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  1. Hi @gongi, I get where you’re coming from, and I think your understanding of “Carpe Diem” applies more to Ryu Soo Yeon. When she dances, she does so with all her heart, without paying attention to how others may view her. When she carries out a mission, she risks her life in hope of liberating Korea. When she uncovers a literature gem, she pops a champagne and celebrates with everyone at the bar. She was a walking example of how to live a life to the fullest. However, I’m not so sure about the other patrons at the jazz bar. Firstly, I don’t know for sure what they do in the day. Secondly, they appear to be drinking and dancing every night while Korea remains under the Japanese rule. It feels to me that being in the bar helped them to escape reality. It also reminds me of that saying, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.” There is a sense of abandonment and nonchalance regarding what tomorrow may hold. I’d be disappointed if Taemin suddenly appears in the 30s because it’s way too convenient to have make a character the super villain in a story, where every bad occurrence rises and falls with him. With his baddie character being set up so early in the drama, I hope it means he will have a chance to repent and atone for his wrongdoings in later episodes. Btw, I think it’s worth paying attention to who YJO and Soo Yeon is referring to as “our head”. My guess is that’s the man who ordered her to shoot YJO/Hwiyoung.
  2. Carpe Diem Just a little something I shared on SikSeekLand earlier... I think it's interesting that the swing jazz bar was named "Carpe Diem", which means to seize the day. It was first used by Horace in this phrase: Dum loquimur, fugerit invida Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero which translates as: While we're talking, envious time is fleeing: pluck the day, put no trust in the future The idea of seizing the day and putting no trust in the future runs contradictory to the mindset of revolutionaries who suffer today in hope of a better future. With such a name, the jazz bar served as a perfect guise for revolutionaries who believed otherwise. But at the same time, it reflected an internal struggle for these youths living in the prime of their lives. Should we forget about press submission deadlines and just dance the night away? Should we forget about political ideals and betray the country for monetary comfort? With this in mind, it then becomes worth noting that YJO was the owner of the jazz bar. He was also the one who told SHY what it meant. After watching ep 6, it seems logical to think that maybe YJO was the traitor. If he was shot and killed from behind, then he wouldn't know who killed him, why and how. Also, he was sitting in front of the typewriter, so it explained why his soul was trapped in it. Right now, I think all options are open; any one of the OT3 could've been a traitor, or maybe none of them were.
  3. The Persistence of Memory Furbabe from SikSeekLand shared an interesting write-up on Salvador Dali’s melting clock. Here’s my own interpretation of the artwork’s relevance to the drama. In this famous 1931 painting, we see pocket watches melting away under the sun in a desolate and barren landscape. The orange clock at the bottom left is covered with ants, which symbolise decay. This impermanent nature of time and life seems to contradict the artwork’s title, “The Persistence of Memory”. How can memory withstand the test of time and - in Chicago Typewriter’s context - reincarnation? For this, I’d like to suggest that while memories may appear to have faded from our consciousness, they are merely being transferred to a backup hard disk called the unconscious mind. Salvador Dali was heavily influenced by surrealism, and notably Sigmund Freud’s writings on psychology. According to Freud, the unconscious mind stores all of our forgotten or repressed memories and past experiences, which influence and form our behaviours, habits and beliefs. In the same way, even though Se Joo and Seol have reincarnated, the memories of their past lives remain in their unconscious and continue to affect their thoughts, feelings and actions in their present lives. Surrealists like Dali are fascinated with dreams because they provide clues on how the unconscious mind works. Freud described dreams as “the royal road to the unconscious” as it is in dreams that the ego's defenses are lowered so that repressed memories may surface. In order to tap into his unconscious, Salvador Dali self-induced hallucinations in a process he called the paranoiac-critical method. In Provenance is Everything, Bernard Ewell described how Dali worked: “Sitting in the warm sun after a full lunch and feeling somewhat somnolent, Dali would place a metal mixing bowl in his lap and hold a large spoon loosely in his hands which he folded over his chest. As he fell asleep and relaxed, the spoon would fall from his grasp into the bowl and wake him up. He would reset the arrangement continuously and thus float along - not quite asleep and not quite awake - while his imagination would churn out the images that we find so fascinating, evocative, and inexplicable when they appear in his work.” Dali floats in and out of sleep to conjure dream imagery from his unconscious. In the same way, Se Joo’s dreams and hallucinations tap into his unconscious, take him back to 1930 and unlock the secrets of his past life. Note: There is a slight difference between the terms “subconscious” and “unconscious”. The subconscious, which Freud referred to as the preconscious, refers to the part of our minds that store memories which may be retrieved by choice at any time. Memories in the unconscious mind, however, cannot be retrieved by choice. Parallels between 1930 and 2017 Maybe it’s fate. Or maybe it’s the unconscious mind at work. But for some reason, we often see history repeating itself in 2017... Hwi Young crashed his bike; Se Joo crashed his car. Hwi Young broke his arm and Soo Yeon became his typist; Se Joo broke