A perfect ending! (excluding the convoluted thriller aspect of the narrative)
KT now knows who the butterfly killer is but decides to shield MY from the fatal secret. The family photo is taken and the oath of philia (a Greek word for familial love and loyalty) is signed and sealed--with a kiss!
Any theory that I postulate about the denouement of this drama ends up looking like a lumpen sack of incongruous bits. Even though I may have to bury my head in the sand in the end, here I go.
How many times I may watch the kiss scene, it will be still stupefying. This scene and the following romantic comedy serve as a salve for the heartbreak in store for the triad.
KT's despair is dark and deep, but MY spares no effort in embracing him and his burden.
What is the dark secret buried in Ko, Dae-Hwan? Why did he try to kill his wife and daughter?
A Day of Escapade, One Kiss, and an Implosion
When KT embraces his onetime escapade with MY and his love for her, infantile dependency and a survival instinct pressure ST to lash out at KT, piling up accusations of parricidal wishes. Abysmal in an emotional level, the scene of KT's collapse forms a stark contrast with the upbeat optimism that earlier opened this episode, yet I hope ST's confrontation with his fear of abandonment ultimately serves as growing pains.
(Ko, Dae-Hwan's narrative is not convincing in my eyes. Even if MY's mother is a monster who kills, that should not give him the right to dispatch her and condemn his daughter to the same fate.)
The backdrop of this episode is a well-known Korean parable about a barber who purges his explosive secret by whispering it in a bamboo forest--"the king has donkey ears!"
Kim, Soo-Hyun as Moon, Kang-Tae (KT)
Seo, Yea-Ji as Ko, Moon-Yung (MY)
Oh, Jung-Sae as Moon, Sang-Tae (ST)
Spring comes again to Moon, Kang-Tae who has acquiesced to becoming the keeper of his brother. But this spring brings the girl from his buried memories back to his life and she starts to prod and pierce him, demanding him to reclaim his heart. In It Is Okay to Not Be Okay, we are treated with the Theatre of Cruelty, romantic comedy, Gothic-comic horror, murder mystery, and psychotherapy. In sum, this drama is a hefty knife that slices layers of tissues so swiftly that only after it is lodged next to your rib cage you would know what has happened.
A children's story writer, Ko, Moon-Yung insists on exposing the cruel, painful reality that, according to her, makes fairy tales a true vehicle of life lessons. Even though poignant and resounding, her gruesome characters and enigmatic moral invite sensationalism and scandal that complicate her career. Yet, it is her lack of empathy that helps others come to terms with their own desires. How would she open Kang-Tae's heart and in turn let it heal her own wounds?
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