My past few evenings have been free (husband with dinner meetings leaving me all, all alone) and of course I didn’t want to be bored. And I’ve been curious about Incarnation of Money which has just finished up without any cries of despair from the live viewers (though I’ve been careful about looking too deeply out of fear of spoilers) so I thought, “Hey, just take a quick peek at the beginning and see if it’s up your alley.”
Ahahaha! Yeah. Several late nights and early mornings later… I’m 10 episodes in and eager for more. Which is awesome! I’ve been live-watching for a good while now and I’d forgotten how deeply enjoyable it is to immerse yourself into a drama-world and just soak it all in. When you live-watch there’s a built in break. A week of waiting during which one of two things happen with me.
Either, I forget the drama for a while and need to be reminded what cliff-hanger we’d been left off on. Which means I need a tiny little push to re-enter the world the drama’s been setting up. Or, I replay scenes over and over in my head, plumbing them for meaning, analyzing what the story’s saying or where it might be going. Which means I enter the next episode with a massive amount of anticipation — intellectual and emotional.
And both can be enjoyable ways of watching. There’s the little frisson of excitement that comes from the re-introduction to a world I’ve been enjoying. And there’s the satisfaction of watching a theory come together.
But the marathon… that’s a different beast. Because when I really dive in, the episodes begin to blend together. Cliff-hangers aren’t quite as powerful because I get the answer right away. It’s the story itself that drives me on — my analytical brain is switched off (or at least at rest — busy taking in information, not spitting it out) and figuring out themes and deeper meaning come later. For those wonderful, uninterrupted hours, the play itself is the thing.
I’m approaching the halfway point of Incarnation of Money. We’ve gone through two time-jumps and finally the lead actor, Kang Ji-hwan, is playing his age (I’ll admit it was hard to buy him as a fresh out of Law School 20-something).
The leading lady is out of her fat-suit (again, finally — I not a fan of fat-suits for a variety of reasons) and her comedy chops are fully unleashed. (Seriously, Hwang Jung-eum is hilarious.)
And we’re gearing up for (I think!) the big game between our hero and the villain. Which should be awesome!
There’ve been a ton of ethical issues raised and at some point I expect I’ll be processing those issues and forming opinions. But as of right now I’m at a level of — sure, you might be despicably corrupt, but have you tortured any innocent women or tried to kill a child? No? Then congratulations, you’re a good guy!
Analysis will come later. Right now… bring on episode 11!