Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 9-12 Open Thread
So many reveals, yet so much more mystery! Our heroine learns a lot more about her forgotten past this week — and all the people around her have played a bigger part than we realized. Really, is this whole drama just a Truman Show-esque set-up to get our heroine’s memories back?
EPISODES 9-12 WEECAP
Thanks to conveniently-placed warehouses, not-so-carefully tucked away polaroids, and a gossipy musician, a lot of clues start jarring Yi-young’s memories. However, none of them really seem to be enough to shake up anything lasting. To her credit, Yi-young does what she can with the information she receives, asking all the people around her that know about her accident and/or Kim Ian (which is EVERYONE), but she’s mostly met with evasion or diversion.
The best person at this proves to be her psychiatrist cousin Soo-young. It’s been clear she knows more than she lets on, and this week we see the video she has squirreled away of Yi-young’s “nightmare” — a.k.a. memories from the accident. If a person’s hypnopompic thoughts were admissible as evidence, it would suggest that Yi-young did indeed kill Kim Ian: she remembers holding a knife and having blood on her hands.
It looks (at least right now) like Soo-young is hellbent on protecting Yi-young from herself, from her memories — and from Jang Yoon, whom she boldly confronts (and douses with a glass of water). But am I the only one that caught some serious eeriness in that early scene when Soo-young asked where her father was, and was told he was out delivering flowers? This happened at about the same time we were learning about the location of Kim Ian’s death, and watched a mysterious individual drop a bouquet at the spot where he passed. Coincidence? I sure hope so.
But enough of my speculation — there are two new baddies in town to deal with, on top of all our other problems, and they are far more likely to be involved in the murder-mystery-cover-up. The first is Jang Yoon’s father, who turns out to be a stakeholder in the orchestra, and kind of a nasty dude with a nasty rumor attached to him: that he was the one who murdered his youngest son, Ian. The other baddie in the mix is so obviously bad that I hope he’s not bad. He’s got a token scar to jar our heroine’s memories, an evil glint in his eye, and wears a bucket hat that we have seen hints of many times before.
As if two new nefarious characters weren’t enough to complicate things, we hear so many different perspectives around the accident/murder this week that it’s hard to keep track. Everyone — and I do mean everyone — seems to hold a piece of the puzzle, whether they witnessed something, heard something, or did something.
After last week’s reveal we know that Maestro Nam is involved. He not only worked with Kim Ian, but seems to be in the clutches of the foundation behind the orchestra. Ha Eun-joo also continues to stir up drama, first in a rather random overdose moment, and later when she a) confronts Maestro Nam about his alibi the night Kim Ian died and b) remembers that she and Yi-young knew Jang Yoon previously as a T.A. at their college. The plot thickens.
My favorite reveal, though, was in a repressed memory of Yi-young’s from the previous summer where Kim Ian offers to tell her his real name. Kim Ian is his stage name, but his real name? Jang Yoon. Awesome moment! But what does it meeaaan? At first I thought our Yoon took his little brother’s name as a bit of a threat (as if he was taking on his name as a weapon to reveal the truth) — but actually, no one seems to realize the significance of this yet.
At the end of Episode 12, someone finally gives Yi-young (and us!) something definitive. After brushing off the truth again and again, Yoon confirms that Yi-young was indeed Kim Ian’s girlfriend. He also confirms the possibility that she was responsible for this death, since Yoon also finally tells her Kim Ian had a fatal stab wound.
Poor Yi-young, this isn’t exactly the response she was looking for when she told Yoon she liked him and asked if he wanted to date her. Her happy-go-luckiness continues to amuse me, and adds to the overall feeling of impending doom in this drama — as if Yi-young is tumbling down a rabbit hole she’s not even aware of yet.
The drama’s ratings might have been low last week, but I am enjoying Let Me Hear Your Song to max capacity. The drama operates by dangling carrots in front of us to keep us guessing, speculating, and watching. It makes for a good and addictive story, but it’s also a fantastic bit of meta, because what’s happening in the story for Yi-young (dangling carrots) is what’s happening outside the story for us (more dangling carrots). So, down the rabbit hole we all go! Let’s hope it’s a fun plummet all the way down.
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