his arm and Seol became his typist. Twice, they dropped the pocket watch when running for their lives. It was a keepsake from Hwi Young’s dad, then it became a keepsake from Seol’s dad. Lastly, Soo Yeon wanted to save her country but had to kill people; Seol wanted to save animals but ended up killing more. Sejoo: By any chance, did you just get a strange feeling too? Seol: Wait, you too? Sejoo: It felt as if time and space were collapsing. Not only did the past and present overlap, the present also served as a continuation of the past. The pocket watch stopped moving, presumably when Hwi Young died, and continued to tick when it reunited with Se Joo. This implied that the unfinished business of 1930 will need to be resolved in 2017. In 1930, Hwi Young was a romance writer. But in 2017, Se Joo “abhors dating” and only writes thriller novels. It suggests that he was betrayed by his loved one. In 1930, Soo Yeon was a gunman. But in 2017, Seol couldn’t hold a gun without thinking that she had killed someone before. Could it be that the person she killed was Hwi Young? Sejoo: The garden looks too dreary. Should we raise a deer? Besides Eugene O’Neill, the other portraits in Se Joo’s room are of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce, all of whom were influential writers in the 1930s. So it got me wondering if the deer head trophy hanging on the wall represents Hwi Young, suggesting that he had been hunted down. If Soo Yeon were the hunter, then it would explain why she unconsciously aspired to become a vet in her next life. And the “animal” she saved, was none other than Se Joo.
  4. I'm enjoying the two episodes so far, and I think this drama deserves much more love! Here are some of my thoughts and findings thus far. The ghost of a ghostwriter I belong to the clan that believes Yoo Jin Oh is a ghost from 1930s because in Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger, he wrote, “Once is an accident. Twice is a coincidence. Three times is an enemy action.” 1. His fashion and hairstyle remained the same since 1930s 2. As @kentangbakar mentioned, he has only one name - Yoo Jin Oh - whereas Han Se Joo was called Seo Hwi Young and Jeon Seol was Yoo Soo Yeon in their past lives. Having the same last name also implied that Yoo Jin Oh and Yoo Soo Yeon were probably blood-related. 3. YJO was called “유령작가”, which means ghostwriter. Just like the English equivalent, the Korean term is made up of two words: “유령” (yulyeong/幽靈/ghost) and “작가” (jagga/作家/author). Hence, 유령작가 could be a word pun to suggest that the ghostwriter in question is also in fact a real ghost. 유즈들은 유령이라서 때론 초대받지 않은 곳에 나타나곤 한다 – 스티븐 킹 The muses are ghosts, and sometimes they come uninvited. – Stephen King The various meanings of “Chicago Typewriter” Jin Soo Wan writer-nim seems to love using puns. There are two meanings to “Chicago Typewriter” as explained in the drama. 1. A typewriter from Chicago The obvious explanation is that this typewriter was found in a cafe in Chicago. The cafe owner said it was handcrafted in Gyeongsang, but historically, that is highly unlikely. Because the Hangul typewriter was actually invented in Chicago. The oldest Hangul typewriter was invented by Song Ki Joo in 1926 when he was studying at the University of Chicago. In 1933, he entered an agreement with The Underwood Typewriter Company in New York to manufacture this 4-set typewriter. It is now being displayed at the National Hangeul Museum. 2. Thompson submachine gun Soo Yeon: Do you know what this gun’s nickname is? Hwi Young: I don’t know. What is it? Soo Yeon: Because its gunshot is similar to a typewriter sound, it got the nickname “Chicago Typewriter”. The Thompson submachine gun was popular among Chicago gangsters and police alike in the Prohibition era (1920-30s). It became widely used later on by the Allied troops during WWII (1939-1945). In the opening sequence, the typewriter is likened to a machine gun that uses the Korean alphabet as bullets. It is especially poignant in the context of Korea under the Japanese rule. Leftist writers who believed literature should serve the cause of class liberation founded the Korean Artists Proletarian Federation (KAPF), which was eventually forced out of existence by the Japanese in 1935. Soo Yeon: A pen is stronger than a knife. A typewriter is stronger than a gun. Hwi Young: So? Soo Yeon: You should write something good. Don’t write to gain fame and women. Write something magnificent. The power of the written word was demonstrated by the stalker fan who built a gun and murdered his coworkers after reading SJ’s novel. In the same way, SJ’s life as a writer was killed by the stalker’s suicide letter, which led him to contemplate suicide. A murder novel begot a murder, a suicide letter begot a suicide – such is the power of the written word. Stalker fan: Because of you, my life came to an end. Your novel and your writing have gotten me killed already… You should feel the same. Why don’t you taste death with my writing? Something interesting to ponder about: Soo Yeon herself said that the typewriter is stronger than a gun. But later, she would need to decide whether to shoot a writer with a gun. How ironic is that? My gut feeling tells me she won’t shoot. Also interesting is the repeated reference to Stephen King’s Misery in ep 2. Wiki summarises the novel’s plot as such: The novel focuses on Paul Sheldon, a writer famous for Victorian-era romance novels involving the character of Misery Chastain. One day he is rescued from a car crash by crazed fan Annie Wilkes, who transports him to her house and, once finding out what he has done to Misery in his latest book, forces him to write a new book modifying the story – no matter what it takes... Seol: I can’t believe I’m reading your rough draft. I’m so thrilled. Se Joo: Don’t say things like that. It creeps me out because it reminds me of “Misery”. Seol: Oh right. There’s this line in “Misery”. “The only people who can read my manuscripts are my editor, my legal representative, and the one who saved my life.”
