Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Best of 2015 Movies: "Far from the Maddening Crowd", "Water Diviner", "Southpaw" & more!

2015 was an interesting year for movies and when it came to selecting the best and brightest, most of the top choices made themselves known pretty early in the year. There are just over 25 titles mentioned below, each categorized to hone in on exactly what they succeeded at. So without further ado, these are Eclectic Pop's picks for the best movies of 2015. We begin with the #1 movie of the year...

Best Movie: Far from the Maddening Crowd
This sensational adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s novel of the same name is a sweeping example of phenomenal filmmaking at every level. Released in late April, “Far from the Maddening Crowd” fought off all of the year’s subsequent contenders to remain the perennial favorite. Director Thomas Vinterberg brings Victorian-era England into ravishing life with an eye to the exquisite beauty of rural living. Tapping into the rarely conjured majesty of farming, Vinterberg transforms a harsh occupation into the ultimate working locale for dreamy romance and in the process delivers the most romantic movie to hit the silver screen, since Ron Howard took viewers “Far and Away” in 1992.

Carey Mulligan stars as the headstrong Bathsheba Everdeen, a spirited lass who upon inheriting her uncle’s estate, finds herself at the center of a diverse quadrangle. Vying for her hand is steadfast sheep farmer Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), dashing Sergeant Frank Troy (Tom Sturridge) and forlorn farmer William Boldwood (Michael Sheen). The film’s strength rests in how it plays each suitor with uniformed viability, keeping the mystery surrounding who Bathsheba will ultimately choose in constant suspense.

Mulligan gives an impressive performance as the movie's flawed fem lead and forges believable chemistry with all of her co-stars; though it’s her spark with Matthias Schoenaerts that shines the brightest. In a cinematic climate where chemistry between leads is practically non-existent, theirs is staggeringly eventful: easy, natural and lively. While Mulligan is crucial as the movie's heroine, the film equally hinges on Schoenaerts’ top notch turn as the loyal Oak. It's been a long time since a romantic drama has cast an actor of Schoenaerts' skill in a lead role and the positive impact he makes is exponential.

David Nicholls’ screenplay condenses Hardy’s sprawling source material into a streamlined accounting of its vital components, whilst Craig Armstrong’s inspired original score rounds out the experience, tying the visuals together in gorgeous harmony. A stunner with no equal, “Far from the Maddening Crowd” was 2015’s absolute best - by far.

Best Action Adventure: The Water Diviner
Russell Crowe stars in and directs this poignant drama about an Australian father who travels to Turkey to find his three missing-in-action sons. There’s not a single genre that goes unrepresented in this divine blend of drama, comedy, romance, action and adventure. As a war film focused on the psychological carnage endured by soldiers' loved ones; “Water Diviner” digs into a deep well of emotion. Crowe’s astonishing first attempt at directing never hits a false note; enrapturing from its opening moments until its very last.

Best Foreign Film: Suburra
While this movie might sound foreign to you now, don’t expect that to remain the case by the time 2017 rolls around. Netflix has already greenlit a series based on this Italian crime thriller and after seeing this extraordinary film, there’s no question as to why. Provocatively arresting in a mesmeric fashion seldom found in the recent cache of gangster dramas, “Suburra” is a film for the ages.

Best Sci-Fi Flick: Ex Machina
If you strip away the sci-fi context of Alex Garland’s brilliant directorial debut, what you have is a story that explores the fascinatingly human, cerebral dance between men and women. An exhibition of the raw power female persuasion can possess, “Ex Machina” goes full throttle into the notion that even the smartest man can find himself succumbing to it; even as his mind calls for him to regain his intellectual composure. The defining splendor of "Ex Machina" comes in the vastness of its philosophical interpretations and the conversations it affords its audience, which are as organically probing as the ones shared by its lead characters.

Best Sports Drama: Southpaw
Jake Gyllenhaal gave one of the most criminally underrated performances of the year in this boxing drama. Magnificently directed by Antoine Farqua, thrillingly scripted by Kurt Sutter and featuring spectacular supporting turns by Forest Whitaker, Rachel McAdams and breakout youngster Oona Laurence; “Southpaw” packed a knockout punch. Centering on a high stakes game of redemption, Gyllenhaal’s broken down boxer Billy Hope is forced to rise from the ashes to reclaim his daughter, his career and his dignity. Gripping from beginning to end, “Southpaw” stands head and shoulders as one of the year’s best.

