So I’ve decided to recap a show in which nothing happens. Wish me luck!
Priscilla Ahn, I Don’t Have Time to Be In Love
TW: sexual assault, rape culture
A Declaration of Living Alone
Coffee beans are ground and brewed, a shot of espresso is poured into a glass, and coffee is poured into a perfectly placed cup, presumably our heroine’s LEE SOO KYUNG’s, who checks her watch unamusedly as she sits across from a smiling, bespectacled man, her date for the evening. She’s not very interested in the date, as the very first words out of her mouth are, “You know that I’m divorced, right?” Her date answers that he does know, and we learn that Soo Kyung has been divorced for three years. He notes that she’s as “cool” as he’s heard. Soo Kyung presses further, telling him that she has no intention of getting married and that the only reason she’s on this date is to appease her office manager, who’s married to her closest friend. She uses the same frank but polite tone she began with and remains with her arms crossed and her coffee untouched, unlike her date, who’s sipping at his drink and leaning forward in his seat.
It’s clear that she’s doing her best to turn him off, to make sure the date is a failure. He’s the interested party here, not her. Her date remains unfazed and accepts her terms, agreeing that they can be friends, since everyone their age is already married. This surprises Soo Kyung, but her look of self satisfied composure remains, and with good reason: her date wonders if she’d like to see a movie, but she’s already watched each one he suggests on her own. She is the quintessential single city woman, Elaine Benes-like in her self-sufficiency, self-regard, and disinterest in romance. That is, until she realizes there is something she wants to do with this man–
Go to “King of Cheonghae,” a mat-jib (popular restaurant; thank you subbers!) with a waiting line thiiiiis long outside it’s doors. It’s the one thing she can’t do on her own, as waiting in a long line to dine alone would be too odd. Now Soo Kyung’s the excited one, making sure to keep their place in line, visibly salivating at the dishes passing before her, and assuring her date that the wait is almost done. He, meanwhile, looks completely deflated, and lets her know he doesn’t understand the attraction of waiting an hour in line just to eat. He notices that one of the dishes is generously topped off with crab, and Soo Kyung thinks he’s as amazed as she is by the sight of it, but that’s not it at all–he has a shellfish allergy. Soo Kyung turns to him, concerned: “Is your allergy lethal?” Pffft! She’s not worried about his allergy, but about the possibility of her missing out on her dinner! She’s genuinely surprised when her date walks away and doesn’t seem to understand that he’s offended, and she almost goes after him, but it’s her turn, and she chooses her seat in the restaurant over him.
Soo Kyung settles down after suffering the embarrassment of declaring that she’s here to eat on her own (her server mistakes her “One” for “Eleven,” ha!), and makes a show of checking her phone to see why her “friend” is late as a way to ward off the sidelong glances she keeps getting. But then she spots the food the folks next to her have ordered, a large plate piled high with shrimp and crab and noodles, all smothered in sauce. That’s what she wants to order. But the smallest size serves 3 to 4 people (or two, if both of them have her appetite), and the restaurant doesn’t have any takeout. Soo Kyung has to leave.
She grabs some kimbap on her way home instead, lamenting on the lack of good food for singles, but when she arrives at her officetel she finds an ambulance outside. It turns out her next door neighbor has died, and the rumor is she was a single woman living alone who choked to death while eating live long-legged octopus. Hmmm…that doesn’t bode well for our gluttonous singleton. The building’s supervisor/security person very unhelpfully points out that had she had someone with her, she wouldn’t have died. He continues his usefulness by pointing out that Soo Kyung lives alone, too. Thank you for explaining it so fully, Captain Obvious.
A crowd has gathered around outside the neighbor’s door (and I spy our track-suited hero, GOO DAE YOUNG, amidst all the gossiping ladies), but Soo Kyung makes her way into her apartment and eats her lone dinner, coughing on a mouthful and having to beat her own chest to keep from choking. Uh-oh.
One month later we’re introduced to Soo Kyung’s neighbor in apartment 806, the charming, quick to smile, and slovenly Goo Dae Young, who we see playing a game on his phone as he’s sprawled out in the middle of his apartment floor, because he doesn’t have an actual bed. He’s surrounded by junk food wrappers, toys, food containers, dirty clothes, and trash. What a leading man. He loses his game and the water bottle (that he grabs with his feet!) is empty, so he gets up for another one and heads out the door. In the hallway that looks suspiciously familiar as a certain Go Dok Mi’s corridor, he passes by Soo Kyung, and she overhears him talking to a younger woman–or rather, she overhears him lying that he’s at Gangnam Station, when clearly he’s at home in a tracksuit. Soo Kyung is miffed by his lying and his appearance, and she grimaces at his cropped pants and sockless feet, which makes me cheer, ‘cause that is one of my men’s fashion pet peeves. Oh, Soo Kyung, you’re a girl after my heart.
