Just Bananas About: Week of 1/30/15

DID is a really popular topic these days, especially in K-Dramas. There are two dramas on Wednesday and Thursday nights where the main character is dealing with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder.

In some ways, I can see why the writer of the webtoon Dr. Jekyll is Mr. Hyde was pissed off to find Kill Me, Heal Me in direct competition with Jekyll, Hyde, Me. However, he scaled back his criticism pretty quickly. I skimmed a few of the early chapters of the webtoon and while the drama production of Jekyll, Hyde, Me did get permission from the writer, the story, setting and characters are vastly different. Perhaps the similarities occur later on in the series? Hard to tell but I just don’t see the similarities with either dramas.

What I like about Kill Me, Heal Me is that Ji Sung really gets to play off a lot of different personalities. There’s Cha Do Hyun, the main personality who is sweet, calm and prefers to keep to himself out of fear for the other personalities. Shin Se Gi is the rude, tough guy whom Do Hyun finds as his enemy.

Perry (also spelled Ferry) Park is the crazy drunk louse who just wants to sail the open seas. Ahn Yo Sub is the 17 year old who is talented at drawing but also wants to kill himself.

Ahn Yo Na is his twin sister and crazed fangirl. We’ve seen glimpses of Nana who seems to be a scared little girl that’s locked in the basement. There is supposed to be a 6th personality who has yet to make their appearance.

Oh Ri Ohn (Park Seo Joon) is a talented mystery writer who has a particular interest in Cha Do Hyun and his various personalities. He doesn’t let on that he knows but he is currently gathering information to possibly use Do Hyun’s story in his next book.

He also happens to be Oh Ri Jin’s (Hwang Jung Eum) twin brother. At least that’s what their parents told and how they raised them but it seems like Ri Ohn has more than brotherly feelings for Ri Jin. This part of the storyline troubles me a bit but I’ll keep an open mind for now.

Hwang Jung Eum is pretty hilarious as Ri Jin. She’s a first-year psychiatrist and she spends her days running around and calming the crazy people.

Crazy people like Kim Seul Gi. I mean, Heo Sook Hee. Haha. Even Kim Seul Gi’s craziness is adorable.

As Ri Jin gets closer to Do Hyun, she begins to fall for him. However, she’s also interested in helping all of the personalities find harmony in that one body. The only thing that’s standing in their way at the moment is Se Gi, who also has feelings for Ri Jin. Ri Jin hasn’t exactly been sure who she’s been falling for but that didn’t stop her from trying to figure it out.

Luna, Choi – Healing Love

루나, 초이 – Healing Love

She finally got her answer in this week’s episode and I have to admit that I love one of the final shot in the final scene of Episode 8. That art installation is a perfect example of what’s going on in the drama. You have Do Hyun and Ri Jin who are getting closer to each other or you could also see it as Do Hyun is facing off against Se Gi. Either way, I’ve been really enjoying where this drama is going.

On the other hand, I needed to get to Episode 3 to even begin to warm up to Jekyll, Hyde, Me. Goo Seo Jin (Hyun Bin) felt so one-dimensional as the cold, theme park executive with his curt responses. Sure, we’ve seen these chaebol types before but after a while it was hard not get annoyed at his repeated attempts to give Jang Ha Na (Han Ji Min) the brush off. Juxtapose that against the K-Drama in your face action and I was finding it hard to take the drama seriously. If you thought Secret Garden’s Kim Joo Won was over-the-top, this one tops that.

Thank goodness Robin (Hyun Bin) makes an appearance. He’s certainly lively and fun and seeing Robin with Ha Na naturally brings a smile to my face.  Speaking of smiles, Hyun Bin is so nice to look at when he smiles. The drama has its fairy-tale like moments that make me cringe but considering that the drama takes place at a fairy-tale theme park, à la Walt Disney World, I guess dreams do have to come true, right?

Park Bo Ram – Falling

박보람 – Falling

I’m not sure why some internet sources describe Seo Jin as Jekyll and Robin as Hyde. If you’re going by personalities, then you’ve got those switched around. However, if you’re going by the fact that Jekyll is the daytime personality while Hyde is the nighttime personality, then that makes more sense. I also don’t know why the drama brings up the case of Billy Milligan, a real-life DID case. He had multiple personalities while Goo Seo Jin only has Robin to deal with. It feels like a loose tie-in to the whole DID issues but I guess we’ll have to see how this one plays out.

In fact, there are numerous things both dramas have to answer such as Do Hyun’s history and the significance of the Nana personality. Se Gi emerged to give Do Hyun a sense of power but why does he hate Do Hyun so much? And why Ri Ohn is so interested in Do Hyun’s life?

Jekyll, Hyde, Me will have to address why the young Seo Jin wanted to commit suicide and why was saving Ha Na such an important incident that helped Robin to emerge?

And who will Ha Na choose? Seo Jin or Robin? Or will the day and night personalities merge into one, creating a complete person?  That way Ha Na can have her cake and eat it, too.  Hee.

Questions, questions, questions but we just have to wait to see how they’ll both conclude.


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