Best Feel Good Movie: Danny Collins
As the title of its commendation suggests, “Danny Collins” is an invigorating whirlwind of the feel good variety. While so many movies in 2015 provoked its audience to think, fewer can say they provoked them to feel and rarer yet, good. That’s where this Al Pacino starrer hits the mark; never missing a beat between comedy, drama and a strangely sublime combination of both.

Best Mystery: Strangerland
Kim Farrant’s directorial debut takes a sweltering glimpse into the private life of an Australian family, whose fraught dynamic is brought to its knees by a rebellious teenage daughter. Having disappeared into the ether alongside her younger brother; their parents (an excellent Nicole Kidman and Joseph Fiennes) are left to grapple with local gossip and the specter of an invasive police investigation. Powerfully illusive and enthralling; “Strangerland” leaves a lot of room for audience speculation and heated debate.

Best Guilty Pleasure: The Boy Next Door
Yes, this scenario has played out in countless Lifetime movies and that’s part of why this Jennifer Lopez starrer is so exciting. Steamy, adult-centric thrillers have become an endangered species as far as theatrical releases are concerned and “Boy Next Door” unabashedly endorses its predecessors by giving a tip of the hat to 90's maestros Adrian Lyne and Zalman King. This gender swapping take on the infamous “Fatal Attraction” storyline is a harmless way to be entertained for a breezy hour and a half. No harm, no foul.

Best Historical Costume Drama: A Little Chaos
Alan Rickman’s second directorial effort centered on the construction of the Gardens of Versailles, as commissioned by King Louis XIV of France (Rickman). To its major credit, the movie informs viewers from the outset that it is a fictionalized account of historical events; offering some breathing room to the halted breath usually caused by period pieces that blur the line between fact and fiction without giving its audience any proper heads up. Besides the depiction of a burgeoning garden, “A Little Chaos” also nurtures the themes of the time’s gender politics and the negative effect they had on both men and women, thanks to a neatly realized romance between the film's leads (Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts).

Best Romantic Comedy: Love, Rosie
Anchored by the beyond charming performance of Lily Collins; “Love, Rosie” is a beguiling tale that follows a young woman’s unexpected journey into single motherhood and her complicated relationship with her best friend (Sam Claflin). Collins is a revelation as the movie’s heroine, proving to be equally adept at both comedy and drama. Romantic comedies are another dwindling breed and if others can make an entry of this caliber, observers could see that tide turn.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TV Rundown: Week of Jan 17 | "Pretty Little Liars" Ramps Up, "War & Peace" Reaches Week 2

Pretty Little Liars cleared up some misconceptions from last week by revealing why Emily was seeing a doctor and Spencer was sharing flirtatiously darted looks at Caleb. It turns out Emily is donating her eggs and Spencer’s crush on Caleb isn’t unrequited. The monumental decision to donate DNA to create a child she may never meet was pretty much brushed over and while Emily sold the idea to Hanna without any hesitation, the fact she didn’t want to share it with her mom says she might be a little more conflicted. Hanna didn’t even ask if she’s done any legal legwork to assure she could to meet her children at some point in the future, in the event that’s something she comes to desire.

Now onto Spencer, who broke “girl code” by pursuing her best friend’s ex. To Spencer’s credit she did seek Hanna’s approval, which she was granted before making her play for Caleb. Hanna moved a little too quickly on giving her the green light, as the teaser for next week’s episode indicated. She was clearly motivated out of trying to convince everyone and herself she’s totally over Caleb. What in the heck broke them up in the first place, by the way? Did Caleb want to travel the world sharing political banter and Hanna didn’t share his vision? Whatever the reason, it’s going to have to be better than “growing apart”. They’ve always been two birds of a feather. 

As for Aria’s storyline, she began ghost writing Ezra’s book without his knowledge or permission. That’s going to backfire. Then again the show intimated that Ezra might not even notice since they’re so alike, he and Aria basically share the same stream of conscious when it comes to writing. Oh boy. Out of all of the Liars’ newfound love interests, it’s Aria’s new guy who’s been the most endearing. Sadly for him, he doesn’t know what the rest of viewers do, Aria never chooses anyone over Ezra. Sorry new guy!

