I disagree vehemently with the suggestions that HeeJoo be made part of the game as a user. That’s a harebrained scheme.
And sexist if you asked me.
@nearsea and I discussed this last Friday before Episodes 11 and 12 aired. To me, the writer is trying to avoid making HeeJoo into another JinWon wannabe or a Sec Seo replica.
HeeJoo has her own strengths. She isn’t a sidekick like Sec Seo but a “queen” in her own rights. JinWoo might have this big company J One to run, but she also had her own business to run: previously, Hostel Bonita and now this guitar workshop, Emma. She manages to feed and clothe her brood all these years while JinWoo only had himself to take care of.
And she CHOOSES to stand by her man and to stick around even after he did things she couldn’t understand. Her loyalty to him parallels Sec Seo’s allegiance to his boss. So I don’t understand why some viewers are lambasting HER personal decision to champion JinWoo and calling her character a doormat and a weak female for loving the guy?
Are they channeling SangBeom by any chance?
“You have no option.”
The reason SB is a prick is because he thinks HE knows better than she does. He thinks that his way is the ONLY way, the RIGHT choice, and that HER decision-making skill is lamentable. He’s patronizing. She’s “impaired” by her emotions because she refuses to see HIS reasoning.
In a sense, too, the biggest problem with HeeJoo’s naysayers is that their sexist — and they don’t know it.
They think that the only way a woman can be as good as a man or to be “badass” is to THINK and FIGHT LIKE A MAN. Many of Heejoo’s critics are dying for her to be equipped with the gun and duke it out with the NPCs like a female Rambo.
Or like a She-Ra.
Ugh! This is an blatantly sexist, pretty stupid, and incredibly pubescent mentality.
“Badass” isn’t defined by the number of NPCs kills or her level in an Augmented Reality game. She’s badass on her own terms whenever she’s tough, uncompromising and relentless in REAL life.
Just look at the way she managed to break down Jinwoo’s reserve. In Episode 11, he told her to leave him alone AND she allowed him to think she left. When he woke up, she got him to do what she intended all along: make him eat. She did what the other guys couldn’t do. By hook or by crook, she was going to get him out of his depression.
She definitely knows his weak spot. And I bet many of the viewers DON’T know it themselves because they’re so oohhhh ~~ mesmerized ~~ by the actor’s dimples.
If you don’t know what Jinwoo’s Achilles heel is, then just look at the way he couldn’t resist her sister MinJoo.
Or Sec Seo.
Do you see it now? His weak spot?
Let’s throw babies and puppies in there, too. They’re simply irresistible.
As I was saying…
HeeJoo definitely knows his weak spot. She’s using her brains, feminine wiles and aegyo to get what she wants.
What woman would admit to “dictating” the relationship? lol. The better job description would have been “guiding” or “steering” or “leading from behind.”
This charm of hers is only one of the reliable weapons in her “arsenal” to survive and fight her way through life. Let her be herself.
Also, I’ve written about it in soompi about the cliffhanger in Episode 12.
A poster asked whether Hee joo joined the game and this was my response:
For what my opinion is worth (lol about 2 cents), I don’t think HeeJoo joined the game as a user.
JW would NOT have risked her life like that without him THERE at her side to fend off the attacking NPCs expected at his level. He was at level 91, and HJ would have been made a tester just like Prof Cha. With her non-existent skills at gaming, she would be a sitting duck to all those Joseon assassins and ninjas.
JW would have been more merciful just strangling her with his own hands and sparing her a thousand cuts from the swords of the Joseon army.
It’s more plausible that once the servers were turned on, the hologram of NPC Emma was also activated and THAT was what JW wanted her to see: the NPC Emma that her brother created in her image because her brother loved and treasured her.
JW probably told her to go to his room and wait for the “truth” about her brother’s “genius” be revealed to her there. The NPC Emma is her brother’s homage to her, and his blessings (or encouragement) for her to continue with her first dream, the guitar.
To me, her memories of Spain is intrinsically linked to “Memories of the Alhambra.”
Her dad uprooted the whole family to Spain DREAMING that her gift would bloom there. Her dad’s dream was similar SeJoo dreaming that his software creation called “Memories of the Alhambra”. SJ probably thought he could help his family’s situation with the money from the sale of the game, but he didn’t. His dream became an unforeseen nightmare, too.
I find it intriguing that he had unresolved issues with his AR game in the same way that HeeJoo has unresolved issues about her musical gift. Sooner or later, they both have to reset and correct their personal “Memories of the Alhambra.”