  5. Every fantasy world is governed by its own set of rules, and the same goes for Goblin. KES spent 6 years doing research to construct this world, but it’s up to us if we want to respect it. That said, we live in a free world... whatever floats your boat, especially if it helps you sleep better at night. Fate vs Choice These two concepts have been repeatedly discussed in the drama. The popular opinion is fate and choice are polar opposites that cannot co-exist, because fate is a predetermined ending that has been unilaterally decided by the forces above. Choice, on the other hand, is a conscious decision to escape fate by carving out your own destiny. This is a perfectly valid worldview, but unfortunately, it is in conflict with Goblin’s world. As a missing soul, ET’s fate was to die. And she chose to die in order to save the children. As a goblin, KS’ fate was to pull out his sword. And he chose to pull out his sword to destroy purple lips. Both ET and KS made conscious decisions, but their choices did not enable either of them to escape their fates. Quite the contrary, their choices sealed their fates. Now, this is where we need the highly-esteemed proverbial open mind to put aside our personal beliefs - whatever they may be - and consider the writer’s POV. I’m not a Buddhist myself, and have only started reading up on this after watching Goblin, only because the recurring themes of karma, suffering and rebirth are fundamental Buddhist concepts that need to be explored in the right context and with a proper understanding. The almighty doesn’t decide your fate A butterfly once said, “I was always listening. You were pleading for death, so I gave you a chance. But… why are you still alive? I never erased your memory. You chose to have your memory erased and yet, you think it’s the almighty’s plan or mistake? The almighty simply questions. Fate is the question I throw. You... can find the answer.” In Goblin’s world, the almighty doesn’t decide our fates. He merely throws questions, and the onus is on us to find the answers. The answers reflect our choices, and these choices in turn will determine our fates. Again, this brings us back to the concept of Karma which I’ve previously mentioned. Based on Karmic laws, we are the result of what we were and we will be the result of what we are. For example, consider the making of a goblin. Samshin granny: When a powerful desire indwells in things touched by mortal souls, they become goblins. A blade smeared with blood from countless battles was enchanted with a powerful desire bedewed with its master’s blood. The king ordered KS to send news of his death and never return to the palace, but KS chose to win the war and return triumphantly. Although he knew he would never reach the king, he chose to continue walking. Even after his death, KS chose to hold a grudge against the heavens and refused to moved on to afterlife as his dead body laid out here on the open field over the years. Hence essentially, it was his own desires that turned himself into a goblin - a powerful desire to protect the king and get rid of purple lips. Sunny: You should’ve seen how stubborn he was in Goryeo. Why did he come back knowing that he’d die? He should’ve run away and lived. Next, consider how and why KS returned as an immortal goblin. Samshin granny: Only the bride of the goblin will be able to draw the blade and once drawn, everything will turn to ashes and peace will be granted. After the sword had been pulled out, Goblin was supposed to return to dust and rest in peace forever - this rule of the game had been repeated over and over again since the beginning. He was not allowed to re-enter the reincarnation cycle and become human again. Humans have four lives, but the goblin has only one. When KS refused to move on to afterlife, it was by the butterfly god’s grace that he left the door of desperation open. Again, all the deity did was to leave the door ajar. He didn’t shove KS through the door, neither did he force ET to summon him according to the contract. Whether or not KS could return depended on their own choices. KS chose to wait in limbo, while ET chose to make a wish and blow out a candle on the day of the first snowfall out of a desperation to find the cause of her inexplicable sadness. Life is a series of multiple choice questions The young boy from 1968 had planned on running away from home after trying to slit his wrist. After he turned his life around by becoming a lawyer and helping many unfortunate people, he met KS again and solved a very important math question on life. KS: I told you that the answer to number 17 was four. But you still wrote two. Boy: No matter how many times I tried, I got two. Even if I knew the right answer, I kept getting two. So I couldn’t put down the right answer. I couldn’t solve the question. KS: No. You solved it very well. Your choice is the only answer in your life. Boy: So that’s what it meant. Deities being deities, they can foresee your fate because they know the choices you'd make, and where those choices would lead you to. The future which KS foresaw in the thousands of people to whom he handed out 6” subs, was a future based on their choices if no divine intervention were made. By intervening in their lives with an enlightening word, KS changed their mindsets, which in turn affected their choices and eventually changed their fates. This is the inextricable cause-and-effect relationship between choice and fate. Even the tea of oblivion, which shouldn't be served as an optional menu, was offered as a choice to those who are heading for reincarnation. There's nothing passive about KES’ concept of fate, because it is based on karmic laws. Instead, it sends across a very empowering message: our fate is determined by our own choices in life. KS: Most people just stay in that moment of miracle and ask for one more. They say that they know that I’m there. It’s as if I owe them miracles. But you changed your life. That’s why I’ve always been rooting for you.
