what are his character traits? The one time he kissed Mary — which felt rushed to me — he seemed sarcastic and playful. When he’s with his mother, he seems very sensitive but also strong. He’s portrayed as a bit of a jokester, but not to an extreme. And I have no idea if he’s supposed to have kept up his “bad boy” image that I detected in the pilot. Other than him being hated by Catherine, I don’t see anything bad about him. And, so far, the only intriguing storyline for Bash was the idea that he might have a history with the Pagans, but that turned out to be a plot point for his mother more so than him.
I know we’re only halfway through the first season, but based on the way that the show is using Bash, I feel like I should know him better, or at least that the show thinks I know him in a way that I don’t. So here’s how I think the show could fix his character moving forward:
Give him more screen time, particularly on his own: Considering Bash and Mary ended the mid-season finale by riding away from the castle together, I would suspect that we will be getting more Bash time when the show returns. And that’s exciting for me, because I think the first step in developing Bash is showcasing him a bit more. That being said, I’d really love it if they allowed Bash some time on his own. Where does he go when he rides away from the castle? Does he have a bunch of local buddies he goes hunting with? I’d love to meet them and get to know Bash outside the castle walls. Inside the castle, he always seems to be playing a particular role and/or conforming to the opinions of those around him, and I want to see him in a completely carefree state. I want to see Bash just being Bash. Is he sarcastic? Does he like animals? Who are his ex-girlfriends? I sort of know Bash’s world within the royal family, but that tells me nothing of who he is within his own world, or even what he thinks of himself.
Give him a girlfriend who isn’t Mary: Alright ‘shippers, hear me out. I’m not saying that Bash and Mary can’t have a thing in the future, but in order for me to root for a couple, I first have to like both members on their own. And watching Bash interact with a girlfriend would tell me a lot about him. Plus, Bash having a girlfriend would make Mary incredibly jealous, and before we knew it, the love triangle would be more than just a drunk Mary stumbling into Bash’s lips every now and then.
Let him be the bad brother: Nothing on any television show should be black and white. Every character needs complexity, but on the surface, I’m not against letting Bash be the “bad” brother. Obviously, the bad brother can have a good side and a great heart — Hello, Damon Salvatore — but right now, Bash is too bland for me. They’ve shown snippets of him sneaking alcohol to royal events and making witty remarks about the world in which he lives, but that’s all we’ve gotten — snippets. I want Bash’s personality to shine. If he’s snarky, I want him to have at least one memorable one-liner every episode. And if he’s a drinker, then let him get drunk and say something he might later regret to Mary. Let this boy have a little adventure!
Stop having others speak for him: So far, Bash’s mother has told him how much he loves Mary, but we haven’t heard Bash speak for himself on the matter. If you combine two of my earlier suggestions, you could have him get a little drunk with his hunting buddies and end up spilling all his feelings sitting around a campfire. I don’t really care what the scenario is, as long as it comes from Bash. He needs to step out of the background and assert himself and his feelings. Does he even want to live in the castle? What does he want to do with his life? I have so many questions!
Let him enjoy his brother (especially in flashbacks): The biggest role that Bash has played thus far is the role of Francis’ brother, which makes me want to know more about their relationship. They seem close, but did they grow up that way? Give me some flashbacks of the two of them having fun as kids. Heck, let them go have some fun now! Get away from the women and the castle and go be boys for a bit. And no, I don’t count hunting Pagans in the woods as having fun. Let them play poker (or some time-appropriate game), and laugh. You really get to know someone when they let their guard down, and there’s no better way to get to know a big brother than to watch him hang out with his little brother.
Love triangles on television are equal parts frustrating and entertaining. Many times, they’re the reason we tune in and also the reason we spend the next hour screaming at the characters involved. But there’s one particular type of love triangle that’s a little more complicated than others. I like to call it the brotherly love triangle.
The brotherly love triangle — two brothers fighting over the same woman — is particularly popular among supernatural shows at the moment. The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, and Witches of East End all contain a little brotherly love at the center of their stories. By making two sides of a triangle related, you increase the stakes. The familial aspect aside, there are multiple relationships at risk, both between the woman and each brother, as well as between the brothers themselves. Plus, the competitiveness between siblings always ups the ante.
With Reign being the newest show to join the brotherly love trend, I think it has a little bit to learn from say, The Vampire Diaries, which has done it so well for five years. Only five episodes into Reign‘s debut season, the love triangle is starting to feel a bit rushed, which, if the show isn’t careful, could damage its shipper component.
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Sorry, Sleepy Hollow: Reign saw your headless horseman and raised you a French court complete with a supernatural spirit protecting a young! sexy! teenage! Mary, Queen of Scots as she works her way through the social and political minefield that was royalty at the time.
History buffs are sure to be disappointed by The CW getting into the politics of 16th century French court (Francis II of France was not so much a stud as he was sickly), but for those of us who are looking for an over-the-top costume drama by the people who brought you 90210, welcome to your new favorite show.
The premiere showcased Mary’s (Adelaide Kane) arrival at court, and — just like in high school — it’s hard to be the new girl. She meets up with her Anthropologie-dressed ladies in waiting, and awkwardly meets the Dauphin of France, Francis. (Toby Regbo)…and his hot half-brother Bash (Torrance Coombs), who looks like a Vampire Diaries castoff who already has an Oscar in smoldering.
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Don’t get your knickers in a twist, mate! I know that technically, there is no such thing as a “British” accent. But what else would you call the English-ish dialect that’s long been used as a catchall in American-made movies and TV shows set anywhere ancient, foreign, and/or magical?
The fantasy thing, at least, makes a certain amount of sense. That genre has its roots in stories like J. R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings saga and C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia; naturally, those authors’ homelands (and, therefore, their way of speaking) are associated with the stories their work has inspired.
Perhaps more importantly, made-up fantasy lands tend to have cultures and customs based at least partially on those of medieval Europe – and even if people in medieval Europe didn’t sound remotely like denizens of present-day London, using modern British inflections makes fantasy characters’ speech sound more authentic to most people’s untrained ears. Hearing knights and princesses speak like they were brought up in Cincinnati just seems wrong — possibly also because the United States has existed for only 237 years.