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How Achieving Your Dreams in a Way you Didn’t Envision is Not Always a Bad Thing
Week 2017 – Day 3 – Day Prompt, Victor Prompt – Dreams, Hope/Regret
Today for Victuuri Week Day 3, I’d like to talk about Hopes
and Dreams and how not achieving what you initially desire in the form you
envision isn’t always a bad thing. In this case, we’re going to look at what
Yuuri and Victor’s hopes and dreams for their futures may have been pre-series
and how they got way more than they bargained for simply by meeting each other.
Let’s start with Yuuri. We know right from the beginning of
episode 1, even before we knew the title of the episode, that Yuuri aspired to
skate on the same stage as Victor. We’re shown how this dream was formed and
nurtured by friends and family through his childhood and teen years and carried
by his feelings through to adulthood. He did everything he could to just come
close to Victor; whether that be through his skating, having his walls
plastered with posters of him, or even getting a dog of similar breed to Victor’s
and naming it after him. So Yuuri’s hope for the future was fairly obvious even
if it did have a time limit with the nature of the careers of competitive figure
Now how about Victor? We don’t really have enough
information about his childhood to conclusively say anything for certain but, as
far as we can tell, he didn’t have as clear of a dream laid out as Yuuri did. Optionally,
you could even argue that he had a dream before but had already reached it. This
is actually one of the major facets of his characterization and development
through the series. He is the polar opposite of Yuuri in that at the start of
the series he didn’t have any
concrete hopes for his future. All he knew is that he wanted to skate and keep
skating because this was just the thing he always did and had no reason to
change it. There may have been a time when skating (or even competing) might
have been called his dream, but by the start of the series it no longer was. It
had just become a thing he did due to his pride as a skater/competitor and his
lack of direction in his life overall.
And then, of course, the series truly begins and they meet
each other. Now, we could look through the evolution of how their hopes and
dreams changed over the course of the season but I think it will be more expedient
to look at where they started and ended and compare the two.
Starting with Yuuri, what’s interesting is that through the
course of the season you almost forget about the exact form of his initial
dream: to skate on the same ice as Victor. He managed to connect with Victor in
so many other ways but he had yet to actually compete against him. He may have
felt directionless at the start of the series because he felt he had failed at
reaching his dream but the reason for that was because he already had achieved
his dream. It just wasn’t in the way he envisioned. He then became
disillusioned with his dream. That is, until Victor himself came crashing
face-first into his life.
Speaking of our favourite platinum-haired Russian, let’s
check in with Victor. Victor may not have had a concrete dream before he met
Yuuri but then they connected and he slowly rediscovered that he actually did
have a dream all along. A dream that probably comes as no surprise but is
actually very similar to Yuuri’s own: he wants to skate. And he wants to enjoy
it. Yuuri then helped open his eyes to that, he helped him rediscover his love
of skating as a whole and through this rediscovered his hope for the future.
But wait, there’s more! Everything that I’ve talked about so
far actually only brings us to the end of ep 11. By the time the hotel room
scene comes around, Victor has rediscovered his love for skating and his focus,
his hope for the future, had become completely centered on Yuuri. So far as he
could see, his future was to coach Yuuri until Yuuri eventually retired and then
figure things out from there. And Victor was content with that as long as he
could do that with Yuuri. He had even
shifted his dream that involved enjoying skating to accommodate no longer being
Yuuri, however, had other plans (which we as viewers always
knew he did). Yuuri misread what Victor’s current hopes were and attempted to
sacrifice himself in an attempt to allow those dreams to come true. Yuuri had
adjusted his dream from wanting to skate on the same ice as Victor to wanting
to make Victor happy and allow him to reach his own dreams. On the flip side,
Victor had adjusted his dreams from wanting to skate for himself and find
purpose in his life to wanting to make Yuuri happy and achieve his dreams.
So if both are wanting, above anything else, to help the
other achieve their dreams then where do they go from there? Yuuri is planning
to retire and Victor has basically already done so. The answer comes back to
those initial dreams from episode 1. The dream Yuuri has to skate on the same
ice and same level as Victor and the incomplete dream Victor had to enjoy
skating again and find purpose in his life.
Through a combination of them both working towards helping
each other and some outside encouragement, they actually end up achieving so
much more. They both manage to achieve their hope of allowing their partner to
achieve his dreams and well as achieving their own. Yuuri is finally able to
skate on the same ice as Victor, as a competitor and someone that is on the
same competitive level as him, and Victor is able to rediscover his passion in
skating. And not only that, but they are able to continue their relationship that
exists both on and off the ice.
Comparing the place they’re at by the end of the series to
where they started at episode 1, we can see that their perceived failure to
achieve their initial dreams in the form they had envisioned actually helped
them achieve them in a way they hadn’t imagined. Through the willingness to
throw away their own dreams, they managed to push each other to higher heights
and not only achieve their own dreams but cement in place a firm hope for the
end, they became the key to not only achieving each others dreams but in doing
so also opened a previously hidden door to a new envisioning of their own initial
3 - DREAM/NIGHTMARE - What does Fresh dream about? Are they good dreams, or are they nightmares? Maybe a little of both…?
Nightmare indeed. The victim trying to escape from True!Fresh to taking over his body to prevent the madness itself, the victim thinking what IF the host got mad
and something happens at everything around it (maybe destroy everything(?)) So the nightmare begun and so on.