Archives for October 2013
A Handful of Newsblips
I’m headed to England this week! I hope to be able to keep up with some of my shows while I’m gone (two weeks without Reign? Say it isn’t so!), but in preparation for my departure, because I will have forgotten all of this by the time I come back, have a little news! I will be heading to Brighton for World Fantasy this weekend. (Brighton will look different than illustrated.) At this point, I’m not sure it’s possible to be more wary of the con itself, which has done… Read more »
Reign Report: Snakes in the Garden
In an episode in which that title somehow isn’t once mentioned as a sex reference, Reign proved that it’s committed to its premise of not caring, ever, only this week it didn’t care even faster than it didn’t care last week! It also has a sense of humor, because it put this in the opening credits: Oh, SHOW. Pretending there are shifts and stays in this universe? You’re hilarious!… Read more »
Ten Things You Should Know About REIGN
Last night, REIGN (I don’t know why I keep typing it in all caps, it’s just one of those shows) premiered on the CW. I looked at the costumes and wondered if it could really be as shamelessly, deliciously bad as it looked. And oh, the show delivered. Here are ten things you should know. 1. The French court of this world mandated that young women walk in circles waving flags, as punishment for grave sins. 2. I say “this world” because this show is essentially an AU that begins… Read more »
Fall TV Costume Hilarity: Reign
There are period pieces on network TV now! Gone are the Downtons of yore, where Angels costume warehouse was only a delivery range away. In Vancouver, anything goes. (I’m assuming they’re both shot in Vancouver, as with every single other TV show ever.) And we get to enjoy them all, together. Yesterday, we talked about Dracula, a late-Victorian TV show that was trying and failing. Today, we talk about REIGN, which has decided not to even try! When you’re done laughing, let’s get started.… Read more »
Fall TV Costume Hilarity: Dracula
Two TV period pieces have emerged this fall, determined to do whatever they want to with historical record to the point that even the Sleepy Hollow people are tugging on their sleeves and whispering, “Uh, are you sure?” One is DRACULA, a “late Victorian” steampunk show about Dracula trying to make electricity happen, literally. The other is REIGN, a show that is nominally about Mary, Queen of Scots, though we can determine this only because people keep assuring us it is. And since we don’t know yet what exactly these… Read more »
Dracula, Sleepy Hollow, Short Sleeves, and Pestilence
(They’re related. Sort of.) Last week was so wild I don’t really have a circadian rhythm left, thanks to some overnight shifts at an outside gig and a handful of state lines back and forth in under 48 hours for a wedding. I also managed to get to ComicCon for the Steam It Up! panel on Friday. It was a great turnout – thanks so much to everyone who came! – and though I Had Opinions About Steampunk as per usual, things seemed to go well, particularly when someone asked… Read more »

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