I paused writing about SBS time travel drama Alice because while I am still watching the inexplicable flourishes the production insists on adding that adhere to K-drama tropes. I really wish this drama aired on OCN instead, alas it doesn’t so the last few episodes annoyed the heck out of me by throwing in typical rom-com cohabitation tropes between leads Kim Hee Sun and Joo Won when its so inappropriate I can’t even. She’s his mother in his time line and maybe 2020 professor Tae Yi is one of the various incarnations of his mother if she’s from another time line, but she’s still his mother’s doppleganger even then. Thank god Jin Gyeom shows zero feelings that way for her otherwise I would have to burn this drama from my retina. The only good things now are hottie Daddy Min Hyuk trying to solve the mystery of his Tae Yi’s death and pay penance for leaving his woman and baby, Do Yeon being the plucky loyal friend she is despite too little screen time, and of course Jin Gyeom who remains our conduit and emotional connection with this story and still a fantastic comeback performance from Joo Won. Maybe I’ll be less annoyed by next week when Alice comes back after taking this week off from airing due to Chuseok holidays, please give us some concrete answers and cut it with the icky rom-com homages.