What a ride. What a magnificent ride. Just when I thought it impossible, Liar Game has outdone itself once more. I’m going to miss this show like crazy…during the interim months until the second season that is! (And yes, I think we can definitely say that there is going to be one).
Get ready for a super long analysis. There was so much sheer perfection in this episode, I’m surprised I managed to get anything written at at all! It wasn’t entirely about our three leads this season finale, as the bonds that sprung up during the course of the show proved sturdy. Our secondary characters rose magnificently to the occasion, proving NDJ’s philosophy with gusto. Jamie remains a scene-stealer, and I hope to see more of her next season as well!
(Did someone just mention me?)
We start off with NDJ being cornered in the bathroom by Director Jang, who spews his nonsense about KDY and HWJ working together. Seriously dude, do ratings and company capital matter so much to you that you’re willing to stoop this low? And I take back everything I ever said about NDJ’s sudden distrust of HWJ. Man, this show has a way with editing previews that puts me on edge. Continue reading
The preview for Liar Game’s 11th episode has been out since Friday, though I unfortunately didn’t have the ability to expunge by fears, and excitement about it. First off, THE PAINTING IS BACK!!!! Those who’ve been following the show will undoubtedly remember that moment when HWJ raced off to save his girl from KDY’s wiles (and $15000 bottles of wine) and focused on a painting in the corner for a few seconds. Well the preview shows HWJ entering a dark and musty room of sort, after which the scene cuts to a painting falling from his grasp, as he clutches his head in agony saying “This is…”.
I’ve quite a few wild theories on what it could mean and I’m just going to let them loose. This is Liar Game after all, you can’t trust anyone.
My theory is that the painting is one of the memory triggers they use in hypnosis and the like. Then, DY had a dual purpose in inviting DJ to his place: to get those pictures of her and secondly to get HWJ racing off (to protect his girl) to his place where he’d see the painting. Thus, seeing it again in episode 11 would then serve to bring back HWJ’s repressed memories.
Managing to pull myself away from Liar Game’s engrossing beauty, I decided to explore Pinocchio’s urban fantasy world. It was almost a preparation of sorts for Liar Game’s inevitable finale next week and my way of adjustment to a post-Liar Game dramaverse. I rarely fall hard for dramas, most fall into realms I’ve categorized as: overrated, sudden death by plot (*coughcoughTrotLovers*), or contrived. And I’m glad to say that Pinocchio is (as of yet) none of those. This year in dramas has been a pleasant surprise, from the beautiful Miss Korea that brought me back into K-dramas to the magnificent Liar Game that cemented my stay.
Pinocchio’s first episodes brings up the same sense of injustice that characterized the start of I Hear Your Voice (which was by the same screenwriter) and I’m looking forward to seeing how our lead’s fateful connection plays out, seeing that this isn’t IHYV where one saved the other, but where pieces of Choi Inha (CIH) are a painful reminder of the injustice Choi DalPo (formerly Ki HaMyung) endured. The characters pop straight into your screen, with LJS building off his younger counterpart seamlessly, and PSH turning a surprisingly less bland performance than I’d have thought. Her naivete is a bit grating at the moment (unlike NDJ which just makes me want to give her a hug) but as it’s explained away as part of her small-town upbringing and the Pinocchio syndrome that will characterize this drama, I’m looking forward to watching her mature.
I have no words. This episode was absolutely incredible for start to finish. Liar Game has outdone itself in term of production quality, storytelling, characterization, need I go on? Every episode is jam-packed with revelation after revelation, like peeling back the layers of an onion. And it’s so brilliant I can scarce breathe when watching it. This episode focuses particularly on the bonds between our characters, particularly how NDJ has the ability to gain trust so easily. NDJ really gets her moment to shine, time after time within this episode, treading boldly where she’d have shied before. HWJ, is surprised, proud and amused when NDJ boldly decides to take a whole $50K more, than the $5K he asked for.
While JDG’s betrayal was sudden and shocking, his motives were what one might expect, a desire to protect NDJ and fear that HWJ was using her to win the game. Yet betrayal was betrayal, as Jamie noted. But DJ and HWJ’s quiet forgiveness of DG was what got me teary-eyed. Seeing DG sobbing into HWJ’s arms, was super moving as were HWJ’s gentle words. “We’re finally one team.” (I love this man so much!)
(Yes, YES, YES!)
That. was. INCREDIBLE. I’ve watched. I’ve re-watched it. And I’m probably going to watch it again. I have yet to see Episode 10 (which will probably happen sometime today, as I’m awful at balancing university life with overly additive shows) but I honestly won’t be able to function until I do. I think I’ve calmed down enough over the past 9 and a half hours to get my thoughts down, so here goes.
For some reason, I cannot help dissecting each and every part of this show, which is strange as I’m normally one to leave things at that. Perhaps it’s because there’s just so much packed into each beautiful episode. I also like to think that it’s the best way to pay tribute to great storytelling: to think and talk about it. Regardless of the fact that these people are characters, I like to think of them as people. Heaven knows, I believe that’s what the writer(of the manga and the screenwriter of this drama) would have wanted and what she/he would have thought. I did think that there was a little less NDJ in the past two episodes than I’d have liked ( I do love her as well). But the coming two appear to make up for that.