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Clearly, yesterday was a day for me to rewatch bits of some of my favorite family dramas. Because I totally rewatched bits of Gloria, the only 50-ep drama I watched with no skipping and almost no fast-forwarding (for my money, the first 35 or so eps are the best but it's good overall).

I was (and still am) madly in love with the main OTP of Gloria, Kang Suk/Jin Jin. The romance started out a little slowly but oh, boy, did it make up for it. From a logical standpoint, it made no sense that they could live happily ever after - his half-brother killed her parents and gave her sister brain damage, and once she found out, she went on a revenge spree (in which he helped!) that destroyed his father's company and ended up in half-brother killing himself. But by the ending, I was so invested in them, I didn't care if they got together due to fairy dust...

Seriously, so perfect. I mean, how could I not love a drama which has the following scene: She is in the middle of ruining his evil family (with his help. Seriously, there is love and there is this) and, of course, they broke up, but he stops by her house and begs if she can playact as his lover for an evening and they go out, and he is so desperate, but not touching her at all, and she kisses him, crying, saying she wants to forget everything tonight but her playacting role. And he kisses her back and just guuuuuuuh.

Here is the 'playacting' one:

This scene! Where he basically thanks her for saving him from becoming the same monster that his brother had become (yeah, that family is beyond messed-up). They are still broken up at that point and her in the middle of revenge.

Happy ending! Honestly, the logical part of me knows it makes no sense. But I don't care!

Tbh, I think this drama was at its best before Jin Jin and everyone found out the truth and JJ turned into Revenge Queen in mid-30s eps and Dong Ah/Yoon Soo storyline got resolved (also not buying YS' family being OK with them but whatever). I liked the everyday real interactions much better than the revenge plot (which also made me think Kang Suk loved Jin Jin a hell of a lot more than she did him). But overall, even with that, this is still probably my favorite family drama by far.

Date: 2012-10-15 01:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elanatothemax.livejournal.com
Oooh, I was wondering if this was worthwhile! I may give it a try...and prepare to fast forward through the revengey parts later :)

Date: 2012-10-15 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
It's really really good. Two awesome OTPs and a good story.

Date: 2012-10-15 05:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] usisblog.livejournal.com
Sounds good but DL will take time...*sigh*...anyway I'm in no hurry ;).

Date: 2012-10-15 06:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yeah, it's not going anywhere :)

Date: 2012-10-15 07:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] playmehome.livejournal.com
finally coming out of the lurking shadows to comment purely because i loved this drama so much. really, it wasn't a rational love, because the production was sort of underbaked and the writing (especially the ending) made me question my own intelligence for obsessing over it so much, but in the end, i didn't even care. why?

these two. or rather, these four.

i loved lovedlovedloved the interactions between the four leads. i rooted for them desperately as individuals, as couples, as a group of friends. there was a scene, maybe in the early 30 ep count range, where the four of them were sitting in a cafe somewhere and debating over the spelling of words and it actually brought me to tears. it was a light scene full of couple-y banter, but there was just something within me that responded so strongly to their small moments of happiness. i could have watched the four of them be cute with one another for 100 episodes.

i also loved their characterizations so much as individuals because they all had such a clear trajectory that was more or less fulfilled in such satisfactory ways. especially kang-suk. granted, the defrosting of a cold rich boy isn't all that original, but i was struck by the fact that his first true act of kindness wasn't for his lover (they weren't even together or interacting all that much yet) but for his fiancee and the love of her life. and so, he is able to gain strong friendships as well, which sometimes is much more intrinsically important than romantic love. in fact, i think the character they mishandled the most was miss gloria herself, jin jin, because they got her caught up in that whole miserable revenge plot. nevertheless, even when i was sort of annoyed with her character trajectory, i more or less didn't care as long as she wound up with kang suk and remained friends with dong ah and yun seo.

it must be fate though that this post appeared now, because i've been rewatching gloria episodes to get my bae doo-na fix before she appears in her hollywood debut, cloud atlas (based off of my favorite novel), which comes out on october 26.

by the way, i love your blog. i come here all the time to stalk your screencaps. i'm only sorry that i don't comment more often~!

Date: 2012-10-15 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Hi! :)

I loved the four of them together - such good friends (and for both YS and KS, probably the first friends they had).

Yeah, the revenge killed my adoration for JJ - she became almost unlikeable. By the end, I mainly wanted her with KS because he wanted it and that's not awesome - especially since until the revenge, JJ was my favorite.

Date: 2012-10-16 12:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elanatothemax.livejournal.com
Bae Doo Na is in Cloud Atlas?!?? OMG. That's freaking wonderful.

Date: 2012-10-15 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] millie10468.livejournal.com
I don't know why but I don't really mind about the logistics of the ending. I mean, I don't really see how Kang Suk's brother choosing suicide because he didn't want to face the music over his actions and his father losing his business is JJ's fault. I feel like all she's responsible for is the truth coming out, how people reacted to it was out of her hand. Plus, KS got the company semi back so his dad didn't really lose his company. I might be in the minority but the revenge arc, while not my absolute favorite, makes me happy.

Date: 2012-10-15 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
But that is JJ's responsibility - she teamed up with grandma to take away the business and wreck Ji Suk. It's like saying in any revenge scheme, the avenger has no responsibility because if the bad guy didn't do X, the avenger would not be after him.

And I just couldn't buy the father being OK with KS/JJ after that. No way. I am a much nicer person than evil daddy and I would never be OK with that.

Date: 2012-10-15 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] millie10468.livejournal.com
It's like saying in any revenge scheme, the avenger has no responsibility because if the bad guy didn't do X, the avenger would not be after him.

What to do? I kind of feel that way.

Plus, I always felt that KS's father didn't want to lose another son after losing his first. That's why he was okay with KS/JJ after everything. I kind of felt like he was tired/fed up with everything. Maybe I'm just reading too much into it because I want the ending to make sense to everyone?


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