  6. I didn’t plan to write this because I think KES had explained everything very clearly in the final episodes. But every time I pop by this thread, I’d see soompiers expressing their disappointment and unhappiness with ShinTak's ending. So here are my thoughts, in hope that more people would come to appreciate the ending as I believe KES had intended. There’s no point in comparing the two couples’ fates to see who got the longer end of the stick. Because they are individuals who have chosen to make different life choices and as a result, they all have to face their own fates. And as my friend @kentangbakar put it, deities are like parents who show their affection in different ways, but love their children all the same. The inevitable truck of doom ET was supposed to be killed by a truck when she was 19. Later, the truck appeared again when she was 29. Even if she had chosen to avoid it, the proverbial truck of doom would come for her again when she turns 39, 49, 59, so on and so forth. There was no way she could escape her fate as a missing soul. If she had been killed when she was 19, her life would have been futile. But at 29, ET accomplished everything she had set her mind on. She made KS pretty again, she realised her dream of becoming a radio PD, and she even married KS to officially become the goblin’s first and last bride. She lived a life without regrets. ET: Now that I think about it, it was such a perfect day. When I woke up, I was in his arms. Then I made perfect eggs. The show today was perfect, too. Everything went perfectly to bring me to this moment. So that I won’t be late. I couldn’t be late, not even for a second. This was my fate. ET: Every human dies at some point. That’s why life is even more beautiful. That’s why the first thought I had once I got my memory back was to live each day as if it were my last. If today is my last day, this will be my final memory of the person I love. So I’d better live hard and love. That’s what I told myself. God creates miracles, humans make sacrifices Instead of lamenting over how short her life had been, I believe ET considered all 29 years of her life as a blessing. After all, she was never meant to be born in the first place. Since she was saved by a miracle, it became extra meaningful that she sacrificed herself to pass on the gift of life to other children. Lady 1: The car must have taken all the shock. My goodness. Lady 2: She must’ve been an angel. I believe that she’s not an ordinary person. Had it not been for her, a lot more people would have died. At this juncture, I don’t think the writer’s intention was to turn ET into an angel literally. Rather, the point is, we become just like angels and deities when we choose to make sacrifices for others. These sacrifices may come in various shapes and sizes - even in the form of a sandwich. For centuries, KS had given away thousands of sandwiches to strangers. But this was probably his first time receiving one from a stranger. KS: Every life is touched by a deity at least once. Just when you’re drifting away from the world, if someone nudged you back in the right direction, that would be when the deity chose to visit you. The children’s lives were changed because of a missing soul’s sacrifice. The shining guardian was encouraged by a sandwich from a jobless man. Round and round, what goes around, comes around. We sow what we reap - that’s the law of Karma, a fundamental concept in Buddhism. Every human has four lives ET: Have you heard this? Humans have four lives: a life of planting seeds, a life of watering the seeds, a life of harvesting and a life of cherishing the harvests. ET’s altruistic sacrifice was not pointless because according to Karmic laws, we will reap what we sow, somewhere and sometime in this life or in a future birth. Since it was her first life, by sacrificing herself to save the children, she was planting seeds of good karma, which she would eventually harvest and enjoy in the future. ET: In our next life, I will make sure to be born with a long life and stay by your side for a long while. I will beg the divinity to let me do just that. As we become emotionally invested in a drama, it’s understandable that we wish for the best ending possible for our favourite characters. But it would be unfortunate if we overlook these precious lessons on life in pursuit of a fairy-tale ending.
