So the thing is … I am a bit overwhelmed in a way that’s both good and bad. And I begin with zero inkling about just how exactly I should express my thoughts about this episode.
What’s frustrating is that while one episode a month is great for a book as extensive as this, as a person who’s constantly reading one book after another, I don’t get the time to reread the previous episodes to catch up to the latest. Already my brain has a bit of a haze over the details of what happened in the past couple of episodes.
And also because at 95 pages more or less, this and the last few episodes have been crammed, and I do mean crammed, with so much information it’s impossible to remember all exactly unless you reread them at least once. And so, what I’m trying to say is that, well, I’m overwhelmed.
The good side is that things are moving forward quickly and the bad side is that things are moving forward quickly at an INSANE rate. The pace of this episode was nuts. It was hard to keep track, hard to breathe and that is usually a good thing but here it was a mixed bag. It was simply unhealthy.
The last episode made me believe that it would be quite some time, if not too long, before we found the eventual solution to our problems. This episode presented the solutions on a platter interspersed with more problems and then their solutions followed by more problems. It was a dance of SHOCK-RELIEF-GASP-SIGH-repeat and I was doing a lively jig the entire time to the point it became a little too much.
Also, the randomness. So much randomness. There might be a better word in the lexicon but my supreme skills of speech have failed to retrieve it.
Let’s begin with the very first scene:
Faateh and Raja Murad, sitting opposite each other, glaring hatefully. He will loose his memories, Murad says and he will never get them back. HA-HA!
Faateh, the sweet talking genius: Magic can be countered. This must have a solution.
Faateh: Taliya remembered. I will too.
Murad: *swallows* + *maathey key bal* It is not child’s play!
Faateh: You will tell me!
Murad: I’ll never tell!
Faateh: *proceeds to sweet talk Murad and feeds him some jargon about ‘ghairat’ without any hint of real provocation*
Murad: *tells him everything*
I cannot, for the life of me, believe how easily, how damn stupidly, Murad-the-great relented. It took some half-assed goading about ghairat and he spilled the beans and he was wavering from the very beginning of the conversation. It’s not 100% verbatim but it’s close. Why on Earth would you tell your potential enemy exactly how to escape the curse you’re about to put on him? By all means, Murad could have kept a poker face and turned a blind ear to Faateh’s silver-tongue. And what he did tell Faateh, man. This ‘hunter’ lore gets convoluted every second and it’s annoying. And wait for it, random.
Now combine that with the fact that I have already started to forget a lot of things that happened before and you have a very confused reader.
But I did predict the fact that Faateh would do a lot before the night was out, he would make arrangements and that is what he did! (not a very intelligent prediction, mind you. Lots of people would have guessed that) NA flips your expectations a couple of times over their heads so last month’s episode made me believe that he couldn’t do much. But no, he did plenty. And that brings me to another piece of randomness that nonetheless, somehow, maybe, kinda fits into the story: the key producing wings/ guiding Faateh to the ‘leader of Pamboros in the modern era’/ only he being able to see it. I took it in with resignation.
Then we have Taaliya, Faateh, Asra and Adam. One hell of a headache inducing square. You understand each of them, you resent each of them because of the other, you somehow want all four to be happy and I don’t know what to think. I’m just gonna let myself be lead wherever NA deems appropriate because I can’t.
Taaliya as Faateh’s body woman was something I was looking forward to and that part did not disappoint though it did manage to annoy me a little. It took, what? one week for Taliya to go from being his lowest employee to the most important person in his office? That’s right, it was fast. Too fast, if you ask me. She made threats, removed threats, created imaginary threats for him to battle and it was really good. It was fast, yes but there was a whole process behind it (I did say mixed bag).
Then Ashar relented, as pathetically and randomly as Murad did. Oh now you decide you want to be on the same team? After burning his assets, playing a part in damaging his marital relationship, now, after a half-assed sentimental push and another half-assed promise about boosting his export business, Ashar Mehmood Sahab was convinced enough to yield.
- Zulkifli being a hunter was cool, there was something queer about that man from the beginning.
- Adam’s new goose is exciting as well.
- I’m a little lost about why Taliya isn’t telling Datin everything. They used to be thick as thieves, ahem, and Datin knew about her visions and everything. Why not tell your oldest, closest ally and friend this monumental thing?
- I also enjoy Datin and Adam’s bickering, they make a crazy pair but funny all the same.
- Sami needs to take a vacation to hell ASAP.
- Last I checked, the case of the missing file and Taliya’s supposed involvement was a big thing so it figures that Faateh found out the truth without much ceremony and it was promptly brushed under the carpet after Asra and Faateh made up. Sigh.
- Amid all the discussions after the scandal, the scene where Taliya brings Faateh his chai and then goes on to dust wisdom on him IN FRONT of a room full of party members, while admirable and courageous in theory, was cringy, filmy and unrealistically over-dramatic in truth.
- Usman was a major thorn in the backside and I’m genuinely glad he was somewhat successfully taken out of the picture.
- There were a lot of scenes in this episode where Faateh is forced to realize what a true asset Taliya will prove to be. Half of them made me uncomfortable with their cringiness (I’m sorry but this “just coming up behind and happen to hear everything jargon is best suited in dramas and soaps only) and half of them were really sweet. Point is, he has officially begun to thaw and no matter what it took, that at least is good.
- And if ALL of this wasn’t enough, now we have the mysterious case of Aryana to deal with. Yaar… I thought we had already dealt with this mystery and I was fine with that. But I guess I am intrigued now too. I’m just so confused about what I want.