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I think this writer has a real interest in disparate worlds beginning to blur over - Queen In Hyun's Man, W, and now this all seem to have that in common.



I mean, at first it's little things out of whack - like how it's raining for Hyun Bin and nowhere else. And he and his team are excited because it's amazing VR, but all I can think of is thunder that preceded the developer being shot or happened before the train gunfight at the end of ep 2. I think it's more than an effect, I think it's VR beginning to take over the rl person.

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And speaking of VR versus real life, I am beginning to sense a delicious possibility that he will fall for Emma, the VR version of our heroine - he certainly seemed smitten with her the way he hasn't been with the mundane real life counterpart. (But then the convo with the villain at the end of the ep seems to indicate he may have intimacy issues that resulted in the dissolution of his first marriage, so a VR woman - both unobtainable and safe - may be the thing for him. Not surprising - usually if someone is about to get a second divorce, the common denominator is him.)I did love that even though he is underbidding the game for all he's worth because she's clueless the game conveys with the house, he is still playing her a ton and he could have gotten away with less but didn't. There is ruthless business practice, but some decency there too.

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I found the duel very disturbing because it really was working out their real enmity and frankly, anyone who can kill someone they know, even if it's in VR, when it feels so realistic, has something deeply disturbing about them. That grin - yikes.

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But that's the thing - it's not all VR (something I got an inkling of when the "loser" set slumped there instead of disappearing out of the game.) Thinking he was in VR, our hero killed his rival for real. Does it mean the game is developing rules of his own? Does it mean it has been tampered? Does it mean if you battle against another real life player, the death is real? Does it mean if you are above a certain layer you die for real? What?! I do love that despite his somewhat unsettling glee over "killing" his rival, once protagonist realizes he may have killed someone for real, he is horrified and terrified at once - I love the camera work tilting to reflect his feelings of the moorings of his world coming undone. He strikes me as a character who prides himself on control of his life and world and surroundings (probably part of the reason his wife leaving for another was such a blow) and so on top of guilt/horror, the feelings are heightened by the terror the lack of control must invoke.


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This is a rare drama where I don't really care if a romance happens - I am sure it will and I will enjoy it. But for now, I am all about the twists and the plot and Hyun Bin's character descending into a nightmare. I love you, drama!
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