Dae Young stops by the local convenience store, where he buys a pair of socks and puts them on in front of the counter, to speechless looks from the cashier. Then it’s off to his dry cleaner’s, which he uses as his own personal closet. He asks for one outfit among many he has there, changes into a spiffy jacket and jeans combo, and leaves his track suit and puffy vest for the dry cleaner to deal with. So Dae Young’s a hustler. Is this what a Candy character looks like when he’s a man?
On his way out Dae Young passes by YOON JIN YI, who’s in the neighborhood searching for an apartment. Her real estate agent leads her to the “very suitable” place right next door to Soo Kyung, #804. Jin Yi is curious as to why it’s so cheap, but she isn’t disconcerted when she’s told it’s because the former tenant died in there. She’s excited by the possibility of meeting a ghost, since it’s “one of her dreams” to meet a ghost like in dramas. So Jin Yi’s a glass half full kinda girl.
Jin Yi walks out just as Soo Kyung is coming back from walking her dog, and she runs up to her, smiling and bubbly, introducing herself as the new neighbor and crouching to snap a picture of Soo Kyung’s dog. It’s her “dream to raise a dog like this.” Heh. The real estate agent suggests that since she’s moving next door to an unni they can live depending on each other. Soo Kyung just shakes her head distatstefully at Jin Yi’s overflowing cheerfulness, and is shocked when the younger girl grabs her for a hug. She’s perturbed when Barassi, her dog, trots after Jin Yi. Ha! Is it going to be a running joke that her dog is super friendly while she’s prickly and standoffish? I love it.
Later that night Jin Yi holds a party at the hotel where she’s been staying, and we learn that her father is in prison while her mother is in convalescence in the US, recovering from the shock of her husband’s imprisonment. Jin Yi is moving out of the hotel because her father’s trial is lasting longer than she’d anticipated; her posh friends praise her for her maturity and for wanting to spend less money, but I don’t know how well that’s going, considering she orders room service. “How can you have a party without champagne?” she asks. Oh, boy.
The next day, back at the officetel Soo Kyung is about to take Barassi out for another walk, and out in the hall she crosses paths with Dae Young again. He’s on the phone with another woman this time, lying about his whereabouts (“I’m out playing golf” while he’s riding an elevator), but even worse is that the trash he’s taking out is leaking all over the floor! Gross. Soo Kyung looks him up and down in incredulity and contemptuous annoyance, only to have him point out that Barassi is rooting through his trash and has scattered it all over the elevator. Soo Kyung is mortified, but she’s even more vexed that Dae Young so easily accepts her offer to clean the mess up herself, as if she’s the only one at fault here.
Dae Young strolls back into the offictel after Soo Kyung finishes cleaning up his trash, which he doesn’t separate, of course, and she confronts him about the stain his leaking trash bag left in the corridor earlier. He very agreeably tells her he’ll clean it up, and when she presses him by curtly asking him to properly separate his trash he just smiles and answers that he will. Aren’t pleasant people infuriating? I feel you, Soo Kyung.
Soo Kyung’s got her shades on as she walks Barassi when she gets a call. It’s from her best friend, KYUNG MI, the one who’s married to her office manager. Kyung Mi, who’s being accosted by her two little boys, demands she come over, and conveniently asks that she get some milk and bread on her way. Guys, I have intimate experience with toddlers, and Kyung Mi’s kids are not an exaggeration. If anything they’re tame.
Kyung Mi tells her kids to pick up their toys, which are scattered all over the living room floor, and tells her husband, KYU SHIK, to get the door when Soo Kyung rings it. The first thing she does is let Soo Kyung know how lazy Kyu Shik is being, and they bicker back and forth about who works more. Soo Kyung wants to know if she was invited over to witness them fighting, and Kyung Mi grouses some more about how little money he makes and how he stays out all night drinking. The real reason she asked Soo kyung over, though, is to nag her about her reclusive, unsociable ways: she stays at home on the weekends, she’s not seeing the guy she set her up with. Soo Kyung explains that he didn’t like going to mat-jibs and Kyung Mi demands to know if in order to connect with someone they have to have the very same interests as Soo Kyung. Wow. I’ve had this exact same conversation before. Kyung Mi is worried that Soo Kyung is becoming even more obsessed with food, but Soo Kyung points out that she doesn’t really have anything else in her life. Aw. Soo Kyung’s lonely. She does have Barassi, though, who she overzealously protects from Kyung Mi’s kids.
