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Before I go into what will likely be a lengthy and emotional post, I just wanted to thank you - thank you everyone who commented on my livejournal or posted on their own (and not just lj - joonni is amazing and I had a ton of fun lurking at soompi), everyone who made vids, wrote fics. I don't remember the last time I was involved in a drama with that much fandom enthusiasm and fun...actually, I lied. I remember - it was last year's City Hunter :)



I was very happy with the way Faith ended (I should have known to trust the writer - she has yet to write a drama that disappointed me), but I still feel bereft. I've followed and obsessed over this drama for 12 nail-biting weeks. I've developed all sorts of ridiculous rituals, not to mention spent a giant chunk of my free time on it. And now I feel empty. I don't want to say goodbye to this drama's world and to its characters - I don't want to let go of Eun Soo, Choi Young, Gongmin, Nogook, the Woodalchi shippers, Lady Choi, Jang Bin *sob*, and even the bad guys.



I am not so consumed by my love for this drama that I will claim it was the best drama of 2012. But while it might not have been the best (though it was still damn good, by an objective standard), it was by far and away my favorite. It made me cry (bawl, actually), laugh, swoon, and transported me into another, hyper-real, emotional, gorgeous world. It gave me what has become my favorite kdrama OTP ever - who knew when this started that I would go so obsessively, desperately head-over-heels for a modern Gangnam plastic surgeon and a 14th-century warrior with a death wish? Both Eun Soo and Choi Young had wonderful, believable, moving character arcs - they made each other better, they made each other the best they could be. Their relationship was epic but also organic and real - their quiet moments stick with me as much as the big operatic ones. A lot of the credit has to go to Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun who are both so gorgeous it's ridiculous and who burn up the screen to a degree I've rarely seen in a kdrama (or anywhere else). I would have never thought to put them together (though I've loved them individually long before Faith), but it was perfect casting. I cannot imagine anyone else in the roles. I keep thinking about what Choi Young and Eun Soo are doing now (well, now being 1350s) - I don't want to let them go.



And of course there is the writing. Song Jina has yet to write a drama that wasn't good. She has done many genres and types of stories over the years, but it's the first time I've seen her do a romance. Most of her dramas have romantic threads (while wonderfully done - see Legend) in the background of everything else. So going into Faith, I was expecting epic and battles and politics and some romance in the background, if I was lucky. Instead what I got was intimate, interpersonal and so swoonily romantic, I cannot think of a single period drama (Korean, Chinese, Japanese or other) that comes close in the degree and importance of romance.



By going on and on about Choi Young and Eun Soo, I don't mean to leave out all the other characters. Gongmin and Nogook get their own growth arc and their own love story, that moved me immensely. This drama gave me not just the perfect main OTP but a perfect secondary one.


(But enough blabber, on to the last episode itself)

I apologize for the caps not being as large as usual but there was no way I was going to wait to get 720p raws.

DB's death. It might sound odd, but righteously angry Choi Young is probably my favorite CY. When he demands someone gives him a sword, and proceeds to fight Gi Chul, despite the fact that, while his hands don't tremble, the sword feels heavy, I felt proud. Is it odd?


























Eun Soo telling Lady Choi she is healed (Lady Choi is as awkward with affection as her nephew). And, once again, she kills me, because despite the fact she almost died and was so sick, her main concern is for Choi Young - because he must have been terrified when he tended to her all night. I just love that she loves him so utterly and selflessly, because this is exactly how he loves her. And they both deserve a person who loves them back to the same degree. I think the reason she guarded her heart so much in the past (and did I ever mention how much I love that this is the rare kdrama where the hero falls in love first?) is because once she fell, that was going to be it, always and forever.





Unknowingly, Gi Chul reenacts the scene of CY's teacher's death and that cures CY's psychological trauma about his sword - it confronts his fears, fears he didn't even know he had, and makes him make a choice - his trembling hands were because he was uncertain, because he didn't know. Now it is all done. Because that is who he is - the protector, the King's loyal warrior, the man who will do anything to protect Eun Soo. Thanks, bad guy!











