LOL. A warning for gals out there who love to play push-pull and can’t make up their minds — your innermost thoughts will be broadcast to the whole world in due time. (snicker) At least that’s what “poor” Mo-yeon probably has to endure in this week’s eps. On the upside, at least the should-I-should-I-not “dilemma” she claims to be facing will be resolved. (phew. another few more eps of her trying to distance herself for the sake of her “confused” mind will make me scream)
Maybe it’s a foreshadowing of the resolution of Mo-yeon’s “confusion”, cos Sun very clearly moves away from the OTP’s romantic narrative in eps7/8, focusing instead on the side characters and the human stories arising from the earthquake. In order to make the stories not seem like piecemeal, strung together affairs, Sun zooms in on the very damaged construction site and the few characters we have been earlier introduced to. And because the idyllic has shifted to the nightmare, the presence of children completely disappears. (we can assume that their run down village is completely left unscathed by the quake…)
Tbh, I do quite enjoy eps7/8, since the OTP narrative is wearing a little thin over the prev 6 eps. There’s only so much rejections that Mo-yeon can dish out, cos when she is alone, we can see she regrets telling Shi-jin to “go away”. Juz that we can’t fathom why she continues doing it. Whatever the case, the love story takes a backseat and we get to see the professional sides of Shi-jin/ Mo-yeon while they deal with the aftermath of the earthquake.
Unlike D-Day, we have less of a Doomsday feel to Urk’s disaster (mainly cos there are no evil Hospital Directors who place roadblocks in helping survivors). We are not made to fear that our main characters will die during the rescue op too (eh, after all, we are only halfway thru Sun…). Even Manager Young-soo’s insistence to get into the damaged office and his retarded, selfish actions are more of a temporary annoyance than a real threat. With the OTP’s narrative being pushed to the back, the side characters like junior doctor Chi-hoon, cheeky but experienced surgeon, Sang-hyun (and his love interest Ja-ae) get to really shine in eps7/8.
Chi-hoon and Sang-hyun are quite similar in characters, and in Sun, they share a close, brotherly relationship. Both are playful and a little immature at times (the scene where they enact a battlefield during night shift is amusing). Like D-Day‘s Dae-gil, Chi-hoon also comes from a privileged background and can sometimes be quite a snob. However, unlike Dae-gil, Chi-hoon doesn’t whine when he knows his medical skills are needed. Which makes him a far better doctor, imo. Thus, it is sad to watch him crack under pressure when he is thrown out of his comfort zone. His confidence in his medical abilities and his role as a doctor have dipped sharply when he “misdiagnosed” a casualty and now, when he “failed” to save (whiny) Min-jae from the wreckage. And unlike Sang-hyun, Chi-hoon is too inexperienced to talk himself out of his funk. Sang-hyun probably has seen enough of his own share of deaths and went through periods of helplessness in his career as a surgeon, to understand that sometimes, things are beyond a doctor’s control, and well, doctors are not God. I hope Sang-hyun notices Chi-hoon’s depression soon, and talks him out of it soon.
The victims of the quake also get a quickie spotlight in eps7/8 too, in particular, naggy but fatherly Manager Go. Although I did find his death a little melodramatic, it may prove to be a catalyst for Min-jae’s story arc — if Writer-nim chooses to go there. At the moment, I do find several of the side narratives “drifty”. They are there, but I do not know if they will get to be developed later on and how they will tie together eventually. For example, lazy, whiny Min-jae and how he copes with the guilt of Manager Go’s death, Dr Daniel and his N. Korean wife (?) Ye-hwa, plus Argus and gang.
I’ve a strong feeling that some of these potential narrative threads will juz continue to drift when Sun reaches its end. Cos there’s juz too much on the plate — we still have the soldiers, doctors and their own stories to deal with.