I’m so in love with tvN Wed-Thurs drama Encounter (Boyfriend) and it’s telling how I really didn’t pay too much attention to the details pre-premiere that I totally missed narrative cues. The first posters for the drama show the leads Song Hye Kyo and Park Bo Gum in Cuba, she’s leaning on his shoulder napping, and solo posters with each in quiet contemplation. Then I saw one where he’s giving her a backhug and just thought it was pretty. It was this week when I saw another poster of her sitting on the ocean front ledge and he’s sitting on the ground in front of her leaning against the ledge that I realized the last two posters show Park Bo Gum with a haircut! It means Jin Hyuk goes back to Havana with Soo Hyun later rather than all the Cuba-shot posters were scenes from their first encounter. I’m so looking forward to their return trip and from the body language it’s full on romantic, squeeeee!
Episode 4 ended so unbelievably romantic for me, can’t tell you how many times I’ve rewatched the ending scene. From the building tension of Soo Hyun getting slut shamed as a political ploy to get her to resign from running Dong Hua Hotel and go back to being married to her ex and being a pawn for her parents and her in-law, to when Jin Hyuk calls her director title and then her name plus title, the entire sequence is perfectly framed. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen the K-drama trope of a public display of affection and this one was so restrained yet the consequences were as weighty as a hammer on Jin Hyuk’s life. He’s never been afraid of being himself and I love that when Soo Hyun needed someone to stand up for her he was the one to do it.