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Chicago Typewriter: 2


Wow. Just wow. If I didn’t need to go to work in a few hours, I would’ve watched the next episode. I had to re-watch this episode twice just to make sense of everything I saw before I type. I think I’m going into a rabbit hole in this episode especially when tackling the supernatural parts of this show.

It would be interesting to see the following characters were in each other’s past life, but I prefer to keep them just in this timeline.


Secretary Kim – Ji Seok. Last episode, he struck as me a man who’d do anything that would translate to money. I still think he does, but in this episode, I’d like to think he has good intentions for Se Joo. He’s the man behind the ghostwriter idea. Now it makes me wonder if any of my favorite authors ever hired one……


Tae Min. I didn’t see in episode 1, but I saw it today. He seems to be this gentle person, but something inside me tells me, he’s up to no good. [Great! Another eye candy that’s a villain. I guess I do have a type]. From the looks of it, he’ll be Se Joo’s rival. Will he vie for Jeon Seol’s heart too? It makes me wonder if his first book wasn’t his but Se Joo’s. There’s a contrast in this character that caught my thoughts. He has a cat, and Jeon Seol [not technically] has a dog. It’s like telling me that they’ll be against each other like cats and dog.


Tae Min’s mom. You can’t have a show with the rich and famous without an evil stepmom. I can only imagine the schemes this woman will do.


Jeon Seol grew up a little in this episode when she realized that her idol isn’t perfect. But she hasn’t realized it yet- that Se Joo is just human just like her. I don’t know if this episode is what made her really quit being a fan girl. Which made me think, if this will mirror her past life. Meaning, she shot Se Joo in the past.


If episode 1 focused on Jeon Seol, this episode is a little bit more about Se Joo. So, is he or is he not an orphan? Did he really have a family but he left home? I’m still confused because celebrities tend to fabricate their own backstories for better sympathy and empathy from fans. So I can’t really be sure of his family’s background, not that it matters anyway. It would only matter because that made him into the person that he is now…guarded, holed up in his castle, suspicious of anyone and everything. He’s thrown the “don’t even think about it” to anyone that might want to get close to him. It’s not because he doesn’t want them, but because he’s afraid that he’ll be left behind, or he’ll end up leaving.  He kind of, sorta reminds me of Go Dok Mi in Flower Boy Next Door – minus the never leaving the house part.

We have parallels in this episode, though some we’ve seen before. Their past life is slowly mirroring their present life. Although the past events shown in the present wasn’t in chronological order.  Now that I think of it, I should start compiling the scenes in the 1930s and figure out the entire scene chronologically.


Jeon Seol’s vision of Yoo Soo Yeon aiming a gun at someone. Did she know who she shot?


Jeon Seol/Soo Yeon typing for Se Joo to meet a deadline.This one though, wasn’t shown in the same scene, but it’s a parallel to me.


Se Joo lost control of his car – Jeon Seol was there. Se Joo lost control of his bike – Jeon Seol was there……both timelines.


I finally get to see the ghostwriter. As much as I like Yoo Ah In back from SKKS days, I am more excited to see Go Gyung Pyo. [Second Lead Syndrome is kicking in.] I just found it strange that he didn’t have his own laptop, and just decided to use the typewriter that’s available. I found it even stranger that he started typing without any notes from Se Joo.  So, great minds think alike?


I’m not too worried about Se Joo’s accident. This might be a wake up call for him, or maybe get more visions of his past life. Jeon Seol is there, and as much as she’d like to believe that her fangirling days are over, she’s not giving up on Se Joo. This can also be a connection to what Bang Shin’s mom said that two people will save him. She’s the first one, and ghostwriter Yoo is the other. Se Joo just doesn’t know it yet.


We have two symbolisms in this show. First, the  Moon/Moonlight. In this episode the moon wasn’t shown. What was mentioned, and what shown was the moonlight. To me, it’s the same as showing the Moon itself. The Moon is always represented as feminine. So, it would only make sense that the focus on this episode, if not the entire show is Jeon Seol. In literature, it is a symbol of the soul. This could mean that both our characters are undergoing a period of soul searching. Scientifically, it is also most often associated with tides. In this show, the tides are changing for Se Joo and Jeon Seol.  Now back to the moonlight. It’s a symbol of illumination. The darkest part of their souls are being illuminated. Their darkest past, which in this case is their past life – is being illuminated. For what reason, well – we have 14 more episodes to go. Basically, this episode starts their journey from the past.


Second, we have the earthquake. Some would call it a phantom earthquake, but I think it’s unheard of that two people experienced it at the same time and place. Earthquake is a symbolism for both characters. Something big is happening to both of them, aside from the representation of the quake to each character. For both, it characterizes their suppressed thoughts, and emotions that’s waking up. In this case, they’re not being awakened slowly, but forcefully like an earthquake. For Jeon Seol, it symbolizes that a major shift is happening, starting with the return of her visions from her former life. For Se Joo, he’s been facing a lot of chaos physically, mentally, pretty soon – emotionally. From his crazy fans, stalkers, busy schedule and still needs to meet a deadline. What finally made him “crack” recently his meeting with Jeon Seol, which also happens to be the girl in his dream visions. It’s not a matter of if, but when he breaks down. Everything has fallen into place causing the earthquake.

Well, I can’t wait what happens in the next episode. I’m curious to see how all three will meet in the present life, given that we’ve already seen their closeness in the past.

Stay tuned.

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