This week’s episodes 11-12 of Encounter (Boyfriend) felt like a slow leisurely walk much like the one Jin Hyuk and Soo Hyun went on when he gave her the couple rings. These two are very mellow people and their romance feels like an old marriage couple acting like two fresh-faced kids. It’s not a diss because I adore their sincerity and straightforwardness with each other, but there’s a distinct lack of sizzle. I don’t think they slept together in Havana but honestly they are not the tear clothes off type and more like the read poetry and fall asleep in bed type, lol.
Jin Hyuk is an old soul and Soo Hyun is reviving her closed off nature under his warmth and their relationship is one of watching a flower bloom. It’s delicate and slow in real time, and the ratings for the drama remain steady at 7.513% and 7.632%. These two episodes brought the families to the forefront, from the supportive ones to the scheming enemies but I don’t feel too much a sense of foreboding. Perhaps Jin Hyuk’s strength and commitment have calmed me as much as it has Soo Hyun, I just feel in my gut he’s going to find a way forward for them in the long run, age and wealth/social class differences be damned.