This show…am I right?
Because I’m a typical drama fan who’s impatient for the romance, I’ve already started itching for Hong Bin and Se Don’s romance to start. If there’s one thing that this show is good at, it’s speeding the plot along if only to keep our attention. I don’t see any reason we shouldn’t be able to see these two grow closer, emotionally and (hopefully) physically, very soon here.
Granted, we have a rather large hurdle we have to navigate ourselves over. I like to call it, “The Tae Hee Sitch”.
The idea of love is understandably complicated for Hong Bin. While it seems he was able to experience all consuming, butterfly feeling inducing first love, it is overshadowed by manipulation, violence, and life-altering secrets. If Hong Bin is hesitant to love someone again, I wouldn’t blame him. Not only does he have a warped idea of love, there’s also a huge possibility that anyone he does love will be harmed by the people surrounding him, and that’s terrifying. One of the first responsibilities we adopt when we love someone is to protect them from as much harm as possible. Although how do you protect the person you love from a danger from which you’re not sure where it originates?
Something we as humans do is protect ourselves from the world when we become aware of the dangers. The more painful the outcome is of the danger, the more we want to protect ourselves. Hong Bin has been betrayed by pretty much everyone he knows, including himself seeing that he was not able to protect Tae Hee no matter how much he thought he could. Imagine how much you would want to protect yourself after all of that?
It could turn anyone into a selfish person. I mean, doesn’t it seem better to alienate yourself from others simply because it’s easier to protect yourself than others, more specifically people that you actually care about? It may be easier, but it certainly sets you up for a lonely life, that’s for sure.
This is where we start exploring the “monster” side of Hong Bin. Ask any porcupine or blow fish, the best way to keep people away is to surround yourself with sharp objects. It also looks really cool when it’s backgrounded by cool lighting and inclement weather! As cool as it looks, I still stand by the idea that Hong Bin’s blades should have been a figment of his imagination where it could still be used metaphorically.
I understand what this show is trying to say. Hong Bin has been hurt so deeply that the blades have become a byproduct of this hurt and his overwhelming desire to keep everyone away. Although the more he uses the blades, the more he hurts the others around him.
It’s clever and all, but I know your game, Show. He’s being given a superhero background where he could use his abilities to help those who are hurting. Sounds great but I’m not sold on that angle.. I would prefer we explore the weakening of his abilities so that he doesn’t need to transform into anything to be happy or accept people in his life. Although, it seems they spent a lot of time and money on that blade suit of theirs. I don’t see them trying to end this show by getting rid of it all together. I can dream though, can’t I?
After all, I’m already thinking of Se Dong and how she will handle Hong Bin if/when she finds out. Being our resident innocent and being so filled with awesomeness, I can only assume she’ll come to handle it in a very Beauty and the Beast way. Scared at first, then accepting. Se Dong is capable of unconditional love so knowing Hong Bin’s secret wouldn’t stop her from falling for him. The question is when she’ll find out and whether she will help him control the blades or force them to recede once he realizes he doesn’t need them anymore.
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