Welcome to our new episode summaries for Vuslat

I’ve always been an avid reader and I’ve always known to NEVER read the last few pages of a book before reading the lot. The book would be spoiled forever. So why didn’t I apply this very basic rule today when the new season of “Vuslat” appeared on the Internet, in Turkish, of which I have just a smattering? My heart screamed “NOOOOOOOOO!” and I felt quite ill at the engagement ceremony unfolding before my very eyes. I could only wonder what game Aziz was playing.

I must own to cheating at the start of the episode as well, impatient for the version which I will, hopefully, understand, and I really didn’t get this one. How did we move from Aziz in his PJ’s and Feride in a frothy peignoir, which seems right and proper after the engagement scene and all the billing and cooing of Season 1, to this travesty? I told myself two things. First, the pyjamas were a letdown, rather more suited to a grandad that the owner of such a sexy baritone voice as Aziz possesses. Something silky, enticing and definitely with an obvious high-end designer label would
have pleased me more and Feride, too, I suspect.

“It’s only a TV programme. Get a grip, woman!” But I don’t really believe that. I fell for OUR HERO ages ago, what with that sexy baritone voice and wicked, knowing smile. I’ve always thought Neslihan made an inspired choice of spouse and if I were many years younger, I’d be jealous.

So, I decided to wait a bit and see what happens between the PJ’s and the stylish engagement gear worn by Nehir. Is he, like so many others of the ensemble, playing a long game? What’s he up to this time, the love rat? And why is poor Feride weeping so? What assumptions am I making before I have the whole story? And who could possibly have the whole story any way, if last season is anything to go by.

I found out that my disgusted switching of the “Close” button on the offending scene was a bit premature. There was more to come and that extra bit created yet another mystery in my mind. More of that later, but I was a bit more hopeful after I watched to the very end, especially for Feride.

As the episode unfolds, there is precious little resolution of last season’s unanswered questions. What we get are more mysteries to ponder. The whole convoluted mess reminds me of a tangled and knotted fishing line which I’ve been trying to put to rights before summer arrives in Aotearoa/New Zealand. You know, knots, tangles, stretchy nylon turned back on itself. And I can’t find the beginning of the spool, nor the end. So it is with this “Vuslat”.

Much of the early part of the episode is given over to reminding us of who the players are in this complex and often bewildering life game. Some of the revelations are startling. For example, we find out that Perihan is dead. How and when is not shown to us, but when Tahsin visits her grave with a bunch of daisies he comments that she “…burned, destroyed and left.” Without the words being said, one is left thinking she died by suicide.

Firat is in jail. Hasibe has promised to get him out and she is blackmailing Tahsin in order to secure her son’s release. Unless Tahsin uses his considerable influence to secure Firat’s freedom, Hasibe will reveal secrets from the past, secrets which can derail Tahsin. He has no choice but to cooperate but calls her for what we all know her to be.
“You’re still the ambitious and greedy Hasibe”

She still plays her greedy money games, taking advantage wherever it suits her, particularly if others are vulnerable to her predatory manoeuvers. It looks as if Feride’s dad has had a stroke. Again, no details about time and cause, just the characteristic shuffle, inability to speak and refusal of one hand to do what his brain commands. Though he tries, he is unable to command his hands to work in his tailoring shop. Hasibe hustles him out of his workplace, but not before his walking stick dislodges a floorboard and he makes a discovery which obviously shocks him. We don’t find out what has so distressed him: he leaves whatever it is there.

Hasibe is dismayed at his attempts to return to the work force. She has sold his shop and wants him out of there before he finds out. The proceeds of the sale she considers to be hers, of course. She is engaged, as usual, in other nefarious deeds including invading others privacy to her own advantage. More and more we recognize the accuracy of Tahsin’s
description of her.

Feride has recovered from the poisoning attack at the end of season one, at least physically. She is clearly very stressed, however, and it’s a while before the reason for that stress is revealed. She’s back at work and struggling with the new regime, not being able to get permission for some unnamed new project. One wonders just how powerful is Nehir’s influence in the company from which Aziz is missing.

Feride carefully waters the plant which has grown from the seed given to her by Aziz. It is a spindly looking thing but she takes care of it in the hope that it will reveal Aziz’s thoughts about her.

