DAEBAK! MBC’s W Kdrama is DA SHIT. (And I still can’t get over the fact that I’d even consider putting that as a title!) Show is freaking awesome!
It’s so amazing that even if I still have a handful of new kdramas to review (Uncontrollably Fond, Bring It On Ghost, and a handful of Japanese dramas I’ve been following), I just decided to shelve everything and write about W kdrama NOW.
If you’re in the mood for a supernatural-fantasy-suspense love story, or simply put… if you want an AWESOME drama, check out W kdrama.
Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
- W Kdrama Trailer
- W Kdrama Summary
- W Kdrama Trivia
- W Kdrama Initial Impression
- W Kdrama Final Review and Verdict
- W Kdrama Running Commentaries
- Related Posts
W Kdrama Trailer
I’ll be honest. I wasn’t looking forward to this drama at all because the first trailers I saw didn’t make a dot of sense to me. Here, let me show you…
W Kdrama Summary
W—Two Worlds, or simply W, is the improbable romance between Oh Yeon-Joo (Han Hyo-Joo), a resident surgeon, and Kang Chul (Lee Jong-Suk), a super rich young CEO.
The problem? The latter is a comic book hero.
The barriers between the real world and the world of W begin to break down when Yeon-Joo’s father, the creator of W, becomes hellbent in offing his main character of 10 years. Yeon-Joo finds herself inexplicably entering and exiting Kang Chul’s world in order to save him.
W Kdrama Trivia
OH.MY.GOSH. I am so freaking dense but I did NOT recognize the lead actress. While I was oohing and aahing at the first 2 eps of W, I experienced a nagging itch in my brain whenever the camera was focused on Han Hyo-Joo. I was loving her acting but did I know her from somewhere?
Thankfully, I finally got it today!! She’s the same lead as my SUPER DUPER all-time favorite Brilliant Legacy or Shining Inheritance with my puppy Lee Seung-Ki.
Insert extreme fangirling here. I love this actress. I haven’t watched her in any recent shows and her face seems so changable so this may be why I didn’t right away recognize her. I’m happy to know though that I ALWAYS love her acting whether I identify her or not.
Drama Gods, thank you for giving me this OTP!
Because I love Lee Jong-Suk as much. Many of you probably love him in Pinocchio.
Or School 2013.
But I think I love him best in I Can Hear Your Voice.
Lastly, my faith in Kdrama writing and directing has been restored by W writer Song Jae-Jung and director Jung Dae-Yon. They’re doing a stellar job.
Director Jung Dae-Yon has directed a whole lineup of my favorite dramas including Cunning Single Lady, She Was Pretty, King2Hearts, and another all-time fave Arang and the Magistrate.
In the meantime, I thoroughly enjoyed writer Song Jae-Jung’s Queen In-Hyun’s Man (And I still need to watch Nine: Nine Times Time Travel. They were raving over it last last year in Dramabeans.)
W Kdrama Initial Impression
This is easy. I LOVE IT! Whenever I get excited over a drama, I get so much extra energy that I need to put on my running gear and run it all off in the park. (Usually after downloading the OST hehe)
And man, this drama made me feel like that pink Energizer bunny!
Isn’t it awesome when you come in to a drama with no expectations and then it turns out one of your potential favorites for the ENTIRE year?? If not for Signal, I’d be calling this the best drama of 2016!
Okay, enough raving. I might jinx this!
W Kdrama Final Review and Verdict
1. The directing/writing/cinematography/music were all spot on
Overall, Show was damn near perfect. In fact, I’d say that it was actually PERFECT in some spots especially in the first few episodes. Who knew that the director of lovable fluffball She Was Pretty could come up with such a thrilling kdrama?
When people work together, no matter how great they are individually, a lot of things could go wrong. However, the synergy of this team was so amazing that they were able to create an incredible show.
2. Our leads Han Hyo-Joo and Lee Jong-Suk were amazing together
The chemistry that these two had on the show was off the charts. And to think that the male lead is younger than the female lead. I usually hate this setup because I can feel a wall in the acting but there’s nothing to betray this real-life fact. If anything, their BTS’s, which I’ve obsessively stalked, were just too cute!
Please, date in real life already!
Whoever did the casting on this Show should be given a HUGE fat raise.
3. Solid worldbuilding
I have never seen a kdrama as original and unique as W Two Worlds. Normally, to find a plotline as unique and original as this, you normally get an artsy fartsy incomprehensible film. With W, the cast and crew managed to make a unique story that’s still mainsteam enough for regular viewers.
