How tightly must you hold on for you to realize the longer you hold her – the harder it will be letting go. At first I was thinking – whatever happened to self preservation? Why can’t he let her go. Protect your own heart for a change. But then that urgency – the desperate way he hugged her from sheer relief that she was okay – it was palpable even without the words. Each time I see Young Do doing his all to protect and cherish her, my heart just chokes up from all the emotion. No matter how many times his heart asks the question “do I have a chance,” the only answers he will ever get back are her sympathetic looks or silence. All we are ever going to get from these two are these stolen moments – when Young Do seizes the opportunity to express how much she means to him with all the sincerity in the world. What gets me though is that they both know the truth – even if Tan isn’t there in her presence, they are fully aware Tan is always in her heart. But for Young Do – knowing that doesn’t make him let go any faster.
Don’t believe this smile for a second Kim Tan. In a fictional former life (in another role when you had a crazy perm), your character fell for this before and went on a picnic only to be dumped on the way home after you had such a great time. Remember that and realize ES is hiding something behind this smile. You must know that it wasn’t luck that enabled her to get to the second floor to your room. If you had any sense you would know your dad didn’t heed your warning not to mess with her and your dad is up to his old tricks. Mothers might throw water in the face of the women they don’t like for their sons, but fathers take a backward cowardly approach – bribery through innuendos of threat if not compliant. That is what her smile is hiding – the truth that she has to make a choice when both options are far from what both of you want. You might have had faith in your father that he would back off and leave her alone, but a part of her sawing this day coming. Her youthful optimism thought it would be much later, but the day of reckoning is upon both of you. We all know what you gave up to protect ES, but I still can’t figure how much she loves you to be strong enough to disregard your father’s threats and put her mom’s well being in jeopardy by not obeying him. I want to say ES will follow her heart, but I fear the child in her will crumble under the weight of all this pressure. It’s one thing for all the heirs in this drama to bear the weight of the crown, but it’s another story to ask ES to endure that weight with you when she has her mother to consider. If she does decide to obey your father, I refuse to see it as being a noble idiot. I rather see it as her loving Tan and her mother too much to let her own happiness be the cost for theirs. For far too long, people have been focusing too much on the word “idiot” and forgetting why their sacrifices are supposed to be noble. Let’s give her the benefit of the doubt to put the focus back on “noble” where it belongs. Judging from the preview, it looks like Tan will give her the emotional support and reassurance she needs to do the right thing anyway. If all else fails, at least she has some black knights to come to her rescue (YD, CY, and MS) and even one princess BN.
More reflections on Heirs cuz the loaded meaning behind each word keeps you on your toes.
Ever since I heard about Joowon leaving 1N2D, I waited for this episode. I didn’t know if I could recap it through my tears, but I wanted to try for his sake. I expected a lot of crying tonight, but I didn’t expect so much heartache. Leave it to Joowon to make even farewells memorable and poignant. He wasn’t just the maknae on this team, he was the one who showed a lot of effort to improve each week and do his best. Despite his busy schedule filming dramas and movies, he made it work and stuck with us week after week. If any of these hyungs didn’t have younger brothers in real life, they fulfilled their dream of having one around with Joowon. He was the best one too – loveable, dependable, loyal, and full of respect and adoration. They couldn’t have asked for a better maknae. That’s probably why they decided not to search for a new one cuz once he became a part of their lives, he became irreplaceable in their hearts. By not getting another member, this was their way of showing how much Joowon meant to them. He didn’t need twenty months for us to fall in love with him cuz he already had most of our hearts through his acting, but it took that long for the rest of these hyungs to store up all the precious memories they shared with their beloved maknae so that they can cherish them for the rest of their lives. Thank you Joowon for making 1n2d a little more special with each new memory. Our best wishes and all our love go with you.
There are certain scenes or lines from each episode that has me lingering over the underlining meaning behind the words and expressions. Instead of posting them on the side widget, I thought I would share them here each week.
As most of you know, I normally just post recaps and not write about anything else, but since this is my blog, I decided to make an exception and catch up with all of you and let you know what’s going on.
Updated on 11/7 -I put asterisks where I added stuff.
I debated all weekend whether or not I had the energy to recap two dramas for the next two months and my immediate answer was “heck no.” Then I had to remind myself this is Joowon we are talking about. He is on a drama that could easily surpass how amazing he was on Gaksital. I’m sure he was great on Level 7 as well, but I don’t want to compare serious roles with light hearted ones. If I had to pinpoint one main deterrent - to put it bluntly, there are just too many names to memorize on this show and I hate subjecting readers to my abbreviated ones. Problem is, some of these characters are so despicable, I just don’t want to bother memorizing their names. I don’t blame the show at all. In fact, this drama is very well received here in Seoul. Friends who rarely watch dramas are tuning in to catch it cuz they really love the acting and story. There are no action scenes and nothing scary jumps out on the screen, but this show has something else going for it aside from Joowon – a story with possibility to go beyond what’s just on paper. This is the big question for me though – how much corporate back stabbings must we wallow through to see the good come out victorious in the end. After watching E3 just now, I have my answer.