As if to reprimand me for doubting its seriousness, the mystery plot of "Let's Eat - Season 2" ends on a pretty shocking cliffhanger, particularly so coming right after a super cute date sequence. Not just shocking, either, but overall well-integrated, because the mystery plot and the main Soo-ji plot share one important commonality. Both are being interrupted by unnecessary snooping. Of course Jeom-i is snooping- that's what old ladies do. But why is Soo-ji so obsessed about Dae-yeong's imaginary girlfriend?
This is such an obvious question that at one point another character explicitly asks Soo-ji this very same question- and doesn't receive a terribly convincing answer. From the opening blast of food porn "Let's Eat - Season 2" is constantly reminding us of a very important fact- that Dae-yeong and Soo-ji go really well together. Their arguments about money are petty and pointless precisely because they don't buy very expensive food.
Contrast Soo-ji and Sang-woo. They're basically not going out on dates at all right now because Sang-woo wants to eat expensive high quality food and Soo-ji knows she can't afford it. This is kind of an irreconcilable difference. I mean it isn't really, because Soo-ji could just let Sang-woo buy the food. The problem is less that this runs contrary to Soo-ji's philosophy regarding romantic relationships and more that she refuses to discuss the problem honestly with Sang-woo.
General dishonesty is a problem- however, absolute honesty isn't necessarily much better, as Dae-yeong discovers. Personally I'm surprised that fight didn't leave a mark. I'm even more surprised that I didn't actually realize how strange it was for Soo-ji to call Dae-yeong for help last episode until Sang-woo pointed it out. The implications of these discussions are rather obvious- and yet no one's able to get at the real truth of the matter, which is that the relationship's just not working out.
I don't know the original plan for "Let's Eat - Season 2" was- one would think that a two episode extension would result in more obvious filler, and yet writer Lim Soo-mi manages absolutely perfect pacing here, with just enough leftover mystery that I it's clear we'll need every minute of the last four episodes. If "Let's Eat" had any problem, it's that the ending came off as a little too abrupt- perhaps that's why Dae-yeong's last romantic pairing didn't work out? In any event, it seems unlikely that "Let's Eat - Season 2" will run into a similar issue with the conclusion.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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