Episode 5 continues to ramp up the speed and silliness in Bride of the Century, and with it I keep getting more and more entertained. Who knew crazy could be so much fun? This is a drama where I love all the delightful scheming machinations as much as I watch for the romance. It’s really hard to write antagonists and villains in such broad bitchy strokes and have it work. Usually such baddies are just exhausting to watch because they keep getting away with their evil plots while the good guys suffer, and we need to wait until the drama is all over before the just desserts are dished out. Here that is totally not the case. We have two evil mothers, Kang Joo’s mom who wants a first bride sacrifice so her son can marry Roo Mi for real as his second bride, and Yi Kyung’s mother President Ma who both covets the Taeyang Group daughter-in-law role for her Yi Kyung but also wants to punish Kang Joo’s mom for daring to make her Yi Kyung into a sacrifice. It’s two moms who are protecting and fighting for what they believe is the best for their respective kid, but completely at odds with each other. I love it! Two equal and opposing forces make it so they are plotting against each other and not against Kang Joo or Doo Rim, leaving my darling OTP to mostly keep on falling in love unexpectedly.
I also love that the ghost and fortune teller know the back story even if we don’t, and the ghost is clearly on Doo Rim’s side. Doo Rim is in good hands and I’m not worried about either of the scheming moms doing something to really harm her. Roo Mi is like a younger and less patient version of Kang Joo’s mom, and what makes her laughable is that she can’t even hide what she’s doing. Everyone knows she’s been trying to back stab and undermine Doo Rim, and even Kang Joo’s mom has to tell her to back off. Hilariously, she’s only making it harder for Kang Joo’s mom to usher in the sacrificial first marriage and thereby pave the way for Roo Mi to get Kang Joo for good. Yi Kyung’s role is much bigger than I thought and she’s really grating on me with her cackling about making Kang Joo’s mom pay. Whatever, her and her mom are no better. In this nest of horrible representatives of the female gender, we have Doo Rim with her zest for life, hard working attitude, and capacity for huge amounts of empathy. Kang Joo did his usual jumping to conclusions thing and assuming people around him are all betrayers and untrustworthy, but I’m glad he quickly realized he was wrong and I hope he continues to grow around Doo Rim. Continue reading