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Kill Me Heal Me Ep 15 Review (and why it’s not noble idiocy)

I made the mistake (?) of watching the previews of eps 15 and 16 before watching episode 15 today. And honestly, after seeing those previews I was tempted to skipped this week’s episodes. The pain and angst in there nearly made my teeth ache and I thought back to what I wrote about a week ago on my fear that Dohyun would start to treat Rijin like a china doll and that Ri on would begin to posture and argue that he knew what was better for Rijin than she did. Yet a brief clip within the related videos of Dohyun weeping while speaking of Rijin made my change my mind. I skimmed over it briefly, awed by Ji Sung’s acting as usual but Ri On’s tears gave me pause. Plus I love this show too much to do it the disservice of skipping a part of the narrative

So despite the inherent stupidity and noble idiocy that I felt was coming, I went ahead with watching episode 15.

I honestly don’t know what to do anymore. I was completely and utterly wrong in so many ways. It feels like ym heart’s been used for target practice. How am I still breathing?

Yes, Rijin is going to be sent away for her own good. But firstly, this isn’t about Ri on and Dohyun knowing what’s best for Rijin and making decisions on her behalf without her input on the matter. Both men, Dohyun especially, have the horrible misfortune of being placed in an untenable position involving her. Dohyun can’t simply go up to her and blurt out that he’s recovered his memories. He can’t tell her what he’s learned due to how awful, disgusting and traumatic those events were for her. Due to how damn guilty he feels, even though it was something so far out of his control, and out of fear that he’ll shatter the life she’s made for herself. This was the same decision Ri on had to make all those years ago when he found the truth. Should he tell her and risk seeing her hurt and breaking the Oh family up? Or should he remain silent and bear the weight of it, watching her live her life as the bright empathetic person she is? He chose the latter and so does Cha Dohyun. Not because they don’t think her strong enough to handle the pain that will follow (both are quite aware and appreciative of what a strong person she is) but simply because they know it’s going to be long and arduous healing process. Learning that you were horribly abused as a child isn’t going to come easy. She’s going to wonder, why her? why didn’t anyone help her? Dohyun knows this because – and the reason is damn heartbreaking- he’s asked himself those same questions night after painful night. He, who wanted more than anything to love and be loved, knows what she’s going to feel, and never ever would he even think of putting her through that.

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Dear Kill Me Heal Me, what have you done to me? (and why Ji Sung is love)

I have two chapters of statistics and over three chapters of physics to get through, not to mention my french essay but screw all that. Because Kill Me Heal Me is killing me. I love this show. You guys are going to think this is yet another of my hyperbolic exclamations but seriously, dramaland is killing it this year (pun intended) because I’ve fallen so far down the rabbit-hole I don’t see myself getting back up. Ever.

(Edit: I honestly wrote this about a week ago, but kept having trouble with setting up the gallery so I postponed putting it up. Episodes 15 and 16 promise angst a plenty which this show has strayed away from quite a bit so I’m not too upset that it’s here. I just hope it’s resolved quickly for Rijin, Dohyun and Ri on’s sake. Rollercoaster of feels, here I come)

Ji Sung’s acting is beyond brilliant, and has ruined me for most other actors. I can’t even watch Faith without seeing Lee Min Ho’s stilted acting and making mental comparisons to how smexy and perfect Ji Sung would have been in the role. The last twenty minutes of episode 14 today honestly gave me goosebumps. And that ending? I was honestly trembling at the raw anger and horror and sheer pain in his eyes, his tears, hell his snot and the crazy wild-eyed terror in his eyes was…I honestly have no words to do it justice. Bravo, Ji Sung, bravo. Hwang Jung Eum and Park Seo Joon and the awesome Oh Family hit it out of the park, and break the fourth wall with such cheer and joy that you can’t help but want to be there, and be a part of it. The handling of Ri On and Dohyun’s relationship, rivalry and (b)romance (oh Yona!) is  nuanced and warm. The mysteries surrounding the Cha family (well those that pertain to Dohyun that is) finally come to light in a manner that’s horrifying, painful and so damn brilliant I want to cry. The promise of atonement Dohyun ground out while sobbing (and his vow of vengeance) to Evil Mom was an eerie echo of what Segi did to Evil Grandma. The two are definitely on the same side now. Continue reading “Dear Kill Me Heal Me, what have you done to me? (and why Ji Sung is love)”

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Pinocchio, Kill Me Heal Me (and why Doctor Frost makes my heart ache)

My poor blog is once again suffering from neglect. I blame the start of the second semester of my second year in university (booooo). I’ve been regularly keeping up with dramas nevertheless. Honestly, the first I do when I get home is open the torrent files on my client xD It bothers me that I can’t recap them, but I’m honestly plumb out of time, what with the evil monster that is physics and my other…commitments. Actually no,that’s just me trying to say that I’ve been stuffing every waking hour with as many books, movies and dramas as possibles, while being forced to endure hours of boring lectures, and even more dreadful homework and assignments. Oh, and I’ve that book to write as well. Ugh. It’s just as well that this is a post on procrastination since I haven’t even gotten to the main topic yet.

