Wednesday, December 15, 2021

What I’m Watching: The Great

The Great: Season 2, Episode 3 “Alone At Last” (B+)

I’m not sure I’ve fully conveyed how much I love Velementov and Douglas Hodge’s portrayal of him. My favorite moment of this episode was when he opted not to kill Peter but instead to bond with him and remember the good times they had when he was growing up. I like that there’s this fluidity to power and how mobile Peter can be, and this was also a good development for him following Catherine’s attempts to torture him by keeping him locked up with his dead mother’s corpse watching over him. His interpretations of her actions, like that it was thoughtful for her to do that and that she saw an apology as the opposite of weak, were very interesting to hear. Georgina asking Catherine to banish her so that she and Grigor could get away didn’t have the desired effect given how much Grigor cares for his best friend, and it’s not clear how hard she’s going to work to get away now that her husband couldn’t bring himself to leave. I hadn’t noted in episode two that Father Basil, who appears to be sticking around, was played by Anthony Welsh, an actor I enjoyed watching in the short-lived “Pure.” Another great moment from a typically superb episode was Marial’s recounting of her dream and her conclusion that it was far more realistic and likely to happen than what Catherine had imagined. Catherine came through the men around her assessing that she was acting strangely with a new resolve, and now she seems ready to focus on a new Russia with the appropriate expectations.

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