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.
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?)
I’ll try not to post spoilers in during my ramblings and focus more on the tiny details I noticed per episode and the questions that each invariable brings. First off, I am so in love. Ha Woo Jin continues to be the best male K-drama lead I have seen in years. I squealed so hard at that “I won’t let Da-Jung get hurt” bit and the “In want to see her dream realized” bit. Can I fall even more in love with this man?
That being said things are starting to heat up. Kang Do-Young sudden (not so surprising when you think about it) entrance into the game has resulted the stakes being raised for our hero and heroine. More so,now that he actively appears to be pursuing WooJin. I’m super worried that his supposed overreaching when making this second promise (that resulted in Jamie leaving his prty) is but a ploy. Kang Do Young (henceforth KDY) is not the sort to simply make mistakes without there being an ulterior motive and I am honestly scared for Ha WooJin (henceforth HWJ) and Nam DaJung (Henceforth NDJ) as to what this may mean.
(hello fake look of surprise. KDY is such a delicious villian. Please stay that way!) Continue reading
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