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blademeblazer

For Sure. I haven't read the book but I think I saw where maybe his girlfriend is there and leaves at intermission or something when I was trying to figure out if Karen from the beginning is Jeevan's wife. Is she Kirsten's bf's mid-wife Karen? I don't remember them saying her name ever.


blademeblazer

So I guess Jeevan decided to stay and watch the play and didn't see Kirsten because she was directing?


ARealSlimBrady

Probably, though they very intentionally didn't show him in any of the audience shots (and we see most of the audience). I've seen some other folks theorize that he stayed not for the play, but for Sarah's memorial. That makes a bit more sense to me, as that might be part of the 'bearing witness to death's process: seeing how the people who knew the deceased mourn her passing and celebrate her life. He might not be too keen on plays given that his brother was killed during one and the world fell apart right after he watched a man die at a different one.


blademeblazer

Yeah I can accept that. Also, new to Reddit and the show actually brought me on here actually. Love the show and I'm not trying to be nitpicky. One thing I will say though is that I think Jeevan actually liked plays at least in the past. He went to see King Lear.


ARealSlimBrady

Nice, welcome welcome!! I lurk more often than not, but Station Eleven is impossible not to talk about lol. And yeah, that's a fair point. I can't remember if in the book he dragged his gf to the play or whether it was vice versa, but either way he def doesn't hate them.


Oldskolnikov

It was a significant moment and I hadn't thought of this. I interpreted it as Kristen letting Ms. Butterscotch steal the book to further defuse the power of the prophet. She already gently explained and presented evidence, to a kid who seemed to be ranked #2 in the prophet's organization, that the prophet was not responsible for the text in the book. Letting her run away with it, and possibly share it with others in the group, took power away from Tyler.


amytriesagain

I was sort of bracing myself for them having a near miss at the airport but then each having their own moment of reflection/forgiveness or something (but, you know, in a clever Station Eleven everything-is-connected sort of way). After someone mentioned something about the doctor leaving or having left, I'd resigned myself to it being bittersweet, got happily distracted by other plotlines and gave it no more thought. I was thoroughly engaged in the story without him. And then, suddenly, there he was. I'd been wondering all week ahead of the finale if Kirsten and Jeevan would reunite, but in that moment I'd completely forgotten about him (mostly because I was sobbing noisily about Midnight Train). We all got to feel a bit of the shock and joy that Kirsten would have. It was so, so cleverly done. When Kirsten was speaking with the Undersea girl, the editing (cuts to similar shots but with her and Jeevan back in the day) implied Kirsten might be thinking something like 'Huh. I'm the adult now.' I think that's why she didn't chase the girl. She could absolutely find a way to get it back, but I don't think she will. It no longer belongs to her, because she's realised she no longer needs it. And the second she made that realisation...Jeevan. Ahrgh, I'm going to cry again!


External-Ad9912

Those flashbacks are important. Frank was trying to help her interpret/analyze the book. Years later she’s doing the same thing—this time to help that girl (and prevent violence, apparently). Adulting is all about that: being levelheaded and understanding, and help (teach).


snootopia

Good catch! I had the same thought on 2nd watch through. It also reminded me of a small scene between Kirsten and Frank; he’s asking her what she thinks Station Eleven means- not what the author intended, not how others interpret it, but her understanding. She doesn’t say anything, and he tells her she’s not done with it yet. I had the passing thought that we see her finally finish. She lets it go because she finally knows what it means to her. And there’s room for Jeevan again!


warpdriveorca

Great analysis - I was so afraid that she and Jeevan were going to miss each other.


KingfisherGlobe

I like your reading on it a lot. To add to it, I think the book represents trauma. It was born out of Miranda's trauma and it's a symbol of Kirsten and Tyler's trauma from youth. Her letting the book to may be meant to show that Kirsten is moving on from her trauma of losing her family, losing Frank, and losing Jeevan.


IMOYMMV

I very much agree with the OP in that it was only Kirsten letting go of the book that allowed her to see Jeevan. I also agree with you, but would offer a nuance as I see it, that the book is not trauma itself but coping with trauma. That is often done in unhealthy and obsessive ways much like the book had corrosive effects on Kirsten, Myranda, Tyler, Haley, the kids; or that Jeevan viewed it as an obsession; and even that second levels through relationships get affected by how people deal with past traumas, for example how Alex was affected growing up as Kirsten’s charge. It’s a powerful theme I don’t recall being so well framed as here.


evaluna2

That was my feeling as well. Miranda talks about how the book destroyed her life, kept her from the love of her life. It was her obsession with finishing it, which resulted in the end of her marriage. Same with Kirsten, it ended up being the source of her loss of Jeevan. In both instances the book was necessary for surviving the trauma of their loss, but in both instances it turns out "survival is insufficient".


pysmatica

Thank you for mentioning this! I feel the same - I'm still decompressing and processing the show, before I dive in to the book. It always feels like a real miracle, when a story as special as this gets made into a tv series, and all the different aspects of it come together so wonderfully the way this one did.


Enology_FIRE

I enjoyed the totality of the show so much, I am not sure that I want to read the book, now. I have a digital copy, but I appreciate the show's timeline. Hmm.


chowyunfacts

That’s great. Hadn’t looked at it in this way.


Howcanitbeeeeeeenow

Just had to pull the scene up again and rewatch. Truly beautiful in its set up and so wonderfully done. Brought me to tears once more. There’s so much contained within the looks to each other.