The Binding Love of a Time-traveler to His Wife

I can’t remember an emotionally draining drama where I did not cry, but “Tomorrow With You” really knocked my heart out, because I was hoping for the best that can happen to So Joon and Ma Rin’s love story given the arduous time-bending road they had to overcome to finally get a tomorrow with each other.

Lee Je Hoon oppa was so cool with the time-bending walkie/talkie sleeper hit “Signal” last year so I never pictured myself swooning over him because he is known for his poignant character portrayals. “Tomorrow With You” caught me easily with its time-traveling hero and his quest to prevent his eventual death in the future.  We uncovered  layers of mystery to another as we were presented with the future focal conflict of the love couple’s death that can be saved only if our hero can work on the circumstances happening at his  present life, which of course he does not know about, but us viewers have already fathomed.  Working out the strenuous hitch was no easy task if you have a perceptive wife who wanted everything in her married life done together.

I was thrilled watching the scenes unravel, and yet I was also frustrated trying to decipher the hindered rules as So Joon travels to the future. I like the sudden marriage plot.  I like the back story.  I like that he was forced to confront the main problem not with his initial urge to survive, but because he slowly but surely felt that his future involved Ma Rin because she crept in his heart without him realizing it… that he cannot picture a future without her anymore.

The way the story withheld the future twist by furtively hiding the key turning points and yet presenting well the essence of the time-traveling plot on the romantic premise, has made me on the edge of my seat trying to decipher the puzzle pieces that will help So Joon in case I bump with him in one of his sojourns.  I like the laid-back-we-will-not- be-rushing here tone, so I was surprised that the big reveal to Ma Rin that she married a time-traveler came sooner than I expected.  It was most of the time maintaining the wistful sphere thanks to our caught in between time wrinkling love couple.  I can understand the urgency on So Joon’s end trying to protect Ma Rin, but how the latter responded after learning the truth was understandably confusing if So Joon keeps on hiding what their full story was about.  In a way the narrative was sort of intermittently detaching on its own accord, but it finds a way to wake me up and entice me again.

That’s what it did when it crossed the middle part when we have established the villain and his wrongdoings.
Then we got to the conflict of So Joon conflicted between leaving Ma Rin of the present because of a warning from Ma Rin of the future, but true love always prevails so we got past that hurdle and they compromised to work on the repercussions of their actions that could make an impact to their supposed future fall out.

What I cannot understand sometimes, because we have so much going on in the future was how So Joon stubbornly overlooked the present moment.  And whenever he goes to the future, it’s like he was getting bits of information that was not able to back up the premise of the integral conflict which was the future that won’t happen in two years time for them anymore.  True that it started smoothly at the first half and every episode since then was problem stricken and gave a half-baked resolution.  The villain conflict was resolved and he got jailed, but he still ended up vanishing in the subway.  Ma Rin who could meet So Joon of the past decided not to and told Ki Doong to tell her husband a lie in a futile hope that his life will change for the better if she will not happen to his life at all.

On the finale episode, I was hoping for a glimmer of hope that he was still alive because hey dokpang is a time-traveler, goblin braved and endured that frozen limbo for 10 years to be with his bride so give me a time-traveler who could do as much for Ma Rin who patiently waited for him writing those future emails all those times.  Someone from kdramagods haven heard my plea and gave me answers.  But not after pushing deep the invisible knife piercing my heart as it gave those minutes of So Joon recovering from coma and waking up to the knowledge that his wife died 3 years ago, and she has a few days left to see and save her at her present living moment.  I mean man that was so mean.  It’s really a must for writers to be at their happiest moment when they are writing.  I was tired worrying and hoping and going back to the past and future and living their present lives as well.  So I was resolved to failing the drama for real.

But the drama literally saved the best for last. The frames of So Joon’s future escapades started to make sense as explained in the finale episode.  Along with how Ma Rin chose to lie about their supposed failed marriage so that past So Joon can be reprieved of his fate.
The scenes that marked in me most were first, that scene when Ma Rin told So Joon how she got through those lonely days by stalking his time traveling past self who would constantly leave food and even send video messages for her.  The other one was how when they survived their inevitable tragedy and lived as a normal married couple bickering with the usual wife’s nagging and the husband’s stubbornness, Ma Rin’s future emails would pop up to remind him of how much he was loved by her during those tumultuous times.  I knew that ajussi will do the sacrifice when the camera panned at the scene when So Joon visited Ma Rin’s year 2022 graveyard so I was not surprised as their fate has been intertwined since the Namyeong station accident.

Since time-warping is a complex plot where the writer of the imagined world is the boss, I am okay with how he gave us the answer to how present time So Joon survived the fatal injury by skipping the year he was supposed to die,  in exchange of losing his powers temporarily the moment he recovered from coma.  It was a pertinent move to propel the climax of whether he can save his wife with all his might and yearning to her looming demise.  So yes, I heaved a sigh when after all his attempts he successfully arrived to the present time where he belonged, to give everything he has for the last chance of saving himself and his wife to their imminent misfortune.

