Madame Antoine ~ Episode 1 Review / Thoughts ~ Dramajjang
“But what is so great about love that it drives a person insane?
No matter what you do, all you can think of is that person.
You’re so happy it’s as if you owned the whole world.
A kind of love that makes the earth move,
It’s so powerful it even makes you want to risk your own life.
I am really curious from where that power comes from.”
There aren’t any specific reasons why I started watching Madame Antoine, it just happened and maybe Han Ye Seul played her own part in this. The watching experience was quite relaxing and the humorous parts were plenty, especially during the main figures’ contrasting interactions. I can’t say it was an awesome pilot episode, but I certainly enjoyed the ride and it intrigued me enough to keep watching.
Go Hye Rim (Han Ye Seul) is a famous fortune-teller who works under the Marie Antoine moniker. She makes people believe that she’s under Marie Antoinette’s spiritual guidance, but her insights derive from her observant stare and sharp mind that elicit important information from a client’s physiognomy and various peripheral characteristics.
Everything was flowing well until the Madame Antoine Client Counseling Center popped up like a mushroom over Hye Rim’s Madame Antoine café! Choi Soo Hyun (Sung Joon) is a well-known physiotherapist eager to prove that true love doesn’t exist. That’s the reason why he experiments on people without revealing his purpose’s real nature since spontaneity and authenticity of emotion are essential aspects of his research.
The presence of the café and the counseling center at the same building is a conflict of interest since Hye Rim and Soo Hyun ruin one another’s business with their diametrically opposed approaches. Hye Rim tells people what they want to hear and brightens their world whereas Soo Hyun is solely focused on the medical aspects of everyone’s mental condition with his rational thinking and explanations.
A face to face confrontation was essential and both figures found themselves on a quirky battlefield where they could weigh one another’s dunamics. Hye Rim may lack in terms of scientific knowledge, but she excels in terms of understanding and reading through the lines. Soo Hyun is dominant when it comes to scientific explanations and medical treatment, but he lacks in humane approach and deeper emotional perception.
Chairman Kim (Byun Hee Bong) brought them closer together and through their different perspectives we’ll get to see how they will most likely embrace one another’s world by enriching the fields that appear as their weak points. Hye Rim’s cognitive and soulful approach and Soo Hyun’s medical and rational intelligence could do wonders together with the first one becoming more knowledgeable and the second one more humane.
The first episode possessed all the necessary moral and immoral vibes on every character’s perspectives. Turning people into guinea pigs without revealing the real nature of his experiment is quite unethical as Soo Hyun literally plays with other people’s emotions in order to satisfy his own emotionless world and prove once and for all that true love is a fraud. Making people sideline the problem within in order to offer emotional reassurance doesn’t solve the issue and it’s quite immoral on Hye Rim’s behalf as well.
Soo Hyun’s tactics probably derive from the traumatic childhood memories Hye Rim was able to awaken as he keeps running away from them while trying to justify the impact these memories left upon him through his own experiment. Hye Rim’s approach probably derives from the fact that she wants to maintain her daughter’s well-being, she would do just anything to support and protect her. However, even though she’s a con artist she hasn’t locked up her consciousness and it was more than apparent the moment she tried to approach chairman Kim for money.
Things are bound to become more interesting now that Hye Rim will start working at the consulting center as an adviser while at the same time Soo Hyun intends to make her the leading brigade of his experiment. It won’t be easy since Hye Rim’s sharp mind and even sharper eyes won’t get fooled so easily. Hye Rim has Won Ji Ho (Lee Joo Hyung) by his side who’s the ideal right hand man for him since he transmits like-minded signals and he’s a genius while at the same time Choi Seung Chan (Jung Jin Woon) who’s Soo Hyun’s brother will try to invade his world! Go Yoo Rim (Hwang Seung Eon) is Hye Rim’s younger sister and she works at the Madame Antoine café, but the missing link between both parties has to be chairman Kim and his quirky attitude!
I love Hye Rim’s kind of bohemian style, it suits her personality quite a lot and it’s a great contrast to Soo Hyun’s devoid of emotion world! Both Han Ye Seul and Sung Joon‘s facial expressions are powerful and quite hilarious at times and all the necessary closeups are there to strengthen them! Both of them entered Madame Antoine‘s universe in a highly representative way and it’s a common secret that i fell for Han Ye Seul‘s smile anew. Hopefully enough, the chemistry between them will start to shine through ongoing collisions that will eventually bring them closer together! The first vibes are positive, i can only head towards the second episode!