4. The feels are REAL!
W has brought me on a painful and emotionally violent rollercoaster ride. I just need to remember “W” or the OST “Illusion” and a terrible sadness immediately dawns on me complete with leaking eyes.
If you don’t want to be scarred for life, avoid W at all costs.
Yes, a couple of gripes.
1. The ending was a mystery
For two days, I pondered the ending of Show. My expectations were sorely not met. After Chul promised to save Yeon-Joo and live with her happily no matter what, I thought that Chul was going on full alpha mode and twist/bend the universes to his will. I was waiting to see Chul outwit all the rules and variables. I was set on Chul pulling something out of his magic bag. (Actually, if not Chul, then our girl Yeon-Joo).
However, this is not what happened at all. In their final moments, Chul and Yeon-Joo were like leaves tossed about in a violent storm. They were merely reacting to the escalating badness of the villains — Assemblyman and Killer/Dad.
And in the final analysis, our pair were saved by no other than Dad in his brief moment of sanity. Why? I asked myself this many questions. Why did writer-nim go this path? What am I missing??
Dad, who has been obsessed since Day 1 to kill off his creation, ended up saving him instead. His reasons? Chul’s love for Yeon-Joo and I believe, Chul’s acceptance of Dad as his own family too.
Did Writer-Nim want to show that in the end, we are saved not by our direct actions but by how we influenced our world?
I don’t know. 🙂
2. Show got confusing at some point
Yep, in the latter legs, I got overcome by all the rules and variables in the Show that I couldn’t get them straight. Still can’t, actually. It’s cute how in the forums and message boards, confused fans try to help out each other make sense of things.
IN DEFENSE OF SHOW
For all the fans who are dissatisfied with the ending and want all loose ends neatly tied up, this is what I have to say. The genre of this show is sci-fi thriller. Most good science fiction will not spell out everything for you. There is an element in the story that is left shrouded in mystery to the viewers. It is this frustrating mass of unknown that keeps our thoughts straying back to the story years after we’ve read or watched the material.
I know for sure that I’ll keep thinking about all the unanswered questions in W.
There’s that, PLUS I think writer-nim should have been given a couple more episodes ya know!
Whatever happens, Soo-Bong, Crazy Dog, and my adorable babies Yeon-Joo and Chul, you’ve left a gaping hole in my heart. I will miss you like crazy!
(And no! I don’t for a second believe that they’ll be like other ordinary couples. Haha! Again, this is where we viewers are shown one ending but ANOTHER ending really exists. Right?!!)
I shall miss Show so much I actually had me mum buy me this. Can’t wait to see it in December when Mom comes home!
W Kdrama Running Commentaries
SPOILERS AHEAD! Do NOT read if you don’t want spoilers.
I don’t know why I do this to myself. I have no time but here I am committing to commentaries.
But I can’t help it! I am so excited for this drama that I gotta share my feelings. 😀
So, please bear with me whenever I get delayed or whatever. Feel free to nudge me with comments. 😉
Episodes 1 and 2
Friends, wasn’t W aWesome? Haha. See what I did there?
I’ve calmed down somewhat so here is a short rundown of why I love W.
W has very solid world-building.
I normally need to check Logic out the door when watching dramas but not this drama! I haven’t found a loophole yet and everything still makes sense in our two universes even as we are discovering the rules and laws of this supernatural phenomenon as we go along.
The writing is intelligent and there are layers upon layers of story. Yeon-Joo’s creator dad’s dilemma is compelling:
Dad: Did you tell me it would be a murder? I drew it. It’s my work. I can do whatever I wish to it when it comes to my webtoon. I created everything in my webtoon. And how could it be murder if the creator destroys it’s own creation? That’s not murder. It’s called judgment. He’s a monster. I didn’t know it at first, but I created a monster. So I decided to judge him. It was my mistake to create him. How can I let him be when he is gong to eat me up? I should’ve finished this a long time ago. Right there in Han River Bridge.
No genius doctor but she’s smart!
It was funny when Yeon-Joo was moaning how she was a talentless doctor. Remember that time when all the airing dramas seemed to be about genius doctors?
Yeon-Joo, on the other hand, is just your typical resident doctor. However, she is obviously gifted with a working brain unlike other female leads. Remember when she was finally pushing Dad for answers?
Yeon-Joo: If I’m wrong, please explain. How did you know what I was wearing that day? My character looked exactly like me from head to toe. I never wore those clothes before!