  7. Here’s my take on the boy who always got bullied at the alley behind Sunny’s restaurant. Clue 1: The boy is poor. Boy: Give it back! Bully: Where did you get these cookies? Did you steal them? Boy: I did not! My grandma bought them for me! Bully: Did she beg for them? Boy: Don’t say that about my grandma! Wind bomb! Thus, I don’t think his grandma is the triplet granny, because she looked like the most affluent one among the three in the photo. However, there is another granny we know who looks poor. She may not look like one now, but children still see her as a granny. Also, the boy always carried the same red backpack. Clue 2: The boy’s mom ran away. Bully: Hey, are you homeless? You don’t even have a dollar on you? Boy: You don’t have it either! Bully: That’s why you should go get it. Then we’d have it. Boy: Don’t hit me! Wind bomb! Bully: He’s crazy. Did you hear what he said? Your mom ran away because you watch too many cartoons. Some said the boy is the same boy whom Samshin healed in the hospital. They look different to me, so I’m not too sure about that. Samshin: You suffered too much. Your mom is worried about you. Good boy. But if the mom were worried about the sick boy, why would she run away? Also, I’m not sure how this side story – even if Samshin were indeed his granny – would play a role in the grand scheme of things. Btw, just to avoid any misunderstanding, @lkgy99 and @nearsea, that's not Park Bo Gum's acct. He doesn't have an ig acct. There are a few fanmade photos of him with the sword, which I'd share in the spoiler below:
  8. The Colour Theory – Part 3 I’m happy to report that this theory is still alive, and here’s an update based on recent developments. ET → Red; KS → Blue Something extraordinary happens when a blue element meets a red element. Sunny → Yellow; WY → Black Sunny represents the sun, while WY represents darkness. Fate → Green Besides the colours of our four main leads, there is a fifth colour at work in this drama. It represents fate/destiny. “The almighty simply questions. Fate is the question I throw. You can find the answer.” Goblin and His Sword Yes, KS’ powers manifest in blue flames. But when butterfly god resurrected him and turned the sword into a supernatural object, it clearly glowed with green flames. It was then that his fate was sealed – find your bride and remove the sword. ET and Her Fate as Goblin’s Bride In her path towards becoming the goblin’s bride, there were a few green objects, each representing a crucial turning point in her life. Cabbage → Escaping death: Samshin granny gave ET a cabbage after fending off GR. Spinach → Leaving her aunt’s house: Samshin granny gave ET spinach which caused harm to her cousins. The next day, ET found a job at Sunny’s restaurant and left her aunt’s house. Birthday cake → Meeting goblin: ET first summoned goblin after blowing out the candles on this green cake. Sunny and Her Jade Ring The jade ring contained all of Kim Sun’s resentment, sins and longings. And it even has a tiny yellow dot on it, as it to scream, “I belong to Kim Sun/Sunny.” Wang Yeo and PJW The only green thing that persistently lingered around WY/GR is Park Joong Won. He was the one who planted the seeds of insecurity, jealousy and distrust in WY’s heart, watered those seeds with his deceitful words. Even after 900 years, his evil soul refused to rest. The End of a Chapter In many ways, ep 13 felt like the end of a chapter, especially when we consider these green objects that represented their fate/destiny. Goblin’s sword has been pulled out. ET has fulfilled her mission as the goblin’s bride by pulling out the sword. Sunny returned the ring to GR. WY summoned purple lips' soul and goblin killed it with his sword. It was tragic to see goblin dissolve into ashes and scattered in the wind, and for Sunny to officially break up with GR. But I think these were necessary in order to conclude whatever happened in Goryeo and move on to the 21st century. Sunny: I keep getting confused. Whether the person who felt the pain of heart getting torn apart was me or me in the past. For the ending to be truly a happy one, they shouldn’t dwell on the past anymore. All four of them have to live in the present and look forward to the future. Sunny: I’m Sunny. My life is the current one… Don’t worry about me. In this life, I will really be happy, Brother.
