Usually when I watch dramas, I go into it without much pre-knowledge except for maybe a few lines of the synopsis. I’m not really one for spoilers because I like being hit with the element of surprise so I usually restrain myself from reading or watching anything too spoiler-y. Maybe it is because I have seen the original but for this current airing of Fated To Love You, I have constantly been stalking forums and the official website for every single update about it. These four eps were intense to say the least. A looooot happened in a four eps and in real time, this all happened in a few mere weeks. Weeks, not months but weeks and when you think about it, the different relationships were bubbled and burnt at an uncontrollably fast pace. It’s the closing of one chapter for the fated story, but this is just the start of a new beginning. It will be fate that draws the OTP together once again because they are just fated and meant to be together.
The core of FTLY is the relationship between Mi Young and Gun. Their relationship is the driving force for the drama. Everything else that happens just either supports it or stems from their relationship. Being central to the drama, their relationship needs immense development in order for the other pieces to fall in place. Given that it is a remake, the general outline for their relationship had already been in place right from the start but there is an abundant of happenings that keep their relationship fresh. They give a very different take to Cun Xi and Xin Yi’s relationship, really placing a mark to differentiate themselves from the original. I just love seeing how they work this relationship. Through their time together, they got to learn more about each other and through through learning about each other, this allowed them to learn more about themselves and what their heart truly feels towards each other.
Mi Young and Gun have fallen hard and fast with each other. Despite how much Gun detested to their relationship at the beginning, little did he know that their three months together would triumph his six years with Se Ra. Time is only an arbitrary unit and does count for anything. What counts is how they feel towards each other. They are happy together and that’s what really matters because their hearts have found each other. It’s really fascinating to see that although the baby might have been the catalyst to their relationship, it is not the baby that ties them together. Physically the baby is what brings them together but mentally and emotionally, it is the feelings that brings them together. There was all this push for them together to get legally married for responsibility and to continue the Lee lineage but despite being forced into this, their feelings for each other flourished very quickly, at a rate so fast that made them question themselves.
When I initially heard that FTLY was going down the amnesia pathway, I was instantly disappointed because this is such a cliche in the dramaworld. However, I found myself very happy with the execution. It wasn’t used to stage the next phase of the drama but instead it was used as a stepping stone to really help Gun work out his heart by informing him that regardless of how much he tries to shadow this, his feelings will always come through. While I liked this aspect, I detest the whole genetic disease in this equation. This spawned into the whole “noble idiocy” decisions that Gun made. Except, in many ways it was a very selfish decision. He didn’t give either Se Ra or Mi Young a choice but instead just broke their hearts in ways that elicit a long term effect. I can understand and see from his perspective that he might think that this is the best decision but it hurt way more than it did to ease the pain.
I think Se Ra and Gun’s relationship has been something that has been underrepresented. Everyone is just looking and Mi Young and Gun’s relationship including the drama itself. I totally understand and see that FTLY is about bringing Gun and Mi Young together but I just feel that because it has this focus in mind, Se Ra and Gun’s relationship got overshadowed in the process. Gun profoundly confessed that Se Ra is his one and only and for six years that has been the case. However, when Mi Young entered his life, he started to shelter the years for feelings that he has built up for Se Ra and instead, he fell fast and furious for Mi Young and never really tried to battle his feelings. He just accepted the fact that he was falling for Mi Young and that Se Ra was no longer a part of the equation. And that’s shattering because their relationship had so much potential to hold so much more and to play a much more significant role.
I really want to bring myself to like Se Ra but it’s something really hard to do when she has limited screen time. I don’t dislike her but neither do I like her. I’m just not sure how I feel about her. Not only that but the drama really seems to be stripping her of her personality in order to remove that mean girl image associated with her counterpart Anna. In doing so, the drama has stripped Se Ra of her personality and made her quite redundant as a character. I honestly would much prefer it is she was your downright mean and scheming second female lead so I’d be able to at least have a dislike towards her. I’m just hoping that she won’t be sidelined later because I really do want to see more of her and I want to see her being used more than just as a catalyst to Mi Young and Gun’s relationship.
One phase of the journey has closed and a new one is starting. I am excited, and all the more so because both Mi Young and Gun has gotten themselves a makeover! It’s not just external makeovers either but also internal ones. They have only been together for three months but that has changed them heaps and after everything that they have been through, it is time for them to cross paths again.
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