TV Club: “Playing With Fire” proves Reign is its own high-speed chase

Because The A.V. Club knows that TV shows keep going even if we’re not writing at length about them, we’re experimenting with discussion posts. For certain shows, one of our TV writers will publish some brief thoughts about the latest episode, and open the comments for readers to share theirs.

  • Reign’s always going at a fairly fast clip, but with three countries to cover the relative velocity’s increasing; Claude barely avoids a nunnery, meets and marries Narcisse’s secret son Luke (who? Don’t worry about it, there’s no time), and unknowingly faces the return of Leith in the course of a single episode, and that was just the B-plot. On some level, this devalues the idea of guest stars and new characters to a degree that has harmed the show in the long run; on some level, this is a show that dares …

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