I can’t believe the pace at which this story is progressing! After just two months of knowing Jang Jae Yeol, Hae Soo has made a major breakthrough in her phobia of intimacy, and Jae Yeol confesses his love for her.
This 16-episode series just doesn’t know how to slow down, nor does it shy away from delving deeper into its characters’ psyches. Just when we think that we can’t tread any further into a character’s life or trauma, it barrels on in, leveling and clearing away new grounds and any hesitation we may have had about viewing/broaching such sensitive topics or emotional scars.
The take-home message of this series? Discuss things openly with honesty and sensitivity so that hurts and misunderstandings don’t remain so and fester to become greater hurts and misunderstandings. Hmmm…I’ve mentioned before how much I appreciate this series, right? 😉
You can watch the English-subtitled episode here as it becomes available.
Jae Yeol: Now, there no longer exists a space reserved just for me. You can come in at any time.
Hae Soo: Strange as he is, I’ve really met a strange human being, haven’t I? (in anguish as she lightly bangs her head against the hospital wall) I want to see him….
Jae Beom: (as he lies down for his amytal truth serum interview) I can no longer believe in myself…if what I remember is real or false.
Hae Soo: Do you even love me?
Jae Yeol: Crazily so.
Tae Yong: (gasps as he views the CCTV footage) W…w…what is this? This?
Hae Soo: To Jang Jae Yeol, writing may be everything to him.
Jae Yeol: It’s Ji Hae Soo whom I’ve missed.
Hae Soo: Shall I turn off the lights?
Jae Yeol: I love you.
Argh! This show is so good! I can’t begin to explain how good it is on so many levels!
Just when I think that the show is veering towards a story about just Hae Soo and Jae Yeol, the two return from their vacation and immediately resume their communal lives with friends who have become like family as well as with their biological family members. And if I’m honest, that’s where the strength of this series lies. It’s not a simple story about boy meets girl, they fall in love, and they live happily ever after. It’s more about how no one person lives alone, despite how much he or she may wish it, and how each person’s hurts are treated through interactions with others. Even when those very hurts are caused by some of the people closest and dearest to the individuals, through these “necessary” interactions with others, understanding comes and healing begins to take place.
I love when a series can get me from simple enjoyment of a story into a thought-provoking mood. *happy sigh* The story is multi-layered. The characters are multi-layered. And even my reactions to each episode is multi-layered that I have a difficult time even articulating my impressions of this show properly. *grimaces*
Anyone else feel the same as I?
I think it’s safe to say right now that if this series continues to forge ahead in the same way that it’s been doing for the past nine episodes, this may very well become THE series of 2014 for me. And how ironic that Gong Hyo Jin stars in this series as well. Heh. The woman certainly has a way of knowing what projects to select. 😉