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Dramas, Special Features, Original Features

[Drama Review] 'W' - Episode 9

By jubilantj   Friday, August 19, 2016   44,841   6,732   18
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It's official: Kim Eui Sung is now my favorite actor in the drama. 


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The guy goes from being an alcoholic, depressed webtoon author to an unfeeling, ruthless serial murderer, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I was thoroughly impressed by his performance. I nearly got goose prickles on my skin watching his speech to Chul at the end, his leering face looming horribly. Props to Kim Eui Sung for his versatility and convincing acting. I may check out his other works now thanks to this drama. 



Yeon Joo is lovesick...quite literally. 


Oh Sung Moo finally realizes what he has to do to give the webtoon the happy ending that everyone wants. Alas, his plans to lend the 'faceless killer' his own face to permanently end him backfires when the webtoon character ends up stealing his identity. The killer is not just a shapeless existence anymore; thanks to Oh Sung Moo's decision to give Chul a happy ending, the killer is not only more alive but his threat is also more palpable than before. Oh, the irony.


I still don't quite understand what kind of superpowers this killer possesses. I mean, the guy can fly, teleport, use telepathy to communicate with his murder targets, and more that I probably missed. I'll let the killer's weird set of superpowers slide because aside from being totally random, they're not doing any big harm to the overall story. And I suppose it lends him an air of mystery...



Chul forgets entirely about Yeon Joo, or so we're led to believe. 


My frustration toward Yeon Joon bubbled up again when she started acting like a hormonal 14-year-old tween rather than the grown ass 30-year-old woman that she is. I understand that she's heartbroken after parting ways with Chul, but it was really pathetic the way she acted, especially when she cut out scenes of her kissing Chul in the webtoon and put them up on her wall. Even her own mother told her to start acting her age. You know what they say: Mom knows best! 


Yeon Joo was inevitably pulled back into the webtoon as we all knew she would, but the reason for her jump back into the 2D world is unclear. I get the feeling that it could be because her father is now involved in the story? I tried to link her back to Chul but with no great success. At the moment, Yeon Joo seems pretty irrelevant to the story. Even the whole 'love line' between Chul and Yeon Joo didn't go anywhere, which leads me to question the writer's decision to include it in the story. 



"It's not you, it's me." 


Additionally, from what we know and have seen so far, it isn't solely Chul's thoughts of Yeon Joo which drags her into the webtoon. The killer's need to discover his true identity is what contributed most to the revival of the webtoon, and Yeon Joo helped only by drawing the scene necessary to save Chul from drowning. And now, even after Chul severed his relationship with Yeon Joo, she keeps being dragged back into the webtoon. As Chul keeps saying in the drama, there is "no context" concrete enough for Yeon Joo's pulls into the webtoon. I hope that the writers will give Yeon Joo a believable enough purpose soon enough, because at the moment she is just...there. 



Score


Plot........................8
Cinematography...8
Pacing...................9


OVERALL............8.3

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    AlleyV Monday, August 22, 2016

    I feel like Chul will find out who the killer is and by that time he'll already be in love with Yeon Joo and be conflicted between them in the actual world that yeon joo is living.

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    ssyrhceivon11 Sunday, August 21, 2016

    Correct me if I'm wrong but I thought it was explained in the episode why she gets dragged back to W's world from time to time. It's because there are still remnants of her in Kang Chul's memory, it's not as clear-cut as before but she still lingers in Kang Chul's subconscious/dreams that's why she gets pulled into his world randomly (or not).

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    Gab0 Saturday, August 20, 2016

    I've only seen him i six flying dragons as Poeun Jung Mong Joo, he was incredible there too...

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    Calamity10 Saturday, August 20, 2016

    Am I the only one who hates the romance scene in every episode? The romance scene was almost eating the whole episode and they do nothing but talk. But the plot is good though

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    most_like Friday, August 19, 2016

    creepy af

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    kimjen89 Friday, August 19, 2016

    SHIT!  does that mean that the villain knows exactly what the writer was planning on doing?!  In the preview it seemed that way... SO GOOD!!!

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    icy_wolfie Friday, August 19, 2016

    One freaking epic plot twist

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    AndreaRed Friday, August 19, 2016

    the whole concept was great, the face sceen scared the crap out of me. i only have one problem. just like this article, the way they wrote YJ really bug me. she's a doctor. but couple eps ago when she prepared for an operation, she suddenly leave her station because she sense chul was there. now there was a patient bleeding in front of her and she was to mesmerized with chul. it's a female character cliche that need to be stop. it's frustrated me to see a great drama, but the writers seems have no idea how to write a good lead female character.

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    Sweet_Milk_Tea AndreaRed Friday, August 19, 2016

    um the writer of this drama is Song Jung Jae. If you've seen her other work, Queen In Hyun's Man, you'd know that she DOES know how to write a good lead female character. Also, she did not leave her station because she sensed Kang Chul was there in episode 5, she left her station because that guy whose name escapes me told her someone who called himself her fiance was there to see her. And she wasn't mesmerized with Chul in ep 9 she thought she was still dreaming because she couldn't believe she was seeing him again after they parted.

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    matchaa Sweet_Milk_Tea Sunday, August 21, 2016

    I see so many people bashing Yj's character but I don't agree at all.. Like scenes are played out for the sake of drama (who on earth kisses frozen for a whole minute?!) and the situation she's in is crazy?? Like as stupid as it sounds I would like to see some one else's reaction if they were suddenly sucked into some fantasy comic world, and try to keep their sense of rational judgement... (I really liked yoo in-na's character in queen in-hyun's man too, so.. !) In general female leads tend to receive a lot of hate.

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    hy_llam Friday, August 19, 2016

    She got dragged back in either because Chul was dreaming about her or because she was still in his unconscious mind

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    Nova_Foxy Friday, August 19, 2016

    d dad's blurred face scared d shit out of me ...

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    VixxL Nova_Foxy Friday, August 19, 2016

    me too this is slowly turning into horror romance but its still soo good it was a big mistake to start it while its still airing the wait is torture

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    VixxL Friday, August 19, 2016

    5 more days to goo

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    Nova_Foxy VixxL Friday, August 19, 2016

    the struggle :'(

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