Thursday, July 2, 2020

What I’m Watching: The Great

The Great: Season 1, Episode 6 “Parachute” (B+)

This episode didn’t turn out as I had expected to, navigating what people are capable of and how they’re only ever able to achieve modest victories. Peter did seem different, though he’s still clueless about the way that him asking his subjects for honest feedback while standing in front of a group of hanging corpses who didn’t even necessarily do anything wrong appears. His huzzahs don’t even sound the same anymore, and rejecting Georgina to take a bath with his wife showed that he’s trying, in whatever minimal way, to be a better person. His eagerness to get Catherine pregnant didn’t seem overly aggressive, and he and Catherine almost seemed like they were on the same page when they were being watched during their endless hundred thrusts. Catherine may just be playing a game to get Peter where she wants her, but it was thoughtful to suggest eating eggs so that he didn’t have to wait an hour for his food taster to confirm that the food hadn’t been poisoned. Marial was extremely upset, and Catherine took compassion on her to talk to Peter on her behalf, but what her father did was pretty unforgivable, even for a normal person unlike the impulsive emperor. I’m not a dog person, but I got worried when Peter saw the dog Catherine got back for her and promptly went to go throw it off the roof. Fortunately, things were actually looking up and science may indeed make its way into this backwards society. Orlov’s murderous act was intense, and I like that he’s still keeping an eye on his moral compass, even when he knows it’s necessary to survive. The most memorable moment of this episode was surely Catherine biting down on Archie’s fingers after he made very clear he wasn’t going to stand for any of her attempts to wage war on religion. She, of course, responded just as resolutely and viciously.

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