War & Peace waged a siege of tranquility in its second outing. In comparison to the premiere, there wasn’t as much going on in this chapter. The cliffhanger concerning Pierre and his duel with Dolokhov were resolved in the show’s opening minutes and everything that followed was rather dull in contrast. The fallout from Pierre’s act of retribution, comprised most of his storyline as he struggled to come to grips with his rash behavior. He wound up finding a more mature version of himself along the way. Also finding his way towards manhood was Andrei, who returned home from soldiering to face the tragedy of his wife dying shortly after his return. Now a single father, Andrei sought out a more pastoral way of life for himself. It’s a lifestyle change of pace Pierre shared with his friend. The second part of the series contained its biggest difference between this adaptation and King Vidor’s. Andrei’s capacity for compassion and progressive role in his son’s parenting are completely absent in this retelling, an aspect that heavily enriched Vidor’s version.

Andrei’s love story with Natasha remained intact as the two finally set eyes on each other towards the latter half of the week’s installment. The ballroom sequence was beautifully done and the intertwining of various scenes depicting the development of their relationship was an effective effort to speed along their union. It was also a good use of the “falling in love” montage in general, a commonly utilized device by movies to leap over the issue of making audiences believe in a rapidly created relationship. With so much effort made to build the three main characters individually, it would’ve been nice to have spent a little more time seeing how the characters intermingled together. Scenes like the one with Natasha and her brother singing (awkward!) could’ve been readily dismissed to make room for a more realistic build up to her and Andrei. Just a thought…

Photo Credit: "Pretty Little Liars"/Official Twitter Page, "War & Peace"/Official Lifetime Twitter Page

Thursday, January 28, 2016

TV Rundown: Week of Jan 17 | "Pretty Little Liars" Reveals More, "Blacklist" Twists & "Reign" Bids a Winter Farewell

Pretty Little Liars continued to pull back the curtain on the current state of the girls’ lives post-5 year jump and for one Liar in particular, the answers continue to get worse and worse. That Liar is Emily, who added a possible cancer diagnosis to her growing list of heartbreaking misfortunes. Will she ever catch a break? Out of all the Liars, Emily has lived the most tortured existence and her happiness always tends to be a short-lived phenomenon. The best thing she can do for herself is avoid Ali, who tried to reel her back into their toxic dynamic.

The only Liar doing well is Hanna and “Charlotte’s Web” introduced viewers to the source of some of that wellness…her new fiancĂ©. First impressions were that while he’s a nice guy, their connection was far from explosive. Her chemistry with Caleb remains more impressive. As speculated on in the opener, Spencer is harboring a pretty big crush on Caleb. Whether he reciprocates her attraction at this point remains unknown and hard to decipher. Still, Spencer is definitely contemplating breaking the most sanctified of “girl rules” to make a move on him.

Aria’s drama with Fitz comprised their usual song and dance. He’s still depressed and apparently giving into the dark side. There to usher him over is Ali, who’s already turning on her friends in a quest to secure justice for her sister. Who could’ve seen that coming? Oh, everyone. All things considered, “Charlotte’s Web” was a decent episode. Among the top takeaways were that Emily deserves happiness, Hanna needs to reunite with Caleb, Aria’s new guy is a vast improvement over Fitz, Ali is a tyrant and the show desperately needs more Mona.

The Blacklist made fans wait for the entire episode before unveiling the much hyped #BlacklistTwist and if you’ve been keeping up with recent headlines concerning series lead Megan Boone, you might have seen it coming. The show has decided to write in the actress’ real-life pregnancy and the result on-screen is a Tom/Liz baby. Things are about to get very interesting. For those concerned this is going to turn into a “Mad About You” baby Mabel situation, let’s not panic. Jon Bokenkamp has proven he’s more than capable of weathering storylines other shows have capsized in the midst of; such as a shadow government/global conspiracy (see “Revenge”). 

For every baby Mabel, there’ve been baby storyline successes. Take “Bones” and “X-Files” for instance. Yes, it is a gamble for “The Blacklist” but it’s one worth waiting to see shake out before getting too shaken up by it. Given there have been countless anvils alluding to this plot twist since the season began; it’s clear this storyline was mulled over long before the public was ever made aware they were even having to weigh their options. For instance, Liz told Red her biggest dream was to have a family in the season's first batch of episodes, the Djinn predicted having a child was Liz's greatest desire and she looked longingly at a baby in a diner when she was on the run. Was all of that coincidental? I think not.