Tropes are subverted
Some tropes that I’ve seen subverted are:
- Girl gets a surprise kiss and she gets all wide-eyed during the fish kiss. In Show, Kang Chul gets the surprise kiss and HE gets all wide-eyed. Kekekek!
- Main character gets stuck in a parallel universe and finds his way back as the Show’s ending. I’ve been watching anime for as long as I’ve been watching dramas and this is a typical setup. Get stuck and the story runs about how to get back. In this case though, I was happily surprised to see that she can enter and exit multiple times. Makes for more exciting storytelling. Yeah!
I’ll add a few more subverted tropes as I see them. I recognize them while watching but they tend to disappear from my brain after awhile.
It’s a funny melo
Surprise! I tend to avoid melos because you know… crying. But W is quirky and it’s funny even when it’s not supposed to be funny. Huge bonus!
In the meantime, I shall bask in memories of that sizzling chemistry between our OTP!
The next episodes can’t come soon enough!
Episodes 3 and 4
Okay. Episodes 3 and 4 finally came around and MY. MIND. IS. BLOWN.
Shattered to pieces.
That’s why it took me a full day to come to my senses and get to writing this commentary. Honestly, even until now I don’t even know where to start. Everything is simply awesome. It’s like the awesomeness builds, shatters, and then more awesomeness builds up. I haven’t reached this level of excitement for a drama in awhile.
Soo Bong rocks
I thoroughly enjoyed Soo Bong’s perspective in all of this crazy. During the parked car scene, I alternated between laughing at his reactions (or jealousy?) of Yeon-Joo kissing Chul again.
And urging him to discover that his Noona is in prison wtf.
It was so touching too when despite his wish for the manhwa to continue forever, he himself volunteered to end it to keep Yeon-Joo safe in this dimension. Respect, Soo Bong.
Mind-boggling smartiness and intelligentness in the script.
Pardon my surprise but I guess I’ve gotten used to plot holes, illogical plot lines, and writers who get lobotomized in the last few episodes of a drama. I can’t count the times I’ve wept for my favorite 2nd lead suddenly acting out of character.
So, I am agape at all this wonderful writing that I’m seeing.
For example, I just had to stand up and applaud Chul when he fired So-Hee. He made so much sense. When So-Hee tried to explain away her actions, Kang Chul said:
It’s me whose life got ruined that way. Did you forget? That’s exactly what they did to me. They said it was not logical at all. They asked why I went to school instead of watching football. I couldn’t answer because I really didn’t know anything. That’s how the victim suddenly turned into the suspect. Yeon Joo will perhaps become like this too. You can’t understand it logically too. Everyone looks at the appearance rather than the context. And they believe it as fact. You say you acted sensibly. In fact, you didn’t understand Yeon-Joo’s context at all. She didn’t want to do any harm to me so she threw my mobile phone right before getting caught. Her identity is not what’s important.If you understand the essence of her action, you can’t doubt her. I started my business to help people sacrificed by common knowledge. And yet you created another victim. And that’s why you don’t deserve to be my personal assistant. You should just remain my friend. You’re fired.
I didn’t want gal to be sacked, you know. I can empathize with the W manwha readers who’ve been cheering on a Soo-Hee and Kang-Chul pairing for years but I love how Chul’s reasoning is so elevated from other people’s in this situation.
I even enjoyed Chul’s exposition with his father’s friend. With thoughts like that so hard to form, I can totally understand Chul needing to air them out. And everything comes to a head when Chul finally and truly becomes “self-aware”.
Everything in my life that I couldn’t understand, makes sense based on what Yeon-Joo said. All the incidents had no context but her story gives them context. It’s a context that explains everything. I have never imagined it. This world… this world… is all fake. Everything is fake.
The music director is doing a stellar job as well.
Did you notice it? My feelings were rising and ebbing with the tidal wave of emotions in Show. I became aware of it in that scene when Yeon-Joo threw away her phone to the hidden bodyguard. The combo of slow-mo, sound effects, and music called my attention to this tiny yet powerful detail in Show.
For me, that’s the mark of really good background music. (As opposed to the likes of “You Are My Destiny” flooding our eardrums every 5 minutes) Plus, I heard that it’s the same musical director of Signal so call me impressed.
The blossoming “some” relationship of our OTP has us enthralled.
I was full of feels when I realized Chul tried his darndest to propel the killer from a sleeping Yeon-Joo.
And even though we know that the slap, the kiss, the flashing, and the I-love-you’s are a means for Yeon-Joo to escape back home, ironically enough, our OTP are slowly getting moved.
