Wednesday, December 25, 2013

You Who Came from the Stars: Episode 3

별에서 온 그대: 제3회
The in-laws of the young widow Min-Joon met during the Joseon era wanted her dead at all costs, too bad for them she had an extra-terrestrial to protect her. At present time, he dreams of a woman falling into the water, but could not recognize her except for her shoes, which he sees Song-Yi wearing. At 2 AM, she asks him to bring her to the hospital to undergo an emergency surgery to get rid of her appendicitis, and tells him to pretend that he is her manager in order to avoid intrigues. There he gets to witness how dysfunctional her family is: how her mother is only concerned about money; how her brother blames her for their family falling apart; and how her father had to abandon them. Hwi-Kyeong plays the part of the jealous boyfriend, with his persistence as a suitor dating back to middle school as shown in a flashback. His brother, on the other hand, is portrayed as a two-faced character who seems amiable on the surface but turns out to be a shady individual who resorts to murder to get what he wants; and yeah, he is dating Song-Yi’s fiercest rival. Despite Min-Joon stealing her shoes and warning her to avoid water, Song-Yi ends up buying a similar pair of shoes anyway to attend a friend’s wedding. On a cruise ship.

Well, you have to give it to the writers. They have been using every plot device available rather well and have so far not gravely defied any convention unique to the story’s universe. The plot development remains situational, with little everyday occurrences providing the means for the plot to move forward while maintaining the balance between drama and comedy. Perhaps there is reason to believe that this episode has been relatively less eventful, but this is understandable given how dramas like this tend to mellow down while introducing more back stories and exploring more subplots. Besides, you just could not fill one whole episode with revelations. Even so, the episode remains to be an enjoyable one and it would definitely prove to be more interesting in the long run given how the characters have already managed to connect well with their audience. This one has the making of a cult classic, akin to what 49 Days has achieved in terms of strong storyline. Cheers to 17 more episodes!

Expressions of the day
나랑 같이 가요 Come with me
알아봐요 Try to find out

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