Last episode was such a huge flash in the dramatic department that "Let's Eat - Season 2" was more-or-less fully destined to let itself down this episode, if only because of the disappointing reality of characters having to face consequences for their actions. In light of everything that's happened there's not really much to do except sulk in front of the police and hope that eventually everything manages to take a turn for the better. Everyone else is just trying to stretch the plot out. With food porn, when possible.
The food porn and the humor, always the staples of "Let's Eat - Season 2", as usual manage not to disappoint. It will never stop being amusing just watching Soo-ji and Dae-yeong argue about food. Even when they inevitably reach a compromise, it's the fact that they're able to take the situation of dinner so mutually seriously that makes it so much fun. The plot twist of the opener is especially funny, because it really does keep begging the question- why does Soo-ji have so much interest in Dae-yeong's imaginary girlfriend?
Maybe it's because life with Sang-woo just isn't that much fun. Up until actually getting the relationship Soo-ji has always seemed like the kind of person more interested in the abstract concept of a relationship than actually spending time getting involved in it. The gossip she overhears is flattering- to a point. Other times the gossip is just plain infuriating, not to mention absurd. What kind of crazy person could not consider Soo-ji attractive just on her own personal quirky merits?
...Hey, wait a minute, didn't somebody else say that? That's right- Dae-yeong made a specific point of complimenting Soo-ji in exactly this way a few episodes back. It was one of the drama's more touching moments because who doesn't like being told that they're attractive? The fact that Dae-yeong said it in a non-romantic context only emphasizes the fact that it must be true, because he had no expectation of a reward.
Beyond all that "Let's Eat - Season 2" is mostly just cruising to resolution at this point. Dae-yeong gets an opportunity to achieve his dreams from the first episode- and what exactly were those dreams exactly? It's weird thinking back to the beginning of "Let's Eat - Season 2" and realizing how the characters were actually kind of shallow, and the whole premise just riding on the coattails of the first season "Let's Eat". The production as a whole really has worked past that though, creating a meta-commentary that's gone along quite well with actual storyline.
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.
"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Let's Eat - Season 2" Episode 16"
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