Holy Cow! Episode 8 of Liar Game

First off…YES! I was right about DG’s first promise! It feels so good to work along with HWJ. Nevertheless, our hero didn’t get to save his false promise for the end thanks to KDY’s machinations. But that wasn’t all that occurred. We came around to the moment I dreaded upon seeing this episode preview.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h50m49s135

This scared me. HWJ has always had his emotions under tight leash. There’s a startling similarity between him and KDY in that sense. Hence why this burst of emotion is all the more frightening. In that instant he realized he’d missed something. Infallible as he was, some part of KDY’s plan had slipped past him. That registered on some level, and frightened him. That something could lead to him losing the game, to losing the answers he’d searched so hard to find. And so he cracked for an instant, emotion leaking through. But our hero rallied soon enough, and I heaved a sign of relief. Too soon. Watching the previous episode did make me wonder if HWJ was getting perhaps a tad overconfident. He seemed to be to calm, too collected.

vlcsnap-2014-11-11-22h24m25s250

(You sure you have time for that, honey?)

But as the third election approached and HWJ visibly relaxed, the hairs on my spine started to rise. He’d dropped his guard far too soon, reassuring NDJ, smiling faintly at DG’s praise.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h55m58s145 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h56m07s247 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h56m13s49 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h07m43s32 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h16m23s105 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h16m29s173

This isn’t to say that HWJ has grown arrogant. This a man who knows he has an enemy. His eyes were on KDY at every point, gauging, assessing, trying to stay one step ahead.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h46m46s6

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h46m51s63 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h59m07s250 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h59m12s35

Look at those eyes. That isn’t an arrogant man. KDY’s relaxed demanear and feigned nonchalance don’t fool him for a second.  HWJ clearly knows that something is up, KDY has something up his sleeve. The problem is, he underestimates just what that something is. Even NDJ feels that something is up but HWJ believes its just the others’ greed for money.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h07m38s243

But KDY begins to move. And everything HWJ has worked so hard for begins to shatter. HWJ is no fool, he begins to feel that something is wrong. But it’s far too late. The look in his eyes when he discovers that KDY has already made his next move is chilling. Shock and desperation war for an instant as he says emotionless that they’re “one step behind”.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h20m58s40 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h21m25s59 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h21m51s64

And yet he believes that he can change things, that “there is a way to win” just as he’s managed to do so before.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h23m43s161

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h23m53s241

I will never for the life of me understand why HWJ didn’t let NDJ plead his case towards the others. NDJ has a way with people (including HWJ), if anyone could have brought the others onto their side, it was her. Why go for the game instead?
Scratch that, I know why. HWJ has never seen emotion as anything particularly positive. If anything, he has consistently manipulated them throughout the games (in NDJ’s favour of course) and is more than aware of how fickle they are. Putting his trust in something that wavers so easily would be dangerous, in his view. The cold, heard, clear outlines of a game would appear far more. More so, with a game that involves lying, his specialty. But NDJ noted what he failed to see.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h48m43s53

Something was off. KDY’s obvious flattery had me on the edge of my seat in tension. vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h25m16s72 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h27m29s99 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h27m18s5

(Don’t listen to him!)

You can see it in his eyes. The distrust, the wariness, but at the same time there’s confidence. This is his area of expertise, who could beat him? This is the man who could tell if a book was good or not by reading it upside down. HWJ actually starts to believe that KDY is underestimating him. And so he agrees to the game.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h51m32s198 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h52m34s67 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h54m52s131

He even gloats slightly, assured of his victory. And then everything comes crashing down.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h57m56s215 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h59m51s49

He loses spectacularly. Look at his eyes, that is a man who has just tasted despair. The same fear from the start of this episode when he yelled at the others comes back, magnified a hundredfold. It’s chilling to see him this way, vulnerable and lost. Our infallible hero has failed. This is the true climax of the episode.
Microexpressions are tricky enough as is. To us, it may seem obvious that KDY was faking his movements. After all, we’re seeing it through HWJ, a thousand times magnified, every moment, every detail, laid out for us to see. But imagine what a normal person in HWJ’s shoes would find. They’d see brief flickers of expression flashing here and there. HWJ is extraordinary in being capable of catching each brief flutter and interpreting it. It’s rare enough that he can be forgiven for believing himself the only one capable of it. But the look in his eyes when he realizes that KDY is faking it, is chilling. To control your outward social persona is one thing, to be able to control those barely perceptible microexpressions is frightening. KDY is no ordinary villian, and HWJ sees it too late.

