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[Drama Review] 'W' - Episode 5

By jubilantj   Thursday, August 4, 2016   21,967   4,558   15
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This episode of 'W' was the most tolerable yet. 


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As I watched the episode, I realized how random the romance part of the drama seems at the moment. It would have fared perfectly fine as simply a mystery/thriller genre without the cheesy romancing and awkward lip-grazing kiss scenes. This is especially true now that I know Kang Chul is a webtoon character who possesses enough willpower to overcome any situation, no matter how extreme or dire. And yes, that includes death. 



Chul is shocked to find out that he is just a 2D character in a made-up world. 


Like Oh Sung Moo, who is Chul's very creator, so triumphantly and smugly told his creation, Chul is nothing but a fictional fragment of his maker. Oh, fallen to the deepest pits of despair following the abandonment from his wife and daughter and battling his worsening alcoholism and depression, gives birth to a character at his most desperate, lowest point in life. And that character just so happens to be Kang Chul (roughly meaning 'steel' in Korean), a tragic hero who is the polar opposite of Oh's innate loathsome self. Chul, like his name implies, is indeed as strong as steel, overcoming his past tragedies and traumas to return even stronger than before. Chul is everything Oh wants to but cannot be. Oh shaped Chul in such a way that, unlike his weak-willed self, he would never back down or grow discouraged. Considering all these factors, it's clear that Oh is not only Chul's creator but also Chul's biggest admirer. 



Yeon Joo thinking back on all the lip grazes she shared with her 2D lover. 


Unfortunately, Oh hadn't stopped to consider the just how much his desire to be someone like Chul ended up birthing his most successful yet eerily lifelike character in his overall touch-and-go career. After he finally achieves success as a webtoon author, Oh decides that he has no more need of Chul and tries to end his character by drawing him plunging to the depths of the Han River. But with his will to survive and the dogged need to capture the murderer of his family, Chul somehow comes back to life...again and again, despite Oh's many attempts to kill him once and for all. 



A round of applause to Kim Eui Sung for putting on the most emotional, convincing performance in this episode. 


But then we learn the shocking truth that there is no murderer to begin with. This was where I was like WTF?!? This author is one sadistic arsehole! And he doesn't know how to write good mystery plot that is worth the read. A murder case without a concrete murderer is like....an apple pie without apples(?). Oh is stumped when Chul tells him to think of a solution to revert things to the way they were and to give him the ending he wants which is to finally find his family's murderer. As an author, that shouldn't be too hard to do, right? Oh's whole career depends on his ability to conjure up stories and bring them alive on the pages through words and pictures. It might be difficult but certainly not impossible to change the story around, especially because now it's going in an entirely random, romance tangent from the strictly/thriller genre that it was before. It's Oh's only chance to set things right. Too bad Chul shot him in the chest, though. Hopefully the guy isn't dead because that means a 2D character is stuck in the real world forever. 



Chul is devastated to learn that he can never get a happy ending....or can he??


The last scene leads me to believe that if Oh is truly dead, then it's up to Yeon Joo now to continue the story. Perhaps she can give Chul the ending he wants, something that her father was incapable of doing. I guess that's what Chul meant when he said that he believes Yeon Joo to be the key to his life. We'll have to continue sticking it out to see just how Yeon Joo will save Chul and his story. 


Score


Plot........................8
Cinematography...8
Pacing...................8


OVERALL............8

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    emjyc12 Friday, August 5, 2016

    I give this review:Writing: 2 Engagement: 0Quality: -4Overall: -2Congrats, it was the most tolerable so far.

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    Lisssss Friday, August 5, 2016

    Allkpop trying to get views/comments by writing stupid sh*t like this.

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    JoeKpop Friday, August 5, 2016

    Seriously, I'm starting to like soompi more than this shit... There are more bright and stable people writing articles in soompi... So disappointed in allkpop

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    Sweet_Milk_Tea Thursday, August 4, 2016

    "this episode is the most tolerable yet" what the fuck? All of the episodes so far have been A+++ but you're saying that this is the "most tolerable episode" while all the previous episodes pale in comparison?

