I struggled in a long lull trying to come up with my thoughts about W: Two Worlds as it gave me a mixture of an electrifying writing but then it failed to close the story with a befitting ending. Sprinting in a mind-blowing setting and pushing me to the extent of an imaginary world where everything is possible to happen, I had a lot of jaw-dropping and head splitting moments following Kang Chul and his adventures in discovering the world inside the world he lived in. Visually it was appealing, and I’m not talking about Kang Chul’s frames only here, but the transition of the alternating worlds where our characters thrived.
I was amazed and intoxicated on a whole new world inside a fictional sphere, I was rendered thrilled and brimming of love vibes every time a chapter closes on the first half of it. Because of the previous works of the writer (Nine and Queen In Hyun’s Man), I marked “W-Two Worlds” even if Lee Jun Seok hasn’t reached the oppa status with me yet until W, and nothing has prepared me in this whirlwind of emotion trying to figure where the story will be heading and how the sweet couple would fulfil their impossible love when they live in divergent realms.
If you haven’t caught up on “W” yet, it tells the story of a doctor, Oh Yeon Joo, who supernaturally got transported inside a manhwa which her father created. There she saved Kang Chul, the hero of the manhwa wounded from an assault. Yeon Joo’s alcoholic father was meaning to kill Kang Chul to end the story after he was troubled on how Kang Chul seemed to be changing the story when he doesn’t like where it is heading. Yeon Joo still baffled on her trip to an alternate world was summoned back again after learning that his father will again attempt to kill Kang Chul who was confined in a hospital. Yeon Joo saved him but was marked by the police for questioning and for being a suspect to Kang Chul’s rooftop accident. Understanding that she has to do a highlight act to trigger Kang Chul’s emotion for her to return to her world, Yeon Joo kissed the hero and got what she wished for. However, she got drawn to his world again and woke up in his room.
Because she can’t explain the circumstances on how she knew Kang Chul, she was penthouse-arrested by the latter until she confessed everything. Yeon Joo eventually got caught by the police. Kang Chul coaxed her to spill what world she came in and how she knew a lot of things about him. Still afraid of the repercussions it may bring, she revealed to Kang Chul how she knew him and vanished in the manhwa world. After the perturbingly unbelievable confession, Kang Chul’s world froze and he saw a portal to which he entered in search of clarifying the questions Yeon Joo failed to answer. He learned about Yeon Joo’s relationship to the artist who created him and when he confronted him about the truth, he shot him after disagreeing to his illogical vodka selfish argument of his power over him and his daughter’s entanglement in their creator-masterpiece rift. Kang Chul decided to end his life on his own and jumped to Hangang river.
Oh Yeon Joo’s father survived and went on a NZ trip after two months. All the while Yeon Joo still worrying about what happened to Kang Chul. While on a blind date, she got pulled in to Hangang River where Kang Chul is still submerged and in her desperate effort to save him, she asked her father’s assistant to help her draw the pictures that will bring him back to life. Kang Chul woke up to his world, realizing the remnants of what happened to his visit to Yeon Joo’s universe he went to meet her after she also got sighted laying down on the cell where she disappeared. Kang Chul got mad thinking about Yeon Joo’s selfish actions of bringing him back to manhwa life when he doesn’t have a reason to live. In tears Yeon Joo confessed her love for him which swayed Kang Chul’s heart and sent her out of his world only to materialize again while he was about to leave. Yeon Joo coyly pointed out how he must have been thinking about her that’s why she kept coming to his world, and he agreed by scooping a heart stopping kiss admitting how he was scared of not seeing her again. Yeon Joo and Kang Chul agreed to do a contract marriage to bail her out of prison whilst being in love with all of their hearts but they will soon have to battle the faceless villain who already gave Kang Chul a warning of Yeon Joo’s eventual death in his hand.
