Search WWW Episode 01-10 Review
This is going to be a long review, guys. After all, we are 10 episodes in.
This show is amazing. AMAZING. And if you are not watching it, I urge you to at least give it a try because the three leads are everything you want from Dreamland ladies. Everything from the set production to the surprising cameos, the writing, the acting and the fashion it’s so well thought that nothing is at miss on this show. Every detail enhances the experience. Some shows feel very much like tv drama, but some feel like a film and every episode is the new installment. Search WWW definitely belong to the latter category.
Bae Ta-mi (played wonderfully by Lim Soo-jung) is an incredibly first leading lady. She is strong, smart and kind, outgoing but guarded. Most importantly, she is at a point of her life where she knows herself and the things she wants, this doesn’t mean she’s not open to change but she will do it on her own terms. Whatever is running into an ex boyfriend (Lee Dong Wook!), starting a new relationship with a younger guy (Chang Ki Yong!) or changing her career path, she is more than willing to do her best in order to have no regrets. She doesn’t have to explain herself because everyone can see what she does it what matters, and yet she goes the extra mile to make herself clear knowing misunderstandings are inevitable when you are in a situation of power and have to make hard and fast decisions.
Ta-mi’s relationship with Park Morgan is sweet and straightforward but at the same time rather complex. She’s knows the age difference will inevitably play against them. Eve though Ta-mi is in her late 30s, unlike more conventional leading ladies, she has no wishes to get married and this has been a point of contention in all her past relationships. I respect it, if that’s what she wants for her life, good... but I can also understand where Morgan is coming from. His family life has hurt him, so he dreams of having a more conventional family unit than the one he has experience so far. He wants her to change for him, because of their love for each other, but why should she? Why can’t he change? At this point of the story I don’t see how they will be able to work things out in the long term but I hope they do because they are truly really good for each other.
Cha Hyun (badass Lee Da Hee) was instantly my favorite. She’s smart, outspoken and hardworking, takes no prisoners and stands up for herself... even if it means having a criminal record, which she does. But in all fairness it was for beating up a pervert who sexually harassed her. He had it coming.
Hyun’s relationship with Tami started as frenemies who respected each other professionally, but when they were forced to start working together you can see how with every episode they get to understand each other more and more. Building up a personal and profesional friendship where they grow to like each other, to have each other’s back.
She’s also a really sweet person, willing to go the extra mile for the people she cares about. Whatever is an old friend, a co-worker or even an unknown actor from her favorite drama (What’s wrong with My Mother in Law). Seeing her be a fangirl it’s one of the highlights of the show, mostly because she inevitably runs into said actor and unofficially becomes her number one fan and president of his fan club. Hyun’s scenes with Ji-Hwan (Lee Jae-wook) are some of the best in the entire drama for me, you can see they have feelings for each other. That he cares and respects her, that he’s waiting for her. It’s not like she hasn’t had relationships before but it seems like they were mostly superficial and this might be the real thing. I hope she takes the leap of faith!
The third leading lady of the story is Song Ga-gyung (veteran actor Jeon Hye-Jin). She is definitely one of the most complex characters in the series, unlike Ta-mi and Hyun who are open books, Ga-gyung is in a situation where it’s important that she keeps things to herself. Basically forced out of filial duty to a marriage of convenience to save her father’s company, she spent the last ten years of her life dealing with a powerful mother in love, who is also a CEO, that controls everything around her. So she had to bear through every impossible situation, bottle up her feelings, her desires and dreams, but it won’t be long until it all comes bursting to the surface.
It’s clear the show has been building up, since day one, the moment she finally and truly breaks free from her mother in law. I wonder if it will happen this week Despite her marriage being a show, her husband Jin-woo (Ji Seung-hyun) actually has her back at all times and has been secretly helping her out to find a way out of their unhappy situation. It’s a unusual relationship, the one that they share, because you can see they have a clear understating for one another and even, maybe, care for each other but they have to get a divorce in order to be able to break free from mommie dearest. Sometimes I catch myself wishing they could find a way to stay together when everything is over but I am not sure that is their story. They have both been under the thumb of other people’s wishes for many years and right now I think it’s more important they both get their freedom. If there’s a chance for them in the future, let it be on their terms.
I have to mention CEO Jang (Ye Soo-jung) as the fourth leading lady of the show. This woman is a wonderful nightmare, it’s not that she’s evil, that’s not it and she’s not like any other Dramaland mother in law you have seen before. This is a woman from another generation, a far more conservative, that has managed not only stay on top of everything but also bend and break everyone to her will. I know she’s giving Ga Gyung, Jin-woo and even Ta-mi and Hyun a hard time but you have to admire her drive and willpower as a woman. I don’t like her but she’s got my respect for effing up the patriarchy and live her life exactly the way she wants it.
Now that Ga-gyung and CEO Jang are in an open war things will start moving more quickly, this won’t only affect UNICON but I’m guessing BARRO will also be under fire and with CEO Min out of the job, I’m not sure everyone is safe.
Whatever happens, I’m really looking forward to see how the show develops the last six episodes of this show. It’s going to be a wild ride!
Crowned Clown - Episode 13 thoughts
The beautiful @kdramasunshine already made a great post about how you should be watching The Crowned Clown.
I’d like to add my own spoiler-filled thoughts because, honestly, this is one of the best sageuk shows I’ve watched and Episode 13 might have been one of the best episodes of any sageuk period.
There were two scenes that emotionally affected me in this episode.
First, there was the goodbye scene between Ha Sun, Dal Rae and Gab Soo. Sure, you’d expect it to be sad, but, y’all, this was next level. Ha Sun watching his sister and friend walk away while he stood up on the balcony was heart wrenching enough. Then, Dal Rae wipes the tears from her eyes, turns around and smiles and waves to her brother. Just to show him she’s okay - and that she trusts he will come to meet them ‘soon’. It takes a lot for me to cry - like, honestly, shows generally don’t make me cry. This, friends. This tore my heart.
The second scene was the one that cemented this show as a masterpiece of directing and acting. When Yi Kyeom - newly branded as a rapist - is being escorted out of the jail past his father, Chi Soo, he stops. And you’d expect him to put up a fight or something but, no. No, he just turns to his father - shackled in his jail cell - and bows. On his knees, crying while his father tries to keep it together.
They’re bad guys - like, the pinnacle of evil bad guys - and, yet, I felt for them in that moment as a father and son. Even though they deserved what they got, here they were being separated most likely forever (well, yeah, it’s a drama but still) and the director made me feel their pain.
It’s the little moments in this show that hold such power. The director really allows scenes to remain silent and gives them time to unfold. I could probably write an essay on all the ways the director is able to make his crucial scenes so impactful, but, you’d all probably be bored.
At this point, I’ll just say you should be watching. For all the reasons listed in the other post and more. It’s a really good show.
[Interview] Actor Kwon Hae Hyo, “I am a Feminist”
In this interview, Korean actor Kwon Hae Hyo discusses about feminism, his years of contributing towards causes relating to women’s rights and also his acknowledgement that there is a difficulty in understanding what Korean women in South Korea experience throughout their lives.
(Note: I am not highly fluent in the Korean language but I understood about 40-50% of what he was saying, and also with the help of the images.)