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First Look Images From the CW’s Reign Pilot Episode

By on September 23, 2013
Pouty ladies in waiting? Anna Popplewell as Lola, and Celina Sinden as Greer -- Photo: Joss Barratt/The CW

Pouty ladies in waiting? Anna Popplewell as Lola, and Celina Sinden as Greer -- Photo: Joss Barratt/The CW

We’ve got some first look images from the CW’s new period drama Reign to share with you. The new series premieres Thursday October 17th following The Vampire Diaries.

From our Fall First Impression article earlier this summer:

We wanted to like Reign if only because it represents something very new from the CW – and largely it did not disappoint. If you’ve been following our coverage of the show to date then you’ll know it centers on the young Mary Stuart, who we are informed, has been Queen of Scotland since she was six years old. The pilot episode sees a forlorn Mary being shipped (literally) off to France where an engagement to Prince Phillip awaits. But just about everyone in the French court sees Mary as an asset to be leveraged or an obstacle to be overcome, including the scheming Queen Catherine, who consults Nostradamus (yes, that Nostradamus) for inklings about the future of France if Mary should one day ascend the throne.

While the show is being touted by some as the next Tudors, we’re going to go out on a limb and call it Tudors-Lite. There isn’t nearly as much political wrangling as there ought to be, with the show strongly leaning towards romance and mystery angle over historical accuracy. Nostradamus’ predictions, visions and prophesies also lend a vaguely supernatural vibe. However this in no way works against Reign. The sets are magnificent, the young cast, and in particular Adelaide Kaneas, is capable and there’s enough Tudors-lite intrigue and romance to keep the show on air for years to come, provided it finds its audience on Thursday night followingThe Vampire Diaries.

The series stars Teen Wolf’s Adelaide Kaneas Mary, Toby Regbo as Prince Francis, Torrance Coombs ( who was incidentally in The Tudors) as Bash, Megan Follows as Queen Catherine, Alan Van Sprang ( another Tudors alum) as King Henry.

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Edit: Official Pilot Episode Synopsis from the CW now added:

DANGER AND INTRIGUE LURK AROUND EVERY DARK CASTLE CORNER IN THIS STORY OF A YOUNG, MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS

After spending a childhood safely hidden away in a monastery, a teenage Mary Stuart (Adelaide Kane) arrives in France where she has been sent to secure Scotland’s strategic alliance by formalizing her arranged engagement to the French King’s dashing son, Prince Francis (Toby Regbo). Further complicating things is Bash (Torrance Coombs), Francis’ handsome, roguish half-brother and Francis’ mother, Queen Catherine (Megan Follows). When the strong-willed Queen learns of a prophecy that marriage to Mary will cost Francis his life, she is determined to save her son, no matter how many others have to pay with their lives. Brad Silberling directed the episode written by Laurie McCarthy and Stephanie SenGupta (#101).