There’s something truly special about a drama that makes you fall in love with its characters over and over again. I know I’ve had some ups and downs with this drama, especially at the beginning, but we’ve finally reached a point where our leading characters have overcome the worst of their flaws and are now traveling down a path that will ultimately lead them someplace wonderful. Well, maybe not wonderful but definitely someplace better than either of them have been before. Oh! Just seeing the direction things are headed is making me so happy! I could almost do a dance of joy!
However, before I start bustin’ some moves, I think I’d better take some time to talk about how things have progresses in these next two episodes. We left Joon and Hyuk at a really, really, really great moment… A monumental moment, even, in their developing relationship… But alas, things weren’t allowed to take off the way I’d hoped they would. Of course not. After all, we’re just barely over the half-way mark in this thing and there’s no way our OTP could get together together just yet. No, for now we have to be satisfied with one, as Hyuk would put it, electric kiss and one leading lady who’s too scared of her own feelings to own up to them. Oh Joon! When are you ever going to learn that it’s okay for you to love Hyuk? I get that you have your reasons and all but c’mon! When a guy is that into you and he kisses you like that… Ugh! I just don’t understand Dramaland logic sometimes!
At the same time, I totally understand why Joon is keeping her boundaries with Hyuk. She’s not an idiot and she knows that her family has been entangled with Hyuk’s for years now. By keeping herself from falling harder for Hyuk, she’s sparing both herself and him from all sorts of unnecessary pain. Just look at how much worse things would be for both of them right now, if she’s allowed herself to admit that she felt that same Pikachu lightning Hyuk felt. With all of these different people digging into her past and all of these old secrets being revealed, it’s honestly better if Joon and Hyuk stick to a fairly platonic relationship. At least until all of this scandalous nonsense surrounding Joon’s father gets cleared up.
You know, it’s really sad that Joon has to suffer so much on her father’s behalf. She’s pretty much spent her entire life living under this cloud of confusion and misunderstanding, all for the sake of her late father. To have the entire foundation of her life shaken like this, it just makes me feels so bad for her. It makes me feel even worse, knowing that Hyuk has to be entangled in all of this. But at the same time, the fact that Hyuk is taking a proactive stance on all of this, and is working to make things right, means that neither I nor Joon will have a hard time accepting Hyuk as Joon’s soul-mate. We just have to wait for the right moment to let that magic happen.
While we wait, we get to enjoy some pretty fantastic moments as Hyuk continues down this path towards enlightenment. Betterment? Hmm… I’m not really sure what the right word is at the moment but whatever it is, Hyuk is finally starting to connect the dots. He’s beginning to realize what it means to be the second son in the Byun family. He’s understanding what a role of leadership in the company ought to be. He’s learning that all-important superhero lesson that “with great power comes great responsibility.” Hyuk may not be quite as fast on the uptake as Spider-Man but he’s taking the lessons he’s learned to heart and he’s starting to realize that if there’s ever going to be a change, it’s going to have to start with him. I don’t envy Hyuk, the amount of responsibility he’s starting to take on, nor do I envy the amount of responsibility he’s going to have to shoulder in the future. However, I will wholeheartedly support him as he prepares to take on, not just his brother, but his father as well. Hyukie, FIGHTING!
As happy as I am with Joon and Hyuk and their development as characters and people, I’m still really disappointed in Je Hoon. He’s had more opportunities to take the high road, so to speak, than any single character yet he continues to remain stuck in this awful quagmire of self-pity and revenge. Actually, I’m not really sure revenge is really the right word. It’s more like Je Hoon is hoping to find some way to take all his anger out on Hyuk and maybe even his family, but really, he’s so focused on how hurt he’s been this past decade or so, he doesn’t really even know what he’s living for anymore. He’s mad at Hyuk for being born into a wealthy family. He’s mad at his father for being a completely spineless boot-licker. He’s mad at himself for never being able to free himself from the inner workings of the Byun family. Really, he’s just mad at everything. I don’t suppose there would be too much of a problem here if Je Hoon were actually strong enough to do anything about all of this anger but he’s not. Instead of getting up off his skinny butt and actually making a change in his life, he’s chosen to wallow in self-pity as he lets his anger fester. This is slowly turning him into a clone of the very people he hates and yet he refuses to acknowledge this fact or make any sort of change in his life. It’s very frustrating, really, watching Je Hoon sink deeper into his own self-made pit of misery. If he’d just have the courage to up and leave, he’d be so much better off! Sadly, he’s chosen to remain where he is and be the grumpy old fart no one wants to be around.
Well… I suppose that’s not entire true. It would seem Yeon Hee is falling more and more in love with Je Hoon as time passes, which means at least one person in this universe actually wants to be around him, but really, I just find that sad. It’s not that Je Hoon is really a terrible guy, he’s just stuck in a terrible place and is refusing to do anything about it. If Yeon Hee could somehow push Je Hoon out of his current situation and into a better one, I’d be okay with them getting together. It’s just that at the moment, Je Hoon isn’t really an ideal match for anyone and I’d much rather see Yeon Hee and Officer Jang hook up than I would her and Je Hoon. I mean how cute would those two be!?! They’re the perfect combination of awkward and cute and that poor police officer really does seem to be such a lonely soul. If he had someone like Yeon Hee in his life, he’d never lack for entertainment nor companionship. I think really, they’re both longing for someone special to fill that empty void in their hearts and I’m really sad that Yeon Hee is trying to fill that void with such an oblivious Je Hoon. I really would give anything for Officer Jang to be the one to step in and start turning Yeon Hee’s head but maybe I’m just being silly, wishing so much for such minor characters. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time…
I’m sure there’s more I could be talking about right now but in all honesty, my migraine-addled zombie brain can’t seem to recall much of anything at the moment so I’m just gonna stop here today. With more episodes to watch, I’m sure I’ll be back soon but in the meantime, why don’t you tell me what you thought of these next 2 episodes by leaving me a comment below.
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