Posted by Connor.
Remember the opening scene of the Heimat mini-series? After the introduction in English with the photo albums, the camera’s attention turned to Paul and was focused on Paul as he returned to his hometown of Schabbach, Germany. After the First World War, the Simon family had finally been reunited. Their beloved soldier Paul was back from the war. Yet it did not seem to be such a joyous occasion. Everyone in the family went about their daily chores. Mathias didn’t really acknowledge Paul as Paul jumped into to help him mend a piece of metal. Wouldn’t you think he’d have been excited/proud that his son had returned home? Eduard went on reading the newspaper with everyone in the room, talking of all the different political events going on in the world. Paul did not seem to care at all that he was home and was blocking everyone out as he dreamed of his comrade who had passed in the war. I know I did not get the sense that this was a very cohesive family unit. Perhaps Reitz was foreshadowing what was to become of the Simon family, a family left in pieces. Did anyone see this coming?
Through four episodes we now see how each member of the Simon family has gone off in their own direction. Paul married Maria and they had two kids, then all of a sudden out of the blue Paul decided to take off for America. Why? Why would Paul who was working on his technology improvements and who had just started a family with a beautiful wife and two gorgeous kids up and leave? Was it PTSD? Could Paul not reacclimate himself to being home after his time at war? Whatever the reason, we have not seen Paul since the scene in the barbershop, and it does not appear that he is going to be returning anytime soon. Besides, Maria has moved on to Otto. If Maria and Otto get together, will Maria and her sons have the same role in the Simon family? Or will they go off in a different direction and lose contact just like Paul has?
Then there is Pauline. Pauline of course married Robert the jeweler, and they haven’t looked back since. Their business is booming and they have settled into their home. Pauline has transformed (quite literally as in the last episode it appeared to be a completely different actor playing her role than in the first couple of episodes) into more of a modernized woman. She did her hair like the famous singer/movie star who Maria and she had witnessed in the theater. What is going to happen with this family? Will Robert and Pauline decide to expand their family? Or will they continue to focus on their business? Will problems arise because Pauline thinks she can do a better job selling the jewelry than Robert because she is a woman and she made more money in a day running the store than he normally does?
The Simon parents are kind of just moving along as everything develops. Both Katherine and Mathias are set in their day to day ways. Katherine fears all the change and gets upset because everything is now bought “on tick”. I feel she worries about what is becoming of her family as all her children are off doing their own thing. The only daily interaction she has with anyone connected to Paul, Pauline, or Eduard is dealing with Anton, Ernst, and Maria. Yet if Maria up and leaves with Otto, then what is left for Kath and Mathias? Do they eventually cave in and go along with the more modernized world? I don’t think they will but who knows? I feel as if Katherine wants Maria to be with Otto so Maria is happy. Kath has seen everything the poor girl has gone through since Paul left. When she goes down late at night she asks if everything is alright. Maria responded, telling her everything was fine that Otto had injured himself, but telling Kath to go to bed. Katherine knew what was going on and she let it happen. She wants Maria to be happy.
Finally there is Eduard. Eduard went to the big city of Berlin and met Lucie, what a character. We all know their story. I’m interested to see what happens between them. How can Eduard continue to put up with Lucie’s flirtatious ways? Will Lucie leave Eduard because of his unwillingness or incapableness to move up higher in the ranks? Or will Eduard leave Lucie? I don’t think things are going to end well between these two. At the end of the last episode Eduard seemed tired and frustrated, almost worn out by Lucie. Eduard said, “I thought I could bring a little of what we had in Berlin here.” Perhaps this was a last ditch effort to rekindle old feelings? I think Eduard has had enough of everything because after his coughing fit at the end of the last episode he told Katherine that there was something nice about being home.
To me this last line that Eduard speaks could be a foreshadowing that perhaps there is hope for the Simon family. Perhaps Eduard will end things with Lucie and return to the household. Perhaps Paul comes home. What do you think is going to happen to this family going forward? Will they continue to live their separate lives? Or will they once again be reunited?