i already thought Yuri on Ice was incredibly well structured, but ep 10 has BLOWN MY FUCKIN MIND omfg. now we know about yuuri’s ~drunken escapades~ we can view the entire damn show in a different light. like:
yuuri was subconsciously dancing his own damn love story.
so… when victor was all, “i know you can do this Eros programme, yuuri,” HE KNEW FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE because they’d already ~danced the night away~ together.
can u? even? imagine? victor’s internal monologue? every time yuuri nervously said he couldn’t portray Eros and had to imagine a pork cutlet bowl for inspiration??
victor! didn’t know!! that yuuri couldn’t remember that night!! LOOK AT HIS DAMN FACE WHEN YUURI SAID HE COULDN’T REMEMBER:
so victor has spent almost an ENTIRE YEAR wondering if yuuri is being standoffish or embarrassed or what? which paints the beach scene in an entirely new light.
AND ALSO it totally changes the tone of victor’s arrival in Hatetsu! like, his ~flirty behavior originally felt comedic but quite silly and OTT, whereas now… we know he actually arrived on yuuri’s invitation, thanks to a combination of Drunk Dancing Eros Yuuri and the more ~serious and meaningful~ epistolary invitation of the Stay Close To Me video.
victor literally came to hatetsu BECAUSE YUURI ASKED HIM TO, effectively leaving his own figure skating career in the dust
when victor offered yuuri a commemorative photo, he definitely meant “commemorative” omfg but yuuri assumed victor thought he was a fan… while victor thought he was blanking him. WHAT MIXED SIGNALS!!! i die.
also this whole ep is a great depiction of how yuuri is totally convinced that he’s socially isolated, meanwhile the rest of the skating community is like, “let’s have dinner together! remember last year when all of us saw you get drunk and dance in ur underwear?”
like, seriously yuuri. you thought victor wouldn’t know who you were, when you were literally in the Grand Prix Final, a competition with only six people in it?
victor was jaded and alone at the peak of his career, looking for a new direction in life, when yuuri appeared and turned the formal Grand Prix banquet into a hella fun party and dipped Victor in a ballroom dancing move and then asked for him to be his coach, AND THEN delivered a perfect rendition of victor’s gold medal-winning program… and then proceeded to spend the next 11 months acting like it’s no big deal.
in conclusion: Yuri on Ice is the Pride & Prejudice of our era.
ALOKDJFL:KDSFJSDFKLJfldksja’dslkfgjadlkfj;kasdf;asdlfasdfka Omfg! OMFG! I’m laughing and screaming at the same time because OMFG! Seriously, this is now my favorite game for this pairing- “Spot the Similarities.” This is perfect, thank you for sending this find to me! XD