Reign "Our Undoing" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Reign is always trying to dance on lightbulbs. Secret history, actual history, romance, fantasy, court intrigue; it’s a lot to balance, and any element has the potential to trip any of the others. When it falters, Reign‘s short memory and the pick-and-choose elements work against it: promising things get set up and never pan out, entire subplots are devoured by a single episode only to recur half a season later, the tone swings from maudlin romance to high-camp nonsense minute by minute, and characterizations fall prey to plot expedience. When it works, though – solid character beats, wild energy that maintains enough focus to push the narrative forward, and a glorious self-awareness of its own ridiculousness—Reign works like magic.

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