Starting out with my rant. There was no need for Tae Min’s mom to be here, although it makes sense that she’s protecting Tae Min as a mother in her own sick, and twisted way. I do hope that Daddy Baek really follows through on his thoughts that he should at least try and stop her. What I want to see is that both Tae Min and his mom really get it in the end – like in the mental hospital or something. By now, some of you already know that I don’t like the idea of new characters joining in late in the show. But for progress’ sake, Jeon Seol’s mom is an exception [we only heard a voiceover] because she’s just as crucial to finding out what happened in the past. I’m sure we’ll see her again, she can’t run from her past forever. Time does catch up on a person. The other new character that showed up was Tae Min’s student[was she even a student or just sitting in the class], turns out she’s after Se Ju too because of her brother from episode 2/3. I don’t quite see where her character fits because if she’s blackmailing Tae Min, it will benefit Se Ju’s career, but if she’s also after Se Ju, doesn’t that negate her first motive? The only thing I could think of is that she’s also part of their past life, unbeknownst to everyone.
Bang Wol unintentionally burst JO’s bubble. NOOOOO!!! His heart is already broken as it is, then he gets told off about the pitfalls of being a ghost like he doesn’t know that. I hope this doesn’t deter him from actually calling out to Jeon Seol. I hope he doesn’t leave. Someone needs to tell Bang Shin she sees ghost, Stat! I couldn’t handle her crying over Jin Oh. I think that scene was unnecessary unless it’s connected in a future episode. Back to Bang Wol, I know she is protecting Bang Shin from a shaman’s fate, I can understand that, but she just caused misunderstandings that aren’t necessary. I’m not worried though, since she’s not in the know – it will get resolved somehow.
There’s not much flashbacks in this episode, but the one we have was important, because it connects Jin Oh to Tae Min and our main couple. ae Min ended up being part of their past life after all. Not surprising since Jin Oh was keen to protect Jeon Seol from him in the episode where they were typing up their contracts. I didn’t quite figure out what or why until this episode. It does look like he doesn’t remember his past or has not been triggered yet even after seeing Jin Oh’s presence. I must admit, although it wasn’t meant to be hilarious, I was laughing at how he was reacting to see Shin Yul’s ghostly antics. I guess I’m enjoying the premise of a future punishment. I think he’s about to lose it and break down. It feels like his walls are closing in and he’s starting to push back starting with Jeon Seol, the one person he wants but can’t have. I wonder if he did want her in the past too? If he ended up being her man in the past and that’s why it’s contrasting here?
Not much progress with Jin Oh today in unraveling his past. We are closer though since he did figure out how he can make his presence known to the people in his past life. Which means he just needs to call out Jeon Seol, her mom, and anyone else connected in this lifetime, and this mystery can be solved. Thing is though – there will be consequences for the parties involved in Jin Oh’s murder in this lifetime. That effect could go either way. As for our characters, they can heal and move on, whereas for our villains yet to be confirmed, when the truth does come back for them, it’s something that they can’t run away from in this time. Is that something that Jin Oh would really want in order to move on? Is that the justice he seeks to those who wronged him decades ago?
I knew it. She was going to lie to Se Ju even after he had made it clear that she needs to tell him whenever she sees her visions. I knew she was going to be the noble idiot and try to run away from Se Ju. I can’t believe that even after what her mother did to her, she still let her words get in her head. I understand that she has so many questions when everything was happening to her at the same time. It didn’t help that Bang Wol unintentionally made it worse for her – making her feel like that she will be the cause of Se Ju’s future death. Thankfully, Se Ju has a different perspective in life that this didn’t last longer than this episode. It didn’t have to take an accident for her to change her mind about staying, though but – I’ll take it. It’s natural that she’s having doubts that she wants to know how their story ends. Quite understandable, especially when your memories aren’t everything. I do hope that this is not a hint that just like the past, the story was never finished.
Se Ju is definitely the hero of the show, if not this episode. He has grown so much since episode 1. From keeping everyone behind his wall, to accepting them as part of his life, both past and present. I like his outlook on life which is the opposite of how mostly everyone thinks as a society. It’s sad that he had to experience life differently for him to have a different view in life, but his logic is still beyond his years. As far as his relationship with Jeon Seol goes, even the way he says that Jeon Seol is shameless is even gentler than when they were first getting acquainted with each other. He’s a mand of his word. We knew that from the beginning, but back then was words, this episode, I saw actions. He gave Tae Min the draft of Fate, and he’s keeping his promise that he will finish the novel no matter what.
I saw one main theme in this episode: Protection. Some were shown in Tae Min, and Bang Wol’s mom. Some were underlying – Se Ju/Jeon Seol protecting each other’s feelings bye not ending the novel. One was mentioned in the end, when Se Ju told Jeon Seol that he’s been saving [protecting] him all this time.
As far as mirrors, and contrast goes, the only thing that I could see as a mirror which was Jeon Seol’s street date with Se Ju which mirrors Se Ju’s street date with her as their form of goodybye. I guess, I could add a second one, where Tae Min is still a scoundrel, but that’s still have to be proven in the present timeline. We all see and know it, but that still has to be played out in front of Jeon Seol and the literary world.
For the contrast, fist is Jeon Seol’s belief that she’s ill fated with Se Ju [no thanks to Bang Wol adding to her worries], but he thinks she’s his savior. Although it’s not shown here but we’ve seen their past kiss before, that kiss is a contrast to their present kiss. I kept saying it before that I wasn’t convinced that he likes her. I somewhat saw it today, I still must feel it though. The feelings are there but it’s somewhat contrasting from their past. And, I think I like it. I like that Se Ju does have feelings for Jeon Seol, and it’s not an extension of his past life nor hers. I like that she just grew on him and he didn’t even know it, until he started caring for her well being. I didn’t see it before, because it was a gradual process for Se Ju breaking down his wall, and changing the sources of his motivation in life. He had to let go of his internal fears and beliefs first, before he can express his feelings to anyone around him. Contrasting that to the past, I think that with what Hwi Young had with Soo Hyun, their kiss was more passionate because it has been suppressed due to their mission, it wasn’t unrequited at all – it was just ill timed. At least, they won’t have to repeat that in this lifetime, at least I hope.