must be getting old because I feel tired after watching a few episodes. hahaha... @triplem ~ thanks for the recommendation; am enjoying this drama. feels like its been a real while since I watched a rom-com. however, it doesn't feel like some of the rom-com these days where there is a lack of substance. here, there is a bit of pathos undercurrent to both of them that it humanizes these characters and makes them feel more relatable. so here's some thoughts from watching up to ep 4.. (apologies if these thoughts already expressed)
-- so we have seen tons of candy characters in dramaland. the self-sacrificing overworked girl who is very nice etc. so what makes gal hee feel fresh and different? so part of it is the real disillusionment that nice people don't necessarily win. we start the drama with her mom dying and basically not amounting to anything. she almost says the saying that patience will eventually yield some reward is utter BS. so part of her feels that frustration keenly. even her sister's education is partly her own dream. she is in essence like those parents who live vicariously through their children that it is not even the children's dream. so it is going to be interesting to see how she reacts when she finds out her sister actually is hiding out somewhere in the city. did her sister have different dreams? or did she not want something so expense?
-- like @thistle, normally hate deception dramas. it always feels like a breach of trust is not something that a relationship can come back to. but here, gal hee' initial decision to impersonate veronica park partly stems from that disillusionment and frustration that she feels -- she will never be someone. it was interesting that secretary eul wang said gal hee was happy about stuff that she is actually entitled to -- a lunch hour, not working overtime or on weekends... so immediately gal hee is deflated when she realizes that she was taken advantage of in a sense by min ik and at that moment in the restaurant, she just wants to feel like she matters or is that special someone. so it will be interesting to see how she feels when she realizes that she was always special to min ik (based on the title "I loved you from the beginning")
-- so was wondering why write a side character like a blind brother and then it struck me that it wasn't random. because gal hee is used to living with someone with a disability, she is able to handle min ik's prognosis with a kind of ease. she does not make it a big issue and neither does she minimize it. she helps him when needed but she doesn't overdo it. so his face blindness isn't new in some sense to her because her brother is blind as well. it is also interesting when she tells her sister to wave bye to her mom and tells her that if her brother doesn't see them, then do they not exist? so besides the idea of blindness, we also see glimpses of the idea of sensing a presence and loving someone even if you can't see them. so we have that kind of literal "love is blind" theme in this drama.
-- another character that struggles with identity is dae joo. he wants to quit because he feels like a minion. when he meets veronica park, he asks if his business card isn't enough. she hilariously tells that she will spot value in any man -- card, face or body!! hhahaha... in that sense, she is well suited to be his match as she is someone who sees below the surface and spots value. since she is known for her acumen business sense, she should be able to genuinely recognize dae joo's talent. but is dae joo bad or good. considering it is rom-com and he is the second lead, he can't be bad right?.. veronica is a real hoot by the way.
-- min ik feels fresh in the way he feels vulnerable and so eager to please his family. there is a kind of mild sarcasm but it is not over the top. makes me wonder who the driver reports to. why do I feel like it is the adoptive mom? the uncle seems more human and accepting of min ik than the mom who does drama in front of everyone...
so yea, compared to a typical rom-com, we actually have interesting themes, some good depth and heart. but at the same time, it is controlled and so doesn't veer into melo territory. looks like it will be good. hopefully, stays that way!