The mistake was mine for taking that we could have more than a political marriage.
- Mary Stuart
The English did this to me. To punish me for daring to love who I want
- Queen Elizabeth I
Even Mary and Elizabeth are the queen of two separate nations, but there are a lot of things they share in common. Neither of them could make the choices of their own. They were chain to bend and it won't stop until they are broken. As I said before, being king and queen doesn't means you can have the life like you want. Standing at the top of the mountain makes the queen easily target. If she wishes to be protected, it may cost all that she has. Struggling between for the greater good of the country or the pride to bow to no man. No one would care how sorrow she's been grieve, how bitter her tears tasted, how agony she's been screamed.
As a queen, vulnerable is forbidden. She can cry as loud as she wishes at night but when the sun rise, it's time to put on the armor. Show no mercy and execute one village to stop the rise against the throne from another ten.
Willingly or not, the subjects shall have what they want. Their ambitious to the power is limitless. And if the queen stands on their way, the queen will be remove. Even just for a scram of a bread, worthy. When I was young I always wanted to be a princess. To wear a crown, rule the country, marry the charming prince and having a happily ever after. No sooner had i realized - the life of a kitchen maid is thousand times greater than the chance of the hundred queens. After finishing all four seasons, I'm no longer wish to be anything more than an ordinary villagers. Let the queen fight the war with the enemy by her side. For that I can wed the man my heart desire.
Enlarge the moment, even just for one second. Ten life times, thousand life times, still too short for those who needed it. All the time Mary and Francis has was never be enough. The first wedding was for love. Let the young queen enjoy the sweetness under the stars. Before she has to wed another for the good of her throne. Marring Darnley only gives her the stability of Scottish throne for a briefly moment. Insofar as Darnley ambitious is unstoppable. In her life time, queen Mary may wed more then once, but the wed with love as all the wed should have been only happened one time. We all know which it was. As the show tells the different perfectly clear.
The reign is a series that will bring you back in the time, as the story happens century ago. But the very first feelings I have is quite the opposite. Everything seems to be modern, the decoration of the castle, the set, especially the costume. Their fashion is to die for. I would give whatever it takes to wear one of those fancy gown running around in french court pretending I'm queen Mary for ten minutes. Never once they use the same costume. Every dress every detail change in every episode. One thing I can assure is that their fashion will never ever let you down. If you would like to give it a try but you don't like political war that's okay. Watching all the ladies in the castle changing their clothes, worth your time already. Plus, the soundtrack is absolute delightful.
At some moment Mary might annoyed you. You are going to frustrate about why she did what she did. She annoyed me sometimes too. The only reason I continue watching is because it would be irritable to leave the reign hanging since I put a lot of my time for it. So why not stand until the end.
I've learnt so much from the reign. Vocabulary, law, politic, traditional, history, , popularity, etc. And there are a lot more to find out if I re-watch it again. (Which I will) Beforehand I was the last person on earth who would care about other nation history. I didn't care mine so why should I care for another. The honest answer of why I watched the reign since the first place is because I'm so into the war. The reign is a perfect answer. Both love and war at the same time. At the first couple episodes I haven't realized it was based on true history. Until episode 6-7 maybe, that's when I finally knew. I'm watching the history of three nations. From an ignorance step up to finishing all the episode of the reign within a few months and about to watch the tudors next, I would never imagine.
The reign wasn't just about Mary and Francis. It's also about the love of Mary's ladies. There are four of them. Their love story wasn't any less pain than hers. The competition to be the king consort. Marrying a suitor to help family from destitution. Secretly having a feeling for the court enemy. Force to wed a man who is old enough to be a father. Betray by the cousin for the jealously they have. Oh believe me, there are so much drama to find out. An endless stories at the age of king and queen.
When the last episode has come, I could not felt anything else but relieve. Suddenly the feeling of the mountain on my chest was gone. So tired of everything. I'm speaking in a behalf of queen Mary. Her whole life was all about fighting the war she could not defeated. If only she was born as a man, everything would have been easier. The punishment for born as a woman with a crown on her head is condemn to death. Mary has paid the price with her head. But it was quiet and peaceful. Furthermore - Mary is reunited with Francis in the end.