Our Blues: Episodes 9-10
At this level, I shouldn’t be shocked with the present for making even probably the most unlikable characters sympathetic as a result of each week I discover myself reevaluating my first impressions of individuals and their relationships. The main target this time round is on the resident hothead and his old flame, and we be taught extra about these two damaged people and the harm they carry.
EPISODES 9-10 WEECAP: Dong-suk & Solar-ah
The younger couple’s story involves a conclusion for now, and whereas they’re sure to face extra hardships sooner or later, at the least they’ve their dads on their sides. Whereas the journey right here was fraught with heartache, this expertise taught In-kwon and Ho-shik to replicate on their actions, and so they lastly make amends and fulfill their previous promise of turning into in-laws.
Closing that chapter, the present returns to Dong-suk and Solar-ah, the childhood buddies and first loves. After Solar-ah’s fall into the ocean, the close by haenyeos save her, and formally, the incident is reported as an accident although everybody on the town murmurs in regards to the Seoul woman who tried to commit suicide.
Having witnessed the scene, Dong-suk accompanies Solar-ah to the hospital as her guardian and finds her a spot to remain. He checks on her periodically, and one wet evening, the motel proprietor tells him that Solar-ah has been gone for 3 days. Dong-suk heads out to seek for her, and finally ends up at her previous home.
When Dong-suk was eighteen and Solar-ah was fourteen, the 2 lonely youngsters discovered solace in one another. He would give her rides dwelling after they silently performed on the arcade till dusk, and each time she wanted to flee the yelling in her home, Dong-suk welcomed her into his room with out hesitation.
Trying again on Dong-suk’s previous, it turns into obvious why he harbors such vitriol in the direction of his mother. After his dad and older sister handed away, his mother moved their household into one other home the place she took care of the bedridden spouse and was the mistress to the husband. The husband’s two sons took their anger out on Dong-suk, beating him each time they happy, and his mother averted her gaze from the abuse.
To Dong-suk, Solar-ah was his solely supply of consolation in his in any other case dreary life, so when he discovered his pal leaving Solar-ah together with his pants unbuckled, he flew right into a rage and beat him up in addition to his two bullies. Nonetheless, the factor that harm Dong-suk probably the most was listening to Solar-ah name him a thug to the police over the cellphone. That very evening, he ran away with all the property in the home in hopes of by no means returning to this horrible place.
Dong-suk finds Solar-ah renovating a rundown constructing the place her dad’s previous dwelling was once, and all of the questions he bottled up rise to the floor as their previous and current collide. He accuses her of taking part in together with his coronary heart, so Solar-ah tells Dong-suk her facet of the occasions.
She says that he was her old flame, too, which is why she couldn’t ask him to defile her. Nonetheless, she didn’t find yourself sleeping with Dong-suk’s pal as a result of he backed out, and when she noticed him combating within the streets, she pretended to name the police to cease him. Like Dong-suk, Solar-ah additionally left Jeju that fateful day, and her life modified perpetually.
Her dad picked her as much as go see the ocean, and whereas she went out to purchase them meals, he drove the automobile into the water. Solar-ah tells Dong-suk that her melancholy began then, and all all through her life, her family members have continually pestered her to cease “being unhappy.” It makes much more sense now why Solar-ah imagines herself drenched in water, and my coronary heart goes out to her for not having the steerage nor help all these years after witnesses one thing so traumatic.
As soon as Dong-suk realizes that he misunderstood Solar-ah, his angle in the direction of her softens, and he spends all his free time serving to her repair the home. As the 2 spend extra time collectively, Dong-suk opens up a bit, and tells Solar-ah about his sister. He explains how he fought along with her over meals one night, however earlier than he might apologize, she died the following day whereas diving within the ocean. Since then, he discovered that tomorrow was by no means assured and chooses to reside within the current as an alternative.
Although Solar-ah’s temper lifts throughout her keep in Jeju, her overly optimistic outlook in regards to the upcoming custody trial is worrisome, and Dong-suk notices her precarious state. He provides to take her to Seoul in individual, and on the boat, he tells her to cease wanting on the waves in the event that they make her really feel nauseous. He says that his mother is identical means—all the time staring on the issues she misplaced somewhat than turning round to see the issues she nonetheless has.
