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.
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.
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.
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.
(You sure you have time for that, honey?)
Or Lee Sang Yoon to be precise. My computer is presently jam-packed with screencaps of his gorgeousness, his brooding eyes and his…anything really. Honestly, I watched Angel Eyes while it was airing and thought he was adorable, but here? Phew! Boy heats up my screen.
Uh…yeah…not obsessed at all. Honestly, he barely had any screentime in the first ep, so I just went on thinking that this would be your typical K-drama-ized version of a story, blablabla. And then. That ending, when he stretches out his hand. It was barely one second. But I sat up and went, “oh shit”. Love at first sight, with this fellow.
I honestly found it a full 180 since his last role, he’s gritty, he’s ingenious and he knows it. He works super well with our heroine and umm…dimples, anyone?
I love how Nam Da Jung bring out a softer side in him, and I absolutely adore how he wasn’t one of those dawdling, noble hero/ arm-dragging he-men, who just always know best for you no matter what. He isn’t telling her what to do because he’s better than her. He’s telling her how to win, because he genuinely wants to help her, by her request. And I have so much respect for a man that can just go up and call himself her possession without being torn to angsty bits over it, or worrying that its demeaning him. this is a guy who knows want he wants (answers) and means to get them WITHOUT hurting anyone. (K-drama heroes you have a lot to learn from Ha Woo Jin).
Ha Woo Jin is shrewd, untrusting and…um…a murderer. Is it bad I sorta adore him? It’s hard not to see why he did what he did, and honestly I find him even more appealing for taking justice inot his hands and finishing things as cleanly as that. He doesn’t rationalize his crime, he doesn’t try to make anyone understand, he goes into the slammer, and hell, even the guards owe him favours. I could go one and on about how much I love his character and those brooding eyes in which the barely banked fires of passion flare. But that would take ten more pages. Continue reading