Even in his torment over Eun Soo missing, I love that he ruffles the wild kid's hair when he sees his wounds. Awwww.








Why are they so perfect? I am so happy that this is our last image of them together. I know there is heartbreak and despair in their future, and there is nothing anyone can do, but for now they are together and they are happy. And that is all anyone can count on (and I take comfort in the fact that when Nogook dies and Gongmin pretty much goes insane and gives up any governing at all, Eun Soo will be there for Choi Young - so serving a King won't be all CY has. Because he will have ES and their children to live for).











The scene! I totally cried. Yes, the aforementioned bawling. Because he is so terrified/at the edge of his endurance, about whether Eun Soo is cured and relaxes only a fraction when he finds out she is, because she is still recovering and is missing and he has no idea where she is. When he screams, I just - CY has iron self-control, he has never yelled (I don't think he has screamed once the whole drama) and yet here he is. And then when he tells Lady Choi that this is killing him. Oh. my. God. He really couldn't live without her, or at least hope of her, could he? Not any more. He could not freeze himself again, not now that she has turned him human. And Lady Choi's face when she hears that because she realizes that too. And when he walks out he takes his sword (!!!!). Because now it has meaning - not just because his old certainties have been restored (actually made new - he never had certainties of his own before, he just became a warrior and followed his teacher at such a young age, I don't think he thought it through. And then his teacher died, his fiancee killed herself and he saw all he believed trampled into the mud and he became like the living dead). He takes the sword because he needs it to protect his Eun Soo.




















The scene with Gongmin and Choi Young. Where he tells Gongmin he won't follow Eun Soo to heaven because he found the answer to the heaviness of the sword (and CY clearly views ES's 'heavenly' world as equivalent to death - it is heaven after all. He is a very straightforward warrior after all). Instead, he will go and bring her back. Oh God, I love you so much right now!











Eun Soo discovering the third item, a cell phone. No wonder Gi Chul couldn't describe it.





Setting out to find her. I love how grimly determined he is. Because this time the reason for his quest isn't duty but love.








One of the things that strikes me about Gi Chul and Eun Soo's interactions, is that even with this man who is evil to the core, she still tries to treat him. She is a a doctor, after all.





She leaves a note for him in the inn in Hangul. I love that she doesn't even question that he will be able to find her trail, and that he will remember what that phrase means from her notes to him (because he remembers everything she has ever said or done, I bet). And the way he just closes his eyes, his relief to know she is alive and OK overwhelming him.

















They find each other again! I love the way he takes out all of Gi Chul's underlings. I love almost as much that she uses her knife to slash Gi Chul so as to escape. But it's this scene and their deep emotion, and the way he almost cannot believe his eyes, and the way he asks her if she is OK and not sick any more, as if not daring to believe it. And then he asks her if she is going to be with him? Sounding so emotional and uncertain and grateful all at once. And then that hug. That hug. They give the best hugs.





























I have no words for this scene. None. And yet I am still going to talk about it. I love that he is still going to take her to the portal, even though Gi Chul will be there, because she should say good bye to those she loves. And I love that she asks him if he can defeat Gi Chul (a theme that runs through the drama, her questions) because she knows he won't lie and what he says is good enough for her. And he says he can probably defeat him because he now has something to live for. She is the reason he lives, you guys! You know, I've seen complaints that Faith doesn't have enough make-outs but I do not get that - the amount of touching this couple does is huge by any kdrama standards, and unheard of by sageuk ones. I don't need to see them do the beast with two backs on screen (that's what fanfic is for :P) to believe they love each other and want each other. In my head canon, they have long ago made love, anyway. (Also, speaking from personal experience, when you are sick, no matter how much you love your guy, you don't really want sexy times :P Though for all I know, Eun Soo is different and they just finished sexy times and put their clothes on. The below moment is about tenderness, not passion. Passion is implied in every glance of theirs anyway)






