  9. Character analysis of Wang Yeo and Kim Sun Both Wang Yeo and Kim Sun underwent a factory reset when they drank the tea and lost their memories. However, their souls never changed. Hence, it was only natural that they displayed the same personality traits even after they became GR and Sunny respectively. Kim Sun / Sunny Always waiting Kim Sun: By the way, why doesn’t he visit me for a long time? He makes a woman get ill. The queen was always waiting for the king to visit her. In the same way, Sunny was always waiting for GR to call her. She may be expressive and straightforward about her feelings, but she always waited for GR to take the lead. Sunny: I’ve been waiting for someone my entire life. ET: A customer? Sunny: No. My love. Wang Yeo / Grim Reaper Gullible and impressionable Raised under PJW’s control, WY became a puppet king who was manipulated by his deceitful lies and obeyed his every word. After 900 years, GR still remained gullible and impressionable, except that he now sought counsel from ET. When he adopted the name ‘Kim Woo Bin’, awkwardly tried to keep Sunny away from the road, and solved math questions with a pencil, we swooned over how adorable and genuine he was. But we forgot that it was precisely this natural tendency to take advice without much thought that made him a weak and vulnerable king. Another thing… Sunny didn’t lose any of her memories in ep 12. Firstly, whenever GR erased someone’s memory or used mind control on him, his face will go blank. But Sunny continued crying uncontrollably. If all her unhappy memories had been erased, why was she still crying? GR: Leave only the shining, happy memories and forget all the sad and hard moments. Whether they were in your past life or present… And forget about me. I hope that you at least have a happy ending. Secondly, Sunny’s conversations with KS suggested that she remembered everything. She remembered she had been unhappy in her past life. Also, she avoided KS’ question and didn’t ask who the grim reaper in question was. Sunny: I promised to become happy but I couldn’t keep it. I’m sorry. KS: Is the grim reaper in your previous life? Have you seen him? Sunny: Excuse me. What do you think you’re doing in my restaurant? Do you think I’m really Kim Sun because I remember my past life? KS: Is that man really Yeo? Sunny: I have to go home. KS: I asked you a question. Even in this life, you are protecting that fool.
  10. The Colour Theory – Part 2 In my previous post, I talked about KS and ET. Now, let’s take a look at our second OTP. Analyzing Kim Sun and Wang Yeo was more difficult because they have much less screen time and we do not know the full picture yet. Let me know what you think! Wang Yeo/Grim Reaper → Black The young king was always seen wearing black. Even after he became grim reaper, he always wore black too. When he is upset, darkness falls and he sucks out the heat around him. Kim Sun/Sunny → Yellow The young queen was always seen wearing a pastel yellow hanbok with gold embroidery. As her name suggests, I believe she represents the sun. Sunny: The fortune-teller said I had to have this name. But I prefer Sunny. I think I shine brighter when I’m Sunny. Wang Yeo: The Sun Shrouded in Darkness “They say there are two suns in one sky.” The sun symbolizes the king, and Wang Yeo was born to be the sun. When he was still a child, he wore gold. But once he became the king, he started wearing black. The next time we see him wearing gold again, Kim Sun was already dead. Kim Sun: Please do not cover the eyes of His Majesty. Park Joong Won: Was I the one that covered his eyes? Or did His Majesty choose to close his eyes? WY was supposed to be the sun of Goryeo but he was manipulated by Park Joong Won’s deceitful words and became shrouded in darkness. After the queen’s death, we see him wearing golden robes again. That suggests he realized his mistake and lived in regret and remorse. But it was too late, the love of his life is already no more. Kim Sun: The Sunrise After 900 Years As @selenette explained in her excellent post on Hanja names, 黎 (Yeo) means ‘black’. Since the queen’s death 900 years ago, WY lived in darkness, waiting for the sun to rise again (黎明). It finally happened on that fateful day, when Samshin used a mirror to reflect sunlight onto his face, forming a miniature sun on his countenance. WY was blinded by the light and the next thing he knew, Sunny has re-entered his life.
  11. Hi everyone, I’m delurking to post this: The Colour Theory – Part 1. It started as a running joke from R88, until everything started falling into place with the revelation of DH’s real identity. In summary, Kim Shin is Blue; Eun Tak is Red; Kim Sun is Yellow; Wang Yeo is Black. According to knetz, DH is the Wolha Elderly (월하노인/wol-ha-no-in/月下老人), who uses a red thread to unite couples. After DH helped KS to investigate ET’s family background, the gold bars appeared on top of this book in ET’s drawer. Also, when DH (god of marriage) and Samshin (goddess of childbirth) met on the bridge, they wore blue and red, representing the blue and red threads used in traditional Korean weddings (청실홍실/chung-sil-hong-sil). This answered a question that bugged me since the beginning: If ET’s purpose of existence is to pull out the sword – and not to marry the goblin – why is she called the goblin’s bride? I think the answer is simple: Right from the start, they were meant to marry and live happily ever after. Kim Shin → Blue It was the butterfly god/DH/wolhanoin who turned KS into a goblin. KS’ power and pain is manifested in blue flames. Also, when he is upset, it rains. Eun Tak → Red From her iconic red scarf to the book she passed to KS, ET has a strong affinity with the colour red. Since she was meant to die before she was born, I believe ET inherited the colour red because she was blessed by the original red lady – Samshin. Now, this is where the mindf—k begins. Kim Shin (Team Blue) vs Eun Tak (Team Red) More under spoiler: What do you guys think? This post has gotten way too long so I’ll share my observations for Wang Yeo and Kim Sun in a separate post.