Reign said goodbye until spring with a winter finale that was every bit as eventful as last week’s episode. Directed with terrific finesse by actress Megan Fellows; “Bruises That Lie” had so many big moments it’s hard to know where to begin. First there was Claude’s short-lived marriage and her perfect reaction to being stricken by her temporary husband, she knocked him out with a succession of punches. Leith's training came in very handy! Then there was the reveal of Catherine’s deviously ruthless scheme to set Claude up in the untenable marriage to begin with so Claude would eventually be set free to marry whomever she wishes to, therefore keeping the promise Catherine had made to her a few episodes ago. Catherine’s scheme also benefited her by driving a wedge between Charles and Narcisse, ultimately leading to her unseating Narcisse as regent. The closing scene revealing Catherine’s deceit was downright unexpected. Every time you think she’s gone soft, she surprises by having another trick neatly tucked up her sleeve.

Elsewhere in the kingdom, Greer arranged for her sister to adopt her baby and the speculation as to her child’s paternity officially ended with the revelation that the pirate she’d had a fling with earlier in the season was the father. Over in England, Elizabeth met Lola and tried to deal with her own baby drama. Sadly the hour ended on a tragic note for the auburn queen, as she suffered a miscarriage brought on by an apparent assassination attempt. Topping the suspect list for that despicable deed is Dudley, who had the motive, means and opportunity to do so. After last week’s episode, this viewer’s favor really wasn’t with Elizabeth and “Bruises That Lie” wound up changing that, mainly due to actress Rachel Skarsten’s terrific performance. She portrayed Elizabeth’s turmoil at coming to terms with not being able to be with Dudley and the later heartache of her miscarriage with such gravitas, it was impossible not to empathize.

Other tidbits by episode’s end included: Mary’s awkward flirtation with Gideon, which is coming rather quickly on the heels of Francis’ death. This pairing just isn’t working. It’s not necessarily the timing, it’s the fact it feels inescapably ill fated and well…awkward. Narcisse’s downfall was to be expected, though one can only expect to see him rise from the ashes eventually. Who’d want it any other way? He’s been such a marvelous addition to the show as a villain/rogue. He’s truly Catherine’s male equal and that’s saying something. In this episode Elizabeth earned her spot as the series’ third queen, the final support leg of the royal trinity. Over the course of the third season’s first 10 episodes, she’s proven to be every bit as complex as her rivals. Now viewers must wait until spring to watch more of these fierce ladies ruling. It will definitely be worth the wait.

Friday, January 22, 2016

TV Rundown: Week of Jan 10 | "Reign" Holds Court & "The Blacklist" Amazes - Plus, Thoughts on "Teen Wolf" S6B

Reign kept the plates of intrigue spinning with another dazzling installment. English and French court shared the hour and each location was entertaining in its own right. First up: English court, where Queen Elizabeth ruthlessly schemed to finally unite herself and Robert Dudley in matrimony following a shocking discovery; only to be thwarted by Dudley’s crazed wife, Amy. Hopefully she delivered the death blow to this coupling. There is just nothing to root for where Elizabeth and Dudley are concerned. If they wanted to be together, he should’ve been patient and never married another. Elizabeth should be smart enough to see through the shallowness of his devotion. Both come off as terrible people, not tragically star-crossed lovers. Everything that’s foiled their union has been by the extension of their own hand and they really got what they deserved by the time this episode finished. 

Over in France, Mary was mulling over her decision to wed Don Carlos. Conflicted by the moral implications of her marriage and the fact she didn’t love him. Well Don Carlos ended up making her decision a lot easier when it was revealed he’d been faking the impact of his injuries. Turns out he was plotting to be named King of Scotland and remain so, even if Mary died without an heir. His ambitious grab for power was eventually upset by Gideon. The best moment of Don Carlos’ downfall came when Catherine banished him from court, in the deliciously dismissive manner only she can deliver. After last week’s episode found Narcisse’s plans completely derailed, one would’ve expected a similar action to be taken with him. However, he remained at his post as regent. One can most likely chalk this up to him not actually being the mastermind behind Catherine’s frame job. The investigation into who was actually behind the setup seemed to stall in “Wedlock”, which was a bit surprising.

