Hyde, Jekyll and Me: The Tripartite Agreement

Gahh…why did we spend the last 17eps in Hyde with inconsequential plot developments? I still find the kidnapping + memory lapses more suitable as “side dishes” in Hyde. The main point of Hyde should be the rom-com isn’t it? And being a rom-com…shouldn’t we be spending more time on our love triangle instead?

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What’s more…the love triangle in Hyde is by far the most interesting I’ve seen in kdramaland. The “second male lead” isn’t another person — it’s the same (but different) person(ality) from the lead. That should be sufficient to provide enough fodder to last 20eps.

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As it is, our love triangle only blossoms in ep18. True, we can argue that Ha-na is already attracted to Seo-jin waaayyy before…juz that she a) refuses to admit it to herself (and Seo-jin) and/or b) is blissfully unaware of the attraction. I’d go for a).

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Ep18 shows how much can be milked from the Seo-jin, Robin and Ha-na conflict. I rather think Seo-jin spent too much time battling the Amazing Dr Yoon, when he really has a frenemy-hyung who is so close, and yet he totally doesn’t know much about. As can be seen in their cross-questionnaire for each other. Robin, being more extraverted (and also at more disadvantage), writes a whole list of questions for Seo-jin to answer. Although Seo-jin only has 4, the sharing of information only reveals the lack of understanding they have for each other.

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More importantly though, is Seo-jin and Robin now appreciates each other better through the simple sharing session…and that can be the start of a really interesting bromance. Earlier on, we see Seo-jin pranking Robin by deleting Ha-na’s messages to him and his self-congratulatory smirk at doing so. It hints that while Seo-jin claims he dislikes Robin for being an “interloper” on his consciousness, he probably likes him enough to annoy him. However, that hint of a possible budding bromance is overshadowed by Tae-joo and his various revenge plots. Sadly, the bromance this time may not take off either. Since the open coexistance that Ha-na proposes has fast forwarded Robin’s (unwilling) merger with Seo-jin.

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On the other hand, Ha-na’s off the cuff declaration that Seo-jin moonlights as the webtoon artist, Robin, has done more help to Seo-jin. Ironically, by not pushing people away, Seo-jin has become calmer and less of a coward. I bet Ha-na also notices the change. Though I’d prefer it if Hyde shows Ha-na’s interest earlier than ep18. Cos there’s only 2 more eps to go, and we have to reconcile with a Ha-na who suddenly wakes up and realises that she loves Seo-jin too, or loves him more than Robin.

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