Kolorful Palette: Pretty in pink [Shine or Go Crazy]
I was hoping to catch up on four or five Shine or Go Crazy episodes this weekend, but somehow managed to watch ten and am now completely caught up. I’m not sure where I found the time or what compelled me to do it, but finally this week brought me some true satisfaction and our main couple got to enjoy some honest moments of happiness amongst all the drama. Is anyone else feeling relieved to finally have all the secrets out in the open?
To be honest, I feel a little bitter about being strung along for so many episodes. This isn’t Sungkyunkwan Scandal where the entire core of the story relies on cross-dressing and it seems to me like there is more than enough going on with the political scheming and complicated relationships to keep the plot interesting without a bunch of romantic secrecy. The “bromance” was still enjoyable to watch and I didn’t get overly bored, but I was still feeling very ready for things to finally get moving, so this week was my week.
This scene is from their first real outing as man and woman when they bring medicine for the poor and sick. Shin Yool is smiling while she watches Wang So entertain all the patients and make them laugh. I liked this scene for quite a few different reasons. For one, it’s a pretty sweet and noble first date, and shows how selfless both of them truly are, despite typical stereotypes of entitled princes and rich merchants. It also lets us see Wang So through Shin Yool’s eyes, which is something I had been struggling with previously. I get why she was infatuated with the man she originally married, but Wang So’s poor swordsman persona is a bit of a buffoon and I found him fairly difficult to find appealing with all his ridiculous yelling, not to mention his incompetence. Of course much of that was an act, but this scene shows the strength in that side to his character, and how easily he spreads happiness to others.
Speaking of that camaraderie, I also think it’s adorable that they still call each other Hyungnim and Gaebong. Relationships in historical dramas often feel very formal, which is a realistic portrayal of the times, but it’s still more fun to see two people who don’t just share some epic love, but are also best friends. With these two in particular their extroverted affections really suit them. She may be a classic beauty, but I think Oh Yeon-seo as Shin Yool still pulled off being a guy better than most actresses I’ve seen, and I love her brusque and feisty attitude. She’s also incredibly capable and intelligent and it’s nice to see such a well-rounded and reasonable character on the female side of the equation.
I also wanted to draw this scene because I liked the costuming and thought the little fur headdress was cute (turns out it’s pretty annoying to draw though!). I’ve actually been pretty fascinated by the clothing all throughout this drama. I usually watch sageuks that focus on the Joseon era so it’s pretty interesting to see all the pre-hanbok styles. It seems like there is a lot of Chinese and Mongolian influence but I don’t really know much about it (feel free to speak up if you do!). I do regret my medium choice this week and wish I had gone with something bolder (like oils) but I do think I finally got my digital watercolors all sorted out and where I want them, so that has me feeling good.
I’m guessing these moments of happiness are fleeting, and ultimately I’m expecting a tearful ending to this drama. Since Shin Yool isn’t part of real history and she has an illness, it makes sense that she wouldn’t make it until the end (although I hope I’m wrong). I’m not sure if I missed something, but is Shin Yool’s illness just that she got too cold in the river as a baby, and has been sickly ever since? I wish it were something a bit more concrete, but I guess it meshes with the prophecy about her.
Thanks by the way to everyone who explained this drama’s title to me last week! Of course Shin Yool herself even explained it in Episode 10, and it certainly makes sense (although I still can’t bring myself to like the way it sounds translated in English). Sometimes when watching these historical shows I feel like I need a helpline to fully grasp all of the finer details! At the very least I should probably read some Korean history books.
Next week will hopefully be my week to catch up on Kill Me, Heal Me, but I’ll be keeping up with this drama too (at the very least I figure I should enjoy the costumes while they last). Is Hyde, Jekyll, Me also worth checking out?
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