Beautiful Mind Review – Guest Commentator – Beez
The comment sections for Beautiful Mind recaps were full of insightful thoughts and opinions. The passion for this show got me thinking. What if I asked a couple of the avid Beautiful Mind commentators, the same questions about the series, then constructed posts from their responses? Let’s find out…
Today’s Guest commentator:
Beez take it away and share your thoughts on Beautiful Mind…
Hi everyone. I’m here and so grateful kjtamuser is giving me space to post my cray cray up front and just put it all out there where everyone can see it. 🙂
It came to me that we’ve discussed Young Oh’s mis-diagnoses, relationships with his father, Ji Sung and Min Jae from every possible angle so there’s not much left to say. (Although, as I went back to watch the scene that I want to talk about here, I realize there are a ton of other things we haven’t discussed here because of the distraction of the hot topic of “The Mystery MRI”, but those are topics for another day.)
In any event, what stuck with me from this still-amazing-even-though-the network-sabotaged-it show was the scene in Episode 6 when Young Oh is being giving a lie detector test. The moment I saw that scene, it reminded me of the scene where Smeagol and Gollum are having an inward (yet outward for us viewers) battle of conscience:
PARTIAL TRANSCRIPT OF YOUNG OH’S LIE DETECTOR INTERROGATION:
COP: Stop it.
ADMIN: Let’s ask the question again.
COP: STOP IT RIGHT NOW! I warned you not to mess around. Did you not understand because we asked nicely?
YO: Isn’t this what you expected from me?
*deep breath* All right.Then I will start over from the beginning.
COP: [throws glass against the wall almost brushing YO’s face] WHAT DID YOU SAY YOU BASTARD?
[Ji Sung quietly enters the room]
[Note that other than the first question, the lie detector machine remained constant with no other large wavers]
YO: Is that possible? Because you’re not a monster like me? Are you capable of feeling the depth of pain that is not yours but someone else’s?
[Ji Sung, in the back of the room, seems restless as if she wants to say something]
YO: Why don’t I try?
[Young Oh picks up a piece of the shattered glass from the floor and slowly drags it across his chest.]
YO: Now, tell me…do you feel hurt? Can you feel my pain? It strikes me that Young Oh has always felt great emotional pain but doesn’t know the feeling he has is pain because of his brainwashing.
I just don’t tell such lies. I did not kill anyone.
[Detective leaves the room in frustration.]
JS: I may not be able to feel it exactly, but I can guess what it feels like. [She presses her handkerchief into Young Oh’s hand]. I know you don’t want it, and this might not even be a big help, but I’m moved to at least do something. Did I answer your question?
Okay, granted, Jang Hyuk will never be the looker that Smeagol is, but the back and forth of one character with himself made me draw parallels. That is, until I re-watched the Smeagol vs. Gollum scene in this video:
Then I realized that Young Oh never had Smeagol’s problem. Smeagol was conflicted but Young Oh is uber confident that only he is honest and the rest of the world are all hypocrites because he cannot imagine how they can claim to actually feel what someone else is feeling…until Ji Sung begins to fill, and heal, that place in his heart that is a much deeper gaping wound than the symbolic scratch Young Oh inflicted over his chest.
Ji Sung ignores Young Oh’s demeanor and looks at his actions and what’s underneath. It’s almost as if she is looking directly into his brain. She’s not only his WiFi, she’s his own personal walking, talking MRI!
So you guys have already heard my personal likes and dislikes about Beautiful Mind. If you’re new to kjtamusings, see the post by guest commentators – A.D.DO! and Jane Tilly, because I pretty much have the same thoughts. Considering the turmoil of having the final two episodes cut, this drama was amazingly satisfying. Moreso than most that are allowed their full run.
Other Korean Dramas I would recommend:
I Heard it Through the Grapevine a/k/a I Heard it Through a Rumor – What happens when a perky but wise-for-her-age teenager gets pregnant by her teen chaeboul-heir boyfriend and marries him, despite his parents misgivings?
The Good Doctor – Autistic savant doctor with mental age of 10 years old navigates life, dating, love, and being a pediatrician unwanted by the hospital, and ridiculed by his co-workers