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Reign - S03E01

Sci-Fi & Fantasy . Drama . Fantasy

Mary faces struggles in Scotland as Elizabeth and Catherine unite against her. Meanwhile, Elizabeth loses focus because she grows tempted by her first love; and Francis' fate remains uncertain.

Episode Title: Three Queens, Two Tigers
Airs: 2015-10-09 at 20:00
  • Melissa Maerz

    It's Pretty Little Liars meets Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, and it's good, frothy fun. [18 Oct 2013, p.59]

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Laurel Brown

    This joyful look into the past makes the dullest of facts come alive.

    Zap2it (Inside the Box) Full Review
  • Vicki Hyman

    It is all very campy and salacious (the young ladies are quite overcome after witnessing a bedding, although the resulting masturbation scene was trimmed from the pilot shown to the press), and historical accuracy takes a backseat to hair product and a driving contemporary soundtrack. But the show seems to be a bit aware of its own absurdity, which is more than one can say for some of the dreck the networks have served up so far this season.

    Newark Star-Ledger Full Review
  • Todd VanDerWerff

    The script by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta never finds a wholly convincing Venn diagram intersection between period piece and teen soap, but it also doesn’t bother trying, hoping it can turn insane tonal shifts into a virtue by stepping on the gas. That this approach mostly works is thanks to their script being unafraid to unleash the crazy and the surprisingly beautiful direction from Brad Silberling, who makes the most of an Irish location shoot the rest of the series won’t have the advantage of.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    History aside, Reign, created by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta, is not only engaging but also pretty classy for a CW production.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Tom Gliatto

    This is all good, capering, costume-ball fun, even if Mary's life was dismal. My chief complaint is that pretty Adelaide Kane, as Mary, lacks any spirit or presence. [21 Oct 2013, p.50]

    People Weekly Full Review
  • Glenn Garvin

    Soapy and silly this all may be, but immersion in the intrigue of Reign has its pleasures, not all of them from laughing at its absurdities.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Rob Owen

    History purists who loathe artists taking creative license steer clear, but for viewers who enjoy a good soap, gorgeous costumes/locations and a winning soundtrack, The CW’s Reign delivers an entertaining romp in its premiere outing.

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
  • Lori Rackl

    It’s sexy, pretty and fun, but don’t use it to cram for that European history exam. The show plays fast and loose with the facts.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Matt Roush

    Even though many will find this brand of overripe melodrama as silly as the indelible "Death of Mary Queen of Scots" sketch from Monty Python's Flying Circus, I can't help but root a little for such a zany risk.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Mark A. Perigard

    Reign is a big stick of stupid wrapped in gauzy costumes and tramping around a sumptuous estate.

    Boston Herald Full Review
  • Hank Stuever

    Once you get past the utter silliness of the idea, Reign is kind of a kick.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Diane Werts

    Not that I think The CW has any grasp of the mental mojo that made its WB network predecessor such a pop-culture kick. Really? This twaddle? Every single week?

    Newsday Full Review
  • Mike Hale

    Reign looks good (the pilot was shot in Ireland), moves smoothly and features CW’s characteristic bland but competent performances.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Robert Rorke

    History fans will scoff at this rendition of a famous story and the target audience won’t give a royal tweet about it.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Curt Wagner

    Reign isn't half bad at times with its marvelous costumes, palace intrigues and Follows' delicious take on Catherine. But the minute you start getting into fantasy, you're yanked right out by the contemporary music and other oddities—like a montage of giggling gals putting on makeup.

    RedEye Full Review
  • Ed Bark

    This is a frothy, giggly, historically silly, pop tune-themed trifle, with mid-16th century France as its backdrop.

    Uncle Barky Full Review
  • Sarah Rodman

    With its grand castle backdrop and sumptuous costumes, Reign looks beautiful, as do all of the people in it. But there needs to be something a little more substantial--be it drama or kitsch--between those walls and seams to make Reign into a show worthy of ascending to the heights of guilty pleasure TV royalty.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    All told, the series--handsomely shot in Ireland--represents what amounts to a sleight-of-hand act--an attempt by CW to look like it’s trying something different while really just churning out more of the same, albeit with more splendid settings and ornate costumes.

    Variety Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Reign is a bit of forgettable froth that might amuse you for a few minutes.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mary McNamara

    With an attitude far more 16th century than anything in the actual show, the CW assumes its (mostly female) viewers are either too stupid or too narcissistic to appreciate the actual drama of a young queen in a foreign court. So instead Reign offers yet another sexed-up version of high school.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Robert Bianco

    This is a show, and a network, that doesn't just insult your intelligence; they assume you don't have any.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Hinckley

    Reign at several points is laugh-out-loud funny. Too bad it's not a comedy.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Tim Goodman

    What The CW is doing here (and Kane perpetuates with her take on teenage girls and their intelligence) is approaching television with the perspective that the target audience is profoundly idiotic.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
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