Of course, Gong Yoo has been wooing me since the beginning of Big. But there is the moment while watching a K-drama when the stars align and boom! You’re lying there in a puddle of drool. And by alignment, I mean when the character and the actor become one.
Watching Gong Yoo as Dr. Seo Yoon Jae was just watching a drama chug along. We really don’t understand or know who this guy is and it’s a mystery left to be revealed later. We don’t have to grow attached this the character; we just have to believe the Gil Da Ran loves Seo Yoon Jae a lot. I think the Hong Sisters have done a good job with establishing just the right amount of connection with the Seo Yoon Jae character. I don’t care at this point he is just dies off or if he is brought back. I think he is a nice guy so I wouldn’t mind if he comes back but I wouldn’t be too sad if he goes away. Either way, I don’t think he is the end game for Gil Da Ran.
Which brings me to the question of the OTP. Which couple is the end game here? Is it Gil Da Ran-Seo Yoon Jae or is it Gil Da Ran-Kang Kyung Joon? After finishing episode six, I think Kang Kyung Joon is Gil Da Ran’s other half. But it’s kind of hard to wrap my head around. Is Kyung Joon going to stay in Yoon Jae’s body? Then what about the loss of twelve years of a young boy’s life? Kyung Jae argues in episode six that he doesn’t mind this because he gets to skip all the bad things in between but life should be lived through, not skipped over. (If Shin Won Ho hadn’t done such a good job with Kyung Joon, I don’t think I would have cared as much.) And what about Seo Yoon Jae?
If this story is about personal growth, will we literally see Kyung Joon grow into Yoon Jae’s body to find adulthood, family, and love? I think that is what we see happening here and I’m loving it. This is the moment when the drama becomes more than mere entertainment.
In episode one, we were introduced to the the characters of “Seo Yoon Jae” and “Kang Kyung Joon.” From episodes two through five, we saw the character of Kang Kyung Joon in Seo Yoon Jae’s body- two separate entities in one form. But from episode six, we are seeing “Kyung Jae”- Kyung Joon in Seo Yoon Jae’s body but not as separate entities, but fully meshed. Kyung Joon has grown in Yoon Jae’s body to become “Kyung Jae.” We don’t see a childish boy inside an adult’s body when we watch Gong Yoo anymore. We can simply just see Kyung Jae. And this is when my Gong Yoo crush comes rushing at me.
Oh my Gong Yoo. He has such expressive eyes and face, and he cannot look any better in a dress shirt and suit pants. He also has really good comedic timing along with the ability to pull at your heartstrings with nothing but a simple gaze. I love you director, for taking those wide shots that capture Gong Yoo’s legs and the close up shots that capture every change in expression. Also, thank you for the slow shots. I mean, he would look good no matter what but those slow shots give me the opportunity to indulge in the sweet sinful goodness that is Gong Yoo.. And thank you, Gong Yoo, for simply looking so good on my screen.
LOL at Lee Min Jung’s expression. Just need to photoshop some drool in that shot.
Here is when I fall in love with Kyung Jae:
Kyung Jae watching Da Ran walk away after she says no to his request to pretend to be his girlfriend. He wants her to pretend so he can keep Yoon Jae’s mom off his back about marriage. He had asked her to say his name to him- Kang Kyung Joon- before she left the car. She does.
Oh Hong Sisters and their metaphors. This scene at the end of episode six really sums up Kyung Jae’s position and my heart goes out to him. Kyung Jae is making his final please to Da Ran.
“The bait is Kang Kyung Joon. Bite it.”
“The only person who really knows me is Gil Da Ran.”
“This isn’t exciting fishing in which you are trying to catch one fish among many.”
“This is very sad fishing in which I am trying to catch the one and only fish. So Gil Teacher, please bite.”
Question for other viewers: Has Gil Da Ran fallen for Kyung Jae and if she has, when?