This episode proves that it is not only the winter that blows the wind but a water god also can. (Mianhamnida. I’ll reflect and come back with better jokes next time.)
Ha Baek (Nam Joo-hyuk) finally found Joo Dong (Yang Dong-geun) but there’s a twist: he lost his powers and can’t remember anything. So the guardian gods, Moo Ra (Krystal Jung) and Bi Ryeom (Gong Myung) confronted the creature they thought is involved with Joo Dong’s incapacitation – Hoo Ye (Im Joo-hwan). I’m liking the pacing of this plotline. The story gives details every episode but it still stirs up my curiosity of what would happen next. Also, I usually hate amnesia trope because it makes me think the writer bump into a dead end in the storytelling and wants a clean slate to restart the story. But this is an acceptable twist for me given that there is a valid backstory on how he lost his memories.
This halfie, as Bi Ryeom calls him, has a bad case of a brown thumb. Hoo Ye has the ability to break and kill anything he touches. That is probably why he is so fascinated with planting. He is frustrated with the power he didn’t even ask to have. Hoo Ye has insecurities that Bi Ryeom keep rubbing on his face. Among all the characters, I think Hoo Ye is the most complex. The good thing is Im Joo-hwan can be trusted on playing two-faced characters.
I have an on and off relationship with this series’ main couple. I sometimes hate Yoon So-ah’s (Shin Se-kyung) interaction with Ha Baek but there are moments where I love seeing them get closer to each other. More than that kiss scene at the end of the episode, I find the back hug scene more appealing (Is this a sign that this maknae is maturing? JK). That scene shows So-ah’s vulnerability and I always like seeing her in that state. Call me a masochist or whatever but a character who faces her weaknesses and fears looks stronger than any kick-butt 2D characters. Despite her hard-hearted facade, So-ah longs for true companionship deep down. And living with Ha Baek is slowly making her realize that.
The positives on this show are tramping some negatives I’ve noticed. I still like the plotline but I’m anxious on how they’ll tie it all up in the end. But we’ll deal with it when we get there. As of now, I’m still in for the ride.
p.s. I’ve been listening to Savina & Drones’ Glass Bridge for more than a week already and even though some of the lyrics don’t make sense, the music alone is heartbreaking.
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