Yes I realize it’s about time for this one. Ugh Han Hyo Joo seriously never disappoints. The story line was really quite appealing to begin with, a modern supernatural, and then there was the cast. Oh Yeon Joo might seem exaggerated sometimes but because its Han Hyo Joo acting, it seems really believable and natural. Lee Jong Suk’s performance is also fantastic BUT I just wonder if not him, who else could have played the role of the amazing Kang Chul. Han Hyo Joo owns the role of Oh Yeon Joo for sure, Lee Jong Suk, as superb as he is, doesn’t completely own that character just yet (of course that’s just me).
For those of you who haven’t seen it, it’s basically about this doctor Yeon Joo getting dragged into a parallel universe that her and her father had first created in a famous web comic called W. Kang Chul is the main character there and has had a very tragic life where he was a gold medal olympian in target shooting but his whole family was murdered after and he was the main culprit. The story is basically him trying to find this mysterious killer who always seems to just appear and vanish out of nowhere. Yeon Joo saves Kang Chul, the main character, on their first meeting and of course is totally stunned when she returns to her dimension. She often finds herself back in his universe when he thinks of her and she’s saved him a few times because she knew her father was trying to kill him off in the comic back in her dimension. To return to her dimension from Kang Chul’s, there has to be a change in Kang Chul’s composure so she does funny things like slap him and kiss him.
Yeon Joo’s personality is very animated making her a pleasant character to watch. She’s so funny and cute especially around Kang Chul who she’s a huge fan of. Her reaction in the first scene when she had woken up from her nap at the hospital to her superior was just absolutely priceless. What’s sort of funny is she doesn’t seem to participate very much as a doctor and honestly with what I know about med students and residents, she has way too much time on her hands. But that’s okay, it is a drama that’s not really centered around her career.
Kang Chul’s character is hard to grasp because the audience can’t really see what he’s thinking. He showed unusual but sweet interest in Yeon Joo right from the beginning which was sort of strange. Later you find out it’s because he had some weird supernatural occurrences. You have to look hard to understand the complex layers of his character who had his family murdered and then was arrested as the culprit (this man keeps a gun under his pillow for heaven’s sake, with a good reason). He was released and now a rich man who created a criminal spotting system with the goal of catching his own family’s murderer. Anyway it just seems like Kang Chul’s sweet gestures sometimes hold some kind of other intention, I know that might not be the case but it gives off that kind of feeling especially when it involves Yeon Joo.
Yoon Seo Hee (Jung Yoo Jin) is quite an annoying character to watch so good job to Jung Yoo Jin who plays her. She’s supposed to be a very capable secretary but can’t keep her shit together. If she were an amazing secretary to Kang Chul and very professional then I’d be a little more lenient, but this woman is no good at her job and has an annoying personality (obviously because she’s second lead).
Because Kang Chul and Yeon Joo’s dad had traveled through each other’s dimension through a cintiq, I have knew thoughts on this device. Being a design student, there’s cintiqs all over campus and I don’t think I will look at them the same way again, like what? I can travel to another dimension with a hot guy through the monitor I’m usually slicing through with a pen?
I will say this though, yes the plot of the drama itself is very promising so far but the one thing I don’t get is why the webtoon W is so popular. Yes Kang Chul’s life is dramatically tragic and no one should downplay that because if it were real, the pain would be unimaginable; but I just feel if you squint, the events are sort of random. Granted that it became that way after Kang Chul came to life but when you look at just the webtoon for what it is, there isn’t much story there after Kang Chul’s family is killed, just an eternal search for the killer. I love the drama but I do think every time they mention how W is number one, I feel the pressure point and just want to ask, why?
And I know I might get some hate for saying this but there are certain parts of the drama that are sort of predictable. I had assumed from the beginning that the murderer of Kang Chul’s family was either an old shooting sport enemy or the author himself, Yeon Joo’s dad. Turns out it ended up being him and he drew himself as the killer so in Kang Chul’s universe, he’d be caught and no one would target Kang Chul anymore. The reason why it’s predictable is because that would be the best twist to this suspense comic that the whole nation is obsessed with. But of course when the “killer” was caught in Kang Chul’s world, you know it’s not the end because it’s just episode 8 and the killer is the main element to keep the story going. What did catch me off guard was when Yeon Joo’s dad’s face disappeared in their normal world. Good twist!
Kang Chul and Yeon Joo’s chemistry is really great and I love the interest he has in her. After he discovered the truth about his universe, he’s obviously in total shock and it was really interesting to me. According to Yeon Joo’s dad, Kang Chul didn’t start going off on its own until he was about to kill off Kang Chul. That means everything that came before never really happened to Kang Chul in his universe? It’s sort of like basic knowledge that was implanted as a memory but they never actually experienced it because they didn’t really have control? Anyway that’s sort of how I see it.