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Five Fingers is really really so good! (Don't get me started on it being beaten in the ratings by brain-dead May Queen). I've liked it from the start, but with the latest batch of episodes, I am officially "I want to binge on everything" obsessed.

It helps that in these latest episodes, Ji Ho has finally found what a cave of sharks he has been living with and giving his soul to and I am confident he can take them on and win. Joo Ji Hoon is rocking the role - he excels in these moments of stillness where you can tell a million thoughts are going on under the facade. When he finds out his mother tried to ruin him (and his later revelation about the rescue night) - I get genuinely scared by him. Because Ji Ho is a good person but you get the sense that he is good by choice and he is more than capable of ruthlessness and darkness and unleashing hell. Choi Sira is more and more excellent (of course) as Ji Ho's mother - their scenes are Oedipal in their complexity and longing and loathing. Young Ran is a monster but a pitiable one - her life with her abusive husband has broken her and she chooses to act out her darkness by getting revenge on Ji Ho, whom she sees as her husband's representative.



I love every interaction between them once he realizes she set him up. Poor guy. But it's best out, especially since he finally figures out about the rescue, as well.








Poor Ji Ho...








Oh, lady, it's over. Go watch Mawang and hide in terror.








Figuring out the truth about the night of the fire. I mainly have it here because JJH's bone structure is insane.








I expected to be fascinated by the mother-son dynamic. What I did not expect was to fall deeply and madly in love with the romance. Jin Se Yeon has improved tremendously from Gaksital and her Dami is such a shining soul of light and hope in this. I have every hope that Ji Ho will emerge from the darkness because he has her. She and Joo Ji Hoon have gorgeous chemistry together - it is not passionate but it is romantic beyond words. I turn into a pile of pink goo any time they are within ten feet of each other. They are so sane together, so compatible, so right. I especially love how she can make him happy even on worst days, even when his world is crashing around him.



I love how he tries to hide who he is, for her sake, and she refuses, taking off his hat and glasses, and proudly taking his hand in front of everyone. His face! She is like a breath of fresh, sane air. No noble idiocy for her.


























The scene where he realizes she is the girl from his childhood is too gorgeous for words. (Also, I love that they fell for each other long before they figured out the childhood connection).



























































In the aftermath of his mother's betrayal, he finds her. And of course she makes him happy. (Btw, is it me, or was that lollipop a shout-out to Goong? :))





























And this scene, which looks like a fairy-tale, really needs no words. Except that even next morning, it makes him smile.


















































Dami is smart, kind, compassionate, but also with unshaken self-respect and common sense. If anyone could have saved In Ha from his pathetic jealousy and darkness, it would have been her, but I love that she does not want to - she loves Ji Ho and makes it unmistakable to In Ha any time he steps out of line. In Ha is my least favorite character in this, because I want him to stop acting like a spoiled 5-year-old but he is interesting and, ironically, much more like his father, Young Ran's hated husband, than Ji Ho ever was. The way he obsesses over someone who doesn't want him is a pretty good example.



Here he is, being kinda nuts (and I love that she points it out) and being set down.











Yup, stalker.














I love emo rain. Now where are emo showers?









Date: 2012-10-01 04:55 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
Oy, does this mean I can finally start watching this puppy? :) The tide has reversed and Ji Ho is on the ball now? I heard some rumblings on this weekend's episodes so....

Date: 2012-10-01 12:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes. Ep 10 is where he figures out some of it, 11 the rest. FF is shockingly good - I only started it because I am a rabid JJH fangirl, but I expected to suffer through it, not actually enjoy it.

Date: 2012-10-01 07:36 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
i've been lurking into your blog, since i follow it religiously, back and forth this past 2 weeks and couldn't find FF recaps (although i've watched it but still its like something missing if i'm not lurked into u'r LJ *biggrin*)..i thought you forgot abt it *sobs* but today is just my lucky day.. you're just awesome and i worship you, loveeeeeeeeeeee these caps so muchh...

and couldnt agree more abt "binge on everything" 'cause its more fun that way , and i'll wait patiently :D

oh once more, my fave part, when jiho pinch her cheek :*

Date: 2012-10-01 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am about to watch 12/13 - cannot wait!

I was especially big into hoarding because the subs were slower than other dramas. Now that the pace picked up, not sure how much patience I will have.

The cheek-pinching was adorable

Date: 2012-10-01 11:27 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I share all your thoughts, too.

I'm adoring JH/DM so much at this point they already on my fav OTP shortlist for this year. All their interactions never failed to make me happy and giggle. I find their chemistry very palpable. But that doesn't stop me for glancing on IH/DM too and get excited for their every scenes together. I'm not someone who often go for 2nd male lead, and I am not either for this drama. Just that, Ji Chang-wook and Jin Se-yeon looks great together. They playing each other very well too. Makes me wonder what will happen if someday they meet again in another drama, but this time as OTP, how much spark will they make? Given in Five Fingers they're not OTP, I hope there a chance for their reunite in the future.

Date: 2012-10-01 12:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Agreed - I dislike In Ha immensely, but JCW is rocking the role and has great chemistry with JSY. I think it would really be fun to see them paired as a couple, maybe in a romcom.

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