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Sorry for the delay, you guys, but I had a crazy busy week. Rooftop Prince eps 5-6 and Equator Man ep 4 posts coming up. I still need to catch up on this week's TEM and Love Rain.



Poor princey, foiled yet again! Even before Jae Shin explained it to Hang Ah, I got that the amount of effort Jae Ha went to, to seemingly 'get HA to fall for him and love him until she dies and after she dies, I'll laugh in her face and say I didn't love her' was pretty insane unless he really was obsessed with her. I mean, who goes to that level of effort? Clearly, he is very attracted to her but he tries to channel that attraction elsewhere not only because he knows being with a NK woman is a hard road, but because he doesn't want to open up emotionally - she makes him vulnerable, drags him out of his self-imposed cocoon and he doesn't want that and all these 'plans' are his ways of fighting against the inevitable, lashing out at his own feelings, and also a safe way to be in love without really having to face the fact that he is in love. Oh, what a delicious mess. Also occasionally very funny.





I am shipping Jae Shin and Shi Kyung so hard. A perfect soldier and a rebellious princess? YUMMMMM. They also have insane chemistry and I am not sure what I loved more - his assuming she was an impostor who stole the princess' phone and manhandling her (OK, that's not the correct term but I can't think of one) or her getting all handsy and fighting with him all the while forcing him to stand at attention. YUUUUM. I am officially hooked. (Also, if they end up together, it means SK will also be stuck with Jae Ha forever. LOL).




















































































































The piano-playing scene. First, let me say how much I love that LSG actually knows how to play the piano for real. Now, on to the scene - once again, the layers or pretend games are all wrapped into truth - his deception-only-not-really wouldn't be nearly as successful if his very real, very strong and very unacknowledged feelings didn't underpin it. He, himself, gets caught in this game every bit as much as Hang Ah does.












































The running hug! Everyone (rightly) goes crazy for the kiss scene at the end of the ep, but in some ways I love this hug scene even more. How like Hang Ah, once she decided, to jump in so straightforwardly, so fearlessly. And you can see the shock on Jae Ha's face, not just because he understood (as always, a bit too late - he gets too carried away to realize the real cost of his schemes at first, but it always hits him eventually) the enormity of what he's done to Hang Ah but because his own real emotions also come out and swamp any pretense. Look how he's clutching her.
























































He is thinking about it (side note - LOL at his comment to his flunkie that maybe he should make Hang Ah his mistress and flunkie's all 'just because you feel bad dumping her?' or similar. Nope, doofus, because he's obsessed with her!)





When he tells her 'the truth,' driven into a corner by her desire for them to get married. Once again, his temper takes over and he lashes out, as much at himself and the inconvenient way she makes him feel as at her.




















She announces she will accept him, as a means to get back at her (well, she doesn't mention the second part) and I can't help but sympathize with her.

















Moment of truth. His sister basically gets her to overhear JH confessing he likes her and is jealous of SK etc. And I love how it changes everything for her - because then what went on before isn't a cruel joke of a manipulative sociopath but actions of a very confused man trying his darnedest to fight his own emotions. I love their conversation there, when he calls himself trash and she points out no trash will admit he is one. But that is the thing - JH deliberately wants to hide in the shadows, not to admit his true potential either for feelings or royal duties - and if he is inadequate/unfeeling, that is better than actually admitting he has a heart and mind and risking it all. Only, it's pretty clear the villain isn't going to give him a choice about hiding in obscurity or not having his heart broken.




















This scene! Them getting hammered together, madly attracted, and flinging verbal barbs at each other even as they are getting closer and closer, irresistible attraction so strong you can feel it come off the screen. He remembers even her random off-hand comments like marrying a UAE prince (how is that for not-obsessed, JH?) and their whispered "Who will you marry? Anyone as long as it's not you" even as their mouths are millimeters away from each other and he goes in as soon as she finishes her sentence is about the hottest thing there is.

































































If only King didn't interrupt them, you can tell they'd just end up going horizontal right there on the floor. I love the hand-to-mouth oops, just like little kids :P





















Date: 2012-04-07 10:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] once-a-weaver.livejournal.com
This whole episode was like two hours of fantastic trying to squeeze through a one hour door. So good.

Date: 2012-04-08 01:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I know, this was so amazing. This show gets better and better!

Date: 2012-04-07 11:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] walkwithheroes.livejournal.com
I started watching this drama last week. This was the episode that made me love it. So good. I'm 'shipping both couples hard. Love Jae Shin and the way she played cupid for her brother. I think I'm going to like her a whole lot.

Date: 2012-04-08 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I like JS already, too. They are pretty awesome siblings.

Date: 2012-04-08 09:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karened.livejournal.com
Yup! I like how each brother/sister knows what each other is really like, behind the mask they've learnt to wear growing up as royals.

Date: 2012-04-07 11:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joonni.livejournal.com
I also loved the hugging scene more. There were just so many emotions involved in that scene and I loved the way it was filmed. Sometimes the slow-mo can be really cheesy but because the actors were really emoting, the slow-mo allowed me to capture all the range of their expression and emotions.

Date: 2012-04-08 01:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, the hugging scene was so amazing - so emotional and yet subtle.

Date: 2012-04-08 01:58 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
My thought exactly re the slow motion. I also like the camera movement. You see Jae Ha's surprise closeup first, and then a long shot on his back, still not quite sure why he's startled. And then Hang Ah bounding for him like a runaway train, fully loaded with her love and resolve. Just wonderful.

Date: 2012-04-08 01:33 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I adore Jae Kang so much....I think I'm going to be crying like crazy in the upcoming episodes......His reaction to their make out was so hilarious and the BROMANCE...this drama is potential bromance landmine.....there's Jae Kang-Jae Ha, Jae Ha-Shi Kyung and then there is all the WOC team guys....I especially adore the other two North Korean soldiers....cannot wait for Shi Kyung- Jae Shin plot to start in earnest...did u see her reaction when Jae Ha asked if he seduced her too?...lol

Date: 2012-04-08 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I don't like JK as much as most people but I will be sad because it will be the end of innocence and happiness for our characters.

And yeah, I love the NK guys.

Date: 2012-04-08 09:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karened.livejournal.com
Oh, the acting. The acting!!! This entire episode was fabulous, but the kiss scene at the end was the one which killed me. Not because of the kiss per se, but because of the lead up! We could see their gaze shuffling between looking at the other party's eyes and his/her lips. The romantic tension was so taut. <3 Such good acting, I savour each and every tiny detail. I hope the angst would be delivered as slickly in the next episode!

Date: 2012-04-10 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, they play off each other so well - who knew they'd make such a good pair?

Date: 2012-04-09 02:30 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I have difficulty with Jae ha... does he have a reason to act like that? Except lazyness (as Jae Shin put it)?
The show is really perfect but hard times are coming fast for our heros...

Emma

Date: 2012-04-10 01:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I kind of want to keep them in their happy bubble...

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