The ‘Brave-Ish Heart’ Stand Off (Favourite Scene, for Class Appreciation Week, Day Six)
*excited squeak* *wordless flailing* *deep breath*
This scene. Oh man, this scene is a writer’s wet dream, honestly.
Now, this show isn’t perfect, or even entirely polished. It has pacing issues and things it could have done a lot better and some things it maybe shouldn’t have done at all, but at its core, it is wonderful no matter the quality of some of the details. (The characters. The strength is always in the characters.)
And this scene holds the best viewing material of all. CONFLICT. In fact, it’s the most well done conflict scene in the whole show, even with the various fights with the Shadowkin. Because conflict doesn’t have to be a fight.
Conflict can be a stand off. (Besides, there is a gun and billions of lives at stake.)
This is four people, of four very different moralities and at least three different desired outcomes. Each want their own way, each has a different level of power and influence within the setting to try and achieve it.
Desired Use of Cabinet:
- Charlie - that it is not used
- Quill - use against Shadowkin
- Dorothea - use against petals
- Matteusz - that it is not used
Fucks given about the fate of the Earth (and themselves):
- Charlie - some, but not enough
- Quill - absolutely none
- Dorothea - a lot
- Matteusz - quite a few, to put it mildly
Assets for Achieving Their Goal:
- Charlie - only one who can use the Cabinet, it all hinges on him
- Quill - shouting, tears, severe emotional trauma and consequent need for closure via genocide (requires actual sympathetic person in room to have effect, overall: ineffective
except on my heart)
- Dorothea - gun, best understanding of everyone else in room
- Matteusz - most universally liked person in room (as per usual), discrete texting skills (like damn, that boy made no typos), ability to swing objects
Like, what a mix.
And it all just comes together so well: Charlie standing his ground, while Dorothea uses force to assist her rather reasonable/logical demand, and Quill desperately appeals to him as well as expressing annoyance whenever they deviate from what she considers important things to be considering.
Plus all the while, you have Matteusz, the concerned bystander and then emotional manipulation tool for Dorothea. His initial slightly passive role in the stand off is made up for later when he knocks Dorothea out, removing one of the more volatile pieces from the board. *gives Matteusz a gold star sticker*
I’m sure I could say more on this, but I think I’ve pointed out the main reason I love it. In summary:
The different motivations/moralities/dispositions. Opposing characters. Morally difficult decisions portrayed as such. No character is explicitly villainised (while Charlie and Matteusz are the ones with the moral high ground, the show passes no harsh judgements on Quill or Dorothea as to who was more ‘in the wrong’ between, because both characters had very sound reasons for their actions).
It’s just a perfect example of the complex moral conflict that lies at the heart of the show and gives it such a strength. I never get tired of it.