Their happiness is short-lived when they see Gi Chul. Of course, Choi Young does his best to protect Eun Soo but it looks like it's the end for him. And as he lies there dying, remembering his moments with her, his voiceover kills me. Especially the part where he answers his father's question from the beginning of the drama - whether he found a reason to live. Yes - his reason to live is Eun Soo. Oh my God. You guys, I must have been cutting onions or something because tears tears tears. Even writing this, tears come again. And Eun Soo frantically tries to revive him but Gi Chul drags her away. And it's a good thing I was spoiled that this has a happy ending or I would be having a coronary right about now.



























































Fitting punishment for Gi Chul, frozen seconds away from the portal - he was unable to go through even as Eun Soo went through. The fact that GC wasn't able to go through really goes with my theory that the reason Choi Young was able to go through in the first place to bring Eun Soo, and was able to come back with Eun Soo, because she was always predestined to come back to Goreyo, because she was always needed to keep the history the way it was - to keep Nogook from dying, to keep Choi Young from dying or giving up, etc. And I think this is also the reason she later wasn't able to come back right away but went 100 years before - because she was predestined to leave those notes to past/future Eun Soo, to protect her past/future self and Choi Young. It's significant that once she was able to do that, she could go to CY.





She is back in Seoul only long enough to grab her bag (with cell and notebook - aha!) and a ton of medical supplies because she is desperate to go back to Choi Young and try to save him). And she runs and jumps through the portal only to discover she is 100 years too early. My heart! My heart! The last time I cried so hard was at Queen In Hyun's Man - clearly the theme of lovers separated by centuries evokes waterworks in me. But I love how through it all she keeps faith. She keeps faith that Choi Young will survive somehow (and she is right - he will not let himself die when there is yet hope of her). Oh, and the scene with the video of her parents :(






































And then the portal opens again and she jumps through without a second thought (what a huge leap of faith - she has no idea where she will end up), is back in modern Seoul and steps back again (once again, she has no idea where it leads, but she will try and try and try on the off chance it will lead her back to Choi Young).











And she discovers that she has jumped to the time that is 5 years from Gongmin's crowning (so it means it's over four years since Choi Young has seen her. It's unclear how much time has passed for Eun Soo). And you know what gets me - Eun Soo wonders whether it's OK for Goryeo soldiers to be in Yuan territory to be informed that Choi Young has conquered this territory from Yuan some time ago. And it hits me - he has conquered this so he could come and search and wait for her. Oh my God. And she finds out that CY is camped out by that tree where they last saw each other, because he does this every year for 4-5 days (and yes, so predestined - seeing that the portal brought her to this area on one of the few days a year CY comes here). And it hits me again - he is waiting for her. He has utter faith and hope and trust in her. The amount of belief it must take, to come every year, especially when year after year the wait is fruitless, the amount of love for her, the amount of certainty of hope. My God. My God. I can't even imagine how he and she survived this time apart, but their love and faith (I get why this drama is named this now) in each other is so boundless. Time must bend for them.








And she runs...





And then. And then. I was crying so hard I barely saw the screen. You know what gets me the most in this scene? That there is no surprise in his face - there is nothing but joyful certainty and love.
































And yes, the reunion was the one scene I capped in 720p.





























This was my perfect drama, from beginning to end. I will miss it but I am forever grateful for the ride.

Date: 2012-10-31 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] your-insomnia.livejournal.com
*wipes another round of tears*

Lee Min Ho looks hot as an ahjussi. That is all.

Date: 2012-10-31 02:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I have decided it is impossible to make that man look bad. It doesn't hurt that I've been brainwashed to like sageuk beards.

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Date: 2012-10-31 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amandioka.livejournal.com
OMG this drama was so perfect! The ending was perfect!!! I mean, I'm greedy and of course I wanted more more more, but it made sense, it was really good writing and i loved it! I watched it unspoiled and my heart was in my throat all the time thinking something would happen... I couldn't breathe easy until she met the Woodalchis again in the ending...

