As explained in our Episode 3 Thoughts post, whitecarrot and I will be chugging along the Heartless City train in our own fashion. 😀 We want to focus on what we do best with the time and resources available to us, thus we’re opening up the floor to our fellow Gardeners and hosting this Patch Forum. Heartless City is chock full of amaztasticness in so many areas, and one big thing is the look it inadvertently gives us into the Korean ‘underworld’, the workings of the legal system, and much muuuch more. So pick our brains to your heart’s content! Anything and everything is fair game!
I don’t know what just went by… For seriously, Heartless City has some speed issues that always leave me in a doozy. Things always seem to be in motion, but at the end of some episodes, you realize that not much has actually happened. And then you get episodes like Monday’s, where everything just zooms by and you’re left going “Whaaat? What just happened?!”
Let’s get the not-so-good stuff out of the way first: the love story. I know, how could I, the biggest romantic of all time, the person obsessed with romance and more romance and even more romance, point to the romance as the big no-no of this show? But it’s true. For once, I think we could do without the romance – or for seriously stop placing so much importance on it – and just talk about Shi-hyun’s battle in that dark world of drugs and organized crime. There are several reasons for my issues with the romance, but the biggest is the obvious disruption in storytelling rhythm and mood. We’re cruising along – more like hurtling at breakneck speed, actually – and then out of nowhere, Soo-min calls her Kkang-pae Ajuhsshi and whines and pouts and tears up and does the ridonkulously hard-to-rationalize character shift. And Shi-hyun does the same, minus the whines and pouts and tears. In other words, he turns into someone very out of character, and our attempts to rationalize his actions prevent us from enjoying the show. I shouldn’t have to rationalize. Actions and thoughts should be rationalized for us.
I can understand Shi-hyun just being pulled to her somehow. Attraction doesn’t always have rhyme or reason. And Jung Kyung-ho is totally rocking his half of the supposed ‘relationship’ between the two. But it’s a one man show. I feel zero chemistry, and the sudden insertions of Soo-min into key moments really feels forced. It’s like they keep forgetting that they’re supposedly writing a doomed love story because of the awesome underworld story we’re getting, and thus they attempt to drag the beast back to their original road. It’s unnatural and distracting and just so frustrating, because this show deserves better.
Okay, enough of the ranting and back to the good stuff. I was half-disappointed that they chose to make Safari yet another undercover cop, but his confrontation with Chief Min – and the drive home afterwards – were just absolutely amazing. Choi Moo-sung is just bringing it home every single episode, and this one was so amazing because we went from hating him to suddenly feeling horribly for him. It’s a testament to the writers – and hands down to Choi Moo-sung – that such a turnabout was possible.
I’ve oftentimes wondered what the true motivations of Chief Min were, and today’s big reveals really further muddied the waters on that issue. He seemed like such a great guy when exhibiting his support and trust for Hyung-min, and then he suddenly turned into Shi-hyun’s savior. But a few episodes back, when he started pushing Shi-hyun for more and more and more, and kept pressuring him and kept bringing up Kyung-mi to guilt-trip him, I started feeling uncomfortable. Now with Safari’s cryptic accusation today about what Chief Min really did with “the information”, I’m starting to have doubts about Shi-hyun’s safety and well-being. I mean, the guy’s in danger 24/7, but if he ain’t got someone to back him and his big mission, then… well… yikes. (I’m really scared – yet half-expecting – that we’ll have a tragic ending. And what could be more ‘fitting’ than for Chief Min to desert him and leave him as nothing but the hunted, notorious Bahk-sa Ah-deul? *sob*)
Things are starting to get crazy for realsies, and I have no idea what in the world is waiting for us. I feel nervous all the time because the writers have spread things out so much – so many characters, so many different storylines going on all at once – but I’m holding out hope that they’ll bring everything back together in a nice, cohesive, continuous movement forward. As seems to be the routine, Monday’s episode isn’t really complete without Tuesday’s, so I’m excited to see what Episode 12 brings!
Once again, whitecarrot will be adding her thoughts once she’s good and ready 😉
And once again agaaain, the purpose of this new format (thoughts only, no traditional recap) is to provide an open forum for all of us. If you have any requests or questions about translations, cultural what-in-the-world-I’m-confused things, or anything at all, please ask away! I’ll start us off with Example #1: I demand to know what is being said in the videos posted above! Noooow! Example #2: Why is the man of the hour called Doc, Doc’s Son, Doctor’s Son, Shi-hyun, Parksa, Parksa Ahdeul, Bahksa, Paksa, etc. etc. etc.? Ask ask awaaaay! 😀