After watching this week’s episodes, I only have one question to ask. How in the world can I be so addicted to a drama so full of crazy? I honestly don’t understand it but I am and I can’t wait to talk about this week’s episodes so let’s get to it!
Last week we left Ji Sook facing the biggest crisis of her life and in the face of death, she agreed to become Seo Eun Ha. While it’s understandable for Ji Sook to want to escape death, I don’t think she really knew what she was agreeing to when she took Seok Hoon up on his offer. Of course it didn’t take long for her to realize taking on Eun Ha’s identity would mean becoming Seok Hoon’s pawn and I like that it didn’t take long for her to realize if she ever wants to live her own life, she needs to fight Seok Hoon with all she’s got. She’s already been through so many levels of hell and she has so many more to yet to endure, I’m happy she’s at least trying to free herself from the tyranny of such an evil man. She may still have to walk through hell, being a member of the Choi family, but being free from Seok Hoon will help. Too bad she’s not actually free of this man. Sure, she fought back once she realized he was lying to her, she even left him lying, seriously injured, on the side of the road but she made the mistake of calling for help on his behalf and you know that’s a mistake that’s going to cost her. As soon as Seok Hoon gets back on his feet, he’s going to be out for blood.
At this point, the only real hope Ji Sook has for finding any sort of comfort and/or safety in this crazy new world of hers, is to ally herself with Min Woo. The problem there lies in the fact that despite his asking her to do otherwise, Ji Sook refused to call off the wedding, a decision that has Min Woo so mad he’s continually threatening Ji Sook’s life. Not that this really matters much. Well, to Ji Sook it might but I don’t really think Min Woo is capable of murdering his wife any more than I believe he was the one who tried to kill Eun Ha. Now that we know Min Woo’s doctor is acting under the orders of Seok Hoon, I believe nothing anyone in his family says about him. However that doesn’t mean I believe he’s completely innocent. He is, after all, the son of an extraordinarily wealthy man and it seems he’s been raised to be a ruthless businessman but not a caring man. Since the death of his mother, Min Woo’s heart has never been touched by kindness and he is both calloused and broken as a result. I’m convinced the majority of Min Woo’s mental and social problems are at least in part, a result of this lack of affection. Of course the fact he’s taking drugs that are severely messing with his head aren’t helping anything.
Despite the fact Min Woo seems to despise his wife almost as much as he despises everyone else in his family, there are moments when we get a glimpse of a softer side of him and it’s in those moments that I find hope for better things to come. Min Woo, as tough as he tries to be, isn’t really all bad. Yes, he’s wounded and messed up and an awful jerk to his wife but not always. If he could stop seeing Eun Ha as she once was and could start seeing her as she is now, things between them would become infinitely easier. Ji Sook has the potential to save Min Woo from both his personal demons and his family while Min Woo has the potential to save Ji Sook from Seok Hoon. They could each become each other’s most powerful ally, if only they could get together. I know. I know. Patience is a virtue. *sigh*
Until Min Woo and Ji Sook realize their strengths lie within each other, they’re both going to have an infinite number of battles to fight on their own. Min Woo is obviously fighting against his own sanity and the pressure put on him from his father but I think I’d rather be in his shoes at the moment, than Ji Sook’s. With her mother on the brink of losing it, her brother on the path to become a thug and her father completely useless, Ji Sook needs to find a way to save her family before it falls spectacularly to pieces. Unfortunately, all of her ideas involve Seok Hoon and we all know that’s going to lead to nothing but trouble, especially now that she’s chosen to rebel. Seok Hoon is the craziest of crazies and he’ll stop at nothing to get what he wants. I think Ji Sook would do well to take a moment to reflect on her situation and how she got there. If Seok Hoon is willing to sacrifice his own mistress for the sake of his psychotic mission, he’s not going to think twice about taking Ji Sook out, should she get in his way. While the daily death threats from Min Woo may wear a little thin, Ji Sook would be a fool to take Seok Hoon’s threats lightly. He’s a man with a plan and all the power and money in the world to back him. There’s no way Ji Sook is going to be able to beat him, at least not on her own. The question is, will she be able to get Min Woo on her side before it’s too late? Does she even realize she needs her husband on her side? Surely Ji Sook isn’t stupid enough to think she can take on Seok Hoon on her own… Is she?
So what did you think of these two episodes of Mask? Do you think Ji Sook is going to be able to keep up the charade of Eun Ha for long? Will she ever stop trying to get back to her family? Will she ever really embrace the role of Eun Ha? Will she ever see the benefit of her new position and take advantage of it or will she fight against it until the end? Will Min Woo ever see his wife as anything more than a ghost of his past mistakes? Will he ever break free from the drug-induced craziness that’s ruining his life? Is there any member of the Choi family not out to ruin Min Woo’s life? Will Min Woo and Eun Ha ever find themselves on the same side in this crazy family battle? What do you think Min Woo will make of Ji Sook’s trip to find her mother? Will this give Ji Sook’s true identity away or will Min Woo just brush it off as inconsequential nonsense? What’s Seok Hoon going to do once he’s back on his feet? You know I always love hearing from you so be sure to let me know what you’re thinking by leaving me a comment below!
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