I’m up to episode 17 and… I’m not sure I’m up to finishing this one. Which makes me sad! I wanted to like this drama so, so much. It’s about aliens! And Song-yi is awesome! And yet… *sigh* I’m going to whine a bit (or maybe rant like a crazy woman) and spoil a lot, so read at your own risk. [Spoilers through ep. 17 below. Also, not much in the way of screencaps because, grumpy.]
Song-yi is awesome and she has pulled me through some moments that seemed custom-made to annoy me. That whole thing with Min-joon coldly pulling away from her, because he’s going to have to leave anyway (and… I think he’d somehow convinced himself he was threatening her safety? I don’t know — none of it made sense to me…) filled me with do-not-want. Especially after Lawyer Jang did a complete turn around and began pushing Min-joon to drop Song-yi like a hot potato. After being adorably pleased that Min-joon was making an emotional connection with someone. It made no sense and was needlessly cruel, as the Noble Idiot trope so often is, and it made me grumpy.
But then we got that lovely montage of Song-yi remembering all the drunk dialing and texting and utterly shameless clinging she’d done the night before. That was hilarious and made the nonsensical character actions worth it for me. I was still confused about Min-joon’s motivations, and I’d pretty much washed my hands of Lawyer Jang, but Song-yi made it all better.
Thing is though, now I’m getting annoyed with Song-yi. Her character is so passive! That got driven home in the last episode when everyone else on God’s green Earth was running around trying to solve the “just how psycho is Jae-kyung” mystery, including the previously adorably clueless Hwi-kyung, and Song-yi… went on a date. She still doesn’t know that Yura’s suicide is being questioned. And it’s her career that got torpedoed because of Yura’s death. It’s her life that got threatened more than once because she saw more than she should have. And yet, Song-yi remains blissfully clueless.
Which, I’d probably be okay with that (you don’t automatically suspect murder when someone dies) if Song-yi had her hands full getting her career back on track. But, as far as I can tell, she’s not really focused on that either. She said she was going to use the bit part Se-mi got her out of spite to rebuild her career. But I’m not seeing it happen.
I’m not seeing Song-yi be a good actor (signaled by her acting a scene that impresses the crew at least, even if the director is being a stinker). And I’m not seeing Se-mi being a bad actor (struggling to get across the right emotion, maybe with Song-yi pointing out to Min-joon what she’s doing wrong). Instead it seems like Song-yi’s star status was just handed to her when she was little and now it’s been passed to Se-mi, talent and craft need not apply. (Which, by the way, just does not happen. A child star doesn’t simply segue into an adult star. That transition is hard and many have crumbled in the attempt.)
It’s a view of acting that I find really, really frustrating (it’s easy! anyone can do it! people who are big stars just got lucky!) and it undercuts Song-yi as a person. At this point I’m not even sure she wants to be an actress. Her pain seems to be more derived from no longer being a star rather than no longer being able to practice her craft. (Which, the big star with no talent is not an invalid route to take, but it would require her to be tons more media savvy, which is the opposite of how the drama set her character up.)
Instead, it seems like Song-yi’s main purpose in life is to be in love with Min-joon. That’s all she can handle, apparently. Of course, Min-joon gets to handle being in love with Song-yi, and managing her career (he’s been more proactive about it than she has, which is so, so frustrating), and taking on Jae-kyung.
And another thing! Why does Hwi-kyung get to remain friends with his unrequited love while Se-mi has to lose her unrequited love entirely? Why does the man’s love turn him selflessly noble while the woman’s love turn her into a conniving bitch? And why does Hwi-kyung get to catch the clue-bus while Song-yi remains ignorant? *grumbles*
So… yeah, I’m just not feeling it. Does it get better? Does Song-yi become more involved in her own life? Or is this just the way the story’s being told and I should quietly let it go?