Pierre ( Paul Dano
), the bespeckled cuckolded count, finished his pistol duel as expected, stumbling and wounding his bullying house guest. Then he meets a gravel-voice stranger, none other than Osip Alexeevich Bazdeev ( Ken Stott
), familiar as a murderous kidnapper from the TV series, "The Missing" ( forum post
). Bazdeev puts Pierre on a path to Freemasonry and Pierre sets out to aid his serfs. Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, seen last week bayoneted, dying, and admiring the battlefield sky, stuns his family when he returns home. He's depressed until he and Natasha fall in love, but the romance is put on hold for a year at the request of the prince's father.
Story editing, mixed with too many ads, often seems abrupt. Scriptwriter Andrew Davies
, or others, so far haven't included the clever letter-reading scene transitions from some of Davies' many works, such as the 1995 (Blu-ray release) series "Pride and Predjudice." The actors could provide more links through narration and musings as scene lead-ins. Also, without getting into Cecil B. DeMille land, dropping so much from the novel (see OP) calls for some type of overall narration, letting viewers know what's going on with Napoleon--beyond the Geico ads :-)--and the history of the period. -- John
EDIT: Noticed a guide blurb classifying this as 'women's genre'. Thought the trimming was mostly for length initially. Couldn't grasp W&P being warped to that extent, so signed off permanently part way into episode 3.