When Yeon-Joo said I love you in this episode, we thought Chul was just gonna do his customary shrug but nope. He gave away that he was close to getting swayed. Ayiiiieeeeeeeeeeee!!!
From squeeing so hard, I was crying my guts out next. I was crying for Yeon-Joo and the cross she was bearing. She was suffering so so much simply because she was pulled into his world. It was more heartbreaking when she tried to be strong in front of Chul and deny that she was having a difficult time. Sparks always undeniably fly when they’re face to face.
And while we’re with our pair in prison, might as well talk about….
The big reveal…at Episode 4.
Oh. my. god. She told him that he’s a cartoon. At Episode 4. What else is Show gonna pull out of its magic sleeves for the next 12 (?) episodes?!!
And right after the reveal, she disappeared right in front of his face. How’s a guy to disbelieve???!
And one last kinda unsavory thing I discovered…
Kang Chul can be ruthless.
Yes, he shot her. I’m quite sure he didn’t 100% know she was invincible. Plus, when he painted the blackest picture of lifetime imprisonment to Yeon-Joo, I thought he was laying it on too thick. I know he’s started to have feelings for her but I think he was also driven driven driven to ultimately discover the secrets that were being kept from him — the secret of his existence.
Some fans say that this sheer persistence and stubbornness of Chul has led to his sentience. But I have been nursing a theory for that. I could be wrong but hear me out.
How I think Chul became sentient.
Remember that the pivotal moment was there at Hangang Bridge. Dad drew Chul falling to his death into the deep waters of the river.
But when he awoke, Chul was hanging on for dear life.
I read this off the forums but it totally gripped me. What if it was Yeon-Joo? Maybe… she went back to check on her dad that night, found him passed out from all that alcohol, discovered Chul’s death, and then proceeded to redraw him alive and hanging on.
Dad: It’s strange. I ended it last night with him in the water. However, Kang Chul is still alive. He was holding on with one hand… all night long.
Remember that Show gave us a clue that Yeon-Joo could draw. Aunt early on said to Mom that she should have let Yeon-Joo take art rather than medicine.
If this idea that I’m hanging on to is not harebrained, it means that Yeon-Joo is LITERALLY the key to his life.
And that’s why I love this Show. That and the antics. LOL
Next eps can’t come fast enough. In the meantime, feast on these behind-the-scenes for W. I’m telling you. The chemistry is REAL.
LJS is teased when his heartbeat went up (over a 100) when he held onto HHJ’s hand.
Episodes 5 and 6
Holy freaking grasshoppers. W-Two Worlds continues to be amazeballs.
Are you still alive? Cuz I went back and forth from Drama Hell to Drama Heaven no thanks to Show. And judging from the comments on recap and streaming sites, I’m not the only one!
Wasn’t Yeon-Joo so pitiful in the last episode? She was doing her filial duty of taking care of her Dad and not talking about Chul, but deep deep deep inside of her, wasn’t she crying for him??? Yeon-Joo, I felt so bad for you. Come and cry on my bony shoulder.
Here are some noteworthy notes and reveals:
It wasn’t Yeon-Joo who was dragged in first.
Ha! And all the while we thought it was Yeon-Joo that Chul first pulled in. Who knew? And I sure as hell couldn’t look when Dad stabbed him like that. (Okay so that was the answer to Chul knowing Yeon-Joo was invisible but still!!!)
Yeon-Joo is Chul’s creator
It was very fast. Did you see it? Little Yeon-Joo was drawing a man with a gun and you and I know that that’s Chul in baby-form drawing. I feel the info we have is still incomplete so I’m still waiting for more with bated breath.
Dad is Cray Cray
Show shocked our socks off when Chul shot his creator. I’d normally side with the victim but WTFH, old man had a death wish. He was literally GOADING Chul to shoot him. He totally had it coming.
At first, I didn’t understand why he would do such a thing until my idol recapper GirlFriday talked about Yeon-Joo’s dad most likely being under a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. That clicked with me because if Chul didn’t hurt him, ultimately, he’d be wrong that Chul was a monster. So he had to MAKE Chul shoot him. Is how he might have been operating on a subconscious level.
Also, so convenient that Yeon-Joo was in on that conversation because never mind if it’s a plot device but I do hate Noble Idiocy. We do away with misunderstandings because Yeon-Joo might as well have been standing right there.
Writer-Nim is amazing.
