In my never ending attempt to be honest while living this drama lifestyle, I’ll start with the obvious in that this week’s episodes were a little off-kilter but when is this show ever not been off-kilter? Nevertheless, it still managed to be beautifully executed. Seems that Wookie’s real life vocal rest forced the show to start really delving into the emotional journeys of each character…And I loved it!
Granted, it was hard not hearing our hero’s voice for the majority of the episode 10, but watching him process his actions at the amusement park didn’t really need words. It’s bad enough that he was not able to control his anger so much that he was willing to attack Hong Joo’s mother because she hurt Se Dong, but the fact that he was not able to control himself when Se Dong stepped in to protect Hong Joo’s mother is even worse. No matter how much Hong Bin would like to protect Se Dong, how can he protect her from what may her biggest threat? Himself and the abilities that are triggered when he’s blinded by anger.
Speaking of anger, there seems to be quite of lot in not only him, but in his family members as well. Safe to say we would all be angry considering the circumstances. Hong Bin lost all of the nurturing influences in his life (with the exception of lovable Secretary Go, of course) early on but, just as with Kim Tae Hee, the sooner he realizes he is not the only one who lost people they cared about, the sooner he may be able to find peace with his family. Se Dong asked him to make peace with his family not only because of their blood relation but also because she knows that he can’t establish a relationship with others if he can’t find peace with the ones that made him who is.
The only difference is that none of his family members seem to grow blades from their bodies and have bone crushing powers when they access that anger. Se Dong made a great observation this week when she pointed out that no one in the Joo family listens to anyone. They all have the same problems in that they isolate their pain so that it becomes something they can hold on to to use as ammunition against each other. It’s unhealthy and is passed down to each generation.
Although, in the words of Bob Dylan, I feel a change comin’.
Just like Chang has done to all of us, he’s snuck his way in Hong Bin’s heart and it’s so achingly sweet to watch Hong Bin not only navigate fatherhood but the type of fatherhood he has never experienced. The type that is caring, nonjudgmental, compassionate, and understanding. It’s not just Se Dong that makes him want to be a better man but Chang as well.
While I hope that Hong Bin will be able to make peace with his dad so that he can begin to harness his anger for the good of those that surround him, I think at this point the most we can ask for is that Jang Won respects Hong Bin enough to not interfere with his love life. In his attempt to ensure that his sons aren’t weak, Jang Won turned them into fearful, insecure, and emotionally helpless boys-turned-men. While they were given the tools to be excel in business, they were robbed of the opportunity to love others and be loved in return. Of course, when something is taken from us, it’s our decision to fight for it.
Hong Bin’s fight is not only romantic (and many times adorable/hilarious) but contagious! Hong Joo is willing to move to the States with his mom just so he can get her away from Se Dong and the emotional trauma she is sure to inflict before it’s all said and done. It’s sad but it also helps to know that Hong Joo’s ambitions are certainly separate from the ones his dad has for him. Going to the states may not only be a move to protect Se Dong, but a move to protect whatever dreams he may have. I’ll admit that I’m still hoping that this show will find a way for all the Joo brothers, Se Dong, her dwarves and little Chang to all live under the same roof but that may just being too greedy.
How did you guys feel about this week’s episodes? Let us know in the comment section below!
Catch up on all of The Zebussie Drama Reviews of Iron Man here:
Episodes 7 [Part 1]
Episodes 10-11 [Part 1] [Part 2]