Continuing on from the last episode. Episode 2 is a damn improvement. We have a better pace and nowhere near as it being bone dry. For this episode we get a back story as to how Ibrahim and Mahmut first met. Evidently Mahmut is a gifted soldier, however he was shunned by his peers. As he pretty much kept to himself and didn’t communicate as well with the others. To note that Ibrahim is already older than the young Mahmut. Both already had goals back then. So it’s surprising to see that both pretty much achieving their goals.
I yield, I apologise for calling you a kid
Ibrahim gets more screen this time around. As we see what motivates him. Since Ibrahim is a vali of the town of Hisar. I assume that a Vali is like a major or some sort. It never explains, if it did I missed it. Anyway Ibrahim is accused of rebellion against Turkiye. And that the town of Hisar has declared “independence” from Turkiye. This episode pretty much focused on that. So we’re having our first major conflict. I can see why Mahmut gets along with Ibrahim. Both are decent men, who care about the people around them. So it shocked Mahmut to hear that Ibrahim would do such a thing.
Speaking of the conflict. We also get to see the pasha that challenges Mahmut on his viewpoints. His name is Zaganos. And Zaganos seems to be well acquainted with Ibrahim. It’s implied that he picked Ibrahim to be the Vali. And that his honour is besmirched or something like that. Hence why he is going to sort out the mess. Straight away the impression given on Zaganos. Is that he is very intelligent, insightful and very taciturn. He does comes across as your typical general. Not giving away too much or saying just enough.
Point of interest:
- Shara wears a bedlah. It’s typically worn by belly dancers
- Mahmut was once part of the Tugril tribe
- Ibrahim wants to be a Vali for the town of Hisar
What I do like about this episodes conflict is that, the empire isn’t getting their hands dirty. Directly at least. I like how “smart” the empire is being with their intentions to start a war with Turkiye. How they can manipulate situations. Like the situation in Hisar or the arrow killing the delegate from the last episode. All instigated by the empire. However I did find the sword fight between Mahmut and that one-eyed general, lacklustre. It showed that Mahmut is a capable swordsman for his age. As stated, the reason it felt slightly lacklustre. There was no impact between the two swordsman. In comparison to Arslan, when Daryun fought, you felt the impact of each blow. Here you didn’t. Also we don’t get to see the enough of Mahmut’ skills with the blade. We know that Mahmut relies on Iskender.
Just to point something out, as I’ve should do in the first epi post. What Shara normally wears is called a bedlah. In Arabic it loosely translates to as “suit”. Culturally in the West, boobs is often emphasised. Whilst in the East (namely China, Japan etc) legs are more emphasised. Because they don’t have overtly huge knockers. In the Middle East, South Asia. They emphasis on the midriff region. If you’ve seen these Hindi movies, then you’ll know what I’m referring to. Heck just take a look at Shakira’ vid hips don’t lie. Apparently the swaying of the hips is mesmerizing. Just thought I’d throw that in.