Kolorful Palette: Wishing you a cozy Christmas [Healer]
Isn’t it so great when a drama hits its stride? After a somewhat scattered premiere week I was actually rather surprised by how quickly all the characters and plotlines in Healer came together, and I found myself fully engrossed this time around with no voice niggling in the back of my mind about missed potential.
Last week I was primarily hoping that Healer would fix its abruptness and smooth out its storytelling and tone. My hopes have certainly been fulfilled, but beyond that, the plot seems to be hinting at a depth I didn’t expect. Somehow I didn’t predict Jung-hoo’s history with Young-shin, but I think there might be more to it than some romantic destiny. What happened to Jung-hoo’s father? Did he meet some dark demise along with Young-shin’s dad?
I also presumed that Moon-ho’s search for Young-shin was motivated by anger towards his brother’s wrongdoings. I had no idea that he felt a sense of personal guilt, and I like the complexity that adds. Even seemingly unrelated plot-threads seem like they’ll eventually tie into the big family mess. It can’t be a coincidence that Young-shin is harboring an actress who was abused in relation to a politician, and I think the big picture is going to end up going far beyond family and offer up some large scale intrigue that will have our main character working together.
I mentioned last week week that I thought this was the best role I’ve seen Park Min-young in, and now I’m completely certain I feel that way. She’s an actress that I always think I really like, but then when I watch her I’m ultimately disappointed by her characters. I don’t if Young-shin is just better written or if Min-young is just growing as an actor, but I love her in this, and she stands out as one of the most likable heroines this year. Half the time I only end up interested in female leads because of their relationship with the male lead, so it’s refreshing that Young-shin is so compelling in her own right. Not that her interactions with Jung-hoo are hurting!
I felt like I had to draw this scene because it seemed so cozy and perfect for Christmas. When Young-shin first mentioned that she couldn’t sleep with someone else in the room I’m pretty sure I audibly “ugh”‘d because it was such an obvious romance set-up, but then once I saw these two actually snuggled up together I just turned into a big sap and thought it was adorable. Somehow it’s even cuter with the two of them not having any romantic interest in each other yet. I think Jung-hoo is still too in shock over Young-shin’s crazy (to him) personality, and Young-shin of course has no idea what Jung-hoo is actually like.
So far I’m not sure which of Jung-hoo’s personas I enjoy more: badass night courier, or adorkable junior journalist. I’m pretty sure I have a massive grin on my face every time he plays the part of awkward hoobae, but I’m pretty curious how that will affect the development of his relationship with Young-shin. Will he gradually show more of his real self to her, or will there just be one big dramatic reveal? I honestly half-expected it tonight when he had the opportunity to protect her from SS thugs, but it was so much better and true to character that he faked cowardice and saved her later. Jung-hoo is not someone to fall head over heels overnight, and I like that this is playing out slow. Jung-hoo just wouldn’t be Jun-hoo if he so easily lost his pragmatism.
This drama’s improvement feels a little like a surprise Christmas present, and I’m feeling pretty optimistic that it’s only going to get better. I already have a post-Holidays Misaeng marathon planned, but it’s nice to have a weekly adventure to look forward to as well. In the meantime, Merry Christmas everyone!
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