"Fated to Love You" is a delightful mix of the humorous, the sincere, and fun. It transitions between levity and gravity with ease and Jang Nara is the center of a tightly woven cast of characters.
This episode centered around Lee Gun's negative reaction to the marriage and how it has ruined his dreams of a future with the runaway Se-ra. While he is cruel to Mi-young, she listens to him and takes his pain seriously, which unnerves him. The way that Mi-young gets to him is one of the most touching aspects of the show. He thinks selfishly, and she draws him out of his narcissism. What is wonderful about his character is that he is self-centered and egotistical, but he has an ability to see Mi-young for who she is: kind, considerate, and a pushover. That ability of his allows her to penetrate his defenses.
Being with Gun also makes Mi-young speak out more, mostly because she has become a mother and speaks on the behalf of her unborn life. The pregnancy is drawing her out of her shell and making her stand up for herself. Meeting Daniel has also helped. She believes him to be a priest, which allows her to be open with him. He, in turn, has grown to care for her, giving her advice to stand up for herself. I like to see Mi-young slowly changing into a strong woman who can stand up not only for her child, but for herself.
Choi Jin-hyuk's Daniel is sweet and full of passion, but he is quite different from the first peek we had of him in episode one. I'm wondering when we will see that side of him again.
The humor in this show plays on the awkwardness of the transitional periods in life: moving in together, pregnancy, physical relationships. Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara have amazing comedic timing together that make the humorous moments a breezy delight. That rapport translates to the more serious moments with Jang Nara at the helm. She has a very acute ability to change the entire feeling of a scene with the slightest shift in her facial muscles. When Gun wounds her with his words, her face doesn't fall - it freezes. But the emotions she emanates changes the entire feel of the scene. Her pain is palpable. It's a powerful ability for an actress to have and she takes everyone she acts with along with her.
"Fated to Love You" is the perfect example of a solid romantic comedy. The funny is relevant and well-timed. The serious is relatable and not undermined by the humor. The human interaction is real and relevant. All it's missing now is more episodes.
Written by: Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'
Journalist, drama lover, and foodie, Lisa enjoys exploring Korea, speaking the language, and soaking in all that dramaland has to offer. Her Korean husband laughs that she knows more than he ever will about dramas and K-pop. Lisa Espinosa can be contacted via email@example.com.
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