She should rake in millions for writing this stuff. I was in awe over that scene when Yeon-Joo ends goes to the bathroom, water starts to swallow her, and suddenly she’s in the river with a sinking Chul.
The most I usually react when watching a show is screaming and shouting and giggling (okay that’s a lot haha) but in this scene where she’s reaching for him, I was straining my hands too as each second passed. I mean, in regular dramas, gal would reach guy but yeah. Not this drama. Because this drama is crazy.
Anyway, that scene was amazing. Beautiful. Mind-boggling. So creative and imaginative.
And finally, I just wanna end by sharing some sentiment about that kiss.
On a kdrama kiss level, that kiss is significant because it makes us poor hapless kdrama addicts realize that kdrama kisses don’t have to be awkward and cringe-worthy. They can be uber natural and beautiful.
However, it apparently DOES take talent and skill because ya know, not everyone can pull it off.
On a storytelling level, this kiss made me cry. Just remembering it now even makes me cry. It calls up something from deep within — a longing to be held and cherished in the same way that Yeon-Joo was in that kiss. It was two people falling in love and it was beautiful. (Yes, I used that word AGAIN!)
And here’s more news to make EVERYBODY cry. It looks like the next W episodes will be pushed back because of the Olympics. Something like three freaking weeks?!
How am I to live???
If you find more cute BTS or juicy tidbits, please hit me up in comments. Because waiting.
I was wrong! I thought we were NOT getting episode this week but they threw us a big, juicy crumb. Thanks to loyal fans protesting in the broadcast station’s social media and online communities, MBC decided to air Episode 7 after all.
And guess what?! It garnered the highest rating of all episodes. It’s not hard to see why though.
Rather than talk about reveals this week, I’ll talk about some of my realizations about Show.
Love is all about both high highs and low lows. When you’re in the lows, it feels like you’re getting raked over hot coals and tortured in hell.
Case in point is the episode’s most touching scene for me — that confrontation scene between our OTP in the prison visiting room.
Chul: You drew me and saved me. Do you think those actions are within your right? Whey did you continue on despite the death that I chose? What are you? The creator of all things? When I struggled to live with all my strength, you tried to kill me. Now that I tried to die, you saved me. Is this a game? Is it thrilling and fun for you people? … You must have thought that I would be just happy and thankful if you saved me. A sequel. You said that you wanted a sweet romance. So you want to play with me? As expected, when you are bored and free from time to time, you can come here, enjoy yourself, and then go back to the real world. That’s all it is for you. Did you save me to play a romance game with me? Am I a toy to you?
Yeon-Joo: How can you… (tearful)... Is that how you understand it?
Chul: How can I live from now on? Do you know where I am coming from? (Flashback to Chul visiting his family’s graves.) You have a mother and father. I don’t have any. Before, they were deceased. But now, they weren’t there form the beginning. I was an orphan born alone. Born from the tip of an alcoholic’s stylus pen. Why have I been sad all this time and what was I longing for? Don’t overdo it. You must have been so proud of yourself that you managed to do something, but that’s not true at all. You did an utterly useless thing. (Growing angrier) Who will want to live this kind of life that you would create a sequel?
Yeon-Joo: (Tears falling…) I did a needless thing.
Chul: You understand that you made a mistake now?
Yeon-Joo: Yes. I get it now. If I knew I was only going to face this kind of resentment for my actions, why should I have bothered? Even if you floated in the water for all your life, I should have just forgotten about you. Why was I worried sick about you for more than two months. All by myself.
Chul: (Really getting mad now) Exactly. Why did you do that? You could have just worked hard in the hospital, dated, and lived well. Why did you have to do this? Why did you have regrets for this shoddy comic and be handcuffed and suffer through all —
Yeon-Joo: (Cuts him off) Because I love you! I know it makes no sense. But I ended up sincerely loving you.
I felt a lot of emotions from both Chul and Yeon-Joo in this very brief scene. From Chul, I felt him venting his frustration and anger at Yeon-Joo. While a lot of viewers might simply understand it as anger at Yeon-Joo for bringing him back to life, I felt that there were several more layers to his frustration. For certain, I felt that he was being a burden to Yeon-Joo when he started raising his voice as to why she couldn’t just work, date (!!), and live. Why she had to be handcuffed and suffer.
And Yeon-Joo… though gal was almost rendered speechless althroughout Chul’s almost-monologue, when she reentered the W universe after a few heartbeats of being gone, she came back feisty and fighting. She essentially told Chul that she WAS going on with her life, but he kept thinking of her and that’s how she kept getting pulled back in.
