Save Me, Episode 11

TL;DR: Look at all these young people calling out their elders and gathering evidence.

Sang-mi was magnificent in this episode, and I’m happy to report that she is doing an excellent job walking the line between complying with her captors and keeping a tight hold on her soul. I adored it when she said she was going to save everyone—and how her father and Eun-shil completely misunderstood what she said to their faces. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 11”

Save Me, Episode 10

TL;DR: Our heroes are preparing for a counterattack, but I’m still extremely anxious about everything.

I honestly didn’t think my love toward and protectiveness of Sang-mi could possibly increase, but this episode proved me wrong. She is easily climbing up my list of favorite kdrama heroines, in no small part due to the opening scenes where she defies Jung-ki to his face in front of the entire congregation. Even though no one is ready to listen to her, I got some immense satisfaction from her rebuking the members and telling them all to go home to their families. There is no salvation to be found here, only corruption and horror. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 10”

Save Me, Episode 9

TL;DR: I understand that this is only episode nine and that of course the heroine can’t win at this point, but damn it I want her to win.

In many ways, this was the episode that finally cut off all of Sang-mi’s escape routes. She has incontrovertible proof that it is useless to seek help from the authorities in Muji County. Whether it is the bad guys’ connections or the simple fact that no one besides the boys is willing to believe her when she explains what she has been suffering, the only recourse she has for justice is to walk back into the fire and drag the evidence she needs (and her mother) back out with her. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 9”

Save Me, Episode 8

TL;DR: We have officially hit a turning point, thank any deity except New Heaven’s Sovereign.

Sang-mi continues to be a resilient heroine, and I admire her balancing act. She resists whenever she can, whether that’s trying to leave during prayers or telling So-rin to run or snarking back at Wan-tae and Jung-ki, even though she is terrified and constantly under threat. I love her fierce defense of her mother and the way she continues to call out her father for being a trash human being. And I am so, so grateful that she knows she isn’t entirely alone anymore. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 8”

Save Me, Episode 7

TL;DR: “Not for profane purposes” my ass.

Look, all I’m saying is that if Sang-mi’s first impulse is to leap to her feet, yell, back herself against the wall, smash some glass, and then grab a shard of that glass to threatens others and herself at the prospect of being made the Mother of Spirits, maaaaaybe there’s a small problem with your religion. On the other hand, I’m reluctantly intrigued by the idea that there might actually be some theology here beyond New Heaven apparently being a physical place, so that boarding the ship of salvation metaphor may not be a metaphor. (Yikes.) Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 7”

Save Me, Episode 6

TL;DR: I hate this cult so much, and I’m not even the one trapped in it.

Sang-mi has traded one prison for another, and I’m absolutely furious on her behalf. Her own father put a padlock on her door and then hung up a cross right outside it while shouting prayers about her need for salvation. He has, at this point for me, crossed the line from tragically misguided to an outright antagonist, and I hope he goes down with the Guseonwon leadership.

All of this religious stuff is hitting way too close to home and it’s like watching my own personal slow-motion anxiety train wreck. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 6”

Save Me, Episode 5

TL;DR: Just imagine me screaming in the background the entire time.

Every time I think we’ve hit rock bottom, this show reminds me that we’re actually still in freefall. Just about the only good thing that happened in this entire episode was that Sang-mi got to stab people, which, while momentarily satisfying (I laughed in utter delight, my friends), came at way too high a price. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 5”

Save Me, Episode 4

TL;DR: Well, your god is an asshole.

I sure hope you’re ready to spend the entire episode in various states of rage, because Sang-mi’s family got swallowed up by the cult in this episode, and there are all sorts of injustices and awful things going on. I personally spent my time keyboard smashing and caps-locking swear words in my notes. Also? Warnings for sexual assault/rape, domestic violence, and violence against a neurodivergent kid. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 4”

Save Me, Episode 3

TL;DR: I’m very disappointed this episode didn’t end with a triple homicide.

This, basically, is an episode of misery. Sang-mi’s family is falling apart in their grief, and basically all of the adults who aren’t useless turn out to be evil (or at least willing to look the other way while people sweep things under rugs). And even though I’m angry about all the injustices that are perpetrated in this episode, I have to admit that this is an effective way to get the good guys headed straight for rock bottom. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 3”

Save Me, Episode 2

TL;DR: I figured you weren’t going to make it through the whole show based on the opening, but I really thought you’d last longer than episode two.

So this is an upsetting, distressing episode. We’ve got multiple sexual harassment scenes, bullying scenes, a hero fumbling his test of character, and ultimately a death from suicide. It took me about four hours to get through this episode because I kept getting angry for characters and/or wanting to chase the cult members off. Just so you know before you dive in. Continue reading “Save Me, Episode 2”