Zombie: So I know more happened this week than our OTP finally admitting their feelings for each other but honestly, all I can think about at the moment is THAT KISS!
Drama Debussie: No wonder this episode started with fireworks! It was an indication of what was to come. You know, as much as it may suck to only have one episode this week, we were certainly given some good things to hold us over when we finally get back to our regular schedule. Suck it, Asian Games, for preempting our show schedule!!
Zombie: I’d probably be a whole lot more upset about only having one episode if it wasn’t such a good one but as it is, I’m okay with what we were given. At least we have some good stuff to talk about!
DD: Good stuff like Hong Bin’s dad (I always forget/block out his name) creepily trying to get to know his grandson? I mean, I almost felt for him this week but then I was reminded how scary he can be when he’s angry at one of his sons for things like failing grades. Seriously, he’s terrifying.
Zombie: No kidding! I originally thought Hong Bin’s mom was the one to really fear but this week proved Jang Won is really the one who invokes terror. Goodness! That man has such a horrid temper! I’m so afraid he’s going to scar Hong Joo as much as he’s scarred Hong Bin and then we’re going to end up with two “blade men” on our hands. Poor Chang can’t become a third!
DD: At least we know where Hong Bin gets his temper from. Jang Won also seems to have a major problem with the women in his children’s lives. For a guy that seemed to be pretty busy when it came to all the women in his life you would think he would be all for his sons doing the same. I guess not. To be fair, all of the women that we’ve met seem to come with many issues (like love children) so I could see why he wouldn’t want his kids to be distracted from the life he may have planned out for them. Nevertheless, his determination to destroy every relationship and crush they have is horrible. Just because you got distracted by not keeping it in your pants doesn’t mean they will be too!
Zombie: It’s not like Hong Bin or Hong Joo have done anything wrong in the first place. Just because they were caught crushing on a girl doesn’t mean their lives are over! I don’t get Jang Won’s obsession with ruining the lives of his sons just because they found a girl they like. What’s the big deal? It’s part of being human. Is that so wrong?
DD: Maybe Hong Bin will show his dad his “other” side and scare him right out that big habit of his.
Zombie: Wouldn’t that be nice? Actually, that really would be nice. Then Jang Won could see just how detrimental his treatment has been to his children. If he could see the physical scars (not really sure how else to describe those blades…) he’s left on his children, maybe he’s change his ways. I know he was pretty adamant about not ever-changing but c’mon! Is he really so cold-hearted that he’d be okay with knowing his children are suffering so much and it’s all because of him?
DD: Sounds like a classic case of a father raising his children the way his father raised him simply because he doesn’t know any other way. It’s not the healthiest method, but it’s the only one he knows. That’s why I’m hoping we can finally delve into Hong Bin’s relationship with Chang. So far we haven’t explored it much which only leads me to believe watching the progression will be EPIC. I’d love to see Hong Bin take the first steps to break the stormy (pun intended) relationship between father and son that has likely been passed on from generation to generation. Hong Bin can’t expect Se Dong to be the emotional bridge between them forever. She’s got her own issues!
Zombie: I think Hong Bin is finally starting to take some steps, albeit baby steps, in that direction. At least after that lecture Se Dong gave him, he took the time to sit down with Chang and ask him what it was he wanted to tell him at the amusement park. I think the fact that Chang opened up to him, if only for a little bit, shows that they’re making progress. I also think that being able to see himself through his son’s eyes is really going to hit Hong Bin hard. The fact that Chang looked to Hong Bin as a place of refuge really seemed to surprise Hong Bin, which totally makes sense if he’s spent his entire life afraid of his father. It seemed unfathomable to Hong Bin that his son might actually look to him for comfort when he’s scared or hurt or whatever, says a lot about his relationship with Jang Won. There’s a lot of healing that needs to take place here and I think Chang is just as important to Hong Bin’s healing as Se Dong.
DD: Speaking of healing, the scenes where Tae Hee’s parents, Chang, and Hong Bin had to finally let Tae Hee go in their own way was heartbreaking yet freeing all at the same time. Her mother’s scene especially. Once she was able to come to terms with the fact that Tae Hee was gone, she allowed Hong Bin to do the same. Honestly, I expected the release of Tae Hee to come much later, but it came now which I could never complain about. R.I.P. Tae Hee.
Zombie: Oh my goodness! I was bawling during Hong Bin and Chang’s little memorial service for Tae Hee. It was so sad and sweet and liberating all at the same time. It was certainly something that needed to happen and I’m so glad it did. There’s more than needs to happen in this story and that can’t happen until Hong Bin lets Tae Hee go. He needs to move on with his life if he’s ever going to heal and he can’t do that if he’s holding onto the pain of his past. Now that he’s finally let Tae Hee go, those wounds can start to heal and Se Dong can step in as the kiss to make them better.
DD: I’m so glad you said kiss because I don’t think there’s any bigger highlight this week than the one they shared! And it couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m so glad she confessed but I’m even more glad that he can finally stop stalking/smelling her without her knowledge. It was getting weird.