  12. Three things concerning MJ: 1. I've waited weeks to say this: Ha! I told you so: MJ and JS did NOT sleep together! 2. There's a very simple reason why MJ did not change her door's passcode: She has been using the same passcode for at least a decade - even before JS and SA got married and HE was born. JS means nothing to her now, so why should she change her passcode because of him? 3. I'm in #TeamJaeAh but I have this nagging feeling MJ might end up with Kevin. She described Kevin as 'a nice guy', the same phrase she used when describing her crush to JA.
  13. Did they or did they not? It’s natural to assume MJ and JS did sleep together that night in Sydney. After all, everyone in the drama thought the same way too. Joo Hyun saw MJ enter JS’ hotel room – they must have an affair. Eun Joo saw MJ leave JS’ room the next morning – they must have slept together. MJ let JS into her house, cooked for him and texted him – MJ must still have feelings for JS. We were led into thinking that they are having an affair. And it’s interesting that we have different opinions on this @bebebisous33 because it’s precisely what the writer hoped for. Would you believe if we just talked? SA: Did nothing happen in the hotel room? MJ: If I say… we just talked… MJ herself knows how ludicrous the situation seemed. A man and a woman stayed together all night in a hotel room. How is it possible that nothing happened? Nobody believed MJ, no matter how many times she claimed innocence. But what if they really just talked? It’s all about Soo Ah, Soo Ah, Soo Ah… MJ: Did you comfort SA after she quit? JS: Why would I comfort someone who can just sit around? MJ: Do you want to grab a drink? JS: I’m too tired. MJ: You only call me when you need me. You jerk. Park Jin Seok. I was an idiot for thinking that we could be friends. For MJ, friendship is everything. She’s fiercely loyal to SA, and has fended off young air-stewardesses from ruining her marriage with JS. Even the first text she sent JS after coming back from Sydney was about SA. You picked on the wrong person MJ: Did you tell your sister? JA: I told her and showed her your texts. MJ: Are you insane? How could you tell her? JA: Did you think I’d keep this to myself? What are you trying to do? MJ: I’m holding myself down even with the false charges. You idiot. You had to do this, didn’t you? You… picked on the wrong person. MJ remained calm in front of Jae Ah. She didn’t show guilt for sleeping with her friend’s husband. But when she heard that he had sent those text messages to SA, she flared up. She immediately went over to SA’s house to explain herself. Firstly, it shows how much she cared about their friendship. Secondly, which lover would in her right mind confront the wife like this, if she was indeed guilty of sleeping with her husband? It’s either she is extremely thick-skinned or she really didn’t do anything wrong. MJ: I’m sorry. But I do not feel sorry towards you. Why is everyone on your side? You’re the one having an affair but the crew members are on your side. Maybe men and women can’t be just friends after all? Another telltale sign of MJ’s innocence was the text messages. MJ didn’t bother to delete her text messages with JS, because she thought there was nothing wrong with them. It was after Jae Ah rattled on her that she began deleting JS’ messages. SA and DW also began deleting text messages after their 3-no’s relationship started, when they acknowledged their friendship is risky and they’re treading on thin ice. However, MJ was different when she deleted JS’ text. Firstly, she did not reply JS’ text. Secondly, she didn’t look happy to know SA has left. She was considering her next step – should she remain as friends with JS, or go back to keeping him at arm’s length out of loyalty?