Unrequited and patient love was the binding tangible that cushioned So Joon and Ma Rin’s tale as it was a tough job to unlace the intricate connections of the characters’ present, past and future.  But all those hints So Joon discovered were key points to how they eventually freed themselves from the initial burden.

“Tomorrow with You” tested my fortitude as together with the heroine I serenely calm myself and focus on the love promise dokpang gave to her.  Although it was a sad ending for ajussi, it was a heartfelt gesture of a father’s love… to make sure that his daughter will be showered the love she deserved which he has failed to give.

This drama felt like a roller-coaster as I hiked on the twists and turns and got lost in time and space continuum.  It might even give a frustrating ride so consider you are forewarned if you are not used to a story that you have to analyze from start to finish.  Nevertheless I got my closure even if they fit it in less than 60 minutes.  So Joon and Ma Rin’s road to ever after was definitely something I would not dare to have, but they gave me lessons on how compromise, patience and love are essentials that secure an unwavering relationship. -jediprincess

 

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KDramaLand Round Up (Feb 25 – March 5)

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I’m in the process of catching up with “Defendant”.  Hopefully I will get to include it on my round up next week or just settle for my series review.

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Chief Kim (Wed-Thurs 2 eps)

How’s that for a payback time?  So happy seeing Seung Ryung assume his Gunsan roots and brains to outwit Yul.  I am still on guard because Yul is no easy opponent to subdue so I expect Chief Kim to deliver well in the task on his hand.  We have the usual fun and perky week while we resolve the first stage of the primary problem.  I’m beginning to feel Yul’s eccentric end game and I hope it will really lean on a redeeming end for him.  As long as the Business Operations department is happy, I am happy too.  If Chief Kim wants to relieve the comic angst he has towards Yul, I will let him be.

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Strong Woman Do Bong Soon (Fri-Sat 2 eps)

JTBC  scored a lot with its anniversary special with this bouncy gem.  The ratings are reflecting the effort the production team and the actors put together ro gift us with a feel good drama.  The synergy of the cast makes the trite premise so engrossing to watch.  I can feel the romcom plot will become thicker soon, and I can’t help but love it as a kdrama fangirl.

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Tomorrow With You (Fri-Sat 4 eps)

The way this story withholds the future by furtively hiding the key turning points and yet presenting well the essence of the time-traveling plot on the romantic premise, has been making me on the edge of my seat trying to decipher the puzzle pieces that will help So Joon in case I bump with him in one of his sojourns.  I like the laid back we will not be rushing here tone, so I was surprised that the big reveal came sooner than I expected.  It is maintaining its wistful sphere thanks to our caught in between time bending love couple.  I can understand the urgency on So Joon’s end trying to protect Ma Rin, but how the latter responded to learning the truth was understandably confusing if So Joon keeps on hiding what their full story is about.  In a way this story is sort of intermittently detaching on its own accord, but will wake up to entice you again.

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Voice (Sat-Sun 4 eps)

I was shocked on the recent development of the story.  I just am so affected with how Detective Jin Hyuk’s life has been since losing his wife so I just want him to be at peace once and for all.  Tae Gu as a villain really makes me cringe and that ending psychopath way of living scene was disturbingly awesome.  I like how attached and detached the cases are to the main plot of the story.  It gives us new cases that are tied up with the main case we are working on since Day 1, but at the same time the cases are closed as a stand alone event.  We are nearing the finale week, and I can’t get enough of the thrills “Voice” is so far giving me.

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KDramaland Weekly Round Up (Feb 3rd Week)

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Annyeong yorabeun!  It’s funny how I miss the fast paced let’s-watch-all-the-kdrama spree last year because I’m having a lull right now and I have to wait for the weekend to binge on my watchlist.

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Hwarang ended this week and warts and all I love the bromance and the warrior school life of those boys.  I was intending to recap it to the end, but I’m still thinking if I will go back on it.  I caught a hyungsik love pill from that drama so I will be hands on “Strong Woman Do Bong Soon” which will air tonight at JTBC.

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Chief Kim, Voice and Tomorrow with You are what I am fully commited on these days.  I will be adding Defendant since my work rest days fall on Thursday and Friday and I sometimes find myself idle.  lol

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Chief Kim just delivers a hilarious and refreshing workplace drama every week that I set aside Saimdang for the mean time.  Voice’ gritty and thrilling police procedural showcase is just leaving me attached to it every week.  Tomorrow with You is the only romance story I can get to these days and the sphere has been intriguing so I am on board with them.

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I will be recapping Strong Woman Do Bong Soon with all my noona romance for Park Hyung Sik.  Happy Weekend everyone!

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