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Just got back into the house so haven't had a chance to watch (or even get) the latest Faith ep or go through the comments. Instead, I am going to talk about the dramas I watched on the plane - Five Fingers eps 15-16 and Glass Mask eps 6-8. While I think FF is excellent and GM not so, they do seem to belong to the same subgenre - protagonist wronged by monstrous family, surrounded by secrets, seeking revenge. Both feature an abusive mother, a somewhat psychotic sibling (though FF's In Ha is all sorts of shades of grey and has hope of overcoming his badness while GM's sister is pure unmitigated evil), birth secrets, and the OTP that is pretty much the sole light of sanity and happiness in a rather tragic world. FF's protagonist is male and GM's female, but other than that, in a lot of ways they are mirrors of each other.

(Five Fingers episodes 15-16)

OK, on to episodes 15-16 of FF, which were excellent and really upped the stakes and the dysfunction (I am not sure how my heart will bear the next few eps). Some secrets got revealed and some others (one of them a game-changer) showed up. I am beyond obsessed with this drama.

First off, before we get to anything else, if I had money to spare, I'd be willing to ber $20 that Ji Ho is Young Ran's biological son with her first love. Ha! I nearly screamed when it came out that she had a baby with her first love but her stepmom made her believe the baby (a boy!) was dead and dropped it off in the orphanage instead, as part of her campaign to get Young Ran to marry the psycho chairman. Because you know how kdramas love 'blood calls to blood' plots, and Ji Ho treated her all these years as his mother, even after he found out what a horrible person she was. Plus, it would make no sense to introduce some extraneous guy as a pivotal character this late in the game. And it would still make him and In Ha half-brothers. Oh, and YR's stepmom even drew a parallel, saying that YR's son could have ended up god knows where, and people whose family he came into could be treating him as badly as YR treated Ji Ho. And there is the fact that YR is looking for him but the drama is drawing it out. Ultimately, though, I am sure Ji Ho is her son because this is the perfect dramatic irony, and the perfect karmic punishment for her - to find out that the man she's been trying to torment and ruin is her own blood, her missing son. Plus, let's face it, it would be like the psycho chairman to bring in her kid, claim it's his from an affair with a woman he knows she hates, and then enjoy watching her being unknowingly a bitch to her own child, a child with the man the chairman truly hated (or I suppose it could be some sort of twisted atonement but I am not buying it). And the letter that Ji Ho treasures as his own in which the chairman gives him Boosang, I bet that one was directed to In Ha. After all, they just knew it had to be delivered to 'chairman's son.' So yes, I am willing to bet money Ji Ho is her biological son and oh, payback is a bitch, Young Ran, because this loving person is well way on the road to hating you - you have done a great job to destroy his familial feelings for you. It's going to be beautiful, you evil evil woman, when you discover what you've done.

I am back on the liking and feeling sorry for In Ha train, because he seems to have dialed back the crazy and is now actually acting like a human being around Dami. He's still cheating to win over Ji Ho in the piano building thing, but discovering his father loved him seems to have make him turn a new leaf and actually act human. You know, if his parents weren't psychos, he'd probably had a good chance at a decent life.

Here for adorableness, as Ji Ho introduces Dami to his stepgrandmom. You know, they are so sane and sweet and happy together, of course the rug is going to be yanked under them. Because I am pretty sure a good chunk of this story is about Ji Ho going full bore revenge, and I don't think he could ever fully give himself over to the darkness if he had Dami by his side.

Evil Mother from Hell finds the note the Chairman gave to Ji Ho (which I think was meant for In Ha) about Boosang being his and not trusting his Mom and goes apeshit. You know what kills me? Even this late in the game, knowing she didn't mean the loving things she said, knowing she didn't mean to save him from the fire, knowing she framed him for things, Ji Ho so desperately yearns for her love - when he asks her if it's some flaw in him, and if so, he'll try to change it, my heart breaks for him. If I am right and he is her son, oh you are going to so regret your life, Young Ran!

In Ha's streak of acting like a human being continues. He seems to have accepted he won't get Dami's heart.

When Ji Ho did the little sign language thing, my brain jumped back to Mawang!

OMFG! He pretends to be clumsy just so he can kneel and give her a ring. Made out of piano wire. Oh, Ji Ho, you KILL me!!!!

He loses the piano thing and his shares. But I think what really gets him is not this but Young Ran's giant gloating bitchiness. Oh, you poor guy.

No wonder he's packing his bags just to get the hell out of there (why not move out permanently, Ji Ho? You must be a masochist!)

But heee, stepmom got Dami to go along with him. ILY, stepmom! And he goes from miserable to grinning...

I feel pretty bad for In Ha. He's seemingly gotten what he wants - the company, victory over Ji Ho, but he is still not happy. Nothing really will make him happy - he is pretty much a mess as a person and all this doesn't fill the void inside him. I do love it when he pictures Dami and clings to her and cries but it's the Prof's daughter...(On a shallow note, mmmmm, Ji Chang Wook is gorgeous!)

