@caitscat asked for a worried Daniel rushing to Peggy’s aid fic and then ep. 5 happened…This takes place shortly after and incorporates the promo for ep. 6. Spoilers obviously. Hope you enjoy!
As he rounded the corner with a freshly refilled mug of black coffee in hand, he heard the phone in his office ringing. His eyes flickered up at the clock on the wall as he hurried to answer it. It was after eight. The campaign rally would be in full swing now. Jarvis and Dottie Underwood would currently be in the process of attempting to gather a sample of Zero Matter from Whitney Frost. It was a risky assignment to say the least, but the large crowd worked in their advantage both to help distract from what they were attempting to do as well as to prevent Whitney from reacting in any way if she realized what was happening. Instead of heading home to wait for the report, Daniel had decided to remain at the office and catch up on the paperwork that had been piling up since the case began. The leaning tower of loose leaf on his desk had become a safety hazard and it looked like it might topple onto an unfortunate victim, namely himself, at any given moment.
Since his break-up with Violet three days prior, he had barely left his office, except for two short visits to his house to shower and change his clothes. The office had become his safe place. He could keep himself distracted at work. At home he just got lost in his own head. It was hard enough to avoid thinking about Violet’s face when she had questioned him or Peggy’s fall and injury when he was at work. If he was alone, the feelings would only be amplified. Work was safe. Work kept him busy. If he could just keep himself occupied until this whole matter was resolved then…then…what? Well, he didn’t have that figured out quite yet.
So…this is the Everyone Dies episode. A few comments:
how they did Andrei’s death scene. It was touching with the flashbacks
and well-paced (for once something was well-paced in this show).
Platon Karataev’s death was kind of sudden. You could see it a mile away in the book and there was a lot more of him.
(Aside: Sonya in her letter: “I release you from out engagement.” Nikolai: “Oh thank God.” Fuck you, Nikolai, you are such a fucking dick.)
camp espionage! I liked that they put in Petya’s raisons and that they
included this bit in general. But so much of the partisan camp is seen
through Petya’s POV in canon and he goes through a range of fascinating
emotions over that night, none of which we really get here: neither the
incredible tension at the French camp nor Petya’s dreamy, almost
feverish, romanticism during the night. I’m kind of disappointed that
they didn’t put in Denisov’s and Dolokhov’s argument over what to do
with the prisoners. (Also, seriously, come one. Why can Dolokhov and
Pierre kiss but not Dolokhov and Petya? “You’re such a hero! I love
you!” – like, come on :p)
Speaking of Pierre. I think I’ve
figured out what keeps bugging me in his interactions with Dolokhov. The show seems
to be going for the “these guys are such great buddies who had a falling
out because Dolokhov was a dick!” It’s funny because it was Pierre and Anatole who
were the friends whose friendship soured. Dolokhov was always kind
of…contemptuous of Pierre. And Pierre was always kind of intimidated by
him. They shared a friendship group, so to speak, but that’s about it.
This goes hand-in-hand with how the show doesn’t seem to realize that
“Petrushka” isn’t Pierre’s cutesy nickname. Dolokhov calls him this at
the club (where Pierre challenges him) to be annoying and patronizing
and a dick. I mean, the nickname itself has a bit of a tone of teasing at best and patronizing-contempt at worst.
is Dolokhov doing at Count Rostov’s funeral? (Like, this is just kind
of weird. Even in-universe for the show. Seriously, why is he there?
Ok. I hate how they went all Anna Karenina with Helene. OMG she is not Anna Karenina. Seriously. Helene was actually at the peak of her social success before she died. Society was shocked by her death. The whole thing with Helene was that she was very good at
manipulating popular opinion and gossip, etc. She knew how to play by
society’s rules and she always did so. (Anna’s problem was that she did
not, she allowed her passion to make her vulnerable. Helene never did
that.) I don’t even have a lot to say about this *shrug* It’s just
I understand what they were going for
with Pierre and his potatoes but omg, I have to admit that that scene
just kind of made me laugh. It just kind of pinged me as a bit
ridiculous, IDK. I heard that it was effective for lots of people,
(Aside: I love how Nikolai’s definition of “in poverty”
is that his mother has to put on her own clothes lol. But, seriously,
even though the hallway of their building is really shabby, their actual
apartment is actually quite nice, so, like chill Nikolai.)
and Marya’s “getting together” scene wasn’t bad. I think the way it was
done in the canon is truer to their characterizations (especially
Marya’s) but I didn’t hate this version of it. I still don’t
understand why they felt it necessary to completely re-write scenes they
could have just lifted straight from the canon.
Prince Vasili. I’m mildly annoyed at this scene. I understand that they
probably didn’t want to leave any “loose ends” and were trying to wrap
everything up or something, but… Prince Vasili apologizing to Pierre was
so awkward. Just this whole scene smelled of the cliché “and all the
bad guys got what’s coming to them and if they’re smart they shall
repent!” (And so obviously a Pierre-is-saintly-and-all-forgiving
promotion.) And it just felt very OOC for Vasili Kuragin too, lbr.
one thing that building up Pierre/Natasha from the very beginning does
do is it makes them finally getting together a big pay-off. When they
kissed, there was definitely this feeling like finally. I don’t even really care about this ship and that scene felt very satisfying.
First of all, I hate how Sonya is just sort of ignored. Like “what,
see, she’s there and smiling? What do you mean that’s not a satisfying
ending for her? What do you mean you have questions? Look, no one cares,
Sonya’s just the background girl.” At least in the book, her tragedy
was paid some attention to. In a cruel sort of way (I’m looking at you,
Natasha) but it wasn’t just shrugged off. (However, as we see by
fandom’s reactions, lots of people apparently did in fact just
see Sonya as the background girl.) Secondly…it’s a nice little ending.
2007 was similarly sunny in their epilogue. I don’t really have a
problem with this, it’s a good way to kind of tie things up. But there
is a bit of dissonance, because in canon there are all these dark-ish
undertones going on. Everything is peaceful and content, but something is coming and you can just feel it.
Of course, that’s probably because Tolstoy had initially wanted to
write about Decembrists and this was supposed to be like his prequel.
On the run from the relentless Reaper, Amberle, Wil and Eretria take shelter in Pykon, a snowy Elvin outpost that houses a grisly secret. Meanwhile, Ander and Slanter make a devastating discovery about the Dagda Mor’s forces.