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First, about the Faith goodies.

1. The always amazing [livejournal.com profile] scottishlass wrote a CY/ES fanfic. Go check it out. I love it!

2. If you haven't read [livejournal.com profile] rockharlequin awesome and often hilarious thoughts on ep 12, what are you waiting for?

Now, on to Nice Guy episode 3. With every episode, I become more and more convinced that this is going to be a wonderful entry into the dark, intelligent melodrama genre, a genre I thought was almost dead until NG (this is quite a year of throwbacks - Love Rain brought back pure love melodrama of the four seasons' fame). It's a genre I am very fond of and was mourning the demise of. Thank you, Lee Kyung Hee.

The scene with Maru rescuing Eun Gi and her going insane because her doll is in the bike (the doll that is the remnant of her mother - who was played by the mother from The Princess' Man. Dysfunctional Sooyang family rides again? Now, where is my Park Shi Hoo?) I have to applaud Moon Chae Won for her performance here - there are not that many of her male colleagues who are willing to look hideous in grief, let alone the actresses. This scene also shows how broken Eun Gi is, how her shell is brittle and moments from snapping - I wonder if that is what calls to Maru, that is why he goes after her doll - it's the caretaker in him, the characteristic he cannot beat down no matter how he tries. I just want these two lost, bereaved souls to find comfort with each other.

She tries to be her rude bitchy self as a preemptive strike and he shuts her down. I loved it. In a way, they are equals - despite their vastly different social status, they would be able to understand each other the way nobody else does - the masks protecting the really fragile person within, the childhood damage, betrayal by those they loved...

Oh, Maru! Whatever happens at the end, I hope you come back to the self that was happy despite everything...

For the shallow among us (FWIW, I think SJK is an amazing actor, and I know he is objectively good-looking, but he is not my type , in large part because he looks like a Korean version of my grandfather when he was young).

Why does every scene between them bristle so? And he can read her so well and she is so intrigued....and he doesn't react in any way she can predict.

Oddly (because nobody in their right mind would take a girl you want to appeal to, to a family dispute), this scene solidifies their connection - family that throws you away and inflicts damage as a means of asserting power is something that is intimately familiar to Eun Gi.

I don't really like Choco (she is 20 and needs to grow up) but this scene sort of broke my heart...


Jae Hee is a monster but I love that the drama never forgets to make her human, make her understandable...

I just like this shot.

Let the revenge games begin! I especially revel in Jae Hee's panicked face. I hope that the wind changes and her face freezes like this!

Date: 2012-09-20 04:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanaenam.livejournal.com
Right? Sooyang family reprised. Except here they don't love one another. They're just outright dysfunctional.

Date: 2012-09-21 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
At least they don't have power to behead anyone!

Date: 2012-09-21 02:04 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-09-20 05:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rockharlequin.livejournal.com
Wahhh thankies for the mention <333

Nice Guy episode 1 is sitting on my computer, but I am so terrified of feels that I keep on shying away from it. I shall boldly watch it today though~ Such purty people... why do such bad things happen to them *sigh*

Date: 2012-09-21 12:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I love angsty melos, but yeah, I bet this will be a miseryfest.

Date: 2012-09-20 11:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clairiere.livejournal.com
in large part because he looks like a Korean version of my grandfather when he was young

LOLOLOL I don't know what to make of this. :) I appreciate your letting us/me indulge in the shallowness one more time but I don't think I needed that image in my head LOL

I just like this shot. (the three of them in the car together)

That was such a lovely image, which encapsulated not only what the three of them went through together in the episode, but also epitomized Maru as the caretaker, the "home", the safe haven that Jae-Hee was talking about. No need to go on about what he means to his baby sister, but look at Eun-Gi. Here's this woman who's always in the driver's seat (remember her entrance in the first episode? how she's firing drivers all the time? :)), who never lets herself lose control, but she feels safe with him, she's not afraid to let her guard down (though at that moment, it was unconscious), and she let herself go to sleep in a "stranger's" car. (I like how they began as "strangers", as she told the doctor, but by the end, she's introduced as "someone he/Maru knows" to his sister.) And I love how he looked over them, first glancing at Eun-Gi, then his sister in the backseat. He's still a very distant man, unlikely to wear his heart on his sleeve any time soon, but he cares and he never stops caring.

Gawd, I love these two so, so very much... I'm fully on board for the angst ride, but I also want them to find happiness and love in the end, with each other, because they deserve it so very much...

Date: 2012-09-21 12:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Hey, my grandfather was a very good-looking man when younger (who despite his looks is happily married to my grandma for 64 years) :P So it's fine for SJK to look like that but precludes my drooling :)

I love that his Maru's goodness got beaten down but never destroyed. The fact that JH threw someone like that away is insane to ,me.

