This is going to be a busy week in K-drama land. Two high-profile Mon-Tues dramas are wrapping up in Gu Family Book and Jang Ok Jung, Live in Love, while next weekend a sprawling cast weekend drama Goddess of Marriage premieres. In between I’m toggling Cruel City (Heartless City) to start off the week with the sweet kids-bonding-through-music Monstar to end it. I was initially rather annoyed at myself for jumping into CC so early – it’s not the high probability of heartbreak at the end of the drama when all or most of the main characters might die, it’s the anxiety of wanting more but having to wait. But the wait from last week’s excellent episodes 7 and 8 til now has been bearable actually. That’s likely due to this drama being so dense and rich in acting and story goodness the wait gives me time to go back and savor it again to catch the little things I might have missed. Since its a cable drama there have been very little spoilery goodness that comes out during the week so I turn my mind towards rifling through what’s happened so far. Soo Min gets in with Auntie’s organization, while Auntie’s full scale war with Soo almost rips Shi Hyun in half until it’s Soo who takes a step back for Shi Hyun’s sake.
Shi Hyun’s character is really so rich beyond being an undercover cop pretending to be a drug lord mastermind upstart, the way Auntie and Soo flank him speaks volumes. He is a force to be reckoned with, but for Soo and Auntie, he is someone they will do anything to protect. Even if it means destroying each other. He is family to them, playing all the roles of father, brother, son, and for Auntie, perhaps someone she can rely on for the rest of her life. It’s not romantic but it’s her way of loving him because he’s the only untainted thread in her life. They are both as dirty as can be in the world they live in, but the bond between them was formed way back when and is a reminder of goodness. Soo Min is such a wild card in this story, and in some ways Kyung Mi would have made the perfect (and logical) female lead. But then the story would be some standard love triangle between Shi Hyun, Kyung Mi, and Hyun Min, throwing in some first love bits and bad guy-good guy dichotomy. I am anticipating how the drama chooses to have Soo Min disrupt Shi Hyun’s increasingly complicated undercover mission. So far they see each other in moments of authenticity, what happens when the veil descends and they have to play their parts? Looks like a kiss is about to happen and however that goes down, I’ll revert to fangirl mode for an instant and savor the chemistry that is sure to erupt.