Speaking of surprising, Claude and Leith’s blossoming relationship continues to be one of the most pleasant surprises of the season. Claude’s amusing spoiled princess routine was yet again stopped in its tracks by the dignified Leith, who made it clear he wasn’t going to take any belittling guff from the lady. The pair’s eventual reunion was positively splendid, as was the stunning gown Claude wore throughout the first half of the episode. The costume department at “Reign” never ceases to amaze! Claude’s character as a whole has been highly engaging since her introduction and that is thanks in large part to actress Rose Williams’ fantastically feisty performance as the uppity royal. She and Leith’s portrayer Jonathan Keltz have a natural chemistry that shines whenever they share a scene and that was no more evident than in “Wedlock”. Hopefully the next episode sees them end on a happy note.

That’s right folks; the time has already come to say goodbye to "Reign" again. The season's tenth episode, "Bruises That Lie" will serve as the series' winter finale and as it stands now, an indefinite one because the network has yet to announce a return date for the series. The show is in limbo, neither renewed nor cancelled so now is the time to act. If you want to see “Reign” continue ruling a slot on CW’s schedule, you can support the show by clicking here and signing the petition. Every signature matters! On a musical side note the song in the promo for 3x10 is "Black Sea" by Natasha Blume.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Winter 2016's Best New TV Bets: "War & Peace", "Legends of Tomorrow"

With 2016 in full swing, TV is back in action and Eclectic Pop has highlighted the two best new bets from the winter line-up.

War & Peace | The latest adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s much beloved novel is this BBC produced mini-series, which features an all-star ensemble of international talent. Led by “Cinderella” star Lily James, acclaimed “Love and Mercy” actor Paul Dano, cult favorite Gillian Anderson (“The X-Files”, “The Fall”), Oscar winner Jim Broadbent, Oscar nominee Stephen Rae, revered thespian Brian Cox, rising British talent James Norton and fan fave “White Queen” actor Aneurin Barnard, among others, “War & Peace” features just about every actor who’s already made a mark or is primed to make one. 

For those unfamiliar with the plotline, Tolstoy’s epic tome follows the tangled lives of 5 aristocratic Russian families as they face the life altering tides of war and home front conflict. The series will be broken up into 4 parts (2 hours each) and simulcast on 3 networks: A&E, History Channel and Lifetime. The premiere installment debuted this week and it was a compelling watch. The digital cinematography and ambitious camera work takes some getting used to. While the blinding lighting is much more difficult to get past, as it constantly overpowers the color palette of every scene with a snowy wash that drains every ounce of warmth that tries to emerge. The lack of authentic Russian accents being utilized is another distraction one must overlook.

The opening hour mainly focused on Dano’s Pierre and James Norton’s Andrei. Dano’s casting is pitch perfect, as he captures the newly appointed Count’s bustling intellect, awkward social graces and tender heart, to magnificent effect. An impressive early breakout among the high-profile cast is Tuppence Middleton, whose flashy role as the scandalous Helene oozes all of the requisite dark charm and vixen-y cunning, one would hope to see exuded in such a portrayal. Hers is a scene stealing role and she plays it for all its worth. After showing great promise with her roles in the movies: “Tormented”, “Chatroom” and “Trap for Cinderella”; it’s nice to see her getting the chance to command such a character.

For anyone wondering how the mini-series compares to King Vidor’s sweeping 1956 adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn as the vivacious Natasha and Henry Fonda and Mel Ferrer as Pierre and Andrei, respectively; the answer is it’s too soon to tell. Vidor’s had all of the hallmarks of a grandiose classic, though the miscasting of Fonda is too glaring to ignore, as it cut into the film’s quality exponentially. Viewers have yet to see much of Lily James’ Natasha so there’s much more in store to see before making a firm comparison. So far 2016’s “War & Peace” can be credited for imbuing a modern stylistic edge to its classical foundation. That said, the long shadow cast by 2015’s banner showcase of costume dramas has given it a strong comparative context to overcome. When to Watch: Mondays at 9 pm EST

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Let's Talk About..."Pretty Little Liars" & the 5 Year Time Jump

