「嘘と真実」 (Uso to Shinjitsu)
“Lies and Truths”
Ahh the consequences of fame. It’s not something we often think about, but the reward of publicity, stature, and importance is often restrictions and tight control. Suddenly find yourself a hero of the nation? Don’t be surprised when your life becomes the property of the nation. As poor Lev is now finding out to his chagrin.
Although Tsuki to Laika has been pretty good with indicating how conflict and tension is more window dressing than actuality, I really have to give kudos to Mikhail for voicing what I seriously thought was going to happen. Whether through accident or scheming, I really thought Lev would fail (or at least stumble) getting into space – all the signs were there, all the pieces present, and hell we even had the teasing for spice! While it was fairly predictable that nothing of the sort would transpire, it’s nice seeing the show willing to take some time for suspense since it helps liven up the moment. Reaching space is a monumental task after all, and you can only really ever feel true elation after going through moments of sheer terror.
Of course, reaching space is only half the battle and arguably the bigger conflict now begins. As mentioned at the start, Lev is now finding out the cost of realizing his dream. He’s no longer just a cosmonaut candidate, he’s the first (publicized) man in space, and a man from a country deeply concerned about outward appearances. His life as he knew it is over: he will do what he’s told, when he’s told, and with smiles and bravado all around. The kid may care hard about Irina, but as even she knows Lev’s fame doesn’t grant the power needed to bring them back together and keep them together. Zirnitra, just like the old USSR, will do what it thinks necessary to keep its stature pure; there is no room for personal feelings when it comes to matters of state. It’s obviously unlikely both aching romantics won’t find their way back into each other’s arms (necks?) before the end, but the manner of it will prove interesting.
Something tells me after all that some in Zirnitra’s leadership might have plans for Irina that do not involve Soviet-type disappearance. Whether or not that remains the case after Lev speaks and Anya does what she does best, well, we’ll have to wait and see.