[Spoilers for rewatch of CiTT, episodes 7 – 8]
CiTT in order.
I like getting to look back on simpler times with Jung, In Ho, and In Ha. There is this feeling of, “It could be such a perfect situation – each learning and growing from the others…” Yet of course they are learning from each other, by breaking each other down.
We see uglier aspects of In Ho during the flashbacks, harshly criticizing his sister’s dreams because he takes for granted his own, saying whatever he thinks in the moment with little care. Jung seems even-tempered, and to hold no ill view toward them at this point but rather a sense of supportive older brother type of responsibility. I’m not sure there is even pity.
For me the heart of the drama is in these revelatory backstories that shed light on whether Jung’s cold, manipulative streak is deliberately formed, or whether it is fundamental to his personality (realizing the answer is ‘both’) … and how Seol is with that. Relaxed from drinks, Jung continuing the intimate and open conversation that began in Seol’s apartment… describes himself as being a pushover before… that it was once easier to go along with what others wanted from him, although he could discern the dynamics nakedly.
His appreciation for Eun Seol’s genuineness, and for seeing him rather than what he has, soften his eyes and heart enough to glimpse his pain and feelings of abandonment.
Wow, I’m a sucker for that.
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