Whenever I think of Heard It Through the Grapevine I marvel at the layers the drama has. There is the story about young love and teenage parenthood but more than that I think it’s about social classes and two worlds colliding. It’s also commentary on the absurdity of the life of the high and mighty. Well, that’s what I think anyway, TPTB may have other ideas. 🙂
In some odd way HITtG reminds me of British period dramas, the well made ones that pay attention to detail and depict the lives of the upper crust with sharp brush strokes and keen eye. There is a certain similarity in the the olden world of the titled and powerful in England and the likes of traditional Han Family. Who else had thoughts of a high dignitary in a Joseon court with Han couple’s procession to dinner? The whole scene looked like something lifted from a sageuk. Which made the whole thing all the more ridiculous.
I can’t help it but I look forward to each episode to see what other new absurdities they will serve us. I take almost too much pleasure in watching the elder Han’s being pushed outside of their comfort zone. Dealing with actual feelings is totally alien to them. Repressing what comes natural and makes us humans… well, human has made Madam neurotic, bordering on hysterical and Attorney Han an anal control freak. Neither has any idea how to really interact with people like Seo Bom and her parents or even their own son now. They honestly think they’ve got it all covered, but their grand plans keep blowing up on their faces. Yoo Joon Sang and Yoo Ho Jung are wonderful in the roles. Well, there are no week links in the cast as it is.
Another thing I wonder about is if the Hans were always like this or did they change under the preassure of tradition and customs of the class they belong in. I’m finding it hard to see anything there that might give a reason to believe they were once more like their own children are now.
With 32 episodes to tell the story I do feel a bit apprehensive. Will they be able to keep up with the comedy thoughout? The plot can easily go really dark and depressing if not balanced right. But, this is PD Ahn and writer Jung Sung Soo, so I’m way more optimistic about the outcome than with anyone else at the helm.