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Lee Kyung Hee really knows how to do melodrama! I could barely breathe watching this. I have no idea how the characters got to this point (OK, I lied, I have some limited idea) but what strikes me is that it doesn't matter because while knowledge is absent, emotion is not. To me, this shows what the best dramas can do - to transcend logic and go straight for the heart. I don't mean that I don't want consistent, plot-hole-less writing from my dramas (and in any event, I have no idea if ep 9 of NG is logical or not as I have not yet seen it), but ultimately, what I really want - I want my dramas to make me feel, to transform me into another state of being entirely, so that any other issues, the logical brain part of me, ceases to matter.

And oooh boy, does that clip deliver that. Straight to the heart. I especially love that Maru says barely a word during the whole scene and yet you can feel his every emotion - sadness, guilt, longing, shock, love (yes, I do believe it's love), as clearly as if he's been shouting it.

Date: 2012-10-10 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leslie (from livejournal.com)

i cant w/ this drama..the story of this otp kills me thousand times and more yet its so beautiful!

Date: 2012-10-10 11:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It's so amazing.

Date: 2012-10-10 11:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clairiere.livejournal.com
OMG I can't believe you caved and watched, though... who could blame you? :)

So, so, so good. They (those who knew about the ending) said it was going to be daebak and boy did they deliver! All I wanted to do after the episode was to replay that scene forever.

A year in torment, hell on earth (even Jae-Gil says he wasn't like this after he lost Jae-Hee) with those terrible final memories in his head, and this is how he's reunited with her. "I remember you now... We were very much in love, weren't we?" She doesn't remember everything about him, but she remembers loving this man, it's her emotions, her heart who recognized him and that's why she started crying too not only because it made her feel good but also simply because she remembered something finally. And gawd, what this must be doing to him.... WHY ARE THEY SO BEAUTIFUL??? *sob*
Edited Date: 2012-10-10 11:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-10 11:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] clairiere.livejournal.com
Just realized your comment about connecting to something applies here too:

it doesn't matter because while knowledge is absent, emotion is not

Date: 2012-10-10 11:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leslie (from livejournal.com)
YOU COMMENT ... *SOBS* Gosh i feel like hugging everyone right now.huuuuuuuuuuuuuu

Date: 2012-10-10 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I was so curious. I couldn't help it.

I am SO relieved. I wasn't sure how well the plot twist would sit with me (though if anyone could pull it off to my satisfaction, it would be LKH - her dramas always emotionally work for me even when logically they might not hold up) but the drama still seems to be firing on all cylinders.

That reunion is so full of all these layers - and I do think he must feel so much guilt. He pushed her away earlier when he felt much less guilt, I am sure. I am impressed he is holding it together at all in this scene.

Date: 2012-10-11 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] yunhalove.livejournal.com
episode nine got me in the gut. maru especially is so broken; he's a complete trainwreck. he's doing things that if it was any other character in any other drama i'd categorize them as evil antagonists and beyond redemption. but at the same time i ship him so hard with eungi, who is now essentially a defenseless sheep before a wolf. he's clearly given up on life and himself but i feel like they could save each other, at least for a little while.

also i love all the little details the pd's have put into the scene. how eungi's in all white and maru's in all black, and she chooses to write his name in white while he picks up the black crayon. says so much about the characters and how they view each other at this point.
Edited Date: 2012-10-11 02:06 am (UTC)

Date: 2012-10-11 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, Maru has gone ful-bore awful but oddly, I still feel tremendous pity for him and hope he can climb out of the abyss because he is clearly in as much, if not more, pain than that he inflicts on others.

Date: 2012-10-11 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] att123.livejournal.com
One of the hardest things about Maru's character is that he's so emotionally closed off. In other LKH dramas the heroes were oozed their emotions and you could clearly tell what was going on. Maru himself is so twisted inside that he doesn't even know what he's doing. He's almost like a dying animal, desperately lashing out at everything in his path. If he could just accept EG's love and try to deserve it then he would be so much happier. But it's a melodrama so of course he can't do that!

I hope that Maru will take in EG and protect her from all the vultures trying to steal her fortune and harm her.

Date: 2012-10-11 02:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] att123.livejournal.com
Oh and that's why the scene hit me so hard. You can see MR struggling not to break down. I've never seen him like that through the whole drama. Whatever happened in that tunnel years ago broke him and brought him to a new kind of low.

Date: 2012-10-11 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
True. I think the fact that EG tried to kill herself because of him and then went missing, presumably dead, pretty much broke him the way nothing JH did managed to.

Date: 2012-10-11 02:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I think Bonggu in ALTK was just as emotionally closed off/messed up in the first 2/3 of the drama which makes me worried because we all know how ALTK ended. I am still scarred.

I really hope Maru will allow himself some peace and find healing with EG.

Date: 2012-10-11 03:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] att123.livejournal.com
Bokgu was closed off but I never felt like he was closed off to the viewer. I always could feel everything he was going through. With Maru it's not that easy and in some ways he is in a darker place than BK was.

Yes, especially since she didn't deserve any of it. He almost did the same thing JH did to him. Only he was putting on an act of not caring about her because he didn't feel he deserved her.

I hope so. If he can't do it for himself at least for EG. She's been through so so much because of him.

Date: 2012-10-11 04:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sanaenam.livejournal.com
I LUUUUUURVE Moon Chae Won! She has done SUCH an amazing job with Eun Ki. When she turns around to get the camera out of her bag, you can feel her desperation, hoping that he won't disappear like a figment of her very vanishing memory in the time it might take her to retrieve her camera and show him solid proof of his existence in her life.

And Maru... Why does Lee Kyung Hee do this? Her male protagonists sink lower and lower. I remember encountering Bi's Sang Doo as a gigolo who sold his body to pay for his daughter's hospital bills, scarring me emotionally for quite some time. Then, Bi's next character in A Love to Kill, who wanted to kill Shin Mina's character as payback for the pathetic end his brother met. Now, Maru is a combo of both Bi's characters, only even worse off. Gah.

I'm wondering if I should hold off on watching this until it finishes. I don't think I can handle to the emotional trauma of an Lee Kyung Hee ending with its melodramatic oomph to the nth power.

Date: 2012-10-11 04:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] att123.livejournal.com
Moon Chae Won has become one of my favorite actresses. She's really grown and makes me root for her characters. Yes, that's why I'm afraid that Maru is going to push her away. She really needs him right now.

That seems to be a pattern among her male leads. OMG you're so right! He IS a combo of those two characters.

I personally can't hold off waiting for it to finish. And if I find out it has a bad ending then I won't ever finish it.

Date: 2012-10-11 01:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] algelic.livejournal.com
I just finished watching this episode. OH GOD MY EMOTIONS!

The reunion between Eun Gi and Maru was so emotionally charged, it really felt like a punch in the stomach. I'm really difficult to impress with dramas, but this really moved me.

Song Joong Ki is such an amazing actor. He said so much while not speaking at all.

Not sure how I feel about the future of this drama... amnesia as a plot twist isn't exactly my kind of thing.

Date: 2012-10-12 02:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am so-so on amnesia but if any drama could handle it well, it would be this one.


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