“What I want to tell you is hidden in the flower of that bloom”, he had told her and the message that she must wait is underlined by the enigmatic Uncle Abdullah who has a habit of cutting right to the chase. Feride must have patience and wait. For what, we ask.

We are shown that Aziz is still in a coma after four months and the players are waiting for him to emerge. That he is engaged in an almighty internal journey to the core of his soul is not obvious to some who are rather more interested in the power vacuum created by his absence from the family holding. In one terrifying sequence his body is wracked with convulsions and we find that as the outside is shaken to the core, so has the inside fallen through space and time to the destination of its journey.

Abdullah visits Aziz with a plant which he has taken from Salih’s shop and delivers one of his aphorisms to Aziz, this time about the power of God. I am beginning to think of Abdullah as a messenger angel, separate from the rest of the people but profoundly engaged with doing his work as an intermediary between individuals and God.

Aziz hears Salih’s voice as he teaches to the group, the very same lessons that he is learning as he journeys through coma. As the doctor says to Feride and Sultan, one can never know what is going on for people in the coma state.

During this internal voyaging, there are two instances of falling, once concerning the well in which his little brother died s a small child and which we know already haunts Aziz. Then adult Aziz, falls and falls till he reaches rock bottom. This falling theme is a constant for Aziz. The first series began with Aziz dreaming of being in the same well, reaching out. Feride, whom he had yet to meet was a stranger looking down on him in the well, a strange and enigmatic presence. That season of “Vuslat” ended with both Feride, now his beloved fiancée, and himself falling to the ground as a result of drinking the poisoned water with which Perihan, his mother had planned to eliminate Feride from his life.

Salih has gathered a group of his acolytes together. There is the usual mix of tired old men and eager youngsters gathered in his antique shop. They are puzzled that there has not been a session of Satranc-I Urefa, the game which Salih conducts for them.

He explains the true purpose of the game as a tool to bring the souls of the players closer to God, to facilitate their soul journeys. He takes the opportunity to explain its origins and purpose. That is to obey God, learn to deal with this world, to wake up. Salih says they are waiting for a special someone, a missing passenger to be present before they play again. This must be Aziz. It seems that his soul has been the focus of the past few series of games. When he fell, poisoned at the fashion parade, the counter had fallen from the game board in a parallel descent.

The reason for the sequence of tangled flashbacks mixed with current events is revealed when we learn that Aziz has ben in a coma for four months. The frightening convulsion occurs just before he wakes and signals to us just how intense is his internal self- confrontation.

When he does wake, he asks Feride
“Who are you?” and it seems he has not remember her: she is devastated Conversely Nehir is overjoyed that her rival seems to have been cut out of the picture with Aziz’s “forgetting” and in a terrifyingly adroit move not only tells Aziz that they were due to get engaged before his injury ,she arranges a party that very night to re-introduce Aziz to the Istanbul business society. Her real purpose, with the collusion and enthusiastic support of Tahsin is to announce her engagement to Aziz, who seems to be a distracted and disconnected as Nehir speaks to the guests.

Kerem has already called her out for her manipulations, calling her a snake and asking her what she will do once Aziz is properly awake. As well, Sultan tells Nehir that Aziz does not love her. But nothing and no-one will be allowed to stand in her way. Nehir intends to flaunt her success in Feride’s face. Both she and Tahsin are keen to have the two married as soon as possible. Impediments to their plan are swept away, including the loyal nanny who has been in the family since the children were small.
Sultan is threatened by Tahsin who is very keen to ally his family to the major source of power which is Nehir’s family. The alliance will, he says be good for the holding.

Little do they know, and this is the piece I missed when I looked at the end before watching the whole episode is that Aziz is dissembling. Despite his questions about his mother’s whereabouts which are designed to throw others off his trail, visiting her grave, he spills out his real purpose.

“I’m burying the Korkmazer surname in the soil with you, Mom.Everyone is gonna understand the meaning of the Saint (Aziz) adjective from now on. I’ll live with my name.”

Two questions among the many posed by this intriguing episode;
-whose is the hand on his shoulder in the cemetery?
-and is he pretending to not know Feride so he can keep her away and safe from what he is about to do, whatever that entails? He surely must know how devastated she is.

Written by: Judith Kelleher.


You can watch live on Show TV every Thursday at 8 pm Turkish time. Or on Youtube on Show Tv’s official channel.


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