Chicago Typewriter: 12

Now that I know Soo Hyun didn’t kill Hwi Young, I’m only left with one person…. Shin Yul.  The question is how did he die, and who killed him? I can’t see Hwi Young pulling the trigger on his best friend. Young Min is a possibility, but if we look at the present timeline, he’s rival is Se Ju. So, it’s not reflective of their past. That leaves soo Hyun….the question is why?

I swear, those past snippets! I knew since the beginning that there’s more to the flashbacks we were given. Who would’ve thought that a scene that made us think that Soo Hyun did kill Hwi Young was a confession scene all along? Gosh, I’m really impressed with the writing on this show. I guess it’s safe to say that a mirror in this show is that both Hwi Young in the past and Se Ju in the present both professed their feelings towards their counterparts, albeit, in a different way. It is squeal inducing nonetheless. I’m pretty sure that, after Hwi Young’s confession, that was it for that couple. Their relationship ended before it started. Hence, the reincarnation of themselves. At least, in the present time, Jeon Seol and Se Ju finally moved a step forward in regard to their relationship, and we know there’s a future there. Se Ju wasn’t lying when he said that he’s doing a service for his country with that kiss. It’s about time these two affirmed their feelings for each other.

Today is definitely Jin Oh’s episode. If you haven’t felt bad for him since he appeared in this show, and you have not felt bad at all after watching this episode until the end, you are one heartless person. Since the beginning, I knew I was rooting for his character. I knew that he will not get the girl. It was worse when I found out that he’s a ghost and realized he will never get the girl. It was episode that did me in.

Even though this episode started in heartbreak for Jin Oh after witnessing Se Ju and Jeon Seol’s kiss. It was when Jeon Seol was introduced to him even he’s invisible to her. The fact that Jeon Seol is there, and he froze to say her name, that was heart wrenching. When she was finally able to see him, well I was crying puddles.. It’s a major plus that Se Ju acknowledges him as a friend. Seeing him with his two favorite people of all time with him in the same room. Oh how happy I was for him! Then – they leave me with a cliffhanger – showing how he died. Well, that was a real shocker. Whatever impact factor the writing, and directing team wanted me to feel, I felt. I was in shock, in awe of how it just ended like that.

It still didn’t answer any questions though – who killed him, and why. I guess that’s for the next episode.

Until then,

   

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Chicago Typewriter: 8

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I’m not sure if Daddy Baek is trying to make amends with Se Ju, or still protecting Tae Min, or both. He’s gotten a few minutes of screentime since the show aired, so I’m sure his character is going to contribute to something bigger that will affect Se Ju more than he’s affected him now, much later on. I think it’s been long established that he’s not Se Ju’s biological father. I wonder what he was in Hwi Young’s life? I am hoping that he will be the one to put an end to Tae Min and his wife’s antics towards Se Ju, that in the end he will sacrifice everything. As much as I wanted Se Ju to single handedly bring that family down, I think it would be more worthy and humbling for the dad to that and close up any possibility of last minute revenge from the mother and son. This way too, it would be a true gesture that his relationship to Se Ju is more important than his writing career.

I still can’t pinpoint where Tae Min fits into our couple’s lives. I’ve said this last time where there’s got to be more to him than being Se Ju’s rival. Well now, rival isn’t even the word. Se Ju’s pretty up there since he obviously wasn’t the original author the book he published. But, there’s got to be something else that’s tying Se Ju, and Jeon Seol, and possibly Jin Oh together. When it comes to fate, destiny, and untangling those cords, I’m pretty convinced that Tae Min is living a karmaic life, like Se Ju and Jeon Seol, but I just couldn’t quite make the fit anywhere. There has to be something about his character being a good guy on the outside, but really a bad guy deep down. Maybe it’s just me secretly hoping for there to have something more that shouldn’t.

Se Ju doesn’t know anything about the complexity of a woman’s feelings. I think it’s cute that he’s innocent when it comes to issues like this. Is Hwi Young the same in the past? Se Ju is at the brink of transformation. He’s able to express how really feels towards his mentor, and he’s finally opened up to someone – Jeon Seol. The same goes for Jeon Seol, she doesn’t understand what Se Ju is thinking, and really going through aside from what she knows as a fan. I knew Jeon Seol wouldn’t stop caring for Se Ju, and not just because she’s his first fan. It’s also because her past life is seeping through her that having Se Ju around brings an aura of comfort, and camaraderie. Of course, she doesn’t know all that. It’s finally been established that Jeon Seol does have feelings for Se Ju, and vice versa. It’s a nice revelation for both, which might pave way to a lot of things concerning their past. Who knows, they can recollect memories together. Now can we publish the novel and find out who killed Jin Oh?

Jin Oh is up for an awakening. I really feel for him because here he is, a harmless, lovesick puppy who just wants to tell Jeon Seol how he feels, but she did end up liking Se Ju. Now what? I don’t think it will drive a wedge between Se Ju and him though. I think for Jin Oh, this is just like his normal missions back in the day, only less violent, and he can’t do much without Se Ju’s memories. What makes me really sad is that despite the humor injected in his character and the scenes that he’s in, deep down, he’s this sad lost soul just barely struggling to survive in order to move on.

   

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?