I'm with you on this: this isn't the best drama of all time, but the pairing? It's the first drama I've watched that made me want to read fanfics! You know when you cannot get enough of reading/watching a couple? I want to know how their married life goes, I want to know if they have babies! Can you imagine Choi Young's face when Eun Soo gets pregnant? LOL, ok I'm going to stop now or I won't shut up about them today.

Thanks so much for the recaps!

Date: 2012-10-31 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Don't shut up! I want to talk about them forever!

I can totally imagine CY's face when ES gets pregnant. Awwww. He will totally be fussing over her and freaking out the whole pregnancy too :)

What this drama was (and too few dramas are, even objectively better ones) is consistent - consistent character-wise, thematically, narratively. It was like a visual novel, really.

And what a perfect perfect ending. The only reason I am not satisfied is because I want more more more of our couple.

Date: 2012-10-31 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] craxycat-76.livejournal.com
I got to give props to the acting in this ep too. LMH has seriously expressive eyes when he is going through Pain! Love! Leaving! Terror! etc. like in CH when he held the gun to his head Oh Em Gee! When he found her, the eyes were just a bunch of descriptive words that I don't have a good enough vocabulary to make a proper description, and KHS is no slouch in this department either. You could see how unkempt he was becoming trying to find her. He was always all over her hair, but it was almost like the more her being missing/poisoned/counter poisoned truly was "Killing him" as he said to Lady Choi he just got more haggard with his worry. I am glad that I watched this show a million times...lol kinda worried now that it is over *sniffle*

Date: 2012-10-31 02:48 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I am not sure what to do with myself either - sure, I am enjoying Nice Guy and Five Fingers, but I am not in love/obsessed over them. I can't see myself obsessing like this for a while.

Yes, I noticed that he was getting haggard and unkempt. And oh, his eyes are ridiculously expressive.

Hmm, what should I rewatch first, CH or this?

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Date: 2012-10-31 03:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] joonni.livejournal.com
So I come here searching for more love because I miss it so much already and of course, you are here with your post. Thank you!

I'm glad you also saw young's reaction as certainty that she was going to come back. He looked so calm when he saw here, so sure of her return. I was floored by this amazing faith he had that she would come back to him. And god, now I'm tearing up again.

And lucky you! You knew how it was going to end but I was doing a live-watch and I really thought for a moment that they were going to be separated forever and I was going crazy and gasping and screaming. Not a pretty sight at all.

Ah dangermousie! It's over!!!!!! No!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date: 2012-10-31 03:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
I tried to be unspoiled but I was literally having nightmares about the ending last night so I had to peek.

I don't know what I am going to do with my time now. I spent an inordinate amount of time Faith-obsessed.

I cannot even imagine the amount of trust and love it took for him to be the way he was. Or the amount of love and hope it took for ES to keep going through the portal.

Quick question - I know back way when ES said that the portal would only open when it did in the beginning of ep 24 or 60+ years from now. But that is obviously not the case as she came out a bit under 5 years from when she left. My personal explanation is that ES who wrote the times down didn't yet know about the 5 year thing (because it was in her future) but also because the dates signified when it opened on one end to go through (thus it would have opened for her to go to the future 60+ years from then, but opened as an exit for her to come from the past when it did at the end of the drama). Time travel makes my head hurt.

And joonni, your blog often kept me sane, thank you so much!

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Date: 2012-10-31 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lb-klove.livejournal.com
Hey, Joonni. Since I caught you here, I just wanted to say huge thanks for all the recaps, and also the kind help and suggestions you gave, especially to join lifejournal. It made a big difference for me to be a part of the community and to share with everybody who is in love with Faith. I know you are no longer active here, but it's still great that you are stopping to check in. I actually had the same experience. I woke up at 5 and did my first ever live watch, because I could not handle the wait. It was amazing, because I did not really require much translation, everything was conveyed in acting. And I thought a few times they would be separated, too, but held it together, because I am still an optimist at heart. Oh, my heart was breaking into pieces and then at the end I could not believe how happy I was for them. They feel like real people! It's over, but I hope we all can talk about Faith a bit longer, maybe at least for a few weeks or months?? Wishful thinking.

