I’m really enjoying the “what the heck happened in the future” mystery inherent in Marry Him If You Dare. The first two episodes have laid down a solid foundation while still leaving many unknowns for a later reveal. What’s marvelous about future Mi Rae’s character is that she’s a ball of emotional and rational contradictions. Contrast that with present Mi Rae’s one track mind when we first meet her, it’s clear that 25 years of marriage to Kim Shin has transformed future Mi Rae into someone focused and quick-thinking. It’s been awhile since I’ve watched a K-drama with a central plot mystery that is actually interesting to me. Big had it with the body swap and relationship between the two male leads, and trying to figure it all out was half the fun. I feel like future Mi Rae is the classic textbook example of the “unreliable narrator”, and her goal is clear but her reasoning will determine whether I support her endeavor to change her own future. I’m not enamored of the directing or writing to the degree that I think it’s exceptional, but there is a liveliness about the drama that masks its flaws and brings forth the enchanting and interesting elements to the forefront. KBS released official drama stills of the wedding of Shin and Mi Rae, and the bride and groom are absolutely perfect together.
From what we know of Shin’s personality, I’m chuckling that he was supposed to fall for Mi Rae because of the original Sung San Bridge accident. The Mi Rae we saw who was content just to be a customer service operator? Really? Shin fell for original Mi Rae, when I think Se Joo wouldn’t have spared her another glance in her usual “I’m okay” incarnation. His interest in her was piqued because of the night skinny dipping with fishes, whereas Shin was supposed to fall for Mi Rae prior to her transformation and instead when he meets post-transformation Mi Rae they get off wholly on the wrong foot. What is it they see in each other that they would fall in love? That’s always the million dollar question in a romance drama, because no romance is believe unless the audience understands and believes a couple can and would fall for each other. Right now I don’t see how Shin and Mi Rae can get over their raging mutual dislike, but that’s half the fun in watching the writer re-write their romance with a completely different narrative. I’m hoping when they do walk down the aisle again in this new timeline, we’ll get Yoon Eun Hye donning another wedding dress with a different hairdo. I think she looks luminous here but I’m greedy and want to see her model another style. Girl looks fantastic all dolled up. As for Lee Dong Gun in a tux? He needs to pay a fine because it’s illegal to be that handsome.