So…I would turn gay for Joon-hee…ok that doesn’t make sense cause I would have to get a sex change first…ok too confusing. Anyway. So many many cute moments and devastating moments!
1. My favorite Joon-hee moments: Joon-hee turning on the CD player which Yoon-jae forgot to turn on in his haste to avoid Shi-won. Yoon-jae whispering in Joon-hee’s ear not to break the yolk. Did you see the look on Joon-hee’s face? There must have been all kind of shivers down his back. He really just rounds up this show.
2. Yoon-jae spilling his guts to Shi-won. A little too angsty but then again Yoon-jae is the epitome of angst. But yah…I want to cry when he cries.
But anyway the discussion. 1997 continues to toy with us. The ring clues and the coffee clues. There are some inconsistencies, I’m sure the earlier episodes neither Yoon-jae or Tae-woong were wearing rings. Unless my video quality was just too low. But I’m sure the PD was just trying to save the clues for the right time.
One thing I did want to mention was why Shi-won turned Yoon-jae down. I really do think she couldn’t face her feelings just yet. She was going to college, moving out of her home, and she was dating Tae-woong. Too many things going on! She’s a simple girl (brain overload you know?). I also don’t think she really got that she was dating Tae-woong. Did you see how she freaked out when he teased her about wanting him? And she was absolutely stiff when he kissed her forehead. I’m pretty sure she broke it off with him…. she better!
However, I don’t like the time jump. Six years is a little too long for me. I think Yoon-jae definitely needed a couple years to learn how to live life for himself since he was all about Shi-won. But isn’t 2-3 years enough for that? Six years most likely means OTHER GIRLS! That’s just wrong! Ok I’m being a drama queen. But anyways, I haven’t thought too much about the whole drama. 1997 can get so deep. But right now I’m just satisfied to be on this whirlwind of excitement. So thankful for 1997! You have make my 2012 so much better.
As the padre likes to say, “The neighborhood is being swept away” — by the tide of my squeals of joy, howls of laughter, and wails of heart-wrenching grief. Who knew that I, the jaded drama watcher, could be so wholly taken with a sweet high school tale? That I, an obsessive ffwder, could marathon 12 episodes without skipping a single second?
Okay, maybe I did skip a couple conversations here and there. And maybe I ain’t as jaded as I pretend to be. But I am pleasantly surprised – no, scratch that. I am maginormuperdeeduperously THRILLED to have found this drama, courtesy of whitecarrot. It has set up house in my quite cluttered heart and has shown me once again why it is I love film and television. Thank you, dearest drama. And Yoon Yoon-jae. Hee!
I’ve thought long and hard about why it is I’m so taken with this drama, and the answer is quite simple: it preys on my every weakness. I have a soft spot for best guy friends – wish I had one myself. I have a weakness for friends-turned-lovers. And I have a penchant for unrequited loves. (Explains why I always ship the OTP that is never to be.) I adore bad boys who are helpless in the face of love. I idolize sweet Oppas. And I unashamedly love family. Answer Me 1997 hits every single one of these sweet spots in the best way possible.
Now as for Episodes 11 & 12: Ack Aack Aaack Aaaack AAAACCCKKKK! I’ve noted again and again – to my dog, who truly enjoys watching dramas with me, really! – that everyone, and I mean everyone is delivering lights-out performances. But these two episodes, especially Episode 12, were hands down created for and existent because of Yoon Yoon-jae aka Seo In-guk. His confession, ripped out of his heart, was filled with all the tortured anguish of a teen on the verge of manhood. In my book, it’s seriously rivaling Yeo Jin-gu’s performance in The Moon that Embraces the Sun, and that boy’s got game.
The writer’s been superb at yanking us back and forth on the Daddy Issue, but at this point I’m 99.9% sure our lovely Yoon-jae is the winner. Shi-won delivered a nasty punch with her “friends” line, but I think she was just flustered and shell-shocked and all-around suuuper cooorrnfused. As for the ring-for-a-present issue, I don’t think she was subtly asking Yoon-jae to give her a ring because she just wasn’t fully aware of his feelings — or hers, for that matter. She doesn’t know what she feels about Yoon-jae, and she only gets the first inkling in Episode 11 that he may not just be the boy next door. As for the rescue scene that preceded that revelation, I think it was quite telling that she called Yoon-jae in her time of panicked need. Rather than speed dial #1 aka Tae-woong, she called Yoon-jae on his cell phone and later at home.
Tae-woong is a character you can’t hate or even dislike, though he’s puttin’ serious dampers on our OTP. He truly does like Shi-won, in my opinion, but I don’t think it goes much further than that. I just don’t think he loves her as Yoon-jae does, which is something that also comes to light through the rescue scene. Yoon-jae was too worried about Shi-won to call his brother back. You can’t say Yoon-jae loves her more than he does his brother, because it’s a very different relationship, but in that moment, Shi-won was his first priority. For Tae-woong, I think Yoon-jae may always come before Shi-won. The way he burst into the home looking for Yoon-jae, clad in an inside-out sweater, says a lot about how deeply his love runs for Yoon-jae. I don’t think he’s ever shown such a depth of feeling for Shi-won. That’s not to say he doesn’t like her in his own right, and that he won’t be heart-broken if/when Shi-won breaks things off with him. But with each unfolding episode, I grow surer and surer that Yoon-jae and Shi-won are meant to be.
The 5-6 years of separation between the two was good – and necessary – for Yoon-jae and Shi-won’s relationship. She needed some time alone to reflect, understand her heart, and appreciate the boy she’s always taken for granted. As for Yoon-jae, he, too needed time to be sure that the love he feels for her will never fade. We have no clue what he’s thinking at this point, and even if he thinks he’s over Shi-won, he’ll soon learn it ain’t that easy. Plus, it gives Shi-won a chance to do the pursuing. Normally I ain’t a fan of the girl pursuing the guy, but in this case, Shi-won needs to step up her game because it’s a mutual relationship, not one-sided. [Some have asked why they’ve never met during the 4-5 years if they’re both in Seoul. Seoul, first of all, is packed with people, and as with any place, if you don’t make an effort to see someone, you probably won’t. These two – or at least Yoon-jae, for sure – intentionally chose to not seek each other out. So it’s not surprising that they haven’t seen each other.]
There’s so much to say and discuss, but I’ll end things here – for now. ^^ Answer Me 1997, you are just all kinds of amaztasticfantabulousness.
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 12
- Answer Me 1997: Episode 11
- Answer Me 1997 Official OST Love Story
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 13, 14
- Who is the Baby Daddy? Answer Me 1997
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 10
- Answer Me 1997 – Ep 9
- Answer Me 1997 – Preview 11, 12
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 7, 8
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Attack
- Answer Me 1997 – Episode 5, 6
- Answer Me 1997 – Heart Palpitations