You know, Ji Ho's description of his childhood as one constant competition with In Ha after another makes me want to time travel and call Child Protective Services on that insane household. But I love how happy and comforting they are with each other, and how she talks about her childhood, full of love, but difficult in other ways, and how he promises to always be with her and to take care of her always, even the care she should have gotten from her father but didn't because he died. Oh, darlings! Your hearts are about to be trampled into a million pieces.

Dami's brother is all 'dump Dami because your Mom framed our Dad for your Dad's murder and oh, btw, she killed your father.' Ji Ho takes it as well as you'd expect but he also, with common-sense, not sure he believes it.

Poor poor darlings!

I liked this because while In Ha still yearns for Dami, there is no obsessive 'must possess' there any more.

Hooray for a sane sibling relationship!

She is freaking out because she found out he's looking into Chairman's death and he's freaking out because he doesn't want to believe it. And that about sums up the difference between them.

Oh, poor angsty woobies!

If you thought it was bad, Young Ran decides to ruin Ji Ho utterly before he looks into the murder some more - she frames him for embezzlement and bribery, releases fake info on plagiarism and fighting - she's taking away both the company and musical memberships from him - she's trying to strip everything - money, music, honor. Oh, I am praying he is her actual son, because I want to see that psycho's face when she realizes she's been doing all this to her own flesh and blood.

And then she is luxuriating in music and wine, almost purring, as she knows she's wrecked the person who treated her as a mother. You are officially even freaking out In Ha, psycho!

She learns that Ji Ho is the son of the woman who framed her Dad for murder (they didn't tell her who the real murderer is).

Meanwhile, Ji Ho, in interrogation, is falling apart in every way possible (and not taking her call, though staring at it with longing, poor thing).

I feel kinda bad for In Ha here. Dami assumes that the plagiarism frame-up was his job and tells him he is rotten to the core. Good-bye even nascent friendship. Still, the only reason she believes this of him is because he threatened it in the past. You reap what you sow.

Can someone kill that slimy lawyer please? Ji Ho, please go Mawang on his ass!

You know how to make a mad day even worse? To have a recording that recounts how your mother figure murdered your dad thrust in your face.

Oh. my. God! My heart! But you know what I love? No noble idiocy or lying or hiding for this OTP! They are common-sense even in utter misery - she refuses to believe until she confirms with him, and he doesn't try to hide or dump her horribly for her own good or anything else idiotic. He just tells her he is sorry, crying, when she asks if it's true about her father and his mother. Oh, darlings! Darlings, darlings, darlings! Though hey, at least in this incarnation of a Jin Se Yeon heroine, it's just family issues - it's not as if her OTP had her tortured and her father hunted. Things are looking up :)

Oh, lady, be very afraid! I don't think you can cope with what you've just unleashed, especially since he doesn't have Dami any more to hold his darkness in check. I am going to enjoy watching you fall, Young Ran!

Meanwhile, everyone except the heroine, her OTP and the nerdy sweet glasses guy in Glass Mask continue to be wastes of space. I am pretty much in it for the OTP (at least until Seo Woo goes nuclear) - they are so adorable, I have no words. Plus, the male lead makes the best faces. And since I largely skip everything but the shipping, each ep doesn't take too long :)

I told you, ridiculous faces:

And a too-cool-for-school act:

But seriously, they are so dorky-cute together.

His revenge for her roughing him up and 'arresting' him is to moon over her:

And get jealous...

And moon some more...

And follow her around like a puppy...

And then he overhears her horrible family being horrible and her crying and is all :(

And they bicker as she bosses him around.

Oh, her sociopath stepsis has fallen for him, so while I was cheering for his public confession as he turns from cool rocker boy to lovelorn dork (with a very sweet confession), I was pretty much dreading Psycho McBitch's reaction.

Anywho, I am still in, but just for the OTP...

Date: 2012-10-09 08:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alexandral.livejournal.com
yes, I am also 100% sure that Ji Ho is the mummy's son. And I think the gradma knows - she even said something about how she knew that the chairman loves his wife when the chairman brought Ji Ho in (so the grandma knew it from the start). And yes, this is going to be perfect. And for one thing, Ji Ho will get a proper dad! I quite like Elvin Kim guy. And everyone will reconcile at the end (Ji Ho and In Ho and mummy is going to wallow in tears and apologise and everything! ). This is going to be good. I really like this drama!

Date: 2012-10-09 12:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I don't know if grandma knows, but she suspects.

I love Elvin Kim - he is one of the few sane older characters in this.

I too see a reconciliation in everyone's future, though I do think YR will have to spend some time in jail.

I can't wait to watch the scene where she finds out JH is her kid!

Date: 2012-10-09 12:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleobulle.livejournal.com
5 Fingers is getting so good!

I have the same theory re-child. And Young Ran is going to fall apart before this drama is over. Although, how much do you want to bet the ex-lover will be by her side when he finds out she wasn't the one who tried to have him killed? Because it obviously wasn't her. My hypothetical money is on the Chairman. He was psychotic enough to do it.

