This show gives me such big vibes of Carnival Row. So much promess and very little is actually on screen. Disappointing.
“Just focus on me, and you’ll be fine”O... oh, I’ll focus on you all day long, no problem :flushed:
"The goat is for YOU" ... "so soft" ... awww... How is this show so amazing?
That letter Alina wrote was absolutely beautiful. I hope it actually gets to Mal, but I have a feeling they might sift through her stuff and never let her send it.
Compared to the book, this is lacking so much whimsy and nuance. The Grisha weren't supposed to welcome Alina with open arms and smiles. That and the fact that she can't access her power are what make her homesickness all the worse. She's supposed to feel isolated and inadequate. A fraud. Also, because of the little whimsy, at times I feel like I'm watching a period show with weirdly dressed people. I still don't understand why they went for General Kirigan instead of The Darkling. So much intimidation power and mystery lost there.
Genya feels too calculating. Too cold. She's supposed to be the one person Alina confides in and actually likes inside the Little Palace. She's supposed to be genuine, warmer, trustworthy because she's the honest one when everyone else either ignores her of kisses up to her, while still being straightforward. They're setting her up wrong.
I don't like that they made Botkin (the trainer) fluent in Ravkan (English). He's supposed to be Shu. His speech is supposed to have that "Tarzan" quality that everyone has when speaking a language they're not thoroughly familiar with. It's part of his charm. Though, I guess some people would have thought it racist if they did that to an Asian actor, since not everyone has read the books.
Baghra I liked. They did a good job casting and characterizing her. At the same time I wish she would have looked younger. She's supposed to have an old air to her while at the same time actually looking young. Again, that's part of the whimsy and nuance.
The priest was nowhere near creepy enough. He should have pretty much been live action Rasputin from the Anastasia movie. Greasy hair, long beard, yellow teeth, black gums. Ragged clothes. You're supposed to think "tomb" when you see him..And I'm surprised they already introduced the lore surrounding the three creatures created by Morozova. That's book 2 stuff. Wonder if Nikolai will also show up early.
With science fiction and fantasy worlds you can make the world whatever you want, which is why I will never understand why writers choose to add horrible things like sexism, queerphobia, and in this case racism.
okay but WHY DID SHE LOOK OUT OF THE NORTH KOREAN ARMY?????? I understand this show or that country is inspired in the Russian Empire back in the day with the tsars and stuff, but we can get that inspiration without the costumes looking like kim jong un dressed you. The blue tunic was a good example of inspiration well done, but still the wardrobe, the sets, and overall everything looks kinda cheap, whenever they show the palace you can literally see where they photoshopped in the russian tower thingies.and then I can't get over the fact that she was in the shower for literraly TWO SECONDS, and she just washed her arms and that's it, cochina.When Jasper was shooting those creatures and suddenly looked up, I thought he was about to use some magic!Also I don’t mean to sound rude, but I don’t care about Mal, and it’s not even because of him, but he was only in like 5 minutes total and they’ve been using the same montage whenever Alina thinks of him, and he is not even there but somehow he is holding her back.
I'm a sucker for prose, and there's a nice bit at the end.