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Who Exactly, Are You?

[Spoilers for re-watch, episodes 8, 9, 10]

CiTT in order.

It might have worked a number of ways, actually. Here in the middle episodes we may have been able to shift away from Jung/Seol for a while, and to consider In Ho/Seol. We could have been honestly torn, and come to accept a change of heart, or have backed up enough from both to see them growing up in parallel through unique challenges.

However, for In Ho to supplant Jung in Seol’s affections, the writer would have had to start solving Jung for us in another way by now…


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Clarity and Ease

[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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Or Not…

What unfortunately strange direction and editing choices for Moon Lovers, Scarlet Heart Ryeo.

After seeming to know exactly what makes for the best experience and  heart-moving story, the close ups and sloppy flashbacks this week were hard to bear. Kang Ha Neul is a beautiful person, but I don’t need to be in his nostrils.


I still like the story… still like the actors. A lot. They just should have kept that good story long, and less compromised, chopped into fewer bits. “Maybe the director doesn’t know what to do with bodies” said my son, who had tried to watch with me a second time. It took him ten minutes in to mention how overdone the close-ups are, and how almost wonderful it all is.

There are fantastic commentaries on a few sites, that go into what a strongly written female story this is at its core, in spite of early attention paid to the group of princes. I still look forward to it all week, but wow can’t we have at least a few more Episode 11s??


Tastes are becoming serious again, prompting a return to deeper subject matter. If I were to track trends, I might find seasonal patterns to my viewing habits, with stagnant heat and humidity characterizing the last few months, and too much time indoors during what for many is the most outdoorsy and playful time of year. Our puppy’s separation anxiety has been a challenge too, leaving openings for only short jaunts away from home.

[spoilers – Melancholia]

After years of initial recommendation, I settled in to watch the film Melancholia last night. Intrigued by the premise of the world’s end, which many of us seem to be thinking a lot about, and by questions at the film’s center sparked by the maker’s history with depression, I finally decided to give in.

Sure enough, I came away with a feeling of relief, even lightheartedness–not because the film was a happy one–but because the main character’s behavior made sense. Her sense of validation and rescue from being “the crazy one” in the middle of more seemingly well-adjusted people, read like an other side looking back kind of work… a bit of a ghost story.

I watched the film Hannah Arendt before that, which I’m sure affected impressions, contemplating the nature of evil and the world. One line I especially appreciated, when she was confronted by a dear friend who could no longer accept her after she suggested the Holocaust could not have been so orderly without cooperation from some Jewish leaders. I’m not qualified to comment on that, because even after significant study, it still falls under the category of “no way to know” for me. What I imagine is that people had all sorts of coping mechanisms and ways they felt sure they had to contort themselves and others to get by. And that so many did not get by, remains the bottom line.

But the sentence, that was actually a paper excerpt historically, is, “I don’t love any people (on the whole, as a group); I love my friends.”

She was writing from a broad perspective, truly trying to understand what had happened, not being controversial for fame’s sake. The film did a good job of showing her situatedness as a scholar as the identity she was most faithful to, and a good job in showing the reasons why even a close friend could not abide her position. Why it was also right not to.

That choice cost her a lot and somewhat overshadowed the truly profound main point that she made about Adolf Eichmann’s lack of thinking and obedience to orders being more effective in carrying out evil than maniacal power lust. Bureaucracy and the “banality of evil.”

The films fit together well.