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Date: 2012-10-31 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wasabi-girl1.livejournal.com
The passion and enthusiasm with which you describe this drama is making me enjoy it vicariously through you (an screencaps!) I'm so glad you got the ending you wanted :)

Date: 2012-10-31 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Oh wow, thank you!

Date: 2012-10-31 06:15 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] scottishlass.livejournal.com
That ending was so perfect!!! And you are right, while production and directing was flawed, the characters were not. I loved that it was just the love story between CY and Es and GM and NG was made the focus and that the political upheaval was the obstacle they had to overcome (instead of evil parents/parents in law etc.). They very much avoided most kdrama/sageuk tropes which I find both refreshing and soothing.
What an amazing journey not only for our two couples but for us viewers as well.

Date: 2012-10-31 11:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes, normally I love epic and political and all (you know my love of Legend), but I never realized that such an intimate romantic character study could be so amazing.

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Date: 2012-10-31 09:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] algelic.livejournal.com
I keep forgetting that "Faith" is supposed to be some kind of sageuk so I keep judging it by romance genre's standards.

I guess that compared to sageuks, this drama had loads more skinship and whatnot. BUT I DON'T LIKE SAGEUKS!

Ah Mousie~ I'm soooooo relieved that "Faith" is over. Usually dramas seem to fly by... one minute they're premiering, the next they're ending. But "Faith" felt endless to me... I was just wishing it was over so I could know the ending.

Even though I wasn't emotionally invested in the drama or couple... I was somewhat dragged by the bandwagon because you and everyone around me was so into it. This drama won't make it to my favorites' list this year, but it's been a very memorable experience because of the fandom.

Date: 2012-10-31 11:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Heee, see, I am a sageuk fan so for me even 1/3 of the shippiness that this had would have made me agog :P

Date: 2012-10-31 11:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] usisblog.livejournal.com
I liked Faith for the royal couple and all that Fan service. The story was a bit...um...boring. The writer had a bunch full of strong characters, time travel, supernarural powers and possible interesting evils. At the end I felt sorry for our evil trio and for all that wasted opurnities. I liked how it ended for CY and ES.

Date: 2012-10-31 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
See, to me, it was perfect (OK, now I feel like that character from Love Actually, with the signs...)

I was especially glad we didn't get much with the baddies. I rarely have any interest in antagonists in any drama and yet dramas insist on spending a ton of time with them (see Nice Guy or Five Fingers for latest examples - I just ff that).

If you want a story with a somewhat similar aesthetic but a lot more focused on plot/politics and more epic, I suggest Legend. It's a wonderful drama in any event, and for a long time was my favorite kdrama (might still be, not sure).

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Date: 2012-10-31 01:39 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
What? How? What?

That was my initial reaction as I was wiping away the tears from my face. Like you, I felt bereft, desolate, and just sadsadsad that it's all over. Maybe I just wanted more of our OTP since everything felt so rushed in the end. I felt there was more flashbacks than actual scenes between the two of them. But I still felt the love and faith between them despite that. I had to rewatch their scenes again, especially the last scene to try to appease this sudden void in my life (lol, it's strange that it actually feels like a bittersweet goodbye to these characters). While I am not a fan of the last scene, because I'm a greedy fan and always want more, the looks and tears and tender smiles made up for it all. As always, they need no words to convey every emotion. I am in awe of the chemistry between the actors and the two characters. They brought so much life and heart to this love story. The unwavering faith and love... And I'm getting teary again. How are they so perfect and beautiful and ohmygod, they are together finally!!!! I just wanted to hug everyone in the house; I don't care if I looked crazy. They are together! They really are. Is it weird that somehow my life feels complete now?

