W – Two Worlds (or confessions of a recalcitrant drama addict)

Getting sucked in is par for the course…

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W – Two Worlds is shaping up to be an interesting watch. What happens one day when one’s creation gains awareness? Will it seek to murder the creator as it is an affront to the self to be a created being? Or will the creator attempt to destroy the created monster?

The concept is not new; Jostein Gaarder had written several books in the early 1990s that dealt with this thought provoking topic. What was more remarkable was that he had written it for children. Sophie’s World and The Solitaire Mystery were profound books which explored the philosophy of what it means to be an autonomous being, and the dialectics between creator and creation. (Links to the books do not give the story away, as the journey that you’re taken on with the books is far superior to what is on Wikipedia, or any summary of it.)

Given the possibly profound topic, it’s refreshing that k-drama, more known for its soaps and rom-coms with tropes galore, has decided to tackle this weighty issue at prime time. Of course, there will be hi-jinks a plenty, at least at the beginning, before the requisite conflict sets in (not that the central premise is not a HUGE conflict in itself).

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Fun reads here:

Where was I? Oh.

The writer of W, Song Jae-sung, had also co-written Queen In-Hyun’s Man and Nine: Nine Times Time Travel with Kim Yoon-joo, both of which dealt fairly deftly with time travel. Hopefully she brings the internal logic to the entire story, especially at the end stretch, where a happy ending may not necessarily be one which stays true to its the original premise or direction of the show.

Main leads, Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo are thus far competent in portraying their characters, and the cinematography is fabulous. Hope the director (who’s the most iffy factor so far with both the beautifully evocative Arang and the Magistrate as well as the meandering Jung-yi, Goddess of Fire) continues to do well.

Fingers, toes and eyes crossed for a entertaining and intellectually stimulating watch.

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