The rules were established on the connection between Yeon Joo and Kang Chul — that Yeon Joo can enter Kang Chul’s manhwa world when the latter carries her in his thoughts and she can leave if there’s a monumental shift of emotion to our hero. Yeon Joo has control over Kang Chul’s universe as one of the creators of the manhwa setting, but he has control over her coming and leaving his universe thru his thoughts and emotions. This drama has endless possibilities and was so strong in mocking predictable outcomes that the viewers pondered about.
The nifty writing was executed well by the main leads in both charming renditions. Oh Yeon Joo and her antics threw me in i-dont-care-i-will-laugh-with-all-my-heart fits on how she analyzed things and acted upon the situation given to her in those moments when she was learning her new found ability to enter a fancy world where she eventually fell in love with the man of her teenage-self dreams. The ingenious choices she did to stir Kang Chul emotions so that she can escape his world were hilariously funny and yet lovely at the same time. Her mischievous character is so fitting to Kang Chul’s calculating persona. Both were quick to adjust and smart enough to deduct the situation thrown at them when they were placed in the same room.
Admitting to the curious case of romance they were in, they were crippled by the restrictions of the worlds they lived in, nonetheless it was a thrilling feat on how they raced on their romantic ride and sealed it with their heartfelt love. Kang Chul and her swoon worthy adorably sweet moments with Oh Yeon Joo made me almost kill my non-living pillow out of the butterflies in my tummy that must have been wanting to see Kang Chul too. Just like Yeon Joo I know most of the girls like me passed that stage where we put in writing our ideal man, and that’s why maybe “W” is hitting home very well in me because it tapped on my young woman fantasies so I can relate well to Yeon Joo. I was like “aigoo! Kang chul! be still my heart!” on the heart fluttering episode 7 that I forgave MBC right away with Episode 8 preemption. I didn’t notice Lee Jun Seok before but his Kang Chul portrayal suiting up a dapper handsome face, teasing smirks and mouth gaping smiles encumbered the rational woman inside me, making me consider the possibility of being with my dream man if I draw him too, even when I can only write. *giggles
After crossing the half of this sweetly addictive drama journey, I have fears on how all of the dots will be connected as we winded down to the story. From the bottom of my heart I rooted for the love couple’s ever after. Eventhough from the onset realistically speaking it doesn’t seem viable. But since we are defying rules in two alternating worlds, I took everything bargaining on the possibility that the closing episodes will be seamlessly done basing on the already established scenarios. So when Kang Chul and Yeon Joo went to a more complex conflict in trying to defeat the villain who has outwitted his creator and has forced the love couple to part ways for them to survive, the reset Kang Chul pictured to be the resolution in protecting his lady love ended up to be an additional pile of side problems they had to overcome which in turn frustrated me. By the time they successfully nailed their happy ending, I was so exhausted with the writer on why he had to do that long route and diminish the fan service scenes he could have extended to compensate on how he twisted his plot and teased the followers in catching where he intends to go. Did I like the ending? It was fair and satisfying but the movement of the story from its strong onset felt like the waning episodes hit a roadblock and the main leads were stripped of their initial brilliance and were thrown at a UFC fight night where they had to survive. *chuckles
Less the staggering twists and turns that were ever present in the narrative, I still like how “W:TwoWorlds” was so ambitious on how it vividly displayed and chronicled a love story that defied alternate universe. It maneuvered to constant deviation and possibilities having the premise of “everything is possible to happen as long as they can draw it”. I love smart characters playing in the story so I have to give it to Yeon Joo on how she perceives efficiently in moments when Kang Chul is hindered by the limitations of his heroic role which was dependent on his fictional character. All throughout its showing, I was immersed on the extent of chimeric world the story would thread to, even when it hit a frustrating circle, but then it bounced back to a neatly delineated denouement although I would have wanted for another hour of extension.
There is no doubt on how exemplary “W:Two Worlds” accelerated to its proxy-universe-deriding setting. It gave a surreal drama experience and yet the romance development for the main leads was pragmatic and memorable. If you have not caught up on Kang Chul and W yet, don’t wait for next year to happen, and be prepared for a mixed emotion spin as you frolic on this enslaving kdrama spectacle. -jediprincess (photo credits to hancinema)