It was heartbreaking to see him make his last stand and close his eyes, hoping to get it right. Only to fail.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h09m27s206

(My poor baby)

This brings us to the issue of what we can see versus what we can’t. HWJ has always been able to see a step (or ten) ahead. People have always been an open book to him. For the first time, he is forced to walk blindly. NDJ on the other, has always walked blindly, trusting everyone unconditionally. And the only two who haven’t broken that trust are DG and HWJ. It’s an interesting dichotomy, as HWJ just had a taste of what it was like in NDJ’s shoes. And it wasn’t good. Perhaps this is, combined with his sense of failure, is what inspires him to say “Don’t trust me too much”. He understands that he’s been her rock this entire time (along with DG) while she was walking blindly before (trying to pay off her father’s debt). And he doesn’t want her to be hurt, should she find the truth behind her dad’s debt.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h13m40s174

(LOOK AT THOSE SAD EYES *cries*)

Onto the supporting characters who really truly shine. This show is unique in that the supporting characters literally run the show. That is, Lawyer Go, Fortuneteller Pippi, Sung Joon, they’re all vital to the game. Our hero and heroine would not be able to progress further without them. I love how well they’re fleshed out. The string of endless supporting characters that populate K-Dramaland are usually either archetypes or caricatures, while leave me yawning as I try to enjoy the drama. Not here. Jamie is gorgeous as always and the KDY + Jamie combo remains lethal as predicted. I’m simultaneously eager and worried for what her “grand role” in the upcoming game is. vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h56m30s111  vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h02m38s47 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h02m43s111.

(Gosh what a creep. Shine SungRok, you fine piece of work).

Got to admit though, I’ve been wondering about his college hoobae reporter friend for a while. Who the hell is she and why does he seem to trust her? I mean this is HWJ, so I can’t help being curious (and irritated) when i see him with a female besides NDJ whom he clearly seems to trust. (Dear Show, can we have her turn evil?)

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h23m22s97 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h22m36s166

Speaking of women, the PD stole my heart once more (even that wrist grab she pulled on KDY). The satisfaction and determination she uttered “This is my show” with had  me cheering. Go PD Lee! Should be interesting to see her up against KDY. Watch out KDY! Your enemies are mounting.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h09m07s13

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-16h56m35s168

DG grabbed my heart in this episode. Not only was it touching to learn more of his backstory, but it demonstrates a growing similarity between NDJ and him. Whether it’s her effect on him or his true nature, I cannot say, but there’s no question that she has touched his life. His tearful wish for her to live well, had me crying and left HWJ deeply shaken.

vlcsnap-2014-11-13-15h39m28s233 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-15h39m39s88 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-15h39m47s172 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-15h41m44s54 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-15h42m14s107 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-15h42m01s223

EYES, EYES, EYES! I envy NDJ. These men love her so much! Hopefully she’ll get her happy ending, KDY or no KDY (I frankly prefer the latter scenario)

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h25m45s4 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-16h14m58s28 vlcsnap-2014-11-13-16h15m36s158

And speak of the devil (pun intended). Holy Cow, he’s chilling! Shin Sungrok takes a fantastic turn as KDY. I doubt I’ll ever be able to look at him without thinking of this. THANK YOU SHOW! THANK YOU. When the issue of motive was raised, I dreaded and anticipated the answer. Was it an ex-girlfriend? A dead girlfiend? Are HWJ and KDY brothers? Was KDY the son of L Company’s CEO? Gosh, the cliches. Because that’s what I’ve come to expect from K-dramas. Villians who make stupid mistakes. Villians who feel the need to tell the hero every single detail of their plans after but a few provoking phrases, villians who are villianous for the stupidest reasons ever (I’m looking at you Big Man). But this? This is beautiful. I did not expect them to say “Walden Two”. I cannot wait to find out more. and neither it appears, can HWJ.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h26m47s115

Notice the board in front of him. It used to hold a compilation of information of those who’d led his mother to death. Now it holds KDY’s past. HWJ’s got a new target, and he won’t stop until he gets him. (Rawr?)

And finally, onto the romance. Honestly, the show has given us every reason to think there is one going on. The OSTs they play only reinforce this, so I’m powering full ahead.  Due to how tightly plotted each episode is, there simply isn’t enough time to flesh out the romance. As such, we’re given tidbits throughout each episode. A look, a smile, a moment of shared warmth. Keep it coming, show. Keep it coming. (Can I have a kiss please?) Take this scene at the end for one.

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h10m05s72

Look at his rigid posture, his despodency is overwhelming. I love how DJ tries to cheer him up (though the tortured expression it evokes, is painful to see).

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h13m04s80

But the look on DJ’s face when DG lets slip that HWJ promised to protect her says it all for me

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h11m48s74

(Oopsies. You go, DalGoo)

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h12m18s134

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h12m01s217vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h12m08s20 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h12m13s64

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-17h12m35s33

(Yeah right, Ha Woo Jin)

Ugh, I cannot wait for the next episode.vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h59m39s59 vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h59m51s188

(I love the way he looks at her)

vlcsnap-2014-11-12-15h58m48s51

They honest deserve a happy ending and I can’t wait to cheer them on as they race towards it. But our intrepid hero and heroine have to take KDY down first. Then we can get to more moments like this.

Fighting for NDJ,vlcsnap-2014-11-13-22h37m04s168

(Yes I do)

…remaining protective after said attackers have fled…vlcsnap-2014-11-13-22h37m25s124

..fleeing creditors with NDJ…vlcsnap-2014-11-13-22h47m51s230

..making promises together…vlcsnap-2014-11-13-22h53m10s95

..having cute tugs-of-war…vlcsnap-2014-11-13-22h55m20s116

and my personal favourite…vlcsnap-2014-11-13-23h02m38s145

…almost-kissing…vlcsnap-2014-11-13-22h56m29s53

Hurry up and get there you two!

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s