[Fight My Way Episode 8]
I haven’t decided if the writer is actually Self Aware in their commentary or if it’s been an accident up until this point, but one thing is for certain, they have made the ladies strong and forgot to make the men their equals.
Inequality in a relationship kills it faster than outsiders. If I look at my favorite OTP (Healer, IHYV, QIHM) and compare them to my NOTP (Heirs, YFAS, SHR) the single thread running through both of them is equality. Do they share power? Can both partners take responsibility for the other? Do they balance each other out?
While I love strong women to death, Seol and Ae-Ra are vastly superior to their male counterparts, so I can’t get invested in the relationship. So while the writer provided scathing commentary on Rich Asshole Archetype with Moo-Bin, they have yet to make Dong-Man a man worth having, even though he’s poor. He continually insults Ae-Ra, holds her responsible for his emotional state, and refuses to have a conversation about real feelings with her. He’s still pulling Asshole moves. This episode was a little better, but not by much. I don’t think his relationship, even as friends, with Ae-Ra is healthy and it certainly isn’t comfortable to watch.
I wasn’t moved by the ending sequence. Ae-Ra was clearly afraid of watching him in the ring but she went anyway, even though she was getting hysterical and having a panic attack. Dong-Man didn’t even acknowledge her sacrifice. You look pretty when you cry? coupled with a flashback about having to love ugly things more so they won’t be sad? What the fuck was that?
And don’t get me started on Joo-Man. Why can’t he tell Ye-Rin that he has a girlfriend? Why was that on Seol’s shoulders? I did appreciate that Seol acknowledges the ridiculousness of throwing water in Ye-Rin’s face or slapping her with kimchi but…none of this situation is Ye-Rin’s fault. How sad is it that Seol sees herself in Ye-Rin? Now, this poor girl has found out that Joo-Man and Seol are dating. It will have consequences.
And who is going to bear the brunt of that? My money is on Seol.
Look, these guys are hardly the worst that dramaland has to offer. I’m just disappointed that I can’t have nice things. I’m not sure if I’m going to continue. Maybe a gifset next week will pull me back. But the things I initially liked about Ae-Ra and Dong-Man aren’t there anymore.
Seol deserves better.