In Seoul, Dong-suk helps Solar-ah purchase a horse doll for her son and drops her off on the faculty to see him. Although Solar-ah’s ex is sad to listen to about her sudden go to, she holds her floor since in the present day is their son’s birthday. He reluctantly agrees, however tells her to deliver their son again earlier than 9 since his household had deliberate a celebration as properly.
Opposite to her worries, Solar-ah’s son is thrilled to see his mother, and so they spend the day on the aquarium and sing karaoke. It’s almost eleven by the point Solar-ah returns, and her ex is livid. She pleads with him to let her hold their son for the evening, however her ex tells her that he can’t belief her.
Their argument wakes up their son, and Solar-ah instinctively reaches out for him, resulting in a tough push and pull between the dad and mom that finally ends up hurting their youngster. Her ex rushes him to the hospital, and Solar-ah is denied entry since her son refuses to see her. The timing couldn’t be worse for the reason that trial is in two days, and sadly—although not surprisingly—she loses custody of her son.
The information devastates Solar-ah who cries for hours, and he or she refuses to eat or drink something. Pissed off along with her self-destructive habits, Dong-suk berates her for giving up, and he or she lashes out at him for performing like everybody else in her life. He tells her that her son will develop up depressing at this price, and Solar-ah crumples up right into a ball. Staying by her facet as she weeps, Dong-suk tells her that she could be unhappy however her life can be too unfair if she is just unhappy your complete time.
After Solar-ah calms down, they stroll by the river, and he or she tells Dong-suk that she’s going to begin remedy along with her medicine. He agrees along with her choice, and Solar-ah smiles for the primary time in a protracted whereas. They quiet down on some steps and sit there till dawn. Looking in the direction of the water, Solar-ah needs she might be joyful, and Dong-suk repeats the sentiment. As he will get as much as depart, she follows him and grabs his hand.
As all the time, the present manages to humanize each single character, and by the tip of their arc, I discover myself rooting for his or her happiness. I used to be not the largest fan of Dong-suk to start with as a result of I discovered his mood horrifying, however after studying extra about him, my coronary heart aches for him because it did for the opposite characters earlier than him. Each week, the present places me on an emotional carousel, and the identical course of repeats itself: I dislike their habits at first, then I begin to perceive them, and ultimately, I’m wishing they might be joyful for as soon as.
Although Dong-suk is an offended man with some unchecked aggression, he’s additionally a tragic, little boy who by no means bought over the harm from his previous. The way in which he describes his mother reveals a son who’s extra pissed off along with her than indifferent, and I get the impression that he wants a protracted, overdue apology together with a honest try at reconciliation from his mother. I’m certain when their story comes round, I’ll get a much bigger image of their state of affairs, however for now, she was the one who failed to guard him and basically deserted him when he wanted her probably the most.
Although the age-gap between Dong-suk and Solar-ah as youngsters would hinder my enjoyment of the pair in most eventualities, I feel the present did an excellent job portraying them as two people who linked with one another over their shared expertise. Each felt deserted by their households, and the wordless alternate within the arcade depicted the unstated belief and familiarity between them. Their “attraction” wasn’t about an inappropriate and creepy lust because it was together with his pal, however about two misplaced youngsters being a supply of peace for one another in a world crammed with hate and rejection. Thus, when Dong-suk sees Solar-ah once more, he feels conflicted as a result of she reminds him of the previous—the great and unhealthy.
After his sister’s demise, Dong-suk appears fixated on residing within the current, and as a consequence, he limits his personal progress. He’s unable to maneuver on as a result of he by no means gained closure, not together with his sister, his mother, and even Solar-ah. He lives day-to-day, refusing to place down roots wherever as a result of part of him is afraid. When he was speaking about Solar-ah’s son, he says that her boy might find yourself like him, and I feel this remark says lots about his character. He grew up with out happiness, in order an grownup, he can’t envision what a cheerful future seems to be like. Dong-suk lives within the second as a result of he thinks tomorrow shouldn’t be assured, however on the identical time, it’s additionally as a result of he sees no hope in it. He may proclaim “carpe diem” however I feel he’s extra terrified of the long run than the rest.
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