I’m relieved the second episode of Uncontrollably Fond built nicely on the introductory first episode, and got better in all ways narrative, chemistry, and acting. It’s even more of a relief that the ratings stayed exactly the same, with episode 2 also garnering 12.5% AGB nationwide ratings. This drama was so broadly touted and discussed I prefer the viewing base to settle into a slow burn much like the story, this was never built for Descendants of the Sun or You From Another Star buzz, it harkens back to the convoluted and delicious melodramas of yore and I dig that retro-ish mood and style. So far neither of the lead characters played by Kim Woo Bin or Suzy captivate my affection but each remain interesting enough to leave me wanting to know more about their deeply intertwined issues and conflicts. So far so good when it comes to UF, more fond from me than uncontrollably anything yet.
If episode 1 was a narrative appetizer, and a very small portion at that, then episode 2 was a buffet run by a mom who insists on stacking the plate full of things that happened. I am quite enamored of the editing in this drama, the way time jumps and issues unfold quickly with little maudlin sentimentality. Maybe that’s why I’m not weeping tears for Noh Eul or being all that sympathetic to Joon Young, at the same time they feel plausibly flawed and therefore characters that can be fleshed out as the story continues to unfold. High school Joon Young and Eul were nicely sketched out and their backgrounds sad without being milked tears. I can’t wait for them to meet again in college and to see what else could go wrong to bring them to the present where Eul is a shameless mercenary and Joon Young has no one in his life to turn to.