Melting Me Softly: Episodes 5-6 Open Thread
This week in Melting Me Softly, our leads continue to acquaint themselves with the lives they used to live, and the fancy smartphones that neither of them know how to use. While not a lot happens plot-wise outside of the cryogenics experiment becoming public knowledge, the real draw is the burgeoning attraction (and mucho chemistry) between our leads. Bring it on! Because not much else is working for me at this point.
EPISODES 5-6 WEECAP
Last week we left our leads feeling their way back into their lives, and trying to fit back into the world they’ve been so long absent from. Episode 5 covers very much the same territory, with Dong-chan confronting Hyun-gi and company over how they covered up his disappearance to protect their careers.
He also confronts Ha-young on pretty much the same grounds. She knows she’s done wrong, but at the same time she hints that he has always been in her heart, since she never married. That’s sweet and all, but there’s not even an ounce of me that wants them back together, and Dong-chan is starting to feel the same.
Mi-ran’s story continues without moving forward as well — she meets up with her friends, chats with hoobaes on campus, and sticks out like a sore thumb with her old tech and fashion. Mi-ran also continues to haunt Byung-shim, who slowly pieces together her identity.
I know I should be tired of this storyline by now, but for some reason Shim Hyung-tak continues to crack me up. I might have actually snorted during the scene where he collapses on campus in the dead bug position, and his T.A. deadpans that it’s because so many students dropped his class after the first week.
Dong-chan has pretty much figured out the whole hypothermia issue by now, with the help of the completely unexplained research assistant character. Dong-chan and Mi-ran are sweating bullets all the time, and that’s one of the details of the drama which is very consistent. I’m also getting a major kick out of it.
The pair is forever underdressed compared to the people around them (shoutout to Dong-chan who is somehow able to make a wardrobe of polo shirts look suave). He and Mi-ran are also frequently shown guzzling cold water, surrounding themselves with fans, sticking their heads in the freezer — and Dong-chan is always stealing sips of Mi-ran’s ice water (I’ll never get tired of watching this).
Their body temperature is at 31.5 degrees Celsius since the experiment, and they have to keep it that way to survive (that’s 88.7 degrees Fahrenheit for people like me that can’t think in Celsius). This detail has two purposes in the plot right now.
The first is that they have the “suspense” of waiting for Professor Hwang to recover from his coma, remember them, and solve the problem. The second purpose is that their fragile physical state forces Dong-chan and Mi-ran to bond. Forget the cryogenics — their interaction is where the real magic of the drama lies.
It’s Ji Chang-wook and Won Jin-ah that drew me to this drama at the start, and really, they’re the reason I’m staying. Both actors are so great separately, there’s no way they can’t create something out of this rather ridiculous drama, right?
Well, we’re treated to some sparkly scenes between them this week, and it makes it all worth the while. Or, should I say, Ji Chang-wook looking at her with hearts (and amusement) in his eyes makes the six hours I’ve invested so far in this drama completely worth it.
I’m so glad/relieved that the plot is finally forcing them together, which should have happened from the start, but I’ll take it in Week 3 if I must. With their health, safety, and sanity at risk, I love the growing reliance between Dong-chan and Mi-ran. The banter and camaraderie is also a lot of fun, and when Dong-chan sets her up with all the biometric monitors and tells her she’s not allowed to faint without telling him first? Hah.
I’m looking forward to more of the relationship between our cryogenic couple, and honestly am so little invested in the wider political plot that I’m barely following that storyline (zzzz). The introduction of the two dopey bad guys to tail Dong-chan this week is just beyond — painfully dumb, almost.
And that’s sort of where I sit with this drama right now. It is painfully dumb in spots. Part of me wants to rewrite the entire script to be a different kind of story… but the other part of me is admittedly enjoying the dumb quite whole-heartedly. Melting Me Softly is as far-fetched as it is ridiculous, but there’s also a lot of hilarity, and great bits of comedic detail, that I would be sorry to miss.
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