Quick Thoughts on “Nice Guy” Episodes 5-6
In short, “Nice Guy” is a familiar story, given new life with excellent directing.
According to Wiki, Lee Kyung-hee has written ten full length dramas and I have watched seven out of those ten. So by now, her characters feel very familiar- the conflicted hero and the innocent heroine who loves with her entire soul. Thankfully, the directing keeps the story from feeling old and heavy, and Song Joong-ki is wearing his character like a second skin, bringing Maru alive. Moon Chae-won is also performing well as Eun-gi but I don’t think the character is her own yet, compared to Joong-ki.
I’m actually a little disappointed by Eun-gi’s character in episodes 5-6. In my first post about “Nice Guy,” I commented on how none of the main characters are innocent- they are all facing the world with their claws extended. But now that she has fallen in love with Maru, I see her turning into every Lee Kyung-hee heroine ever and I don’t know if that kind of innocent love will be able to reach out to me anymore and consume me the way it did in the past. I see hope, however, with the way Lee Kyung-hee has made Eun-gi’s world a little bit more involved than her previous heroines. Family and business play a huge part in her life so I’m hoping that Eun-gi remains a complicated and interesting character for a long time to come. Lee Kyung-hee’s female characters were hard to understand, not because they were complicated but because they were soooooo uncomplicated, they almost seemed unreal (e.g. Eun-chae from “I’m sorry, I love you” and Eun-suk from “A Love to Kill”). But with Eun-gi, I want the same kind of deep psychology that Jae-hee’s character is given so I don’t have to just keep telling myself, “This is just the way this character is because the writer needs her that way for her narrative goal.” So I’m excited that she finds out about Maru and Jae-hee this early on the story. What will she do next? I can’t wait to find out.