Reign leaves gaps

The Reign series finale started with Mary’s baby still missing after Lord Darnley kidnapped him. James came back and found the baby.

Meanwhile, Catherine made a deal with a witch to have Nicole killed. Nicole apparently was allergic to nuts. She ate soup that was thickened with nuts and Nicole died in Henry’s arms. He brought her back to the castle and he and Henry almost came to blows. Catherine was able to twist everything around so that the brothers realized Spain was to blame and they bonded over Nicole’s death.

In England, Elizabeth was facing war with Spain and discovered that the war would be costly and could make her more susceptible to an invasion from Scotland. She also killed Jane, her servant, who she discovered killed Lord Blackburn at Lord Narcisse’s bidding.

Later, Mary and Lord Bothwell decided that the best way to protect her son from Lord Darnley was to kill Darnley. Bothwell and a couple of guys, who later turned against him, blew up the house Darnley was hiding out in, but Darnley survived. Bothwell and Darnley fought and Bothwell strangled Darnley.

Catherine and Narcisse went to see the witch about payment and she drugged them. The witch told Catherine that her sons’ plan to attack Spain would fail and Catherine would be the scapegoat unless she had her daughter Margot at her side. Catherine went to Margot and told her it was time for Margot to come home.

Elizabeth received the letter from Mary in which Mary renounced her claim to Elizabeth’s throne. She then called off her engagement and prepared to go to war with Spain.

Bothwell then explained to Mary that their scheme to get rid of Darnley didn’t go as planned. Knox showed up with the two guys who were with Bothwell and had Mary and Bothwell arrested for Darnley’s murder.

We then jumped to 21 years later and Mary’s execution. The writers gave Mary a happy ending by reuniting her with Francis in death.

What the show skipped was that Mary had been on the run for a long time. She and Bothwell married after he had kidnapped her (not exactly the romance shown in Reign). Her marriage to Bothwell only fed the charges that she was involved in Darnley’s murder. He was eventually exiled and imprisoned until his death.

Mary escaped from Lochleven Castle and raised an army, but she was defeated and fled to England to seek help from her cousin Elizabeth. Instead of helping her, Elizabeth imprisoned Mary for 18 years. Mary wrote many letters to her son, James, asking for his help, but her letters were ignored. Elizabeth found out about letters Mary had been writing to Anthony Babington who had been plotting to kill Elizabeth and put Mary on the English throne. Elizabeth used those letters to justify Mary’s execution.

After all of the years spent fighting over each other’s thrones, Mary’s son became king of both countries because Elizabeth died without an heir. Also, they are buried near each other at Westminster Abbey.

What aggravated me the most about the series finale was that the writers didn’t say what happened to Catherine, Charles, and Henry. In case you are wondering, Charles was already dead from tuberculosis by the time Mary was executed. Henry, who had become king of Poland, abandoned the Polish throne to ascend to the throne in France. Catherine still served as regent until she died in January 1589. Henry was murdered eight months later by a friar.

What did you think of the series finale?

 

 

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CW Network renews all of its shows

In a surprising move, the CW Network renewed all of the shows that have aired this season, including Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, its lowest rated show.

I watch a lot of the CW shows, which means I’m happy. I love Arrow (my favorite show), The Flash, and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow is growing on me.

I still watch The Vampire Diaries and, although this season has been one of the better ones, I can’t help but wonder when this show is finally going to end. Every year, I think this show can’t possibly survive for another season and then it’s renewed. Next season will be the eighth for The Vampire Diaries. What more can the writers do?

This season, the writers seem to be wrapping up storylines. We’ve jumped three years in time and it appears couples who should be together finally are. If the hunter is killed at the end of this season, I don’t know where the writers go next.

I’m glad Reign was renewed for a fourth season. I realize it’s not historically accurate, but the writing is excellent and this show has a lot of life left in it. I just wish others would see what a gem Reign is.

Did the CW’s renewal of all of its shows surprise you?

