a technical note: I get my screencaps from Hulu because I’m not paying for Dramafever so the pic quality is middling to low. (Unless you catch the episode when it first comes out — then you get all the quality, none of the ads — but your timing must be epic.) For some reason there’s been a delay on Hulu’s end. So this is a sadly screencap lacking post. (I’ll come back and fill in the proper pics when I can get them, promise. Done!) …and now back to our show!
Let’s jump right to the end and talk about the kiss. It’s by no means romantic. Tan is basically trying to prevent Eun-sang from answering Young-do’s call. His hands are occupied so he plants a kiss on her. It could almost be comic if it wasn’t their first kiss (and I think Eun-sang’s first kiss, ever) and if the scene weren’t fraught with fear and desperation and anger.
I hope it’s not a method of claiming (“don’t talk to him; you’re mine”). I’m fairly sure it’s not — Tan is driven by fear for Eun-sang, not jealousy. He’s not worried she’s going to fall for Young-do; he is worried she’s going to get hurt by him. But it’s honestly hard to be certain at this point. The scene literally ended with the kiss. It was an immediate freeze frame so it’s impossible to tell what their reactions will be. (Best case scenario? Tan leaps back, full of apologies.)
Hence my eagerness for next week and episode 9. I need to see the fallout. Then I can decide if I’m offended or not.
Other than the confusion of that (huge, lurking elephant of a) scene — I’ve returned to enjoying the drama.
I’ve adjusted my expectations regarding Young-do and am no longer looking for his softer, redeemable side. When he sued Joon Young — using his father’s power and money to grind down someone already powerless — he killed a kitten,as far as I’m concerned. So, when we learned that it was his classism that broke his and Tan’s friendship, I was more sad than shocked. (I’d expected Young-do’s anger to stem from Tan’s lying to him. That it wasn’t Tan lying, but Tan trusting that finished them means I’ve also given up on a healing of that particular breech.)
Which means I can now enjoy the chaotic danger Young-do brings to the table. He’s a formidable foe for Tan and Eun-sang to deal with. He represents the “might is right,” “cheat to win,” killing instinct of the upper elite in the drama’s world. It’s his refusal to let Eun-sang and Tan alone to live their own lives that’s forcing them to face both their personal obstacles and the obstacles to their romance.
(Okay, I’ll admit I’m still hoping for some kind of change with Young-do. He’s so obviously the product of his father’s conditioning, and he so obviously despises his father, and he’s so obviously unhappy despite having all the power and all the things. I don’t expect a full redemption tale, but some kind of epiphany would be nice. If it stemmed from his father’s company going under and a sudden need for Young-do to get a job washing dishes: bonus.)
Which also means, I’m pretty sure the bromance the drama is looking to heal is between actual brothers, Tan and Won. And I want them to form a team so, so badly! I loved it when Tan, in his most adorable and non-threatening fuzzy pink cardigan…
…surprise-hugged his brother.
I love that they’re both trying to step away from their father’s control (who I think is trying to instill the same killer-instincts Young-do’s learned by turning them on each other).
I hate that Won sees Tan as their father’s weapon and counts Tan being hurt as a win. I’m hopeful Won was disappointed by something Tan did in the past (whatever got him exiled?) and that’s there room for him to reevaluate Tan now.
I want Won to realize Tan is no longer his father’s pawn. I want Tan to no longer be his father’s pawn. I want Won to see how hard Tan is trying and give him some brotherly help. (With a side assist from Secretary Yoon, who has to have noticed the private-eye guy and his suspicious envelope for a reason.) Then I’d like for them to take down the Zeus Hotel Group and skip off into the sunset together, along with their non-socialite lady loves.
I’m hoping we get that sort of happy because I’m pretty sure we’re in for some tragedy. The body outline brought up in episode 7 pretty much guarantees a student snapping under the pressure and suiciding. I’m guessing either Hyo-shin or Myung-soo. Right now I’m leaning towards Myung-soo because he seems the happiest (and could well be faking), he’s the one who pointed out that it’s a protest thing, and his death might actually effect Young-do a teeny-tiny bit. But maybe that’s what the drama wants me to believe…