Seo Jin - A Man In Love
Seo Jin is finally starting to admit to himself, if not others, that yes he has some interest in Ha Na. Not that it is a huge secret to everyone around him since his actions (being nice to her) literally speak louder than words.
Unfortunately the whole episode is not about Seo Jin discovering love. Instead we get a dose of dear old evil dad (The only good thing about seeing the annoying father on screen is that we get to see his hottie secretary at the same time). Evil dad is busy sticking his nose into his son's business. After learning about Robin's interest in Ha Na dad inquires about Seo Jin's relationship with her. His minion is quick to reply that there is nothing more than Seo Jin's interest in Ha Na's ability to find Dr Kang. Just as evil dad is relieved over Seo Jin's romantic actions, he comes upon his secretary talking to Ha Na about Seo Jin's sudden interest in funding her circus. I found it funny that finally Ha Na is questioning something (Seo Jin's sudden generosity towards the circus) only to then do a head smack as I realize this is the writers subtle attempt at cluing in evil dad to both of his son's interest in the circus ringleader.
Robin Goes a Smoochin'
And that brings us to our second segment, also to be therefore known as "Robin Gets Some Action." Yup, our boring nice personality has some moves hidden behind that smile. Or in kdrama terms, he calls dibs on our clueless leading lady (makes you wonder if maybe the Robin personality is endgame). But before we get to "the kiss" lets discuss some of the events leading to our 2nd lead getting his smooch on.
Remember the Past
Thankfully the episode is saved by a switch in focus to the mystery of the drama. It is curious that the bad guy is supposedly caught, but the doctor continues to be missing (I am thinking that this guy is not the real kidnapper). Personally if I were the cops I would be a little more concerned on making the perp talk since I imagine that the doctor would be starving to death about now if she was chained up in a hidden basement or something. But this is kdramaland and real things like eating and drinking don't matter when love is on the line.
The episode was like a PB & Pickle Sandwich... It should be good since we all love Peanut Butter, but those pickles just leave a sour aftertaste in our mouths. Sure there are people out there that love PB&P, but for the most part we are in agreement that this sandwich is not satisfying our snack needs.
Some of the problems can be laid at the writer and director's door. With their stale dialogue, and bland cinematography we viewers feel a little let down. It is not that either aspect is horrible, but both seem like the people are phoning it in and taking the easiest way possible to get their ideas across. For examples, there is the constant use of people overhearing key plot points to move things along. There are only so many times that I will buy this coincidence and they had over three times in this one episode alone. Let's just say that I am not impressed.
While originally it was pleasant to see Hyun Bin's smiling version of Robin, it is now getting old and the nice character is coming in 2nd on my list of who i want to watch. Sure Robin is nice and everything, but he is a bit boring and lacks the character depth that I want. I really enjoyed when he was introduced in episode 3 because they had him be more than just a token personality, but somewhere along the way I think they have lost that ooomph.
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