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    allyynia Sweet_Milk_Tea Friday, August 5, 2016

    Srsly everyone LOVEEE this drama excepts this writer. And this writer writes terrible review of this drama too. I know this might not be everyone's cup of tea and everyone have their own opinion etc but if u gonna hate a drama, provide enough concrete reasons. Honestly everytime I reaf the reviews I can feel stupid personal grudge over this drama and I dont get it.

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    bandchad Thursday, August 4, 2016

    i really like this drama! good!

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    bresso Thursday, August 4, 2016

    I really liked episode 5. We finally know why he wanted to kill Chul, that he actually really actively tried to kill him and that he just went crazy over the years. It was heartbreaking when Chul said how he suffered for nothing but entertainment. And firstly Chul didn`t want to kill him because of Yeon Joo, he already fell for her and didn`t forget to be thankful to her for rescuing him severel times. I like that there are real conversations... the characters try to convey their actual feelings. The father didn`t only want to let Chul die because he wasn`t needed anymore but because he himself hadn`t the "guts" to do so in real life. Don`t you think the father kinda wanted Chul to shoot him? Because he provoked him several times... he was really harsh and mean. Ah :) and jubilantj... so you actually watched this episode well? And there are more points this time.... and nothing about the actors. ^^You could hear the agony and frustration when Chul talked... that was acting on point. I can`t wait for ep 7.

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    bresso Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Oh but at the beginning ... you just know now that Kang Chul "possesses enough willpower to overcome any situation"... like what? NOW? And the romantic isn`t cheesy actually... do you watch other dramas?

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    Sugoi_Jagaimo bresso Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Oh my god same here! I loved how their was conversations like you said, they conveyed their real feelings here well. The script is well written,

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    bresso Sugoi_Jagaimo Thursday, August 4, 2016

    <3

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    Sugoi_Jagaimo bresso Monday, August 8, 2016

    <3

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    Sugoi_Jagaimo Thursday, August 4, 2016

    I think this episode was really good. Chul finally knows how Yeon Joo feels being brought to another dimension with nothing to your name. I love how they have the mutual support for each other; like Chul took care of Yeon Joo in his dimension, now she's returning the favor (but I think she would have did it anyone, because she's a good person). I love the romance parts in the drama. They're not forced at all lmfao only when Yeon Joo is trying to get the hell out of Chul's world, or CHEESY! but you can see the chemistry between the two grow throughout the obstacles, and secrets to uncover together. I kind of feel pity for the father, but I can see where he's coming from on a psychological level. He's not only an alcholic, but he has an inferiority complex, and his wife left him (it was his fault though) He built Chul as a more superior version of himself, someone he could live vicariously through that was successful and confident unlike his real self. All that is messing with his mind, and then imagine if you yourself knows that the work you are drawing is being erased and replaced with parts you know you didnt even add? And you trying to explain it to everyone, but everyone just thinks youre crazy; Id start to go crazy lmao. Then he tries to kill Chul; FREAKING FAIL lmao. I'm so freaking excited for episode 6. And poor Chul imagine finding out all your pain and agony, hardships etc are entertainment for others? I'd be pissed off, and sad that supposedly his friends arent real and they're not living nor are they dead, so theyre just stuck. Chul has to carry all that on his shoulders. I think he handled it well, he didnt take it out on Yeon Joo like I expected because she was the author's daughter. But Chul is smart, he knows that Yeon Joo was trying to help him and that shes a good person. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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    Sugoi_Jagaimo Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Lol sorry, my mistake; I don't think, I know this episode was really good.

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    bresso Sugoi_Jagaimo Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Yes, I was afraid he would get revenge on the author using Yeon Joo but he didn`t. I really like the chemistry, too. I think that he shot him was understandable if you consider what he was going through and what Oh said to him. He was badly hurt, depressed and feared to never find a real ending.

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    Sugoi_Jagaimo bresso Thursday, August 4, 2016

    Right! I agree

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