And In Ha... His life sucks almost as much as Ji Ho's. I'm so glad the writers dialed back on the crazy and he's now a gray character. I prefer my antagonists that way. They're much more interesting than when we're served with one dimensional cartoonish villains. Looks like we've got another Gu Ma Jun on our hands and I'm all for that. He's going to be so crushed as well when he learns the truth about his father's death.

And you know, as far as cheating for the piano thing, I think he actually went about it in a pretty fair way. Well, as fair as it could be for a child raised up in such an environment. The way he found out about the bank safe was pretty smart (and ok, kind of cruel to poor Ji Ho).

And ,yeah, the actor is gorgeous. He didn't do much for me in WBDS but he radiates intensity here. He and JJH are well matched.

I can't wait to see Ji Ho go dark. I love it when main characters are good people at heart but dangerous enough to retaliate when wronged and pushed too far. To have some darkness in you but deciding to be good makes for some pretty interesting stuff.

Do you think we're going to have something similar to Bridal Mask? As in the nice guy (Ji Ho here, Shunji in BM) will go dark and the "mean" guy (In Ha here, Kang To in BM) will be "reformed"?

Date: 2012-10-09 12:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am so glad you gave this a chance!

Do you think we're going to have something similar to Bridal Mask? As in the nice guy (Ji Ho here, Shunji in BM) will go dark and the "mean" guy (In Ha here, Kang To in BM) will be "reformed"?

Probably not anywhere near the extent of BM - after all, Ji Ho is the protagonist (and also, nobody in this drama is a war criminal, not even YR :P)

I agree, IH hasn't been bad these episodes - I feel bad for him because with headcases for parents, he never had a chance (how JH turned out halfway normal, I have no idea).

I feel sorry for YR even though she is an awful awful person. She was clearly married to a consummate abuser and that warped her. Plus, if I am right and JH is her biological son, she is going to be punished enough (I can't wait to see the scene where she finds out). I do tentatively see a hopeful ending for even her, with Elvin Kim (after she did jail time or similar).

Date: 2012-10-09 12:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cleobulle.livejournal.com
I even watched the childhood episodes, which is pretty rare for me. That's how much I like it. I'm a bit sad the ratings can't keep up to those of May Queen which is an absolute mess from what I hear. I really wanted JJH's drama comeback to go well. He deserved it. Ah well, hopefully the drama is getting some good reviews.

Yeah, I can see a hopeful ending for pretty much all the characters as well. But it's still a K-drama, which means it could possibly end pretty badly for most of them. It's a weekend drama tough. Don't they usually tend to end well after the characters have been put through the wringer?

The real villain here seems to be the dead Chairman. And his name is being brought up several times in each and every episode. It's like he's got his hold on everybody from beyond the grave.

Date: 2012-10-09 12:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
May Queen is awful. I lasted 12 eps before bailing. Why it's doing so well, I have no idea.

The chairman was clearly a monster. Ugh.

Yeah, weekend dramas usually end well so I have no fears of JJH repeating Mawang.

Date: 2012-10-09 03:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
i have this wild theory and need to get it out,, what if it turn out that Jiho is nobody's kid?? like he is a random kid who chairman take and leave under an old lady care in a village and then brought him to made his wife pissed-off and her life being miserable...
would it be so twisted and cruel ? because some viewer guessing that YR missing son probably would be dami's brother.....

Date: 2012-10-09 03:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Interesting theory but my money is still on Ji Ho. I just think it's dramatically more powerful (the thrust of YR' hatred is directed at JH. I think she and Dami's brother barely interacted) and also we know JH was an orphan of murky origins but we've had no indication Dami's brother was adopted. But you never know!

Date: 2012-10-09 07:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] timescout.livejournal.com
I'm finally all cought up with FF. The beginning was kinda slow and I had several eyerolling moments with e.g. all these secrets that no-one seemed to be able to keep..... like, secret. LOL! Still I've enjoyed it quite a bit regardless the obvious flaws and looks like we are now getting to the good stuff.

I'm of the opinion too that Ji Ho is Young Rang's missing son. That's too good a twist not to be used. As for the fallout... if we are to believe what was shown in the beginning of ep 1, it's going to be Ji Ho's turn to play the dutiful and loving son and then stab her in the back. Or burn the witch. ;P I'm almost willing to bet that it's also JH who'll save the company somehow and thus get reinstated. The ep 1 beginning sequence is his inaugaration ceremony as the newly elected representative of Buseong Group (he's also referred as Chairman and the largest shareholder - so he apparently gets it all back). Unless all that was just TPTB trolling us..... It'll be fun finding out though. *g*
Edited Date: 2012-10-09 07:22 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-10 12:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am really hoping he is her son. Anything else will make me disappointed now.

True, I almost forgot about the 'prologue' stuff - though I bet he still doesn't know she is his birth mom at that point - no matter how much he snapped, I don't see JH setting fire to the woman he knows is his mother.

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