City Hunter, episodes 11 and 12

Welp, Lee Min-ho has now winked at me, and I don’t know about you, but my life is all of a sudden pretty awesome.

I am mostly loving the epic war building between Yoon-sung and his non-daddy. I love it because it makes Lee Min-ho’s character bigger, better, and more badass. What I don’t love is that non-daddy is becoming a bigger joke by the second and it confuses me because how both characters can exist in the same story? How is one so much better written than the other?

I can only guess that either the writers still watch cartoons for inspiration in writing villains, or they spent so much energy writing Yoon-sung that they just got too sleepy to write Jin-pyo properly.

Were episodes 11 and 12 crazy or what?

I really wish they had killed off Na-na because it would’ve been a great narrative flip, and it would’ve been the bravest and most unpredictable Kdrama move. I can see why they wouldn’t–because Yoon-sung is a hero that so badly needs a happy ending–but still, I wished they had killed Na-na off. I feel like drastic writing only makes a show better in the hands of already good writers; it’s one of those “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” situations, where once you’re dealt a massive blow, your only options are to out-maneuver the circumstances, and Na-na’s death could have prompted better writing and better character development.

That and we don’t need to waste half of our remaining episodes telling the exhausting story of “What will non-daddy do to mess with Na-na?” that I’m already anticipating with unease.

And, Yoon-sung and Na-na flirting without abandon and acting like a ridiculous couple has very evenly slashed my love of the romance of this story in half. I hated it less in Personal Taste because Son Yeh-jin is such a good actress, but with Park Min-young it just looks and watches like the sort of disgusting PDA I hate witnessing in real life, even if it means we got a wink out of Lee Min-ho.

One thing I really don’t enjoy are the push-her-away-to-protect-her and/or protect-her-from-afar-without-her-knowing story lines. They drive me batty not even because they are huge teases, but because they’re irritatingly romantic and emphasizes hugely this notion of the White Knight, which I hate.

But I’m glad that Na-na knows Yoon-sung’s City Hunter identity, and I’m glad he didn’t deny it. It’s nice to watch a hero not be stoic and alone all the time; it’s nice to see them enjoy the aid of other people.

On the matter of Jin-pyo: what a fucking nutjob. So you’ll avenge your best friend’s death…even if it means forsaking your best friend’s son?!

  • Joy

    I understand where you’re coming from but I really really like this drama compared to say, Lie to Me. Can’t wait to see how everything will play out!

  • Mari

    I agree with you that Na-Na’s death would have triggered a massive plot/character development that is so completely unconventional to the typical Korean drama mold (that I know of). Not only will Yoon-Sung, as you say, “out-maneuver the circumstances” one of the prevailing questions will be – how will his revenge model stand against his emotional outrage? I think what prevents Yoon-Sung from becoming a tragic hero, and also what makes him a likable protagonist is the fact that he is able to see pass revenge and destruction, to be capable of compassion and empathy. Na-Na, Ahjussi, and his mother are people who remind Yoon-Sung that he needs to consider the consequences of his plans. So I think it is imperative that Na-Na survives, even if she’s at the very inch of her life. Else, the drama will take a dark turn, and Yoon-Sung’s vengeance becomes crimes of passion. As great as it sounds, I think the drama will lose viewership at that point, and popular opinion wishes him well.

    Anyway, I’d love you hear what you think. I love reading your reviews, they are wonderfully succinct. :)