Melting Me Softly: Episodes 13-14 Open Thread
It’s the penultimate week of Melting Me Softly, and though some of the plot lines wrapped up fast, our cryo-couple still has things like cold hard jealousy, henchman hellbent on murder, and the equalization of their body temperatures to deal with before they can live happily ever after. Will they survive to fight another week? Will we?
EPISODES 13-14 WEECAP
This week’s episodes are all about the reveal of the Lee Seok-du/Hyeon-du situation, which Dong-chan had rogue-edited into his show. Like I said last week, this scene wasn’t all that exciting, and everyone at the broadcasting station is way more surprised than you might expect, since I can’t think how half of them know who this guy even is.
Regardless, the best part of this sequence is that baddie Lee Hyeon-du sees the exposé, too. This means he was sitting in his nifty leather chair about to watch the Go Go 99 premiere with the rest of the nation. That just tickles me to no end.
Anyway, his plot line is swiftly dealt with, and after a brief face-off, everyone is put back to their rightful place (jail and board room, respectively). This whole subplot is responsible for shaking up the lives of our cryo-couple irrevocably, but in the end, was one of the dullest around.
While the baddie plot line is wrapping up, Dong-chan and Mi-ran set off their temperature alarms a few times attempting skinship, and despite the fact that she’s clearly nuts about him, Dong-chan is jealous of her and the new intern to the point where it takes up half the episode. It’s supposed to be comedic, and while I love petty and exasperated Ji Chang-wook, it drags on too long for something we know has no weight.
But wait, there’s more! Though there’s finally a nice, authentic moment (read: hug of forgiveness and letting go) between Dong-chan and Ha-young, it mostly devolves into Mi-ran seeing them. Then it’s her turn to become inordinately jealous. She’s filled with doubt over Dong-chan’s feelings for her, and I’m not sure why it’s taken Mi-ran this long to see Ha-young as a rival, but there it is. But have no fear — the jealousy plot lines are one and done, and our couple goes back to staring moonily at each other.
Something else has to happen, so Dong-chan suddenly decides to quit his job, even though the show was a roaring success. There’s no real reason why he quits, and it doesn’t serve much purpose except for some funny meta on the relevance of TV media. At the behest of his niece, he decides to devote himself to a YouTube channel instead. Eventually, he gets to interview all the people that want to be in the next round of cryogenics, because somewhere in the background, the procedure is getting cleared and approved (let’s not go there).
Here’s where Melting Me Softly returns to where it started, telling us that humanitarian reasons are really the only reason why cryosleep should be allowed. Most of the contenders have selfish and shallow reasons for going into cryosleep — unlike Mi-ran, who twenty years ago, did it hoping to “cure” her brother.
However, Dong-chan’s faith in humanity is restored when a young family applies so that they can save their young son who is dying of a rare cancer. And then there’s one more participant who just might pass muster as well: a young and famous chaebol whose secret girlfriend is dying of an incurable disease.
HOLD UP! It’s my puppy Jinyoung making a cameo! Although the cameo is due to writer Baek Mi-young and Jinyoung having worked together on My Beloved Eundong in 2015, when I see Jinyoung I can’t think of anything but how much I loved That Psychometric Guy. Thus being, I’m only half paying attention when the last ten minutes of Episode 14 explode into cliffhanger action.
Because we must tune in for the final week, we leave our leads locked in turmoil and on the precipice of death. Dong-chan is getting the final shot that’s going to equalize their body temperatures, and though Professors Hwang and Jo are calm and confident, it’s not long before Dong-chan is coding and clutching his heart. And Mi-ran? She’s about to get taken out by Hyeon-du’s henchman who’s cosplaying a cop.
My favorite moment this week was when Dong-chan’s niece tells him that he’s “like an old pair of undies with a worn out elastic.” Outside of the visual being hysterical, it strikes me that this is the perfect way to express how I feel about this drama as a whole. Overused plot lines, needlessly stretched out, and belongs shoved at the back of the drawer. But, we’ve only got one more week to go! Let’s see what dramaland has in store for our cryo-couple next week — and I’m sure there will be no lack of cheeky wrap-up for our other characters as well.
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