We Bid a Fond Farewell to Reign (2013-2017)

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Alas, our favorite historically inaccurate punching bag has left the building. That’s right, Reign‘s reign on The CW is over. Four seasons of Barbie Mary Queen of Scots running around in modern haute couture gowns while her ladies-in-waiting swap beds and head necklaces — it is no more! This show was beloved by tween girls for the fantasy of castles, romance, and pretty dresses with only the tiniest touch of history, and the series gave us so much Snark Week fodder. What shall we do now that the show is off the air?

Let’s take a trip down memory lane with the best of the worst of four years of Alexander McQueen dresses, free-flowing hair, pirate coats, and soap-opera hijinks in Reign circa 2013-2017.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Centuries are so confusing!

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Shyeah! WhatEVER, Mary!

 

Reign (2013-2017)

You can’t stop the poly!

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Queen Catherine de Medici just Can’t Even, even for Project Runway.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Shake, shake, shake, senora.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Yes I kno-ow, I can’t help it!

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Reign historical accuracy lineup.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Francis is ready for Career Week on Reign.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Dear god.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

The ladies of Reign just want to see a hipster band!

 

Reign (2013-2017)

At least it’s not Under the Sea — points for originality?

 

Reign (2013-2017)

I know! What are ruffs?

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Whatever, Reign.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

If Queen Elizabeth is working a bump-it, it must be period, right?

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Reign‘s later seasons became very committed to a 16th-century aesthetic, mid-18th-century robes à la française notwithstanding.

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Because who needs a historically accurate Queen Elizabeth I like Glenda Jackson or Helen Mirren?

 

Reign (2013-2017)

Aww, yes, we will miss you — snarking you, that is!

 

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Trystan L. Bass

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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. When she’s not dressing up in costumes, she can be found traveling the world with her sweetie and, occasionally, Kendra and Sarah. Her costuming and travel adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also maintains a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

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    • PandaGrrl

      THE PINK BARBIE THING. I did not get that far into the series (I noped out when Prince Dude had a blacksmith hobby set up in his room. Maybe ep 3?) and even knowing that the costumes were BAD, I still went “What? Is this the right screencap? They didn’t!!” (oh but I bet they did)

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  1. Susan Pola Staples

    It was addicting, but still need to see final season. The costumes were so NOT period to be snorts kinda fun. But it was totally NOT (BAD WRITER/DIRECTOR said with a paper like you’re potty training a puppy) historically accurate.
    Still waiting on a MOS series that is. Is Samantha Morton available?

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  2. Theta

    The truly awful part of this is…these clothes still exist in some dusty Hollywood storage facility, awaiting future opportunities to horrify all over again. Like the Undead, fire is the best remedy.

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  3. Charity

    I have to stream everything, so I got behind in my snark-hate-watching of this show.

    Erm. I’ll wait for it to hit Netflix… whenever.

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  4. ladyaquanine73551

    Good riddance, Reign. You did nothing to add to tv, and nobody will miss you as you disappear into the sewers of tv history. Nobody will even remember you a year from now, you were so forgettable and lame, and those of us who DID know you will use as much brain bleach as possible to deliberately forget.

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  5. Peacoclaur

    I watched five minutes of the first episode of “Reign”. But after the assassins tried to kill our heroine at the start, I just couldn’t continue, it was that bad. And I watched the first season of “The Tudors” and as much as I’m embarrassed to admit it, I enjoyed that gilded turkey; but “Reign” just always seemed very “meh”.

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  6. Patricia Sanderson Gill

    Meh. I tried watching this show once, and only managed a few minutes before turning the channel. I couldn’t find any appreciation for what felt like 90120 set in the Sixteenth.

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  7. Nonnymus

    I think I was irritated the most by the long, messy earrings on Mary (besides the numerous dresses of course). I only watched the last episode (I was curious as to how the mess ended), so I really only snarked on the pictures/promo clips. I first discovered the show late into the game, and when I read the historically-messed up synopsis I went “Nope!”

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