Material Queen 10-12

7 Sep

I actually skipped most of episodes 10 and 11 because I couldn’t stomach the angst. Though Chu Man did not consciously choose to sacrifice her ‘perfect’ life for Jia Hao, she made certain decisions for his sake that the old Chu Man wouldn’t have imagined making and in that process, she fell into Yan Kai Ming’s trap and lost everything that she had attained. Btw, Yan Kai Ming is one scary person you do not want to cross. I can see why he would be angry with Chu Man but the way he destroyed the woman he supposedly love is pretty chilling.

Jia Hao got his earnest little heart crushed into smithereens but the one I’m feeling sorry for is Chu Man because her efforts in looking up Eugene to help Jia Hao were all for naught. It didn’t help Jia Hao at all, Jia Hao misunderstood her, Yan Kai Ming saw it as proof of her betrayal and everything just came crashing down on her.

Jia Hao was sponsored by a mysterious rich man to complete his musical studies and after two years in Paris, he returns as an up and coming star violinist Justin. It’s a dramatic reversal of roles because now Chu Man has been reduced to modelling products on shopping channels after being fired from the modelling agency. Well, she even lost that job because she still acts like a diva.

I thought Material Queen will be veering into standard melodrama territory in episode 12 since Jia Hao looks like he’s back for revenge ala Guangxi in Autumn Concerto but Chu Man is no ordinary female lead so expect the unexpected! For once, we have a female lead who correctly interprets the male lead’s insults as an expression of love. ROFL. Chu Man doesn’t mope and angst or choose to stay away from the man she loves like every other self sacrificing heroine. Instead, she actively creates chances to explain herself to Jia Hao and clear up their misunderstanding.

I had expected Jia Hao to be nasty to Chu Man for at least 2,3 episodes but seems like he’s already thinking of forgiving her by the next one?? Be ready to throw expectations out of the window for Material Queen!

Re: Spy Myung Wol finale
I’m the kind that reads spoilers for everything so I’ve already gone and read the recaps for ep16-18 on Koala’s blog and dramabeans. Seems like the writers have given up on logic and so many loose threads were left hanging. Hmm, I wonder if it would’ve been better to end it at episode 10 with that awesome drama-in-a-drama confession? MW and KW got their happy ending without any surprise but by now I’m not quite invested in them as a couple already. I’m just super bummed that Ryu/In Ah didn’t happen. Someone write a Ryu/In Ah fanfic now!

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