The series “Woe from Wit” is a modernized version of the great classics. Or is it not so clear cut? And classical literature is used to attract the attention of the audience? The list of web series gaining popularity in 2019 was replenished with a picture with a loud title. By genre, the work can be attributed to detectives. The structure is unusual. Eight short episodes less than twenty minutes long. Each ends with a little intrigue. This keeps the emotional background of the series at a constant high enough level. An unexpected ending rewards the viewer for their attention. But more on that later.
Heroes with names from the works of famous classics appear in our reality. It is unusual that the characters are taken not only from Griboyedov’s Woe from Wit. Some migrated to the film adaptation from Dostoevsky and Griboyedov. The main character Griboedovsky is Chatsky. A well-known Internet blogger exposing the viciousness of governance structures. Obviously, with such activities, the hero has made a lot of enemies. In the plot, Chatsky dies: he jumped out of the window. It’s hard to believe this is suicide. Nobody believes in it. If we consider the case as a suicide, we can assume one reason. Unsuccessful relationship with Sophia. The same, Griboedov’s Sophia. Which, as in the classics, was influenced by her father, who found her a “suitable” groom. After a short time, Chatsky’s colleague, Bazarov, dies. The whole series is based on the investigation of murders. They entrust this case to investigator Porfiry Ivanov. This character is far from virtual reality. Therefore, he has to deal with two problems in parallel.
As the plot develops, you realize that from the classics in the series only names and an abundance of quotes. The questions raised, and there are many of them, have also been updated. But these questions are as relevant as the problems and torments of the characters in the work. The eternal theme of the relationship between generations, the search for oneself, acceptance and recognition by society is raised. Another direction is the topic of matchmaking and nepotism. We all know the content of “Woe from Wit” and “Fathers from Children”. And we assume that the series will provide us with the same thing, only in a slightly different time. And we get a completely new reading of the problems presented. This is a good series. Getting not what he expected, the viewer nevertheless receives something more important. Backlog on the analysis of his life. Sick dependence on social networks, search for oneself, attempts to achieve recognition of society and achieve success on the career ladder. These are hot topics for today. Good food for thought. The ending of the last series contributes to making this food more saturated.
In the last episode, we learn that Chatsky faked his own death. This alone is impressive. Because it was expected that someone killed the hero. The key place in the ending should be given to the conversation between Porfiry and Chatsky. To the question “why?” Chatsky breaks out into a long monologue in which he raises many important topics. He sifts the seeds from the chaff, forcing the viewer to think about what we spend our lives on. Chatsky regrets the absence of a family. A multi-million audience means nothing. The replacement of real values with empty, virtual ones flourishes in our world. From this follows another problem – the search for oneself. The blogger was not satisfied with the popularity in the social. networks, because in real life it is not so important. But it is difficult to painlessly get out of the virtual world into the real one, which was the reason for the staging. Also interesting is the short episode of the finale. The bell rings, Sophia calls Chatsky, whom the hero answers. What is this, an accident? Or Sophia knew about everything, and together the heroes made a rebellion against the old foundations.
The least revealed hero, who is most unlike the classic one, Bazarov, really dies in the finale. And this is the only analogy with “Fathers and Sons.” He died young, at the dawn of his years and strength.
All in all, the finale is complete, but not finished. There is a clear hint at the next modern interpretation of the classics – Gogol’s Dead Souls. Perhaps this picture will allow us to take a fresh look at our other problems that we used to ignore.