  14. When watching otwtta, I’ve learned not to judge people by their actions. It’s too easy for us to sit behind our computers and point fingers at the characters. It takes more effort to consider their pov, and understand their feelings and why they make certain decisions. The Luxury of a Salary “About that thing you promised… The monthly pay you said you’d wire me. You can’t do that, can you? It’s your severance pay. I hoped I could get even 50 dollars on a monthly basis. It can’t be helped. I’m not destined to enjoy the luxury of a salary.” – the Mother-in-Law SA’s MIL has a salary fetish. She is always nagging at SA for her monthly pay, even when she lives comfortably financially. It’s not the money that she wants, but the feeling of receiving a salary. I believe she is envious of SA. Her life seems incomplete and unfulfilling because she has never gone out to the society to work. “She got angry at you for working, but now, she’s mad that you’re quitting. It’s so hard to be a working mom in Korea.” – Hyo Eun Despite having graduated from university, she has never worked in the corporate world. She was a stay-home mom and dedicated her life to her children, only to have her daughter migrate to New Zealand and to see JS find excuses to not visit her at the hospital. The topic about mothers and the corporate world is a major theme in otwtta. If you watch 1n2d, you may also know that Ewha University used to expel students who got married or pregnant. The ban has since been lifted in 2003. Back in 2013, it was reported that SK was ranked last among OECD countries in employment of female graduates. Also, there are conservative companies that still force female employees into resignation when they get married or pregnant. Being Single and Free “I’m meeting my friends to go to an exhibition for people who live alone. Many people must live alone to justify such events. I’m a single woman, too. I’m really busy.” – the Mother-in-Law Both JS and his mother yearn for freedom. But is that what they really want? 12 years ago, JS cheated on MJ by sleeping with SA in Sydney. SA got pregnant, and he was forced into marriage. It wasn’t what he planned for at all. He had no intention to settle down and start a family. He wasn’t ready to give up his freedom. Since then, he is always looking for a way out. He has tried all means and all ways to send his wife and daughter away. He’s not an irresponsible person though; he does all the necessary planning and arrangements for them to do well. He thinks he knows what he wants – a carefree life, the admiration of young women, an old lover’s companion. But when he finally succeeded in sending his family away, he didn’t seem all happy. He looked lonely. A Home-cooked Meal While his mother has a thing for paychecks, JS has his own opinions on home-cooked food. Somehow, he considers his wife and daughter’s cooking as in-flight meals, and only MJ makes real home-cooked meals. “Is this a home-cooked meal or an in-flight meal?” – Jin Seok JS: What’s the most common in-flight meal in Korea? HE: Bibimbap. JS: (nods) It’s the most boring food on earth. “I don’t need love. You could feed me from time to time. Your food is perfect for my taste.” – Jin Seok “I don’t date old women. I just can’t. I can’t take your excess fat, health issues, depression or blemishes.” – Jin Seok I may be alone here when I say I don’t think MJ and JS slept together that night. Captain Park is not someone with sexual needs. He earned his title as ‘Gentlemen of Sydney’ because he buys drinks for flight attendances and chats with them about work woes. But he is careful not to cross the line. “You can relax. Nothing’s going to happen between us… You’re the only person whom I can stop being pretentious around… Does it make me a criminal to have a conversation with the woman I used to live with?” – Jin Seok JS is a lonely person, so he keeps looking for someone to talk to. But at the same time, he’s too self-centred. He wants a companion, but makes a terrible friend himself. No wonder he has no friends. “You only call me when you need me. You jerk. Park Jin Seok. I was an idiot for thinking that we could be friends.” – Mi Jin
  15. I don’t think anyone has drawn comparisons between Annie and SA. The two of them actually have much in common. Wait, Wait and Wait “You don’t know anything. It’s good to miss something. You just have to wait. You wait and wait and wait. You will meet again. That’s hope.” – Annie Annie and SA were both waiting for something – Annie was waiting for her father and a chance to go home, while SA was waiting to disembark at an airport. “Watching the sunrise is a lucky sign.” – Annie But sadly, Annie was always watching the sunset; she never got to see the sunrise. This made DW’s action of scattering Annie’s ashes over Han River at sunrise seem even more meaningful and poignant. It was finally sunrise, but Annie was no more. On the other hand, SA and DW have had two opportunities to watch the sunrise together. I’ll take that as a positive sign that we’ll get a happy ending. Passing the Baton “After Ms Go gave birth to you, she made hundred of buttons and gave them away. She thanked us for giving her a good son. She believed that being a good person would bring good to you, too.” – Ms Go’s old friend Both SA and Annie received a knotted button from Ms Go. It was her way of hoping they’d bring good to DW. Whatever secret Annie was hiding, she was trying to protect the family from harm. And now that Annie is gone, the responsibility of protecting and supporting DW falls upon SA now. “Shortly before someone dies, they leave something behind for someone they care for. Out of longing. They somehow find a way to leave something they know their loved ones will need… Right before Annie died, she brought us together with her mysterious powers.” – Do Woo Annie’s death brought SA and DW together, but that was not all. Annie also entrusted SA with the jade pearl, which represented her longing and desire to protect her family. Was it coincidence or fate? → Annie was wearing white with denim and a pair of white canvas shoes when she ran away from the airport. → SA was also wearing white with denim and a pair of white canvas shoes when she walked towards her own airport. It was as if Annie had passed the baton on to SA. I could almost hear her say, ‘Please take care of my family, will you?’ And SA assumed the role when she decided to follow her heart and go to DW. The deal was officially sealed the next day, when SA started wearing the knotted bracelet, just like how Annie used to. It meant, ‘Yup, I’m on your side now, DW. I’m yours.’ Fate certainly works in strange ways. I wouldn’t consider SA as Annie’s replacement. Indeed, it adds a sad overtone knowing they met because of Annie’s death. But I would rather think that it was fate that brought the two together. It was as if the universe conspired to bring them together. HW sent Annie overseas, Captain Park found the international school in Malaysia, MJ found the boarding house and SA’s MIL passed her the brochure to the old house. Even if Annie didn’t die, I believe fate would have found another way to bring them together.