I just love that she loves him so utterly and selflessly, because this is exactly how he loves her. And they both deserve a person who loves them back to the same degree.
They are just perfect for each other. And I'm getting teary. Again.

When he screams, I just - CY has iron self-control, he has never yelled and yet here he is.
He needs her. He really does. ES has given him so much. Made him see everything in a new light. Helped him find himself again. She's as much a part of him now as he is of her. They are partners in every sense of the word. They've taught each other so much. As you said, made each other better. I have no doubt that he's really at his wit's end. And I can't be coherent for the life of me. I think the tears has killed my brain cells.

Instead, he will go and bring her back. Oh God, I love you so much right now!
I seriously almost hugged my screen when he said that.

I love that she doesn't even question that he will be able to find her trail, and that he will remember what that phrase means from her notes to him (because he remembers everything she has ever said or done, I bet)
It's funny that she just knows he'll be able to understand what she wrote when she said so herself that CY doesn't really like learning heavenspeak. It's like both he and she knows just how much he takes her words into consideration. No matter how strange and alien they are.

And then he asks her if she is going to be with him? Sounding so emotional and uncertain and grateful all at once. And then that hug. That hug. They give the best hugs.
OMG. I died and then realized I can't die just yet. The way his voice trembled when he asked. And when she said yes. OMG. The happiness shining from his face! And now they are going to be hugging forever and ever. I love that.

She is the reason he lives, you guys!
Yes, yes. Wah!

In my head canon, they have long ago made love, anyway.

Can I just say that the way ES was tracing his eye, and then his nose, down to his lips was downright hot, sexy, intimate, sweet, tender, soft. I mean how can it be all of those things at once? And yet it is. Ugh. I almost looked away again coz I'm feeling like a voyeur. Sometimes, I'm thinking they most probably did it there. Lol. It's weird I know but I think after all those time searching for her and then finding her. Right there. In front of him. CY would most probably has lost all self-control already. It's slowly been building up. OR maybe I just can't take the sexual tension anymore and am creating my own scenarios. Shrug. And also, they were under the blanket. I mean, it has to mean something. Lol. They didn't have the blanket when they slept together in his room. But the way he was so happy and at peace lying beside her. This is really the first time CY feels like yes, they can be together. No poison problems, ES is definitely staying. He has her now. And he's letting it sink in and just basking in that reality. The way he brushed her hair again and held her. Sigh.

Date: 2012-11-01 02:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
The actors are perfect together. Beyond perfect - her porcelain goddess looks compliment his dark masculine ones, but it's not even that - their chemistry leaps off the screen. Who knew?

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Can I just say that the way ES was tracing his eye, and then his nose, down to his lips was downright hot, sexy, intimate, sweet, tender, soft. I mean how can it be all of those things at once?


YES YES YES. And if you are creating scenarios, so am I. Their physical intimacy is too easy for a couple who hasn't made love yet - I am sure they have, offscreen.

I feel both complete (they are together!) and bereft (because there is no more). Oh, Faith!

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Date: 2012-10-31 01:41 pm (UTC)
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he answers his father's question from the beginning of the drama - whether he found a reason to live. Yes - his reason to live is Eun Soo. Oh my God..tears tears tears.

Seriously screaming nonono inside my head. I was already making a list of who to hunt down if it ends badly. And cursing. I especially love that when he asked is it too late now? He knew how ES would answer. That it's all going to be okay. That it's just the beginning. That's ES for you. She really gives him the strength to believe and have faith.

She keeps faith that Choi Young will survive somehow (and she is right - he will not let himself die when there is yet hope of her). Oh, and the scene with the video of her parents :(

How truly amazing is ES? Really. She is extraordinary. She's been waiting for the portal to open. She's all alone. But she keeps fighting. She has so much faith that they'll be able to find each other again. Extaordinary. Can't say that enough. OMG. The video. I totally cried. Surprise.

