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Episodes 7 and 8 of I Hear Your Voice
continued the trend of stuff happening way faster than I thought it would. The relationship between Jang Hye Sung and Cha Kwan Woo both kinda/sorta started, and then immediately hit its first major crisis. Park Soo Ha made his feelings absolutely clear in a cliffhanger ending. And, most heartbreaking of all, we finally found out exactly what Min Jong Gook’s plan was. So, let’s talk about what happened, and what it means.
This week’s case revolved around a hard of hearing grandfather who basically dissed Jang Hye Sung and threw trash (?) at her. His case was then assigned to Attorney Cha, who went overdrive on it, in order to show the grandfather that public defenders weren’t trash, and also to make him apologize to Hye Sung. All of which, of course, led to the impromptu kiss seen above. In these couple of episodes, the dorky image that Attorney Cha completely went away (he’s stopped wearing his glasses, he’s bolder in his affections, he’s generally looking pretty dapper), and he’s now become a thoroughly viable romantic lead for the show. He even begins to call himself Hye Sung’s boyfriend and comforts her as she struggles to keep it together. His character has demonstrably changed, but even so Hye Sung keeps him at a bit of a distance. When it came down to it, why didn’t she try to tell him about Park Soo Ha’s ability and convince him of Min Joon Gook’s guilt? And the final reveal that she turned down a date so she could keep a promise to Park Soo Ha shows that her emotions are more conflicted that we’ve been led to believe.
We must remember that Park Soo Ha is still a teenager. Although he’s gone through a lot and he’s definitely more mature and self-aware than most other teens, he still has a penchant for grand gestures and notions that maybe wouldn’t fly in older protagonists. I don’t mean to belittle his intentions or his feelings, but as soon as Soo Ha lashed out and attacked Min Joon Gook, I thought, “Oh, it’s just another violent demonstration of Soo Ha’s feeling toward Hye Sung. . .” In a way, Park Soo Ha seems to have lost faith in all the institutions around him: he doesn’t appear to trust the police, and he’s seen how the justice system can be fallible. So now he just resorts to violence, or the threat of it (think about how he starts carrying the hammer in previous episodes, and now he’s carrying a switchblade, curiously blurred out). As a contrast, consider how Attorney Cha showed his affection for Hye Sung and won that case. I can’t see him as a lone vigilante figure. Soo Ha has his innocent, chivalrous side, where he walks Hye Sung to work, or helps her out with her cases and just generally supporting her; but, more and more, that “chivalrous” side is tangled with a penchant for violence that throws a few interesting wrinkles to our understanding of his character. After episode 8’s cliffhanger, Soo Ha’s intentions can no longer be misunderstood or ignored. It’s anyone’s guess as to what’ll happen now, but if I know this show, I’m sure they’ll find a way to surprise us.
OK, time to address the elephant in the room. In an earlier post, I addressed what I thought was implausible about Min Joon Gook suddenly working at Hye Sung’s mom’s restaurant, and I wondered what would happen. I Hear Your Voice
is extremely confident in its storytelling, and at no point have I found it to dawdle or waste time. Developments I thought would take several episodes to unravel were suddenly being addressed in the following episode. All of which is to say that I never expected anything like this to happen; or, at least, for it to happen this soon. Although episode 7 opened with a dream sequence that’s even explained as foreshadowing, I didn’t explain for it to take such a deadly toll. Min Joon Gook has been quietly stewing in the background throughout many of these episodes, but now that he’s finally made his move, he’s completely changed the tone of the show. The events in these last two episodes can’t be shrugged off or treated with a light touch; this is serious melodrama. And it changes everything. Jang Hye Sung has all but resigned from her job as an attorney (?), her relationship with Attorney Cha is on the rocks after he defends Min Joon Gook (and he’s found not guilty!), and Park Soo Ha moves out of Hye Sung’s place (most likely so he can retaliate against Min Joon Gook). We might be in for darker times for our characters.
- I’m sure you’ll still show up in a ton of flashbacks, but it was nice to have you in the show, Kim Hae Sook. Time to rewatch Autumn in My Heart
- Korea’s law system is clearly the most expedient in the world. Criminal trials take place within the week!
- What was up with the student who couldn’t see Park Soo Ha laying down in the grass? Ominous or just goofy?
More from the I Hear Your Voice Drama Club:
Episodes 7-8: [ Part 1
] [ Part 2
] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 5-6: [ Part 1
] [ Part 2
] [ Part 3
] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 3-4: [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]
Episodes 1-2: [ Part 1 ] [ Part 2 ] [ Part 3 ] [ Part 4 ]