Reign "Bruises That Lie" Review - AVClub

AVClub: Of all the unconquerable odds Reign goes up against every week in terms of balancing its disparate elements, this week reminded me of another: the tension between “historical accuracy” (usually through a lens of suitably dramatic unhappiness rather than any actual historical accuracy), and wish fulfillment. For events to matter, our characters must suffer; for us to enjoy the show, they must triumph. Given how things historically turn out for nearly everyone except Elizabeth, there’s a certain amount of wish fulfillment involved nearly any time anything goes well.

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