DRAMA CLUB: Unemployed Romance Episode 4 (1/2)
Hello, everyone. In this week's Unemployed Romance Drama Club, we discuss Jong Dae's overall level of maturity (what is he doing throwing tantrums?), which ship we're a fan of, and to keep it light, how time destroys everything. Are you a fan of Wan Ha or Jong Dae? Does love make you deeply, deeply uncool? Do we like the flashback structure? All that and more.
So glad we finally get to know the other half of the OTP and that he's not a total jerk after all. However, I have my reservations about his character. Jong Dae falling in love at first sight with Seung Hee is cute, him actively pursuing her is cute, him not wanting to let her go is cute; but, and that's a big BUT, I can't quite shake the feeling that young Jong Dae is still just that - young! He comes across as a little immature: from his mini-tantrum at the restaurant to the handling of his family problems. Of course, he IS still young. As a freshman in college and dating a girl he loves, I can imagine how his family problems may eventually throw him off course. I can feel his sincerity in droves and that he's a genuinely nice guy, but I feel he lacks composure in the face of adversity. He is earnest and sweet, I'll give him that, but he's also too innocent. Young Jong Dae would make a really sweet first love, but I can sort of see how they ended up the way they did.
Contrast this to the Jong Dae we met in Episode 2 - he looked troubled and gloomy. I do think he might have gone through a lot since their break up, especially in light of his family troubles and him not making the bar exam. He would have matured significantly since then, but I also can't help feeling that he might have turned too cynical as well. It will be interesting to see how their "reunion" plays out.
As of now, I still have one foot firmly on the Wan-Hee ship. Wan Ha's sad puppy eyes when he found out that Seung Hee is taken are enough to slay me. It also reaffirms the fact that he was too late to mount any challenge the first time. On the other hand, I do find Seon Joo a pretty sad case. It seems she's always played second fiddle to Seung Hee. And why do they always fall for the same guys. Sheesh. She's the least developed character thus far but if Jong Dae needs four episodes to make a grand entrance, I would not be surprised if Seon Joo's part in the story would unravel in the latter part of the drama.
I was surprised that episode four was all about Kim Jong Dae (Nam Goong Min) in flashback. I was expecting a flashback to happen, but I didn't expect the flashback to be one episode long. I'm still hanging on the fact that Im Seung Hee (Lee Young Ah) met Kim Jong Dae in the present time and I really want to move forward with the story.
As Maymay mentioned, Jong Dae seems to be a different man in his college years: carefree, happy, and love-struck. Once his father started talking about how he expected to get a promotion, I knew where the story line was headed. Although we still do not know the reason why Jong Dae broke up with Seung Hee, it's clear to me that it will have something to do with his family's financial problems.
I am still attracted to the Song Wan Ha (Suh Joon Young) and Im Seung Hee couple. I was majorly disappointed that Wan Ha wasn't in episode four except in flashbacks. Oddly, during their college years, there isn't a single scene of Wan Ha and Jong Dae together. Where did Wan Ha go?
I'm really hoping to move on with the story line. At this point, the reason why Jong Dae and Seung Hee broke up isn't that important to me.
The most interesting aspect for me of this drama is its structure. It’s almost like a Tarantino movie in the way that it’s shuffled the chronology, and divided its story into sections. The first section, titled “Queen of Dramas,” told the story of Seung Hee’s troubles with her job and her life. It was basically a series of personal and professional disasters. It was very entertaining and darkly humorous to watch her life fall apart. Maybe that was just me, though.
This new section flashes back to Jong Dae, Seung Hee’s ex-boyfriend, and takes his point of view. It tells the story of how they met back in their college days, and the beginning of their love. This, by itself, isn’t that interesting, but it’s given power because we know how it all ends up. In essence, we meet our characters before the bitterness and disappointment of adulthood set in. This series is remarkably smart in how it shifts our sympathies. It painted Jong Dae as a distant figure in the first three episodes, only known to us because he somehow ruined Seung Hee’s life. Here we see a completely different side to him – innocent, love-struck and, deeply, deeply goofy.
What this episode captures most of all is the silliness of romance, how it renders our normal faculties and behaviors pretty much useless – what else to make of Jong Dae’s snot as he faces the love of his life? Love makes us deeply uncool. Wearing clothes that you got from the Sauna, shuffling desperately in order to sit next to the girl you like, making up any reason to spend time with her: Jong Dae’s romance is heartfelt and innocent. But, youth ends, innocence ends, everything ends; what we want to know is what will end Seung Hee and Jong Dae’s relationship? Will it be his parents’ financial troubles? Sun Joo trying to seduce Jong Dae? Or will a trip to the motel be what finishes it all? I have no idea, but I want to see where this goes.
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