So this episode featured our young couple’s pretty interlude in Hokkaido, where they got to experience diamond snow and free hot springs.
Even with the pretty shots of wide open spaces, it all felt a little claustrophobic to me – I think that was because it was pretty much one solid hour of Seo Jun (Jang Geun Suk) and Jung Ha Na (Yoon Ah) spending every waking minute together. I don’t need a sprawling cast, but when I don’t much like the main couple that much, sometimes those kinds of distractions are welcome.
We learn a little bit more about each of these “new” characters, and the drama goes to some lengths to show just how different they are from their parents. Jun is a cold-hearted playboy type, who has perverted his father’s “three-second soulmate” mantra into one of his own – he can seduce any woman in three seconds. He’s the typical leading man of his kind – he doesn’t believe in love, he’s never felt anything for a woman, etc.
He also seems to be a total spoiled brat, whose photography career is shaky since he favors “different” kinds of pictures. But he’s not too worried since he has a large inheritance, and it sounds like it’s mostly from his mother’s company. So In Ah married well, I guess.
It also seems like he resents his dad for never having gotten over his first love, however flippantly he talks about it. It’s clear that his mom suffered a lot from it, and this partially explains why Jun will have nothing to do with love.
Ha Na is as much of a typical heroine of the modern Korean drama as her mother was a perfect specimen of the older fare. She is cheerful, bubbly, likes to wear a lot of layers (maybe she should have worn at least one more layer), and pouts a lot while she says that Jun is dead meat for taking her phone. For in 2012, instead of getting a lot of information from a diary, Jun looks through her phone to get to know her. I don’t think those things are exactly the same, but whatever.
She also seems to have a strange side that I hope the drama won’t try to suppress. I’m not a fan of her riddles (really – riddles?), but she’s petty (as seen in her booby trapping Jun’s hotel room in revenge) and likes horror stories, which makes her a lot less wide-eyed, and creepier than the usual Candy heroine.
We don’t know much about her background, only that she’s majoring in gardening in Japan, and that she’s set to return to Korea really soon. Why add the gardening detail when it’s obvious that she’s going to have a modeling arc pretty soon? I hope it’s not just because this director is so weird and thinks that flowers are so feminine. And where’s her mom been, right?
There are new sets of friends and acquaintances, too, but no sign of the other college friends of In Ha or Yun Hui. I know that Kim Si Hoo is set to return (any time now) as Lee Dong Wook’s son, Lee Sun Ho, but did Son Eun Seo and Hwang Bo Ra not make the time leap? There are more than enough people to fill the void, I guess.
In Jun’s corner we have his long-suffering and slightly strange assistant, Jo Soo (Oh Seung Yoon), who was the first one to peek at Ha Na’s phone. I guess we needed someone to laugh at her riddles. Ha Na has more of a network since she was traveling with 2 other college friends before setting off on a few wild downy goose chases to get her phone back.
She’s now part of her own trio – the Sapporo Agricultural College Trio. There’s the nervous and bumbling Jang Soo (Lee Chan Ho, Man from the Equator – he’s really getting steady bit work, right?), and her sunbae, Han Tae Sung (Kim Young Gwang, White Christmas), who is obviously in love with her. As funny as it is to see The Plague play a romantic lead, I hope this doesn’t mean that Kim Si Hoo gets shafted in the present day. I guess Ha Na is just popular in whatever decade she’s living in.
I think the cell phone device was kind of lame, but I guess the drama needed to get them to spend a ridiculous amount of time with one another right away. Jun has already started to be really mean to Ha Na, so it’s obvious that he fell for her first – just like his dad.
Speaking of In Ha (Jung Jin Young), we finally see what he ended up looking like, and you know, that seems about right. Also, now we know what happened to the runaway Kim Sang Cheol.
Middle-aged In Ha likes to wear hats as he stalks his son, and he’s a famous painter who has agreed to meet a Korean student studying in Japan. Uh-oh. I’m dreading his meeting with Ha Na since there is no way it won’t be a little nasty. From what she has said, her mother, Yun Hui, also still thinks about her cheot sarang, but she has decided to focus on the happiness it brings her. I wonder how ridiculous it will be to see Lee Mi Sook, who has played such mean characters, play the gentle Yun Hui.
So far, this new romance hasn’t been any different from any other rom-com, so I don’t know the point of that 70s preface. The snowy setting afforded some Winter Sonata flashbacks, and Yoon Ah did do a pretty good imitation of Bae Yong Joon’s beatific expressions, so maybe there’s hope for this drama yet.