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  1. I feel like there's a level of helpfulness in between the people who only helped four times and DH, and that's the janitor. I think he's as kind of a person as DH is, but just wasn't as knowledgeable to help with her grandma, or bold enough to confront the loan shark. But he's still the place JA goes when she's sick and needs help. Realistically people won't have be able to live up to what DH can do, but being as kind as the janitor is more than enough. I was able to rewatch the last few episodes recently. Strangely I didn't really feel jarred by it - maybe it because I don't really see My Mister as contributing to what happened to LSK. It was a lot different when I watched The Dark Knight for the first time as a kid and was convinced that playing the Joker contributed to Heath Ledger's unstable mental health. But I think it would be really tough to watch much of the first half of this show again, because DH is in such a rough shape there.
  2. It also doesn't take that long for JA to understands him, once she can hear him. When she's thinking of the moments she liked listening to (ep 15), they're all relatively early on (eps 4-6). It's like DH and JA got to know each other over the first six episodes, and everything after is them doing what they have to do for each other, to protect each other, now that they know how precious the other is. Even though I've seen so many actual romance dramas before and after, it's hard to surpass the intensity of the feelings here. It's impressive that JA can see the humanity in DH, because he's in a position where he's so restrained and subdued. He doesn't truly express himself when he's at home or at the bar with his friends. At work he just looks pitiful, he gets bullied by his superior for not wanting to cut corners. Like it must be so boring to see everything about a human being in each moment, and yet that's all she needs to fall for him.
  3. Maybe this is a sacrilegious thing to say considering how well people reacted to Parasite, but I thought My Mister used LSK's talent in a way that no drama or movie I've seen with him came even remotely close to doing. That sense of humanity - when LJA says that by listening to him, she felt what it must be to really be human - I can't think of anyone else who could've pulled that off. I feel like there are other actors in the K-drama world that often play these hyper-confident, very charismatic characters all the time. I wish there'd be more writers like Park Hae Young to use their talent to create more meaningful characters, to portray men who are a bit more relatable and interesting, and move us all the more because of that. Her characters are the only ones where I truly feel (regardless of gender), that part of me is on the screen.
  4. Yeah, I liked it a lot! I especially enjoyed all the scenes at the police station, it felt realistic (or at least as realistic as a timeloop could be). I found an aerial video of the ending scene being shot on Twitter, looks pretty similar to the original. One thing I realized recently is that when JA hears DH's voice in the restaurant and just starts gravitating towards him, it's a bit similar to when he sees her across the street when he's driving with his younger brother and just keeps gazing at her. Like there's the same sense of nobody else being there other than each other - her face, and his voice. And in those moments, they just want to follow each other.
  5. I wish they waited a bit closer to the show started, now I feel a sense of anticipation. Seeing her look different makes me wonder if it'll be an ending with more of a sense of longing. I saw a movie (Go Brother) with the actress that was pretty good, so I'm optimistic about this acting-wise.
  6. I've had this same problem with comparisons, but I feel like that happens when other dramas have a similar subject or theme but either lack the same emotional depth, they feel contrived in some of the decisions that characters make, or have scenes that seem a bit purposeless. Especially death or funeral scenes where you wonder if someone really had to die, especially if it's all forgotten about like 20 minutes later. The review that you linked was really interesting. I liked this section a lot: Even though JA and DH both seem to realize very quickly (pre-wiretap) that they are similar, there's an initial reluctance to get closer. JA reacts so negatively when DH first starts talking about her, his pity for her to others. Being that vulnerable makes it easy for others to look down on you. But his actual feelings about his life (feeling that he has nothing, that he's being punished) weren't things JA learns through the wiretap, but come directly from him. The wiretap makes every action of his known to her, but his thoughts and feelings he has to share on his own. Maybe what the similarity allows is that DH and JA can see each other and be evaluated by each other without the negative emotions they each have for themselves. Deep down, both of them want someone that can comfort them. I love the way this reviewer thinks about what it means for relationships to be fascinating and precious - that it isn't just the grandma admiring/approving of JA and DH, but the way we should live our own lives. In order for a community to last over time, don't there have to be meaningful relationships across ages? If the neighbourhood is like a warm blanket made up of the people inside, it slowly gets frayed when people move elsewhere or pass away. But by forming new bonds, a new row gets stitched onto that blanket, and it perseveres.
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