It would seem that the consequences of Min-joon coming out as a mysterious entity with superpowers are rather subdued. I can't really fault the drama for taking this path, honestly, because who knows how such an event would play out in real life. Constant media coverage and interviews? Yeah, we'd definitely have that. Which I imagine would make it somewhat difficult for a shady government entity to try to snatch Min-joon up and dissect him or something. Ironically, Jae-kyoung may have actually done Min-joon a favor by exposing him in public, as opposed to a controlled room.
But if the drama doesn't really care that much about the implications of this, eh, I don't either. What "My Love from the Star" does care about at this point is the skinship. Great skinship action here. It's just so darned cute. It's like Song-I and Min-joon are hanging on for dear life because they know that at any minute he's going to have to go back and then they won't have this chance ever again.
There's lot of rushing through the serious relationship stuff here, like dinner with Song-I's family. That, again, doesn't feel organic so much as it does rushed, but then that's really the appeal anyway. "My Love from the Star" is doing a good job utilizing the odd situation the characters are in to build up some decent comedy and fun. This is probably a big part of why there's relatively little emphasis on the public exposure stuff- it's more a narrative device to set up the couple conflict than it is a greater existential one.
Which in some ways is kind of a weird way to write a drama going into the ending. This doesn't actually feel like it's heading into a resolution- more that we're just continuing the same stuff the drama's been doing this whole time. Although thankfully this episode is for the most part lacking the stupid plot contrivances that have often worked to make "My Love from the Star" unwatchable.
Still, the gaps from the drama's earlier chronology are still somewhat noticeable. Remember Se-mi? Her character stopped being relevant to anything that was happening some time ago, so it's kind of odd for her to pop up here all of a sudden. Still, I like that her storyline's denoument isn't focused on turning her into a villain. Se-mi's always been reasonably sympathetic, even considering her faults. I just wish we could have spent more time on her.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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