Melting Me Softly: Episodes 7-8 Open Thread
Now that our cryogenic couple is working together to a) stay alive and b) create their new variety show, things start to get a bit more complicated between them. As it turns out, location scouting in the woods and hypothermic body temperatures do not make for good bedfellows. But, if there’s one thing Melting Me Softly is doing right, it’s the great level of detail around this body temperature conundrum.
EPISODES 7-8 WEECAP
Melting Me Softly continues to hum along with not a whole lot of plot development, but a lot of fun character interactions. I certainly got what I hoped for, and Dong-chan and Mi-ran are now at the center of the drama, and with a lot of screen time together.
With Mi-ran working at the broadcasting station, the two not only sit across from each other and exchange post-it notes all day (I loved this bit of detail), but Mi-ran’s ideas are instrumental in Dong-chan’s new show, Go Go 99. I’m not sure if we’ll actually watch them develop the show, and it will be used it to draw out some overarching themes, or if it was just an excuse to get Dong-chan and Mi-ran hiking in the woods together.
It doesn’t take a genius to know that these two are going to either get lost, overheated, or both, while they’re out location scouting, but things turn way more dramatic than I expected. Lost and overheated, Mi-ran reaches critical body temperature — but of course, the pair only has one fever-reducing shot with them.
Dong-chan, though he’s also about to pass out from dragging her around, gives Mi-ran the shot before he does. Then they’re both passed out there in the woods like a sweaty Romeo and Juliet for a bit, until Mi-ran recovers.
She’s horrified that there’s nothing she can do to save Dong-chan — but just then the skies open up and a gorgeous torrential rain shower drenches and cools them both. Dong-chan revives and sits up, only to be greeted by a smooch from Mi-ran, lost in the magical moment.
Then, the kiss causes her to pass out again (because Wookie), and Dong-chan catches her. Phewf, that’s a lot of passing out. Shouldn’t we be worried about brain damage or something at some point? I lost count how many times these two have conked out like overheated engines.
While Dong-chan and Mi-ran’s story stays pretty light, there are some nice moments with more gravitas scattered throughout the drama. First there’s Mi-ran’s friend who married (and adores) Byung-shim, but decides to divorce him after a loveless twenty-year marriage. At the suggestion of their divorce, he is more concerned with getting his “striped panties” than anything, while she sits in a cafe with an utterly broken heart. And it actually hurts to watch her cry.
A similar scene that reached a bit deeper was with Dong-chan and his siblings. Dong-chan is filled with empathy for his little brother and how old he got and embraces him; his sister also bangs into the room, and he holds them both for a long moment and it’s so sad and sweet and fatherly. I loved it.
Lastly, there was Ha-young, who I’m finally feeling some sympathy for. I’m not sure why it’s taken me this long, but I really felt for her in Episode 8. Dong-chan seems more than over her, and even sings a goodbye love song at the company noraebang event, but it’s made abundantly clear to us that Ha-young loves and desires him… and it’s kind of sad to see her twenty years older than him and pining from afar.
However, this is Melting Me Softly we’re watching, and we don’t linger on these heavy moments for long. We learn a little bit more about chaebol baddie who is both in a cryogenic sleep and not, Professor Hwang is hanging out with Nam-tae (they’re adorbs together doing puzzles and hairdos), and Professor Jo almost gets blown up a la Professor Hwang twenty years prior.
But really, the drama mostly cares about the fumbling and heart racing and attraction between Dong-chan and Mi-ran. In fact, most of Episode 8 is them dealing with the hilarious repercussions and emotional ramifications of their kiss. They go through a confused courtship dance of apologizing, avoiding each other, seeking each other out, and coming to terms with their feelings.
Clearly, both are falling for each other, whether they realize it at first, or not. At the end of Episode 8, Mi-ran is duly crushed, finding herself more lost than ever in what she calls “this world.” Quickly adopting the fashion trends and slang and music (her Zico ringtone!) of 2019 has just been her way of hiding how lost she truly is.
When Dong-chan runs to her rescue, yet again, he can’t help but confess he likes her. And with their body temperatures both skyrocketing, we know the feeling is mutual. Now the games really begin, because if they weren’t in danger before, their newfound mutual attraction is also a major health risk. Perhaps they should have their next kiss in a freezer — these two can’t afford to pass out anymore.
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