Pretty Little Liars took its much anticipated 5 year leap forward, during the premiere of season 6B. Just as “One Tree Hill” did before, “Pretty Little Liars” decided to skip over those awkwardly redundant college years and the strange year of “self searching” that follows by cushioning an extra year into the timeline. If you missed the “5 Years Forward” special, it was easy to get a little lost in some of the off-screen happenings that occurred post-leap. Thank goodness for online recaps. So where are the Liars now? Well, most of them are exactly where you’d expect them to be professionally and exactly where you wouldn’t anticipate on a personal level. Aria remains haunted by A's reign of terror, whilst pursuing a career in publishing and she's still estranged from Fitz. Fitz has become a best-selling author (yep) and is as emotionally despondent as ever. After he embarked on that Greenpeace-style mission to South America with Emily’s BFF at the end of last season, things didn’t turn out well. His girlfriend was killed in a revolt and he returned broken and traumatized by the experience. Rivaling Fitz’s melancholia was Emily. The last 5 years haven’t been kind to her either. Her father died, she's struggled to make it through college and she hasn’t found her career calling yet.

Not too far off from Emily’s depression was Spencer, who following graduation from Georgetown is working on Capitol Hill and as the episode develops, starts helping her mother with the elder Hastings’ campaign for Mayor. Spencer and Toby have broken up (RIP Spoby). Thanks to a major cash infusion from his inheritance, Toby has gone full blown Noah Calhoun (minus the intense beard); feverishly building his dream home. No, you’re not alone if you heard the loud echoes of “The Notebook” stirring in this storyline. Wonder if Spoby will also share a passionate moment in the rain? Hmmm

Now to the Liars who are thriving. Hanna is by far the happiest when the season begins. Her career in fashion is going swimmingly. No “Devil Wears Prada” here. It seems she skipped over the whole intern thing. Or has she? Unfortunately this brings us to the saddest breakup news: Haleb is no more. Apparently the two went in different directions (how is this possible given their united devotion to each other?) and Hanna is now engaged to a guy who is not Caleb. Stranger yet is that it appears Spencer and Caleb might have a secret thing going on, on the side. There were strange more-than-friends vibes jumping off the twosome at Radley 2.0. Here’s to hoping Caleb and Hanna can find their way back to each other like OTH’s Lucas and Peyton did. Remember after that series’ time jump, those star-crossed lovers were also broken up and one party engaged to another and they still managed to overcome it all for a happily ever after. So keep the faith, Haleb fans!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

TV Rundown: Week of Jan 3 | "Reign" & "The Blacklist" Make their Winter Returns

Reign returned from its plot packed fall finale with even more twists and turns. Catherine and Mary banded together to prove the former’s innocence after last year’s cliffhanger found the Queen Mother falsely accused of poisoning the fallen Francis. Narcisse arose as the hour’s major power player, conniving his way to a personal pinnacle before falling to his greatest low. By the end of the episode, his carefully crafted manipulations were catching up with him and by the time “Our Undoing” came to a close; Narcisse had lost his wife, (presumably) his position, killed an innocent man to futile ends and earned the eternal wrath of Catherine. The way fates swings on “Reign”, one shouldn’t be surprised to find him dusting himself off and regaining his handle on things rather quickly. How quickly he can find redemption (if ever) is another story.

With Lola set to transition from French court into English, Mary has lost her last lady. While it’s true Greer is still in the vicinity, she isn’t a part of court anymore. Speaking of the blonde madam, what exactly is going on with her baby drama? Who is the father and why is she keeping everything a secret? Yes, she’s in a precarious position given the time period. However, she’s also away from the watchful eyes of court and that independence should allow her more personal freedom than the average woman of her day. It’s a tad confusing. Unless, you consider that Leith may be the father of her baby, which would mean she is keeping it a secret to either keep the baby to herself so she can maintain her autonomy and prevent Leith from proposing marriage. Or she could be taking Leith’s blossoming relationship with Claude into consideration, not wanting to rock their boat. Only time will tell on this front.

The show continues to grow, branching out into unexpected directions, the court exit of Lola being the most surprising. We know Mary’s days at French court are also numbered and that means the end of her incredible relationship with Catherine on a direct level. Yet again, their magical bond impressed as the hour showcased their canny partnership via Adelaide Kane and Megan Fellows’ impeccable chemistry. “Reign” has had many line in the sand moments over the course of its three seasons but the saddest of all, will be when these two amazing women have to part ways. It will be a tough transition, that’s for sure.