I can't even imagine how he and she survived this time apart, but their love and faith (I get why this drama is named this now) in each other is so boundless. Time must bend for them.
Ugly crying. They say there's a significance why Dae Man mentioned he waits there for at least 4days3nights. It's the length of time they spent together after CY found her and before they were separated. I don't know if there's any confirmation about it though. But I guess he could be spending those days reminiscing their "last days" together while waiting for her. I'm a hopeless romantic.

You know what gets me the most in this scene? That there is no surprise in his face - there is nothing but joyful certainty and love.
Just bawling all over the place. Yes, there was no surprise. He just knows she'll show up. No matter how much time he has to wait. "You're home." is almost what CY is saying. Wah. I suddenly thought of "Tadaima" and "Okaeri." Just these two words mean so much. She's home. ES is finally home. These two have made my face so ugly. Ugh. But no regrets. i just wanted to hug my screen. Or wanted to push them together. Wah. I might not be able to recover just yet.

Their relationship was epic but also organic and real - their quiet moments stick with me as much as the big operatic ones. A lot of the credit has to go to Lee Min Ho and Kim Hee Sun who are both so gorgeous it's ridiculous and who burn up the screen to a degree I've rarely seen in a kdrama (or anywhere else). I would have never thought to put them together (though I've loved them individually long before Faith), but it was perfect casting. I cannot imagine anyone else in the roles. I keep thinking about what Choi Young and Eun Soo are doing now (well, now being 1350s) - I don't want to let them go.
ALL OF THIS. I know it's impossible but I definitely would like to see LMH and KHS pairing again. But if not (more likely), I will always be thankful and treasure the memories they've given us through ES and CY. They've brought both characters alive and made them so unforgettable; they will always remain in my heart as the ultimate OTP. It's so rare for a love story to touch me this deep. That, like you, I'm still concerned about what their lives will be. That doesn't happen often. Their story feels real that it goes beyond a happily ever after.

I just know I won't be tired in going through their journey with them again and again. Now that is what we call epic.

Thank you, dear Dangermousie for being so awesome with your squee-worthy posts and comments. For providing an outlet to release the spazzings of crazy Faith watchers, myself included. It's helped me through all these weeks and I'm going to miss the fervor and just reading all the comments and love from the fandom. I'll definitely miss all the characters, especially ES and CY. Coz they are my babies. I might write that unfinished fic after all. But my kink is ES/CY domestic bliss in the modern world for now. Lol. So I hope it's still okay that I might one day post it here in the comments. Again, thank you! And this comment is long enough. Hehe.

This was my perfect drama, from beginning to end. I will miss it but I am forever grateful for the ride.
Amen.

*wipes tears*

Date: 2012-10-31 06:38 pm (UTC)
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They say there's a significance why Dae Man mentioned he waits there for at least 4days3nights. It's the length of time they spent together after CY found her and before they were separated. I don't know if there's any confirmation about it though.

Thank you for this! I'd like to believe that's the case, so romantic!!! Choi Young, marry me? Ha!

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Omfg.Have you heard? I just read somewhere that there are scenes they cut/didn't shoot from the script! Do you want to know what those scenes are? I won't place it here if you don't want to. What is wrong with this director? I want those scenes! :'( Omfg.

Date: 2012-10-31 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Yea, it's a pity they omitted those scenes. The script sounds much awesomer than what we see on screen. -sigh-

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Date: 2012-10-31 06:42 pm (UTC)
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I see fans complain that there aren't enough skinship! On the contrary, this couple has the most skinship compare to other saeguk dramas. He brushes her hair, cup her face, hugs (many to count). I love the way Choi Young (or Lee Min Ho) hugs Eun Soo, every hug is so tight like it's the last.

