W: Two Worlds, Episode 7

TL;DR: Yeah, sure, the shippable moments are cute, but why aren’t you freaking out about The Killer? And So-hee?

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I am beyond excited that Seung-moo’s rant about creating Chul came back to haunt everyone. Because, of course, a hero with a will of steel would need a villain just as implacable as he is. It made the brief glimpse we caught of The Killer in episode six even more momentous because it was immediately preceded by Soo-bong and Yeon-joo wondering what had happened to change “The End” into “To Be Continued.”

Sure, maybe Chul’s confession that he kept thinking about Yeon-joo is partially true, and that’s why she appeared briefly in the river. Maybe it was part of the reason why the ending stopped being an ending. But if The Killer has a steel will, just like Chul, then it could very well be that The Killer had its first chance to defy a plot point that didn’t make sense to it: Chul’s suicide. (It came to the Han River. It stared down at the waters Chul had chosen to drown himself in and rejected it. That’s not what its purpose was, to watch its nemesis end itself. The ending it was supposed to have was an epic showdown where only one person could walk away.) Continue reading “W: Two Worlds, Episode 7”

W: Two Worlds, Episodes 5 & 6

TL;DR: In which I am SUPER excited about the identity of The Killer and a “god” gets into an argument with his creation about free will and what makes something or someone real. Creators everywhere are a bit nervous after both of these events.

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Upon reflection, it is amazing to me just how very little action there was in last week’s episodes. Both of them were instead dominated by long conversations: Chul and Seung-moo in episode five and Yeon-joo with Seung-moo or Soo-bong in episode six. It is a wonder what high emotional stakes can do and also a testament to how important the aftermath of trauma can be. Continue reading “W: Two Worlds, Episodes 5 & 6”

W: Two Worlds, Episodes 3 & 4

TL;DR: HE SHOT HER IN THE CHEST is definitely going to be the new HE LEFT HER ON A BOAT. Also, the writer made the entire fandom lose its shit by changing the whole game at the last moment.

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Lots of people have said excellent things about the bathroom showdown scene in episode three, and I don’t feel like rehashing it right now. Instead, here’s my initial reaction post. Episode four did not do enough to convince me of either why Chul thought it was okay to shoot Yeon-joo or that he had made an adequate apology. Until I am convinced he would never do something like that again (through a sincere, groveling-filled apology or unabashed and unrestrained falling in love), I cannot ship him with Yeon-joo, even though Yeon-joo’s heart flutters when she banters with him.

Sure, he’s hot and perfect in a way only manhwa heroes can be, and you’ve been a fan of him for years—but a guy who is willing to shoot something to scare you and then escalate to actually shooting you, even if he is mostly confident you’ll be okay, is not a great romantic lead in my books. I’m a little annoyed that, apart from fainting, Yeon-joo didn’t seem to care about him menacing her or the fact that he basically kidnapped her. Continue reading “W: Two Worlds, Episodes 3 & 4”

W: Two Worlds, Episodes 1 & 2

TL;DR: Premier week was so amazing that I watched the episodes twice, and I don’t think you understand what kind of miracle that is.

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So, way back when I heard that writer Song Jae-jung was going to be back in dramaland this summer, I was excited. Queen In-hyun’s Man is in contention for my top favorite kdrama ever, and Nine: Nine Times Time Travels and The Three Musketeers have definitely earned their slots on my recommendations list. When I found out that W was going to be another speculative fiction drama, my hope skyrocketed. And after a lackluster first half of 2016, I really wanted W not to disappoint me.

I’m dying, dear reader. I’m absolutely, positively dying. *rolls about in delight* Continue reading “W: Two Worlds, Episodes 1 & 2”