I think many have already squealed and swooned enough (or not) watching the last shot of QIHM10. I thought I was prepared for it, but no, it surprised and shocked me all the same. That stalled moment between BD and HJ, the interspersing of their electrified gazes and look at each other, imbued with such sweetness from BD and wondershock from HJ, their yearning and longing for each other, PERFECTION. Drama’s already 10 episode in, more than halfway through, but it only gets better, funnier (in spite of some angst in between) and lovelier. BD’s as ideal a human as ever, and HJ’s as lovely and endearing as ever. The side characters, they’re an awesome pack of fun. What did I do to deserve such a drama haven of awesomeness?!
I can go on and on and on about how awesome BD and HJ are, how spot on earthy and endearing they’re being conveyed to us by such unassuming actors JHW and YIN, and how whimsical and beautiful they are together (and even when they’re not) as an OTP. A combo devoid of all banal cliches combined, they’re as good as a match made in skies and heavens above, regardless of the time hurdle that separates them. A long distance relationship? Screw that. Drama makes us believe that true love and heartfelt understanding can transcend anything. Realistic not, but hey, it’s a fairytale carved out perfection for us romantics, what’s not to love?!
So writer Song Jae Jung, I decided that you should have a post to yourself. You deserve one. For the drama isn’t working solely on the magic of JHW and YIN and their palpable chemistry together. It’s not just because time traveling’s the latest trend, or that romance is just our cup of tea and that you’ve totally hit all our mushy buttons. Those are amongst the reasons, but none are as close to your intricate, innovative and heartfelt story-telling of a concept so outrageous and so out of this world, that even the insurmountable can be overcome. We’re perfectly aware of the impossibility of having a BD (epitome of ideal) appear out of nowhere, in our car or in a telephone booth (oh how awesome if I could have my own BD sighs), but your story makes us care so much we want to believe that the impervious can be penetrated, such a whimsical fantasy can happen in RL. We can fall in love with anyone, anywhere and anytime.
Contrary to those who denied you recognition in Coffee House, for the craziness of the characters, the shipping wars (which wasn’t your fault btw) and all, I totally felt your story. It was one heck of an emotional roller coaster, it was crazy mad delusional, and some people hated it to the core. But I for one, felt your story, felt your characters and loved them all. The characters weren’t relatable at all (at least in RL), but they felt real, I cared for them. Definitely not caricatures of any sort. The same with QIHM, you created a bunch of characters that we cannot possibly NOT care and love. We don’t get people like them in RL, they’re too idealistically perfect, and things likes these in dramas (far-fetched reality), more often than not, irk us to no dying end. But not in this drama.
The awesome thing about writer nim is that she never strays away from the core of her story in spite of all the sub-plots – the romance. She manages to combine both time parallels and the minor political conspiracy surrounding Queen In Hyun in the past together with the modern time love story perfectly. The scenes do not appear disjointed at all, nor are they jarring or confusing to us viewers. We see events unfold before our eyes magically (via the talisman), and yet we do not question the logic behind the mechanisms. It’s a quizzical reality, but we’re intrigued, and we want more. We love seeing BD and HJ together in the modern world, but we’re not bored by the shenanigans in the past. It’s like watching 2 different worlds spin before our eyes, and yet in the 2 worlds, lie 2 indivuals who are so connected through events happening in their own own respective time. It’s sorta unexplainable in the plainest of words.
But that’s not the awesome-est of writer Song. In both Ep 9 and Ep 10, she takes her writing and story-telling to a whole never level of originality (at least in K-drama). I’m not saying she’s perfect, her writing still has holes waiting to be filled (I’m not sure if she’ll get back to that), and she does sacrifices some for the sake of the bigger picture. But warts and all, it still feels PERFECT to me. Somehow she just manages to incorporate stereotypical elements/premises into the drama and executes them in a whole new unexpected dimension. Take for example HJ’s memory loss in Ep 9, I think it’s one of the most originally written and executen amnesia-related sequence EVER written in K-drama history, or I’ll go even further, in any drama history! It’s so refreshing and unique, and yet it’s not without its logic. HJ essentially has memories of HDM being her BF and all, but she doesn’t remember any of it. You get what I mean? In words it sounds nonsensical, but when you see her struggle between 2 conflicting memories, the bigger picture comes to life. It just strikes you hard. It’s an awesomely written and executed scene. Kudos to writer and YIN there.
And need I say more about how writer has carved out her characters? And how she’s allowed them to stay the same and true to their core characters right up until this moment? Here we don’t have the jerk-turned-nicey-guy character because BD’s always awesome, has always been and will continue to be. We don’t have the tough girl cookie turned damsel in distress. Why? Because HJ’s still the HJ we know, kind, quirky, with a slightly weak inside but always with a hopeful outlook in life. And HDM, he’s still the narcissistic limelight lover we know. No character is sacrificed to invoke drama or tears. And no line or scene is wasted to let time pass by. In short, writing’s cut to the chase tight, fast-paced and slick . Writer nim, how do you do that again?
It is evident writer nim has devoted a lot of time and effort into the penning her characters. It’s not only the core and essence of the characters themselves, what’s brilliant is that her characters actually act and react logically to the oddity of situations surrounding them (I’m talking BD and HJ). The quibbles of unexplained circumstances are inevitable (like how BD manages to remember everything right after he returns to the modern world in Ep 10, and how everyone’s in major memory loss when HJ’s remembers practically everything, the time passing in between..etc, I’m expecting some sort of explanation later), and I’m not buying all of it right now. But I’m willing to cut all that some slack, and just indulge in happiness seeing my OTP act so genuinely rational in circumstances which are so out of their minds’ reach. I especially loved how BD reacted to his memory loss and sudden realisation of change in his speech (surging up to him subconsciously), writer did an excellent job in telling and reinforcing the calmness of BD when thrown into the deep end, into something that’s so bizarre and unknown to him. And HJ, everything about her has been pure awesome in the recent episodes. EVERYTHING!
So writer nim, 6 episodes to go. I am expecting things to flow nicely, cutely and adorably in the next few episodes. Like others, I don’t want this combi of perfection to go away any time soon, or better, I want drama to continue its PERFECTION and AWESOMENESS till the very end. With everything that you have given us up until Ep 10, I cannot believe that tides will turn for anything less than good. I cannot in any way predict your next course of action, but I know you will give us what we viewers want.
I know, because you’ve been giving us what we want thus far. 10 eps of perfection.
Have another wonderfully made MV:
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