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My TV shows are back

I enjoyed sharing some of my vacation photos over the last few weeks. But fall is here and that means my TV shows are returning. Gotham, Once Upon a Time, The Goldbergs, and Fresh Off the Boat already premiered.Remotes

This week, my favorite CW shows are back. I’m looking forward to:

  • Arrow – How long will Oliver Queen lead a normal life with Felicity?
  • The Vampire Diaries – What will Damon do without Elena?
  • Reign – Will Francis tell Mary he’s dying?
  • The Flash – How will the writers explain Barry being The Flash when Dr. Wells disappeared from existence in the season finale?

As is the case every TV season, there are a lot of new shows premiering. I’ve started watching The Muppets and so far it’s been worth catching every Tuesday night.

What shows are you looking forward to? What shows are you currently watching?

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My TV Shows Are Coming Back

Fall

I love the fall. The weather gets cooler,the leaves change color, and best of all, my shows return.  If you follow my blog, you know I watch a lot of TV. Here are some of the returning shows I’m looking forward to:

 

  • Once Upon a Time – Will Storybrooke be completely frozen?
  • Arrow – Will Olicity finally happen?
  • The Vampire Diaries – What happened to Bonnie and Damon after the bright light?
  • Reign – What will happen between Mary and Francis now that he knows that Lola is having his baby?
  • Hart of Dixie – Will we see a Zoey and Wade reunion?
  • The 100 – Will Finn and Bellamy miraculously survive and return for Season 2?
  • The Goldbergs – What great 1980s’ moments will we get to relive?

As is the case every TV season, there are a lot of new shows premiering. Of all the new shows, I’m most looking forward to The Flash and Gotham. I have high hopes for both shows and hope I’m not let down.

What shows are you looking forward to?

Why Reign Deserved Early Renewal

I love period shows. I didn’t miss one episode of The Tudors during the four years it was on. When I heard about Reign, I was beyond excited. A show about Mary, Queen of Scots, what could be better than that?

After watching the premiere, I admit I was disappointed by the lack of historical accuracy, not even the costumes were right. If that’s important to you, then this show isn’t for you. However, if you’re like me and can get past the historical accuracy issue by getting sucked into the drama of which there is plenty, then it’s worth your time to tune in.

Megan Follows, who I remember from Anne of Green Gables, does a fantastic job as the Queen of France. Much like an evil queen in a fairy tale, she is able to create different poisons to kill people who get in her way. The addition of Nostradamus and his visions makes the show all that more intriguing.

But of course, the love triangle between Sebastian, Mary, and Francis is what draws me in every week. In reality, Mary married Francis and I doubt there was that much drama around it. Chances are Mary and Francis did their duty and that was the end of it.

Reign takes this part of Mary’s history and makes it exciting. Up until the last couple of episodes, I thought Mary was certain to end up with Francis and Sebastian didn’t stand a chance, despite the many meaningful moments they had shared. However, Sebastian and Mary seem to have a real connection. As a romance hero, Sebastian is perfect. Unlike Francis, he has no loyalty to the crown. His loyalty is solely to Mary, which he has made clear several times. He will fight for, and protect, Mary.

Francis hasn’t always been there for Mary. He struggles with doing what’s right for the crown and doing what he should for Mary. For this reason, I can see why Mary would find Sebastian attractive.

I’m sure the writers will have Mary and Francis get back together at some point because that’s historically accurate, but I’m going to enjoy the ride along the way.

Are you watching Reign? What do you think about the show?

Are Midseason Finales Effective?

Back in the day, television shows ran from September through May. Occasionally, there were reruns, but we watched until the season finale. Now, over the last couple of years, network executives have come up with the idea of the midseason finale, which is meant to keep you hooked until your show returns.

Is this effective? It depends on the show. Here’s my look at some of the midseason finales for shows that I watch.

First up is The Vampire Diaries. In the midseason finale, Stefan saved Elena from Wes’s clutches. However, they didn’t kill him, which makes absolutely no sense to me. Wes was torturing vampires and almost turned Elena into a crazed vampire who would have thirsted for vampire blood. The only plausible reason for keeping Wes alive is so the writers can continue to torture us with the Augustine storyline during the second half of the season.

