On being Team Chilbong, Binggeure’s choice, and other dramas
1. On being Team Chilbong: I’ve been seeing a lot of anger and irritation in the internet directed to Chilbong and Chilbong fans (for being delusional), so I decided to post my two cents. Granted, I say this with full disclosure that I am Team Chilbong and have been since he started gaining more scenes in the earlier episodes, so I do hope no one bricks me for coming out and saying this.
I loved Oppa-yah’s character from the very beginning. He was a scene stealer and his affection towards Najung from the start, brotherly or not, was sweet. But then Chilbongie comes along with his smiles and his kindness and sweet endearing eagerness to spend time with Najung. The way he so obviously liked Najung, with his little fleeting looks and small smiles was what won me over. Unlike Oppa-yah, there was no conflicting emotions—he liked a girl, period, and it was so refreshing (and sweet) to see. Oppa-yah’s feelings for Najung were in no way inferior to Chilbong’s, but because of the storytelling and the way the limelight was so focused on Chilbong’s crush, there was no way for me to gauge whether Oppa-yah had any real feelings for Najung, or why he was so torn up in the first place. Still, I liked him enough to think that if Najung were to end up with Oppa-yah, I wouldn’t complain.
Then last week’s episodes happened and my. heart. broke. Don’t get me wrong; I’m still fine with Oppa and Najung—and maybe at this point I don’t even care if they end up getting married. So why did I feel so much hurt? Because with Oppa and Najung getting together, Chilbong is hurt. And right now the character I care most about is Chilbong, and because of that, I want him to be happy, in whatever form that happiness takes. If he were to move on and find another girl, then I would be happy for him. But this drama just piles on the pain for him, so it hurts me too. Like I said above, I’m Team Chilbong, not Team Chilbong-Najung; it doesn’t matter to me if they don’t end up together so long as Chilbong ends up happy. I think more heartbreak is in store for Chilbong (and me) in episode 15; the only thing I hope right now is they don’t end up giving him another heartbreak (in the form of early baseball retirement) because I will end up killing the scriptwriter if that were to happen.
(Sorry for the possible incoherency of the post above; my Chilbong feels have been in pain since last week)
2. On Binggeure’s choice: I said this once before and I’ll say it again: Of all the characters in the story, Binggeure is perhaps the one I can relate to the most. His struggles in finding the thing he wants to do, his problems with his major and not feeling up to doing the thing his parents want him to do were things that I’ve dealt with (and are still dealing with) that his storyline just hit so close to home.
The recent development in episode 14 with Binggeure finally going back to med school continued to resonate with me, and I like that in this case, he wasn’t being forced upon doing something—he chose. It was his decision to follow, to obey, to be a good son, knowing that it will make his parents happy. I know this doesn’t sound like a nice path to take—and it really doesn’t. In reality, it hurts. Which is why that little voice over of Najung regarding Binggeure’s choice, that the reason we do so is because the people we love has as much importance as our dreams, was very comforting (though still somewhat bittersweet), and I couldn’t help but tear up a bit over that scene.
3. On other dramas: Heirs is still airing but I stopped watching, I think, after the 10th episode? At some point I couldn’t see any reason left to continue watching the drama, so I stopped. The same happened with Mirae’s Choice—I think I stopped thinking this one had any logic when Shin dreamt of what happened in the first timeline (without any real reason as to why he dreamt those dreams in the first place) and started having feelings for Mirae because of said dreams. How stupid can a plotline get?
Empress Ki is my new crack drama right now, after being heartbroken over Chilbong’s heart breaking, haha. I think I’m bound to be even more heartbroken in this one, as I’m in a ship I knew from the start would sink. Still, this drama is worth watching—the acting is great; the plot, despite veering too far from history, is pretty good so far; the costumes and sets are splendid—all in all, I’m just really hooked. Hooked enough to watch it live, hah. Yes, I stay awake until 5 in the morning just to watch this live (technically until 6, since it’s an hour’s worth of programming). It’s that good. I can’t wait until Seungnyang becomes a concubine and (finally) the Empress, eek.