In a nutshell: This is not a rom-com. There is romance; there is comedy. But if you go in expecting a romantic-comedy of the usual order, you’ll soon find yourself lost in strange plot turns and never-before-seen character decisions. Instead, this drama dives deeply into standard rom-com myths and blows them apart. At the same time it takes a sharp, almost cynical, look at the current economic state of S.Korea and the vast, seemingly uncrossable, gulf between the haves and the have-nots. (Though, like any good story, the economic truths carry out past Korea, I would say.) I adored both the depth of what the drama was saying and also the style in which it was said. My advice? Follow the white rabbit.
This time I go mad with screen-caps and over-analyze the symbolism attached to the various characters. Because both Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking-glass get played with. And that’s a lot of symbols to connect.
Spoilers right through to the end below the cut:
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my gosh!! First, this is by no means a review. Nor is it a deep and analytical look at how it all came out. What it is, is a minor barbaric yip of glee at this spoiler-filled realization….
Spoiler through the end of it all (in case you didn’t catch the first warning):
As I wait for the final episodes of Alice in Cheongdam-dong to arrive (with subs, of course …and while I’m speaking parenthetically — I’ve reached a point where I can write Cheongdam-dong without the usual long pause and google check to make sure I’ve spelled it right, which I find kind of cool…) Where was I? Oh yeah. So here’s what’s up in my current drama-watching life.
The obvious ones were there and pretty easily identified. For example, Han Se-kyung is our innocent and pragmatic Alice who sees through the silliness and illogic of Wonderland. [Spoilers through ep. 14 under cut]
Back to watching at last! These past few weeks got a little crazy with after-holiday holidays and shows not airing (because of award shows? I think?) and I feel like it’s been ages since I’ve seen a new drama episode. I’m way behind on I Miss You and I think Can We Get Married has already finished already. (I’ve been slow-marathoning Shut Up Flower Boy Band with the husband but, as it’s around the 3rd or 4th viewing for me, it doesn’t quite count.)
But today the fasting ends! I caught up on Alice in Cheongdam-dong. A good choice for breaking the fast as it’s got enough humor to feel fluffy and light, but breaks enough clichés (and has a deeper social commentary, for that matter) to provide the meat.
Spoilers through Episode 10 below the cut