Somehow, 68 episodes (!!!) in, I have fallen hard
for Crown Prince Alexander in Bednaya Nastya
. I liked him a lot, before, but somehow, during the whole 'trapped in dangerous cellar with Marie and very ill Konstantin,' I fell for him like a ton of bricks: he is just so awesome to his little brother, and so anxious for him to be OK, and joking to cheer him up, and trying to get them out of it, and gets hurt really badly, but still manages to 'keep up spirit' so his little brother won't be frightened. OMG.
Also, Marie is so awesome, and I think I totally switched ships from Alexander/Natalie to Alexander/Marie. She is so sweet and caring and fun, and she loves him so helplessly. And he is always kind and nice to her, but no more. I adore Natalie, and the two of them together (she is the only one who can keep up with him, in fun and in anger) but it's impossible: Natalie hasn't even admitted her feelings for him to herself, for starts! And she seems so determined to marry her weasely spineless fiance.* But heh, is shipping Alexander/Marie RPShipping? *shudder* I guess the very awesome, yet totally inapproacheable men are such a fictional catnip. See Xi Men/Xiao You from Meteor Garden. Heck, Ten/Rose?
*who meanwhile got his serf Tatiana pregnant. I feel horrible for Tatiana. She can't help but hope he won't marry Natalie, now she is preggers, even if she knows it's ridiculous. Oh, you poor poor thing. There is room for only one fairy tale in this story, and it's Anna's.
Oh, and Vladimir continues to be his awesome self, snarking at Olga (who is super annoying) and writing the mushiest letters to Anna, which he then tears up and doesn't send. Though, listen hero, Vladimir. I realize that it's been some time since you've seen the inside of a jail cell, so you are missing your natural habitat. You know you show at your best advantage when angsting. Plus, you really miss Anna, and taking Olga to St. Petersburg is a perfect excuse to do 'I am not here for you' thing with Anna. But. Taking the Crown Prince's ex-mistress, who got kicked out to Poland by Tsar and Tsarina themselves? Not the brightest idea ever. OK?
I couldn't find a Marie/Alexander video, but there are tons of Alexander/Natalie ones. Since I adore that ship and am only pulling away because it's doomed, here is a vid I adore:
Am I bipolar? A few minutes after thinking Marie/Alexander could be cool, and adoring Marie, I am all 'maybe a few years later, Natalie will change her mind?' Multi-shipping. Most confusing.
ETA: Seriously, I bet part of the reason they chose to set this in this time period, is they wanted to have a royal family storyline in there, and if you look for an admired Tsar, it's pretty slim pickings. It'a basically Alexander and...what Peter the Great? fire_snake
will undoubtedly correct me :)
ETA2: Heh. Vladimir's aunt performed euthanasia on his terminally ill mother? EEEEE. And he hates her and thinks she did it because she wanted his Daddy...