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Chicago Typewriter: 3


I like the time jumps like these, that it just flows in the episode without a major twist. It was casually mentioned in a conversation. To think of it, this wasn’t the first time they did this. I still appreciate it either way.


So, Tae Min is not living up to his father’s expectations. Add that to his mother’s craziness, I won’t be surprised if he’s a psychopath deep down. Speaking of his mother, what does she have against Se Ju that she’s willing to pay to see him fail? Wasn’t it already established that Se Ju isn’t her husband’s biological son?


Bang Shin, and Bang Wool, their characters are useful because of the supernatural theme that this show represents. I can understand Bang Wool’s part in this show because she’s the modern shaman. I still have to wait and see what Bang Shin’s role in this show aside from being Jeon Seol’s best friend and a shaman’s daughter.


I kind of feel bad for Han Se Ju in this episode. He’s so conflicted. He’s inconsistent with himself. I’d go crazy too if I was him. First, we have Jeon Seol confusing his feelings. I can see that part of him wants to open up to Jeon Seol, but his past is giving him major trust issues. So, he pushes her away, but doesn’t want to lose her. He’s isolated himself so much, that he must be told what they’re doing in order for him to comprehend what’s happening, but at the same time he’s doubting that same person.


Second, he must deal with a ghostwriter writing for him. He can chalk it up to his dream visions, alcohol and medications, but he knows he didn’t write the novel series. Don’t forget the fact that the said ghostwriter is still nameless, and faceless as far Se Ju’s concern. I don’t get however, why Ji Seok didn’t just introduce him right then and there. I know he went against Se Ju’s wishes, but why does he have to ghost write in secret, only to get caught in the end?  I guess this is a build up for the next episode.


Jeon Seol didn’t have much growth in this episode, or maybe she did? She seemed to not have given up on Se Ju like she said she would. That’s growth for a fan girl, right? I don’t think I’d have it another way given that our characters are still learning about each other while learning about themselves.


“Father” seems to be the undertone of a part of this show. We saw Tae Min’s father being critical of him. We saw Jeon Seol honoring her father, and lastly, Se Ju’s father was mentioned during his dream vision.


The mirror in this episode will be the watch. The same item could be a contrast of events. In Jeon Seol’s present life, her father handed her the watch. In Se Ju’s dream, Jeon Seol mentioned that it was Se Ju’s father that gave him in the past life. The mirror is their respective father giving it to them. The contrast is that Se Ju owned the watch in the past, while Jeon Seol is the owner in the present. Oh, what web did the Fates weave for our couple?


There’s another symbolism in this show that’s supernatural in nature. Fog. The fog can be translated in many ways, but it all applied to Se Ju. We can’t see what’s beyond the fog unless we go through it. This is like Se Ju’s character, he can’t see past his writer’s block unless he comes up with new material, or a ghostwriter can do it for him. It could also represent Se Ju’s wall. There are issues memories he doesn’t want to remember – both past, and present, so he created a spiritual wall of fog. For Se Ju’s emotions, it symbolizes his confusion/misery. Se Ju has mentioned this before when he compared Jeon Seol to Annie. It’s like his worst fear – to be involved in “misery”, which he’s now in – but a deeper meaning. It could also mean as a sign of future revelations, in this case he had a dream/vision of his past life.

I’m invested in this show not because of the love story that transcends time. But because the writing in the writing. Just like today’s episode, there’s more to the Se Ju/Jeon Seol loveline. This was about their fathers, about their subconscious. What are they really trying to tell us? How will the past catch up to the present? How will that make go forward in the future?

   

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