Weekly Drama Check-In Post

YSmountain1 photo ScreenShot2013-03-09at13849PM_zps9aada923.pngI’m a tiny bit late on this post, for which I apologize. I’ll blame daylight savings and make up for it with pretty, pretty pictures. (Why yes, this will be That Winter the Wind Blows heavy.) Because our Soo has been put through the wringer this week, and Jo In-sung expresses his pain beautifully.

Spoilers for TWTB and then Return of Iljimae, ep. 19, below.

First, in the previous week, he had the emotional catharsis of finally (finally!) hearing someone say he wasn’t to blame for Hee-joo’s death. (If my love hadn’t already been pretty firmly cemented, I would love Young forever for that conversation alone.)
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Then came the light and happy of that burden being at least partially released. (And, I think, evidence of how heavily Soo has joined team-Young.)
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But then came the exposure, at least partially, of his initial con. Leading to Young’s cold, cold rage and her rejection of Soo…
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…and his stubborn, vulnerable refusal to accept that rejection. (Including a heart clenching “laughing through tears” moment and I think Soo’s poker face is totally broken when it comes to Young.)
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I’m actually pleased by this turn of events for a couple of reasons. First, it’s early enough in the game for Soo to earn back Young’s trust. (Happy ending, maybe?)  Second, it front and center’s Young’s character growth. (Which is where Nice Guy messed up. Because Eun-gi was kept in the dark for so long, her character began to stagnate. YSmountain2 photo ScreenShot2013-03-09at14156PM_zps378d0637.pngWhich was unfortunate and kept the drama from being as awesome as it should have been.)

If Young does come to trust Soo again, it’ll happen because she’ll choose to listen to him, choose to believe him (and her own instincts?) instead of everyone else in her life. Just as the last two weeks were about Soo’s growth, maybe the next two will be about Young? At least, that’s what I hope we have coming. Since we have time for it. I like Soo and Young best as the unstoppable not-really-siblings-because-come-on team.

Spoilers for Return of Iljimae are a go!

In other news, The Return of Iljimae! I’m finally back to watching. roipain photo ScreenShot2013-02-22at12058PM_zpse40e2978.png(So, so glad I dropped Level 7 Civil Servant; RoI is tons more interesting, even on a re-watch.) Last I’d left him, poor Iljimae looked horrible. Fortunately, that’s not how he stayed and we got one of my favoritest Wal-hee moments in the drama.  She tends to his feverish, injured self and he starts fever-talking and out slips the name of his ex.

And this is how Wal-hee reacts:
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Which was awesome! And hilarious. And even better (because she’s not really that mean) Wal-hee turns to her trusty pen brush and tracks who’s name gets murmured more.
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I kind of adore Wal-hee. Though she’s got a pretty tough character-row to hoe. On paper she seems awfully insipid: the lovelorn girl, forever waiting in the wings for our hero to return. You know, when he’s got nothing better to do. But in action, she’s actually very practical and strong and self-aware. She can be petulant, but it’s honest annoyance, not a manipulative move. And I can definitely say she’s a grounding strength for Iljimae. So in conclusion, Wal-hee is awesome.

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