Yeon-Joo: Do you think I wanted to be here? I was dragged in here because you keep thinking of me. Back in the river and even now. (When she disappeared and came right back…) Am I right?
And OMG.. Chul agreed!
Soooo… if my analysis is correct, it means that one of the ways for Yeon-Joo to jump dimensions is for Chul to think of her. In addition, some forumers said it but because Yeon-Joo is now the leading lady, she appears when she needs to to move Chul’s story along.
This drama is driving me crazy!
Yeon-Joo is lost in love while ironically, Chul has his feet on the ground.
It was sadly touching how happy Yeon-Joo was in her prison pallet after her successful confession. It’s also quite alarming for me how well she adapts to the manhwa universe by Chul’s side.
On the flip side, it’s Chul who seems to be more hyper aware of their situation. Maybe this is borne from being on the edge all the time and being always on the defensive. It was very telling when he said that he has to do all the romantic daily stuffs as often as possible because they didn’t know how much time they had together. See Yeon-Joo’s crestfallen face.
I guess in the end, Yeon-Joo is just happy to be where Chul is. I mean, who can blame her?
Episode 8 previews nearly killed me again. Omg Yeon-Joo got her finger nicked WHILE in the W universe where she’s supposed to be invincible RIGHT AFTER hooded killer promised Chul he’d kill his new woman.
Olympics? What Olympics?? Give me my Episode 8!!
(P.S. If anybody has the BTS for the above kiss, can you kindly post it in comments or in my FB page? For research purposes you know.)
Episodes 8 and 9
No thanks to the Olympics, we got to watch Episodes 8 and 9 together even though it shouldn’t be the case. As such, each episode delivered such a contrasting impact on its viewers.
The end of episode 8 had me flailing violently, eyes bugging out, and pounding my desk like a madman. (Thankfully, the glass held.) But I just couldn’t accept the ending. I couldn’t! It was torture till the next episode. (Come to think of it, if it’d been regular programming, I would have had to wait an ENTIRE WEEK after THAT cliffhanger.)
In contrast, Episode 9 had me crying, sniffling, and mewling silently from start to finish. And because of all the replays I normally do, let me tell you that it definitely took more than the usual one hour.
If the past episodes of Show exploded my brain, well this week made my brain IMPLODE. Writer-Nim, are you trying to kill us???
Here are my emotional highlights.
Killer is a cheat!!!
Yes, I can accept that the killer is a faceless and incomplete character, but it’s unacceptable the way that he was materializing in the real world. He was zipping from Dad’s house, to Yeon-Joo’s room, to UP IN THE SKY in a matter of milliseconds, for crying out loud. Suddenly, Chul’s fancy speedy cars don’t mean nuthin at all.
It’s cheating, I tell ya. Cheating!!
Still, the Killer being able to subvert the laws of physics in the real world poses a very disturbing question. Is Yeon-Joo’s world a construct also? GASP. Could it be a manhwa inside a manhwa??? Is this a Korean Inception? Say it ain’t so!!!
For now, let it be Mystery #2,047,073,829. Because Show is crazy, that’s why.
Killer Dad upgrades himself to Killer Dad 2.0
How cray is that? When I was watching the interrogation scene with Chul, I thought, how lame! For some reason, Dad can’t seem to come up with a really solid/unique character for the killer. (Or else, he’s just really unimaginative.) It was pathetic the way that Killer Dad presented himself as a killer to Chul.
Later on though, I realized that we were being setup for the coming of Killer Dad 2.0. Being sentient and self-aware, the Killer somehow managed to upgrade himself to something sleeker and more menacing.
Now, a lot of netizens are asking, how did the intended storyline change AGAIN? I haven’t recovered well enough to form a theory but the general consensus appears to be that…
When Chul and W was getting a reboot, Killer was outside of the W universe, and thus unaffected by Chul’s reality. Thus, they just sent him back in time but with his consciousness intact, unlike Chul who’s forgotten Yeon-Joo and their life together.
Which puts Chul to a GREAT disadvantage, dammit!
How dare Chul leave Yeon-Joo
At episode 8, I had no idea that Chul had backup plans. Still, my heart broke for Yeon-Joo. I mean, imagine your boyfriend/husband/loveofyourlife flinging himself off a tall building? It says a lot about Yeon-Joo’s EQ that she’s still sane after everything that’s happened.
At first, I thought, WTH! Is Chul being a coward? Is he being selfish? Is he being a noble idiot?! Now that I know he’s thought it through, his sudden leap makes sense but I’m not forgiving him anytime soon.