Zombie: I suppose it was a little awkward but at the same time, I loved watching Hong Bin trying to sneak sniffs every now and then. He was always so weird when he did that, it never failed to crack me up. Ugh! Can I just say, I’m so glad these two have finally confessed. (Well, at least Se Dong did, Hong Bin just kinda skipped the confession and went straight for the kissing.) The tension between these two was getting to be almost too much so I’m glad they’ve finally moved on. At least now when Hong Bin decides to torture Se Dong with unplanned meetings at work and infuriating texts, she can take some comfort in knowing it’s all because he likes her and not because he’s trying to maker her life miserable. Okay, so maybe she won’t be able to take much comfort in that but still…
DD: I was certainly starting to have those moments where I would be screaming at the screen, ‘DO YOU NOT SEE HOW PERFECT YOU TWO ARE FOR EACH OTHER?! Someone say something! ANYTHING!’ It’s a special type of drama rage that most dramatics are familiar with. The tension was too much. The next hurdle is whether they will go straight into a relationship, or some unforeseen circumstance will delay them. Knowing how this usually goes, I’m going to assume the latter. There’s also the fact that Hong Bin still doesn’t know what the hell he transforms into or why.
Zombie: Seeing as how there are twenty episodes to this drama and we’re only on episode seven, it’s pretty safe to say there’s going to be a whole lot of crap standing in the way of this relationship. I don’t see Se Dong being the type of person to just cling to a man just because he’s kissed her and I can totally see Hong Bin being the type to back off a bit and try to play hard to get. (Though that wouldn’t really work for him seeing as how he’s been chasing Se Dong around for pretty much ever.) I think more than what these two will try to put up between themselves, there’s going to be a whole lot of outside forces trying to keep them apart. First of all, like you said, Hong Bin’s got this whole Blade Man thing he’s still trying to figure out and you know Se Dong’s going to find out about that sooner or later and that right there’s enough to drive a wedge between them. Second, we can’t rule out the very real possibility that Jang Won is going to do everything in his power to keep Se Dong away from both of his sons and his grandson. The meddling Butler Yoon is going to make sure he keeps tabs on Se Dong and as she reports everything to Jang Won, thing are only going to get worse as the relationship between Se Dong and Hong Bin progresses. Third, Hong Joo is going to be devastated when he learns Se Dong has chosen his brother over him and though I don’t see that being a major issue, Se Dong is still tender-hearted enough to try to keep both Hong Joo and Hong Bin happy, which could potentially cause some problems… I don’t see them being anything major but there’s still that possibility.
DD: Nothing major but likely a point of contention between the brothers seeing that their relationship is already mysteriously shaky. While I understand the importance of a writer keeping us in suspense by keeping the main couple apart for as long as possible by throwing every obstacle they could possible find in their way, I’m a huge proponent of main couples establishing their relationship early so that they fight the obstacles together instead of separately. Sure, fighting their own demons before involving someone else in their lives is usually preferred, but I think it would be important for Hong Bin to understand that the woman he loves is not always going to disappear when things are at their worst (or when she realizes he has blades that comes out of his body). So far it sounds like Tae Hee didn’t have much of a choice, but I would like to see things turn out differently between Hong Bin and Se Dong because, well, they aren’t the same as Hong Bin and Tae Hee. I’m not sure how his abilities will tie in with everything that is happening (I’m pretty damn nervous about that actually), but I’m starting to trust the writer’s vision even if I can’t see the endgame right now. I can only assume they will be closely related to the fight they have waiting for them. Se Dong and her dwarves seem to have their own battle as well. So many routes to explore in this show. We haven’t even hit the halfway mark!
Zombie: I think that’s why we’re loving this as much as we are, because there are so many routes to explore and they’re all equally fascinating. I do think that for Hong Bin to face his demons, he’s going to need Se Dong by his side. It’s obvious he hasn’t fared so well on his own and it’s only after meeting Se Dong that he’s been able to come to terms with Tae Hee’s passing and his own condition. While Hong Bin may be able to deal with some issues on his own, for the big ones, he’s going to need Se Dong by his side and honestly, she’s the perfect person for the job. Her heart is so big, her sincerity is so real and her love is unconditional which means she’s going to be able to accept Hong Bin just as he is and I think that’s going to end up being the key to his healing.
So tell us, what are your thoughts on this week’s episode of Iron Man? Are you as giddy as we are over Hong Bin and Se Dong’s kiss? Are you as worried as we are about the meddling of Jang Won? Where do you see things between Se Dong and Hong Bin going from here? Will they start a relationship right away or will there be obstacles standing between them? Any thoughts on Hong Joo? How will he handle things once he realizes his brother has stolen his girl? How will things work out between Chang and Hong Bin? What about Chang and his grandfathers? Which grandfather will win out in the end? Any thoughts? As always, we’d love to know what you’re thinking so be sure to leave us a comment below!
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