Damon also went down the self-destructive road again and broke up with Elena because, of course, no one could possibly love Damon. Maybe I would have cared if I could see Damon and Elena together. But it’s obvious Elena belongs with Stefan.

It also appears that we will say goodbye to Katherine in the 100th episode. I don’t believe it. There’s still the traveler’s spell so I believe Katherine will live on in someone else.

Was this midseason finale enough to bring me back in January? If I were a new fan of the show, probably not. I’ll be watching in January simply because I’ve watched the last four seasons.

Reign left us with many questions. At the end, Mary rode off with Sebastian because of Nostradamus’s vision. Was Nostradamus right or did he incorrectly interpret his vision? After all, while he saw that one of Mary’s friends would die, he didn’t see that it was Clarissa who would kill Aylee. Even though he said that Mary would be the death of Francis, could his vision have meant Francis would die if Mary left?

Now that Mary took off with Sebastian, will they end up together? They did kiss and Mary didn’t seem completely opposed to the idea of Sebastian, even though she claims she loves Francis.

The Queen successfully got Mary out of the picture for now. The Queen will definitely be up to no good during the second half of the season as she sets her sights on getting rid of Kenna. She failed at poisoning Kenna during the midseason finale. What will the Queen do next?

Was this enough to bring me back in January? Yes. I’ve been hooked on Mary and Francis’s love story from the beginning. They keep me coming back week after week. I can’t wait to see if they get back together during the second half of the season.

Now we get to my favorite midseason finales.

Arrow ended with Barry Allen being turned into The Flash. We also saw that Oliver’s friend from the island, Slade, is still alive and is Season 2’s villain. As if that wasn’t exciting enough for one episode, Roy Harper was injected with the serum that either kills its subjects or makes them super strong. It appears Roy will be super strong, setting him up as Oliver’s sidekick. Additionally, Oliver got his mask.

What does this mean for the second half of the season? I think it’s a great set up. Oliver will face his friend in what I’m sure will be an epic fight. Barry Allen’s role is left open. Will The Flash have a role in Arrow or have we seen the last of him?

Of course, we can’t forget that Malcolm Merlyn is alive. Oliver believes he’s dead. Will Oliver find out the truth or will that be the showdown for Season 3?

Was this enough to make me eager for Arrow’s return in January? Most definitely. This is how midseason finales should be done. I’m excited for Arrow’s return.

Once Upon a Time had me hooked from the beginning with Pan’s evil plan to unleash the curse over Storybrooke again. How could they stop the curse? Well, in the first five minutes of this show, Pan’s shadow was destroyed, Tinkerbell’s wings were restored, and the Blue Fairy came back from the dead. Then they had to return Henry to his body, which Rumpelstiltskin took care of in hopes of killing his father, Peter Pan. Only, Rumpelstiltskin discovered that to kill Peter Pan, he would have to sacrifice his own life, which he did in the most shocking moment of the show. I was glad to see Pan go because I was over Pan a few episodes ago, but I was sad to see Rumpelstiltskin go.

Finally, to save everyone from the curse, Regina had to say goodbye to Henry. That was Regina’s price to pay. The curse required everyone to go back to where they came from, except Emma who had to stay behind to take care of Henry because he was born in the real world and couldn’t go back with everyone else. Because of the curse, Storybrooke was destroyed and Emma’s memories were wiped clean. Regina gave Emma fake memories so that Emma and Henry would believe that they had always been together.

In one last surprise, the show jumped ahead one year with Emma and Henry living in New York. Hook showed up at their door and told Emma that her family was in danger. Emma didn’t remember him and thought he was just some crazy guy. How did Hook get back to the real world? I hope that’s answered when the show returns because, according to Regina, no one would be able to return.

Will I be watching when Once Upon a Time returns in March? Yes. Again, this is a great example of how a midseason finale should be done. There were surprises along the way and a great set up for the second half of the season.

So do I like midseason finales? Yes. I think they can be exciting if done well. It beats going through the entire season with intermittent reruns until you get to the exciting episodes in May.

What was your favorite midseason final?