My heart is breaking for Yeon-Joo
Not forgiving Chul anytime soon because while he’s happy in Lala Land sans his memories, Yeon-Joo has to bear EVERYTHING. Imagine finding the perfect love of your life and then having it poof away in an instant with everybody going on about their normal lives none the wiser. Imagine the crushing feelings of loss and sorrow.
And what was up with that getting-pulled-back-in-a-few-seconds-at-a-time to see Chul? That’s just CRUEL!
It’s like… Girls (and guys), remember your most painful breakup. Now remember when you accidentally had to see your ex-bf and he’s with another girl living a life without you. And he’s smiling. And laughing. Without you!
Only it’s a quatrillion times more excruciating for Yeon-Joo because I never had a boyfriend as dreamy and as fine as Kang Chul.
And I didn’t even talk about Dad-in-the-real-world losing his face and making out like Voldemort. Fortunately, I’m not the only one suffering. Right. Soo-Bong? Soo-Bong?? Where is…Oh, right. He’s passed out.
Now excuse me while I dig a hole and sleep away the rest of the week. Just wake me up for next week’s episodes okay?
(Popping out head…) And let me say it again, Show is crazy!!!
Episodes 10 and 11
Back, guys! Sorry for the wait! The dramaverse is killing me. How can I work to pay my bills AND keep up with the sudden influx of amazing dramas? I’m sure a lot of you are having the same dilemma. What an awesome year.
It’s a testimony to how much I love this Show that despite everything, I can still afford to replay watching these last two episodes over and over. While the earlier scenes were action-packed, somehow, these two scenes strike me as pockets of moments wherein our OTP are able to spend time together.
Here are my favorite scenes to rewind:
Chul catching Yeon-Joo in So-Hee’s apartment
It was heart-wrenching seeing Yeon-Joo in close quarters with Chul but this time as strangers. And in such an embarassing situation where she’s starving and disheveled, and a thief no less.
I do wonder what’s going on in Chul’s head that he would take the time to put ointment on Yeon-Joo’s cut lips. I mean, if I were sending somebody to jail, I for sure won’t be so touchy-feely.
No wonder Yeon-Joo blew up. I loved seeing her vent about her sad fate. We only watched her accept it last time from the moment that Chul leapt to his death and left her. It was satisfying to see her rant and rave at the disappointments she has had to suffer. And it was doubly satisfying to have it done in front of the very person who is at the center of it. Of course, the twist is, he doesn’t KNOW. Oh, Show!
Which brings me to my second favorite scene to replay…
Yeon-Joo meeting up with fugitive Chul
Did they hide out in the province? I loved it. The sweet times started as soon as they got in the car together. There was shopping for a bargain dress from the racks, eating an ice cream cone in the market, going grocery shopping, and going home to cook dinner (though that was preempted).
And the revelation! He knows! Not that he remembered. He CAN’T remember because for Chul, those memories NEVER happened. But he read of them. And they resonated. And that’s quite enough.
Hence the cliffhanger…
Chul: Your husband who suddenly disappeared… Is it me?
With that gut-wrenching song that has me sobbing everytime. Because here’s the thing…
Chul will always find his way to Yeon-Joo
That’s my lightbulb moment for this week. No matter how many times we do this, Chul will always find Yeon-Joo in a crowd, will always find her interesting, will always try to keep her beside him with all manner of excuses, and Yeon-Joo will always keep his heart.
Sigh of hapiness… Now if they can only win against the bad guys!
Other noteworthy notes:
- The escape scenes were so cool. Erased doors, materializing alarm clock and meds, and recolored vehicle.
- Yeon-Joo has balls of steel for sneaking up on Dad to get the drawing tablet and later tussling with freaking No-face Dad.
- Yeon-Joo, please remember to draw yourself a secret stash of money, food, change of clothes, and keys to a car and an invisible mansion the next time you get on that drawing tablet.
- Unsolicited advice. The next time Killer reaches in to throttle you, have a paralyzing injection ready. Wham!
Episodes 12 and 13
Man, these are my LEAST favorite episodes.
Yes, Yeon-Joo got shot and shes’ most likely going to die. I was seriously aggravated but still feeling hopeful. Because you and I know that next week’s shows will revolve around Chul saving Yeon-Joo by going back, right? I have faith in Chul.
