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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Fated to Love You" Episode 16

2014/08/24 | Permalink

This episode was the last episode of Geon's charade as Kim Young-ja, the "woman" who bought Mi-young's painting and gave her emotional support. It is also the end of this stage in this stage of their relationship, the stage where they're forced to reckon with lingering emotions and the repercussions of splitting so suddenly. While the relationship between Mi-young and Geon is full of nuance and development, the other relationships stall in wait for the last phase of the drama.

It is good that Geon's Young-ja charade ended as it was just about to reach the end of its useful life. The ending comes at a point where the couple has no more excuses to make to be together without admitting their feelings. It was cleverly drawn out and climaxed. The fact that it was drawn out allowed the audience to clearly see Mi-young's sincere love for Geon even if the other characters are left doubting any remaining affections for her ex-husband. It also allowed for Mi-young to see what the separation has done to Geon and how he felt losing the family he had gained in her mother and sisters.

The humor continued in the most delightful ways as the drama referenced classic American film and Korean drama. It also continued the lovely bromance between Geon and Secretary Tak that is just silly enough to be funny, but not overly silly as to be cheesy.

However, the secondary relationships, like that between Daniel and Se-ra, or Yong and Mi-young's friend, are underdeveloped and almost pointless because they feel like they are stuck into the episode at random. These relationships have been mishandled. They should've had a more solid basis built a lot sooner rather than tacking on scenes during the second half of the drama. Tighter editing would help as well. Rather than focus on Yong and his girlfriend, time should have been dedicated to Daniel and Se-ra. It would round out both characters and make them less aimless.

But what is done right, is done so very right. The thoughtfulness that Geon shows towards Mi-young both as himself and as her texting friend Young-ja in endearing and reflects his depth of character more than his blustering lies that he no longer cares for her. It is this part of him that made Mi-young and Se-ra love him. If only he would show it. It keeps the tension in the story. "Fated to Love You" needs more than a couple to keep it going, though that couple is doing very well at holding interest. It needs to be rounded out and stop spinning its wheels on the storylines that don't concern the main coupling.

Written by: Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'

"Fated to Love You" is directed by Kim Hee-won-II, Lee Dong-yoon, written by Jo Jin-gook, Joo Chan-ok and features Jang Hyuk, Jang Nara, Choi Jin-hyuk and Wang Ji-won


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