In order to keep it all as organized as possible I am just going to do a quick note on what is going on with each character. I think that will be the most concise and easiest format to use. So with that said, let's churn this baby out and pray that we will be seeing more school uniform and less hanbok in ep 9.
-Jae Min-Oh Jae Min.... you are just so pretty. I want to love your storyline, I want to be invested in your romance, but there is just something that keeps me from really caring. However I will say that I enjoy how the writers kept the storyline consistent in the fact that the actions of our cast, especially Jae Min, are those of a young inexperienced boy. The teenage angsty emotions continue strong, even though they are talking about marriage rather than just dating.
-Ma Ri-Ma Ri has pretty much been relegated to a token pretty girl who's character is dragged around by the men around her. Especially in these last two episodes. When Jae Min is gaga over her and saying he wants "to run away with her" she goes along with it. When Jae Min decides that he needs to focus on saving his bestie Shi Hoon (will discuss more later on) over his epic romance, Ma Ri sits back, cries, and accepts his decision with not a peep of question.
-Shi Hoo-WOOT! Shi Hoo continues to be the shining example of a well developed character. Not only does Shi Hoo continue to be proactive, a nice change from our OTP (one true pairing), but also helps connect the larger vampire war arc to the romance.
In an effort to move up in the military (his dream instead of being a scholar) Shi Hoo asks Jae Min's father to join the secret hunt for vampires. If he was successful Shi Hoo requested the fathers support towards his ambitions. Thanks to some hypothetical discussion with Jae Min, Shi Hoo realized that he could make silver weapons to hunt them. Through his skills, Shi Hoo joins the anti-vampire army which, thanks to his creative thinking, are armed with silver tipped arrows and made to annihilate the vamps that threaten the country.
There was lots of vamp stalking and fighting, but thanks to a selfish snot of a girl, they were betrayed and Shi Hoo ends up bit by a vampire. He is found by Jae Min who becomes determined to save his friend in any way possible.
-Annoying 2nd Lead-*Let's all admit we don't care about this girl one iota. However, her extreme selfish behavior sets off several important plot points so we have to at least acknowledge her existence.
-Vamp-Human Couple for the Win-Awww..... I like that we are starting to get the basis for our future reincarnation relationships. I am specifically referring to the right hand man evil vamp and Jae Min's nanny. The nanny is out in the woods searching for Jae Min and the vamp is out being an evil minion. One look and he is a goner. Not sure if they will actually hook up in this time, but it sets up the story for their romance in future. *Whispers* she still looks like his mother....or, at the least, a older sister.
-Vampire vs Vampires-I have to admit that I am being greatly underwhelmed with the evil vampires world domination plans. The head evil vampire lady can't seem to stay focused on what she wants. First she wants to make Ma Ri's dad pay and then when the plan doesn't work she just kind of lets it go. Then she wants to cause problems with the government and then kind of loses focus on that. Then it is "kill the vampire hunters" which she does, but then goes back to her world domination plan. From what I gather, she wants to take the unborn baby of the queen and make it a vampire? That seems like a very convoluted way to take over the world. Evil mastermind, she is not.
-Bromance-The bromance experiences its first strain as both men discover the other's feelings for Ma Ri. Shi Hoo is especially upset with Jae Min for bringing her to the attention of Jae Min's father -- "If you can't protect her, leave her alone like I am". Thankfully this did not break the two boys friendship.
And what is up with Ma Ri staring at him blankly and saying OK? Put silver and night together and thing vamp hunter. It's not that hard.
I am excited to see what happens with the friendship now that Shi Hoo is a vampire. Sadly, for the most of the other plot lines, I remain non-invested. From what I hear through the grapevine....we still have one Sageuk episode to go. Am prepared to get through it and am hoping my interest sparks again in the modern days.
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