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when tv shows make me cry [Nov. 27th, 2014|11:01 pm]
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I've been watching a Russian miniseries about the rise of Catherine II to the throne. The series is technically about her but it also gives a TON of attention to her husband Peter III and their predecessor Elizabeth. Anyway. It's a very pretty series and well written. Not always perfectly historically correct, as far as I can tell, but these things - historical dramas - just about never are.

One of the best things about this miniseries was the good writing/characterization. I never quite was able to empathize with Catherine, although I'm sure lots of people would/do adore her. She's written as a sympathetic character. (Well, duh, the story is about her.) Peter, however, won me over, despite often being immature, temperamental and kind of very frustrating. He's the perfect example of a three-dimensional character. (Reading about him online helped, given that they DID leave out some sympathetic-to-him things in the show.) I think they tried to progressively write him as less and less likeable, but by then I was so attached that I didn't care. So, obviously, when frat boy goon Orlov came in to stage a coup in Catherine's name I was all for Peter and didn't understand why we should give a crap about Catherine's spontaneous romance with him or their hasty bid for the crown. (In fact, if the show did fail anywhere, it was in setting up Orlov and his relationship with Catherine. Catherine does very little in the revolt herself except for getting the army behind her, which, honestly, I feel was more Orlov and his brothers' achievement than hers. She was more of a figurehead.)

Anyways, by the time the coup came around, I was extremely attached. Sure, I wanted to slap Peter pretty often, but most of the time I just wanted to give him a hug. So I cried. A lot.

(Also, I kinda shipped a certain slash pairing at the start, but the Peter/Elizabeth Vorontsov sort of won me over at the end. Which is actually really rare - for me to be super into a canon het pairing. They're just so perfect together in the show and just argh. I don't think I'll write fic about them or anything, but still. On the point of Liza - she and her treatment by pretty much everyone, except Peter, perfectly highlight the extent of historical sexism and ableism.)

Sorry, this isn't a very coherent post. But I just got done with the show and my feelings are kinda all over the place.