Date: 2012-11-01 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Exactly. By sageuk standards, the amounts of skinship were insane

Date: 2012-10-31 07:56 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] village.livejournal.com
You know, your enthusiasm for this drama has made it exponentially better for me. Just your complete love for it makes me see things I probably wouldn't have otherwise. Like Choi Young's calm reaction to her return.

Initially I was disappointed that there wasn't a big reunion. That he wasn't surprised, that they didn't rush into each other's arms. But I love the idea that he had so much faith that she would return, that she would come back to him, that a splashy reunion wasn't necessary. It's the calm certainty of the moment that makes it incredibly profound and I wouldn't have thought that without you making that point.

And it's amazing because I don't think the passage of time would have stopped him from waiting. From going back, year after year after year, until he was old and gray, waiting for her to come back to him.

It's bittersweet because I still feel that there's so much more to see of them. I want to see them day to day, living their lives. I want to see them fight and makeup. I'm so happy that they got a happy ending but I'm totally selfish. I want more.

Date: 2012-11-01 02:14 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you!

But yes, I really really wish we could see more of them - see their daily life, their love and happiness. I also wanted to see ES reunite with everyone - Legend gave us that after all :(

I am greedy

Date: 2012-10-31 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainflower777.livejournal.com
Dangermousie wrote "And it hits me again - he is waiting for her. He has utter faith and hope and trust in her. The amount of belief it must take, to come every year, especially when year after year the wait is fruitless, the amount of love for her, the amount of certainty of hope. My God. My God. I can't even imagine how he and she survived this time apart, but their love and faith (I get why this drama is named this now) in each other is so boundless. Time must bend for them."

Wow, you really want to kill me. I thought I was all cried out over Faith until I read your recap! What you said here made me cry buckets! I love Young and Eun Soo so much. IMO, best and most deserving of each other OTP ever! Not that I've seen many kdramas but enough to know what's okay, good and great! Thanks for sharing your commentary...

Date: 2012-11-01 02:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Thank you! *blushing*

Faith really was my perfect romantic drama...

Date: 2012-10-31 11:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rainflower777.livejournal.com
Oh, Dangermousie, when Young desperately pulls ES into his arms for a hard hug, I call those rocket launching hugs! Lol! He acts like he's never going to see her again. Love it!

Date: 2012-11-01 02:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
LOL I love your description, it's perfect.

Date: 2012-11-01 05:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] linfer.livejournal.com
Thank you, too for a lot of amazing posts. I enjoyed reading those so much and this one is no exception.
I watched both episodes yesterday, unspoiled, so I was totally expecting the drama to end 100 yeras before Young. So when she stepped out of the portal and discovered she appeared only 5 years later, plus this amazing scene at the tree....omg.

Date: 2012-11-03 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Yes - I totally bawled at that point.

I am impressed you were able to hold off. I had no will power at all.

Date: 2012-11-04 08:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sweetfancy92.livejournal.com
Thanks for posting this :). I don't usually watch k-dramas from beginning to end but this was one of the ones I'm so glad I did! Forever a faithling :). Do you know if there's a lj community for Faith or any fics out there on the Imja couple?

Date: 2012-11-04 09:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dangermousie.livejournal.com
Not an active lj community yet though I believe [livejournal.com profile] lb_klove is starting one.

As for fics, you can find links to a bunch of fics in some posts I made (click on my 'faith' tag). Also, [livejournal.com profile] scottishlass, [livejournal.com profile] lb_klove and [livejournal.com profile] craxycat_76 all have Faith fic in their ljs.

Song Ji Na's fanpage

Date: 2013-01-04 09:42 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] jerboa83
Hi! I came here from Soompi's 2000 pages-long thread, and I'm a Faithling like you are: hopelessly in love with our OTP!
I's like to inform you that I linked this review on Song Ji Na's Facebook fanpage: https://www.facebook.com/SongJinaItaly?fref=ts
If you haven't done it, I suggest you to sign this petition to have Faith's novels translated into English: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/english-version-of-faith/

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