Date: 2012-09-21 03:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Right? Maru is such a catch!
If she were patient enough to wait a few more years for him to get his degree and become a doctor, she would still live a comfortable life...and with the one she loves. Albeit, they won't have the money and glamour like with Eun Gi's dad.

But then again, I guess we wouldn't have a drama.

Date: 2012-09-21 08:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sisterjune.livejournal.com
but see I think that WAS her plan, and then the murder happened, and maru went to jail and that threw the whole thing to hell. Since after jail he has no chance of becoming a doctor. in korean society having a criminal record is like a death sentence p much. He cant get any kind of respectable job or accepted into any decent univeristy. (like literally all he can do for money now is dig ditches, collect trash, or sell his body and maybe construction work but can u picture song joong ki doing construction work? lol) so Jae Hee being the ambitious lady she is, she wasnt going to wait around for him and live on a meager salary. I mean I dont know how much a journalist makes, but as a woman she prob didnt alot of options for promotions and she would never be making top dollar. I mean if she was less....the way she is, she would have been fine making a semi decent living but she obv wanted MORE than that. So she went for the rich guy with the big company. (altho I wonder if there wasnt more to it than that. we'll see I guess)

Date: 2012-09-21 08:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sisterjune.livejournal.com
Havent seen Nice Guy ep 3 yet but I will very soon. Anyway I cant believe Choco is TWENTY. Is she really? Is that what it says in the show? Like the actress looks so young and the character acts so young. I thought she was like 13 or 14 yrs old. At twenty in korea you are an adult. Meaning you are in college or working and likely living away from home. That said, this does put Choco's personality into a different perspective. Bratty she is indeed but I think I even even more bad for her now. She's clearly stunted and stuck in a child's mentality. She's sick and weak and poor, and thus she can only rely on her brother. I mean I cant think of any other reason why she's not working except that she's so sick she cant or that her brother's past is a stigma that keeps her from getting work. (and I assume lack of funds is the reason she cant go to a place of higher education becuz otherwise WHY isnt she in school?) I mean if she is stuck at home because she literally is unable to do much else and she doesnt seem to have friends well thats a pretty legit reasons to be angry at the world. But since her brother IS her world, it makes sense that she'd feel resentful to him and lash out. Because she needs him and loves him and I cant fend for herself and it makes her bitter and angry esp because she doesnt feel that her brother needs and loves HER rather that he stays out of obligation and because his girl dumped him. he ditched her so easily back then for another woman. why wont he do it again? Obv we the viewers know he wont make that mistake again and that he loves Choco enough to not kill himself even tho he literally has no other thing to aspire to at this point. So you know, I think their dynamic and sibling relationship has the potential to be very interesting. and I do appreciate the writers didnt take the easy obvious route of fridging the poor sick sister in the very first ep in order to fuel his guilt, self hate and revenge spree. Its nice also IMO that choco much like the other women in this drama, is not an innocent saintly creature. She could have been a passive angelic girl with a sickness that is meant to pull our heartstrings every time she says "oppa" in the cutest way. but she's not. she's a brat. and she's angry. and frankly I love it. and I hope she is developed somewhat further and not just used as a cipher in the plot to make Maru feel vengeful or guilty etc etc. at this point I'll be sad if they fridge Choco because I feel like she has more potential than just being the catalyst for Maru further going to the dark side. We'll see I guess. I have no expectations lol. a life of disappointment will do that to you.

This is already WAY TOO LONG but one more thing I want to add. I noticed that all the most important people in Maru's life are women. First his ex girlfriend Jae Hee, and then his later love interest/kindred spirit Eun Ki and ofc his sister Choco. and pretty much all of them are a hot mess. Jae Hee is opportunistic and calculating. Eun Ki is vicious and jaded and Choco is bratty and demanding. and they all look for themselves before anyone else. one way or another he ended up caring for all of them. The show really has a set up that feeds into all of my fave narrative kinks that I p much NEVER see in dramas ever, and I mean any drama from any country. I also just realized that Maru's entire life revolved around Jae Hee, from a child caring for her, to an adult being in love with her, throwing his future away for her, pining for her long after it was obvious she had forgot him, and then finally making the decision to take revenge on her. its obsessive and really sad IMO. More than wanting Maru to get revenge on Jae Hee I want him to be able to break free form the hold she has on him and just learn to live again. I think he needs to close that chapter of his life. and I dont know if getting revenge will really help that. we shall see. My ideal ending is him and Eun Ki running off into the sunset together with Choco and a bunch of cash from Eun Ki's inheritance. they go live in Japan. everyone gets therapy. choco improves and goes to school. and everyone else can die in a fire amen.

Date: 2012-09-22 12:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yup, in ep 3 they mentioned she was 20 repeadly.

I have no patience with whiny characters of either gender but she is realistic...


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