The half-way mark of "Feel Good To Die" brings about dramatic changes, and it's time for Roo-da and Jin-sang to hit the next phase of their journey. The romantic, business and supernatural elements of the series all hit major turning points, and while we bid the Garibong franchise farewell for now, the challenges up ahead are more demanding, and more perilous. A change in the time loop creates new rules to work by, and new threats.
First things first, I can sigh in relief that the romantic misunderstanding has been resolved. Jin-sang's (Kang Ji-hwan) naivety and pettiness are highly entertaining, and also unsurprising. People don't change overnight, and his progress so far has been largely reward based. The clearing up of this miscommunication is encouraging, because the trope of "love changes the beast" is an unrealistic one, and the change that comes from it is often a short-lived lie.
Joon-ho (Gong Myung) is developing as well, but he has the same issue. Both men revolve around Roo-da (Baek Jin-hee). I hope the second half will push them to look past their own desires, and at all those who need them. That's something Roo-da can help them see. She is caring of, and close to the employees, but also comfortable with management, including her now boyfriend. I hope her kooky men change because of her, not for her.
Coming to the company matters now, the pleasure of seeing Jin-sang as a part of his team, but out of reach of his previous throne is grand. He has clearly not evolved enough to deserve a welcome back party, but that will change in time. I'm glad to see the old crew, because this is clearly where it all started. They are the ones Jin-sang has hurt the most over the years, with poor Hyeon-jeong (Kim Sa-hee) having lost the battle with his cruelty.
Which brings us to the supernatural shift that is about to change how our two heroes operate. It looks like Hyeon-jeong herself might be causing the time loop, which explains why her father is more focused on torment than he is on reform. Pushing Roo-da means that he is at least aware of the time loop, however. We know Jin-sang is in no danger, he's the lead, but he and Roo-da will operate under this assumption now.
There's a bit too much going on in "Feel Good To Die", and I frankly wish we didn't have the weakest link of the company power play to deal with, but I suppose we need a Big Bad to keep the challenges, as well as the office and labor issues going. These are interesting, and directly tied to Roo-da and Jin-sang's development. A big dramatic shift mid-way is necessary, and now we're back on track for new adventures.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
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