Finished disk 36 and am part-way through disk 37. Some more observations as I continue to watch:
I just don't like the actor who plays Shukracharya, in that particular part. (He's Brihaspati in Shree Ganesh and does a lot better in the "good guy" role.)
Well-done, Shiv, in trying to make peace between demons and Devas! I HOWLED laughing when Shiv explained, basically, "Well, see, Narada, the Devas won't be able to come whine to me anymore, because they'll remember that I tried to give them peace, and it was their own fault for not taking it." BRILLIANT!
Bali-as-Shani was AWESOME. Now Ravana's showing up and GOOD GRACIOUS WHYYY did they not cast Nimai as Ravana in THIS serial?!?! Though I think this Ravana looks pretty cool so far - aside from his hair, which is a big curly poof that makes me laugh. :P
Kacha (Brihaspati's son) annoyed me, as did both Jayant and Jayanti. I don't know why, but I didn't like any of them! Devyani (Jayanti's daughter) was a pretty good actress, but it was like she was trying not to let her acting get in the way of her beauty. She'd go to have a strong reaction, like anger or grief, but then she'd stop and carefully compose her face so that it stayed as pretty as possible.
I LOVED the plan of Brihaspati impersonating Shukracharya - effective, yet not immoral! Watching the demons take their oath of non-violence, it was nice, except you just knew they were going to go back on it - and sure enough, they did!
Okay. The entire Kacha story makes no. darn. sense to me. Someone please help me figure out what the heck was going on with that.
Why did the Devatas need the Sanjeevani mantra at all? For that matter, HOW CAN THEY DIE during demon-battles? Did we not establish at the very beginning of this series that they drank Amrita at Samudra Manthan, and thus BECAME IMMORTAL? Or did some of them drink the off-brand imitation amrita, and become only sort of immortal? :P
Why did they make Indra basically a demonic villain in the whole thing? In the original tale, he never bullied Kacha or Brihaspati, he didn't command Kacha to go to Shukracharya, didn't try to prevent Kacha from using Sanjeevani mantra to bring Shukracharya back, certainly never pulled a weapon on Kacha or threatened him! I was actually pretty angry about his role in this tale; there's a line between 'creative license' and 'religious disrespect' that got crossed when they started inventing terrible deeds for the King of Devas. :/
And why did they change Devyani's curse, so that instead of her actual words, along the lines of, "you won't be able to use this knowledge," she tells Kacha "you won't remember this knowledge"? In the original story he just goes to Heaven and teaches his knowledge to others so that they can use it - but here, it looks like he just forgets the mantra altogether and thus, makes the whole tale pointless. :P
Man, what a mess that whole storyline was, fantastic performances but bad writing! I remember looking at the screen at one point - I think when Indra was yelling at Kacha - and saying, "That is some really beautiful acting there, man...but what the heck are you doing, and why, and who wrote this??!" :P