I knew this wouldn't be an easy watch, but you really get a feel for how challenging for the emotions and thoughts "Mother - Drama" will be when you watch this videos. There have been a few new ones released since I last checked in and one of them is a six-minute highlight revealing all the dreadful manipulation, deceit and abuse that take place to create Hye-na's (Heo Yool) plight.
Two new aspects to this montage of clips that we haven't seen before are the involvement of the police and Soo-jin's mother, as well as the dynamics between Hye-na's abusers, Ja-yeong (Ko Sung-hee) and Seol-ak (Sukku Son). I'm curious about where Lee Jae-yoon will fit into this, as I have no recollection of the police side on the Japanese original and the highlight video only shows us Jo Han-chul's character. The direct and active involvement of Yeong-sin (Lee Hye-young-I) in this is also something I look forward to.
On the other side of things, the interdependence, control, and jealousy that come to play in the relationship between Hye-na's two supposed guardians, and abusers are too real and too twisted, which is a good thing in terms of writing. Abuse can be very simplistically done in fiction and while it's no doubt a tough topic to write about, it needs more nuanced and deeply honest portrayals.
Speaking of approach, having a kidnapper as a main character is not easy sell. A story like this by definition walks a fine line between portraying said kidnapper and their noble intentions as honorable, and being honest about their crime. "Mother - Drama" will not be an easy watch by any measure. Personally, I just want an honest work, as painful as it may be.
You can read more of my thoughts on the potential virtues and pitfalls of this in tomorrow's preview piece. For now, here is the highlight reel, another teaser released earlier this week and a brand new trailer.
Written by: Orion from 'Orion's Ramblings'
Vasia, also known as Orion or Ori online, is currently doing opinion pieces and database upkeep. She has a love for good TV and a penchant for rambling in written form. Vasia can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
"[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Intense Highlight Reel for "Mother - Drama""
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