Another week, another Jung Kyung Ho appreciation post. These will never get old, I tell ya. This boy/man/hotness in a slim package will only get better with age. I remember how fresh-faced he looked in MiSa and just look at him now, all well-earned little wrinkles and the gravitas of having served in the military and come back a more focused actor with laser sharp precision. Cruel City (Heartless City) has just two weeks left in its run and I’m amazed this drama has packed quite the punch on what is essentially a rather small scale. There is a core cast and the conflicts at times feels like variations of the same theme – to survive by being one step ahead. We went from Scale v. Doctor’s son to Slant-eyes v. Doctor’s son to Busan v. Doctor’s son, not to mention all the side conflicts within Shi Hyun’s side and within what is essentially a broken law enforcement. Episode 15 and 16 were the first that really made me see the glaring holes in this drama. Shi Hyun’s fighting ability was initially incredible in light of his slight frame, but after every single episode where he single-handedly fights off a dozen gangsters or outruns police offers, he’s starting resemble a secret superhero even moreso an undercover cop. When he showed up for the nth time to save Soo Min’s useless and clueless ass in episode 15, I was rather sad she didn’t suffer more first.
I like what Soo Min represents, hope and goodness and a fish-out-of-water juxtaposition to all the jadedness around him, but good lord is she getting on my nerves. She talks like she knows it all, when we know she knows nothing, and she blindly taking orders from Hyun Min who is just as clueless. While they mean well, part of me just want to yell “move out of the way, you two are seriously ruining everything Shi Hyun has sacrificed to do!” It’s funny how the OTP went from blazing hot chemistry to lukewarm for me the more they spend time together, because it just highlights what a liability Soo Min is and how Shi Hyun really does NOT have time for her presence in his life. I know she’s the only person he can connect with on a non-undercover and non-drug lord level, but I’m pragmatic and I want him to get rid of Busan, clean house in the corrupt police and prosecutors office, and then move to Jeju and take Soo Min with him and they can go run a bed-and-breakfast and live a truly boring but safe life. I like Shi Hyun way too much for him to risk his entire mission for some Soo Min time, especially since these two are not even knocking boots anymore and he’s just rescuing her all the time. I’m not looking forward to Soo Min misunderstanding Shi Hyun, especially at this juncture when even the world’s biggest doof Hyun Min seems to have finally gotten a clue about the bigger threat out there. Let’s hope episodes 17 and 18 exceed my expectations and start ratcheting back up the tension in time for the finale.