Soo-ji's incremental progress toward a relationship with Sang-woo here is foiled by...rental payments. Good, good, more absurdity. I mean it's not really that absurd. Pretty much everybody has to struggle with the rent, especially in the wake of a dumb impulse purchase. But this isn't the kind of real-life issue that normally shows up in dramas. Fiction tends to focus on concept rather than reality. Yet as "Let's Eat - Season 2" shows here, a lot of mileage can be accomplished just by watching Soo-ji squirm over the rent.
Speaking of concept, the food porn is the normal stuff for the first round, then Dae-young gets creative on the second run by showing us how to make elaborate food by combining normal items sold at convenience stores. I should probably rewatch that scene and take better notes. It's obvious that writer Lim Soo-mi knows what she's talking about when it comes to food, even if Yoon Doo-joon is the one who has to actually do the work in explaining it to us.
Speaking of writing, I really loved how the episode works in a plot point regarding the fantasy of every single creative writer- that someone we find attractive will read our work and be impressed by it. It's pathetic but oh so true. Which writ-large is one of the more appealing parts of Soo-ji's character. She's obviously consumed with a rather silly romantic fantasy. And yet she remains mostly sympathetic, because I suspect most viewers, like Soo-ji, have indulged in similar fantasies at some point in their lives.
Contrast Dae-young. As usual, every disgusted point he makes regarding Soo-ji's attitude is totally correct. Yet there's a sort of edge to his ideas as later explained that fairly convincingly resolves the question of how he ended up breaking up with Soo-kyeong in the first season. Dae-young might be cool, but he's probably a rather unsatisfying partner in a long-term relationship. While cynicism can be funny, it's not much to build a future on.
Overall everything is going quite well for "Let's Eat - Season 2" right now. The jokes are funny, the characters well-defined, and the conflicts preventable. The production really has nailed the essential element of making the characters easy to relate to, mostly by providing them with a fairly broad set of well-defined opinions. Sang-woo's argument against coquettish romantic activity is actually a fairly persuasive one. Let's see if anyone can prove him wrong.
Review by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com.
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