Madame Antoine ~ Episode 2 Review / Thoughts ~ Dramajjang
“Draw the image in your head.
There’s a starting line,
The runaway and the springboard.
Take a deep breath and run; fly.”
Manipulation, misguiding information, surveillance and an outright trespass of Hye Rim’s privacy to the extent of the experiment transforming itself into something more sickening over the boundaries of scientific research. Soo Hyun doesn’t want to prove that true love doesn’t exist, he needs to prove it and that’s the reason why he forces the experiment to walk upon a pathway that will lead towards the outcome he desires by all means necessary. If there’s such a thing as emotional violation, Soo Hyun has already started committing it!
Madame Antoine’s world is a place where all the male leading figures are
assholes (Hye Rim’s ex-husband belongs in the same category too) and on top of that, they have surrounded Hye Rim! It may be true that she followed chairman Kim’s lead and she entered the counseling center to find more information about the experiment, but she became a guinea pig in something greater than she would ever imagine. Soo Hyun has already started playing the guitar with her heartstrings while at the same time he made his brother and younger friend participate in the overall process.
Soo Hyun is like a dictator over Seung Chan and Ji Ho, but the fact that he made them partake in the overall experiment doesn’t make them devoid of responsibility, the final decision was theirs. However, the manly suitor (Seung Chan) and the pretty boy suitor (Ji Ho) may not be that successful in emotionally approaching Hye Rim, but they definitely brighten up her day since she enjoys mellow dramas and the fact that both of them show their interest towards her makes her enjoy these vibes in real life too! I laugh a lot with Lee Joo Hyung, he’s pretty good at looking so emotionless as Soo Hyun the 2nd while trying to (unsuccessfully) embed emotion in everything he says/does in order to (unsuccessfully) approach Hye Rim under Yoo Rim’s advice.
The undercover filthy rich suitor is no other than Soo Hyun who’s on a seductive mission and throughout many cliche but measured and Hye Rim oriented steps he progresses his own plan that leaves its own gradual impact on Hye Rim who steadily receives emotional tickles! The secret admirer and the bouquets of flowers with the blue countdown roses amid red ones have definitely intrigued Hye Rim’s mind, but it wasn’t bound to last forever since Hye Rim’s insight doesn’t surrender even when she’s slightly daydreaming!
Soo Hyun seeks self-confirmation in order for his demons to stop crawling underneath his skin, but without giving himself a chance to fight them back. It’s something he tries to avoid but Hye Rim keeps bringing it to the surface. It was revealed that the maternal figure Soo Hyun probably hates was his stepmother pointing towards the direction that Soo Hyun and Seung Chan may have the same father, but not the same mother.
The real but hidden nature of the experiment doesn’t make Soo Hyn a professional, but a precise and with surgical accuracy opportunist using others and definitely not seeing them as human beings. Such cold and emotionless roles suit Sung Joon damn fine and the same applies to his ecstatic and hilarious facial expressions! I can easily imagine Soo Hyun turning into a quirky serial killer exterminating people who cherish that feeling called love after interrogating them for hours! Hye Rim can see behind his curtains and the craving to be loved, something that didn’t happen when he most needed it.
At the same time, Soo Hyun intends to make her fall for him and then throw her away as if nothing ever happened and using the experiment as an excuse would be the easiest way out concerning the slightest remains of conscience deep within. I am eager to find out how the mindset and hearts of all three male figures will change while interacting with Hye Rim and i am curious to witness if and how she will be able soften his heart and make him see his reflection in the mirror, the one from the past he tries to avoid, the one that made him who he is at the present. Having saved Hye Rim’s contact as “The Subject” on his cellphone was quite degrading and it was yet another piece of the puzzle proving how detached he is from the world of emotions. However, it’s hilarious witnessing how passionate he is in order to succeed!
Setting nerve-shaking characters aside, i like where this is going to. There’s probably going to be a new patient per 1-2 episodes and this is going to make the drama’s vibes even more intriguing as the collaboration between Soo Hyun’s cold professionalism and Hye Rim’s insightful observations and more humane approach will be progressing. Together they can do wonders as it was proven throughout Lee Ma Ri’s side-story that was laying emphasis on the impact of mental abuse on one’s self.
Soo Hyun may had lost Ma Ri as a patient due to his attitude, but he didn’t give up on her as he was being the more professional and encouraging voice of Hye Rim while at the same time he was trying to lower his professionalism without lacking in meaning in order to make everything appear as Hye Rim’s own thoughts. There are times he’s pretty good as a professional that lets a part of himself breathe through a more humane approach, but it’s always in an indirect way since his direct interactions always end up in some sort of confrontation.
However, i have to agree with Soo Hyun concerning Hye Rim’s approach that may have the opposite outcome sometimes. Creating illusions instead of presenting reality the way it is may be more harmful at the end of the day. Together they can forge a golden balance between sentiment and reality while learning from one another, but the pathway they have to walk upon in order to reach that point is a long one.
One a side note, i kind of enjoy the kinky professor Mi Ran (Jang Mi Hee) and Seung Chan’s quirky interactions, but the drama has already started pointing towards the direction that she may be suffering from a form of cancer she’s afraid to face head-on. I love it every single time Han Ye Seul tries to speak French while using Marie Antoinette to forge a world of ghosts for her own benefit!
During the next episode we’re bound to witness Soo Hyun’s restaurant plan collapsing before his very eyes, but a new patient will also make her appearance! Even though Madame Antoine’s episodes are lengthier than your average Korean drama episodes they flow quite pleasantly without tiring. Before i even noticed it the 2nd episode was already reaching the end and something like that can only be positive!
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