The reason Marry Him If You Dare is a fresher riff on last year’s bevy of time-traveling K-dramas is due to its central premise of choice. You can say my observation is a given since its built into the Korean drama title of Mirae’s Choice, but it really stands out when a quick perusal of all the recent time-traveling dramas show that the traveler was punted into another era not by his or her own free will. The backwards time traveler in Dr. Jin and Faith were both doctors and they ended up affecting the events of the past through their medical skill. The forward time-travelers in Rooftop Prince and Queen In Hyun’s Man were Joseon royalty and nobleman, sent forward by a mysterious force and experiencing the modern world. Operation Proposal is the closest time-traveling K-drama to MHIYD, but it had a Groundhog Day repetitiveness to it. Here future Mi Rae has said that a person can only time-travel once in their life time, and this is her only shot. The drama has thus far kept the hows of the time-traveling under wraps, other than it involves an old-fashioned elevator and a bat tunnel exit. But future Mi Rae has given two clues to the costs of her travel – it’s a one time deal and she’s sacrificing her life for it since she ages one month for every day spent in the past. Future Mi Rae also glosses over the fact that she’s violated the rules, which I assume to be the tenets of time-travel. It could be the usual stuff like “don’t interact with your past self” and “don’t interfere with the past”. I feel like she might as well just up and tell Mi Rae the whole truth rather than trying to get Mi Rae together with Se Joo but not explaining why other than a vague reference to a guy with a bad fate that causes the death of her loved one. If she already violated the rules, wouldn’t it be easiest to lay everything out before Mi Rae and if future Mi Rae has good reason for meddling then present Mi Rae ought to also buy into it. If Shin really did something horrible in the future, knowing exactly what he did likely guarantees Mi Rae will stay far away from him. KBS released new stills that show the original accident on Sung San Bridge between Mi Rae and Shin. It’s almost identical to the shot of Yoo Kyung bleeding from the head after being rear ended by Shin, but this time it’s Mi Rae sporting the head injury. I hope the drama will continue to show us how things would have unfolded in the original time line, not just the romance between Shin and Mi Rae but also the romance between Se Joo and Yoo Kyung. Two parallel time lines would be very compelling and allow us to decide which coupling should be the end game.