Pinocchio concluded it’s 10 week run two weeks ago (TWO WEEKS? Where did the time fly? And I adored the fitting ending (complete with WEDDING DRESS, Thank you for the fanservice, writer-nim). I’ll admit that this dramas had its share of downs for me. The noble idiocy, the unnecessary angst (see eps 5, 6, 7, 13 and 14) and being beaten over the head with thematic statements was a little too much, and results in this work being far less comparable to Park Hye Run’s previous wonder: I Hear Your Voice. Yet, there were those moments within the show: In Ha firing Dal Po’s agonized words to her mother, Dal Po choosing to take the higher road time after time, Cap, Yoo Rae, Bum Jo’s sacrifice, Grandpa and Dad being perfect, Mom being properly humbled. Moment like that really held this show together, and gave the viewer a sense of awe, and hope. But more than that, it gave them a world where even the most unjust of injustices could be corrected, no matter how many years later, a world where people could heal and be healed, and be loved no matter what (hyung, Bum Jo’s mother). And to do that with such earnestness and joy isn’t easy. But Pinocchio did it, and I’m grateful to have made its acquaintance. Farewell, In Ha and Dal Po, I hope to see Park Shin Hye and Lee Jong Suk together on-screen sometime again. They’ve fantastic chemistry and have clearly done wonders for each other’s career (*coughcough*, I think PSH has cleared herself of that Frozen fish label?). Hopefully they’ll pull a Ji Sung and Hwang Jung Eum and work more of that magic over another good tale? One thing’s for sure, I’ll be down for the ride.

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Speaking of which, having a pair of established actors, who’ve already shown sizzling chemistry in a previous work, reunite so quickly must be a first for Kdramaland. I don’t think I’ve ever seen or heard of a ship reuniting so quickly, besides the PSH Yonghwa couple, and even that was two years later. This is barely over a year. But hey, I’m not complaining. Ji Sung is love, and regardless of how I feel about what Hwang Jung Eum is doing to her face, she can act, as evidenced in Secret. But that’s not the only great thing about these two. Kill Me Heal Me sounded like an absolute trainwreck until the first teaser came out with Ji Sung the Beautiful. Holy Moly Ravioli. Lee Bo Young is one lucky woman (As is Ji Sung to have such a perfect wife). Ji Sung not only pulls off ALL SEVEN personalities with aplomb and finesse, but his perfection even extends to the main persona. See, there’s always the risk with a personality as magnetic as Shin Se Gi, that the main character turns out a bit lacking. But Cha Do Hyun is…just marry me already. A chaebol who’s not a snooty brat? Sign me up. I love how he not only establishes each persona as highly individual, but extends a few of their characteristics to the main personality. Shin Se Gi’s brains (and if you ask me, a bit of that charisma as well), Perry Park’s haplessnesss, Ahn Yo Sub’s sorrow, Cha Do Hyun embodies all these things and more. And he’s so damn gentle, I can’t stop the squeals whenever he appears on screen. Scratch that, I can’t stop squealing. Period. My mom and sister now believe me to be a mental patient. They may be right. I’m loving the direction KHMH is heading and I really hope that we’ll focus more on the characters and personas, as well as how their past ties them together as opposed to chaebol inheritance thingamabobberies (because those are just dumb, and no one likes Mean Grandma anyway). And if Hwang Jung Eum tones down the screaming (please?) just a bit for the remainder of the show, we’re set in for a hell of a good ride.
Gosh I love this show!

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(Marry me, Cha Do Hyun!)

And speaking of good rides. Doctor Frost    evolved into the most abysmal waste of a good concept that I’ve ever seen. I stuck by this show faithfully, ignoring the wise words over at HanCinema and I get rewarded with dogshit. Literally, I don’t know whether I’m so pissed at this show because I expected so much, or because it’s just dumb. Put a pair of good actors like Song Chang Eui, Lee Yoon Ji, Jung Chae Eun and the fellow who plays Cheon Sang Won (and played that role for half a billion other shows), and you end up with this mess? The show is lackluster to say the least, even the previews for the next episode fail to inspire interest. After ep 6, I was honestly weeping tears of blood in disappointment (okay so slight exaggeration there). But gosh, what a waste of such good talent. The recaps likely won’t be continuing. Firstly because of school, and secondly because I’ve a book to write and not enough time to use on recapping (Forgive me Song Chang Eui, you did your best). To the wonderful people who’ve even googled the name of this blog in hopes of Doctor Frost recaps (I don’t who you are, random person, but you made my day with that search term) and to those who’ve been following the recaps on this blog the whole time, I sincerely apologize. Firstly, for how late the recaps were in coming, secondly for the fact that I’m not continuing them and thirdly, if you still love the show and I’m raining over your parade. I’m really sorry about this, and really grateful that this blog has gained the number of view it has over the pat three months. I’m really truly grateful for each and every person who reads/skims these pages. Thank you all so much!

I’ll continue a bit more in the next post. I think I’m going to need more space for the Healer squeefest.