What’s seriously got me depressed though is THIS WEEK’s lightbulb moment that… maybe Chul and Yeon-Joo won’t end up together? Maybe they’re not fated to be together. The two worlds seem to go haywire when they try to be together. It’s like the W universe (and our world) begins bucking like an enraged bronco when Chul deviates from his revenge thriller and Seo Hee loveline.
Dammit! Did I get so invested for nothing? Some netizens are ready to accept the not-together ending but I ain’t there yet. Not by a long shot.
(No wonder I always got the feeling she might end up with her doctor colleague.)
FRIED SPAGHETTI!!!! I want our OTP to be together!!! (insert flopping to the ground and flailing arms and legs)
- Still don’t know if the corpse YJ identified before with the ring is important.
- Is it okay that Chul created a dead double? Remember Dad’s face!
Man, this is the week that the variables started to get too complex for my little brain.
Show, you crazy SOB! *shakes fist*
(And yes, no photos. I am THAT upset…)
Episodes 14 and 15
I’m back! I was seriously pissed at all the kdramas I’ve been watching that I buried myself in work… and laundry. The end is near and I thought I would be gnashing my teeth (well, I still was when Chul was getting beaten up by our resident bad guy) but this weeks’ episodes gave me much-needed strength.
Maybe Writer-Nim felt sorry for all of us? Nahh…
Here’s what I’m happy about:
Thank God for Chul’s declaration to live happily ever after with Yeon-Joo
This, in particular, is what gave me life this week. Chul’s determination in the face of the impossible has always been the driving force of Show, so when he says he’s gonna live happily ever after with Yeon-Joo, I’m gonna be betting all I have on that statement alone. Chul, fighting!
Chul: You probably don’t know what Oh Yeon-Joo means to me. Yeon-Joo is my only family. She isn’t a family you created out of your imagination. She’s my real family that exists. I have memories with her that are real, not created. She’s part of destiny that I chose. For the first time, it was my will. That’s why I can’t give up on her. Yeon-Joo is proof that I am human. I’ll save your daughter and live with her happily. I won’t ever back down this time. Noone can discourage me. I’ll turn the tables around no matter what. It will be a happy ending no matter what.
Show still keeps me guessing
I think of myself as a very intelligent person. (I may be deluded) I can normally predict plot lines a mile away. However, with W, I don’t think I’ve ever had a correct prediction haha. I definitely couldn’t have predicted Dad’s Killer problem spreading throughout his being like an aggressive cancer. It’s chilling. I have no idea how they’ll fix this. What an amazing show!
Dad: Look at my hand.It looks fine, doesn’t it? Do you know why it looks so fine? I killed a person.
Bloody Chul so freaking cool
Remember that part where Chul gets beaten to a pulp by Assemblyman Han and when he is left to the underlings, he manages to croak out what time it is? When he is told the the time, he suddenly gets up ala Matrix or some horror movie and he says with a slight laugh…
Chul: Soo Bong. You’ll get the thing now. Guard it well.
Apologies for all the quotes, drama friends. I just love the show that much! he he he
Crazy Dog is ME
Crazy Dog is near as awesome as our dear Soo-Bong. While I used to laugh at his fanaticism over the manhwa, this week, Crazy Dog was me.
Deep breathing and calming exercises before diving into Show? Me! Palpitations and raised blood pressure due to anticipation? Me! Violent reactions to spoilers? ME!
And now, excuse me while I watch the final episode. If I don’t post back, it means I’ve been blown to smithereens.
It took me precisely two days to write this. Why? The W ending stumped me. While watching, I kept looking at how many minutes I had left of Show and when Chul just died like that, I pretty much had an identical reaction as Crazy Dog. Yep. Crazy Dog was me.
Won’t dwell on it too much as I’m going to be wrapping up in my summary above. For now, let me just tell you that after seeing Chul repeatedly beaten (thank the deities he’s a manhwa character!) and finally coughing up so much blood in the curb (I was cringeing in my seat when he couldn’t breathe!), I just cried tears of JOY when we came to this frame.
Sob. Sob. Sob. The relief. My thoughts were racing to, “Is that Chul? Is that Chul behind her? Are they finally together???”
Yes they are! And his story about the mom not even asking too many questions was funny and touching at the same time. Mom must’ve been really worried about Yeon-Joo.
I was worried for several episodes that Show was going to give me a sad ending. So even though I’m a teensy bit dissatisfied (and a whole lot of confused), still I’m happy enough to get a happy ending.
Because Show is crazy. Things could have been MUCH worse and insane. LOL
Goodbye, Yeon-Joo and Chul. You’re leaving a gaping hole in my heart.
Somebody console me,