Back at the officetel Dae Young notices rows of shoes lined up outside a door and stops to check out what it’s all about. Jin Yi’s moving her things in, and she has even more shoes inside her apartment. She greets Dae Young and he tells her he lives down the hallway. He wonders how many people are living with her, and when she tells him it’s just her he asks if she’s a centipede. She laughs, calls him oppa (she’s 23 and he’s 29) and I can see a burgeoning crush on Jin Yi’s part. A man from a service called “Do Everything For You” stops by with nails and a hammer for a total of $23; for an additional $20 he’ll nail her things up for her. Dae Young smells a swindler (understatement) and politley asks the man to be on his way. He tells Jin Yi he’ll hang up her things for just $10. Ha! I wish Soo Kyung were here to see this.
Dae Young learns that Jin Yi’s father was a CEO of a construction company that went under, and he was imprisoned for “dereliction of duty and misappropriation.” Dae Young is surprised by Jin Yi’s sunny attitude in relating her circumstances, but she looks at her current misfortunes as a temporary phase in her life, a kind of adventure she can return from once her father is out of jail. It’s “her dream” to live alone and have a flower boy neighbor (go mi nam/꽃미남–what with You’re Beautiful and all the Flower Boy series it’s a phrase I actually recognize now!). She snaps a picture of her and Dae Young to put up on Facebook.
Soo Kyung comes back to find the hallway is still stained with Dae Young’s trash, and she looks ready to tell him off when she’s stopped by the smell of something delicious. Dae Young and Jin Yi have ordered in–black bean noodles and sweet and sour pork. Dae Young says it’s the perfect food for a moving day and remarks that the restaurant they ordered from is the best in town, to which Jin Yi responds that all black bean noodles and sweet and sour pork are the same. Dae Young begs to differ:
What? Similar? The crunchiness of this sweet and sour pork is like biting into a fine-grained slice of pie. Eating a Chinese dish while feeling France isn’t possible with just any sweet and sour pork. These noodles are handmade and chewy, with a perfect 4:4:2 ratio of potatoes, chunjang (fermented soybean), and onions. It attacks your tongue nonstop. In the world of black bean noodles, this is like…you could say Hong Myung Bo (one of Korea’s best-ever footballers).
It’s all lost on Jin Yi, so they just dig in and eat while Soo Kyung spies on them hungrily from outside Jin Yi’s door. Here we have our first real scene of how all the food and eating scenes of this show will be: very close-up, with lots of cuts and no effort to hide the sounds of chewing and swallowing. It’s like the way a sex scene would be shot in some glossy romance; it makes sense, considering the best word to describe all these scenes is orgasmic.
Soo Kyung darts away when Dae Young leaves Jin Yi’s apartment, but she sneaks back to dig through the trash he’s just put outside the door so she can figure out where they ordered from–and that’s right when Dae Young steps out again, on the phone with another woman, prattling about being in a taxi, and to save face she hurriedly pretends it was Barassi who was interested in the trash and not her. Pffft; somehow with Dae Young she always ends up in embarrassing situations. And to make matters worse she doesn’t even get the number o the restaurant!
Jin Yi spends the night out clubbing with friends, Dae Young spends it wining and dining some faceless person, and Soo Kyung, old fogey that she is, watches TV in her apartment, lamenting at how very black bean noodle-less her life is. She’s watching a cooking show, of course, and her mouth waters at the sight of steak being cut on her screen. She hears someone trying to get into her apartment and when she goes to investigate it’s none other than her new neighbor–wearing kitten ears!–drunk and senseless from a night of fun. Soo Kyung lugs Jin Yi over to her own door and then makes her way to bed, assuring herself that Jin Yi will be fine. Then she remembers how her previous neighbor died alone, so she goes back out to check on Jin Yi, only to find Dae Young holding her up as he punches in the code to his apartment.
Soo Kyung, outraged, interrupts him, demanding to know just what he thinks he’s doing with that girl. Dae Young says that he saw her lying on the floor, and to keep her mouth from turning from being on the cold floor he was taking her to his place. “Exactly! Why are you taking a girl you just met today into your apartment!” The better and more obvious question is why he’s taking a drunk and seemingly unconscious girl into his apartment, but I think Dae Young gets the drift, ‘cause he dumps Jin Yi into Soo Kyung’s arms and tells her to take care of it herself. He bids her an abrupt goodnight and immediately enters his place, leaving an irate Soo Kyung to struggle with Jin Yi.
Soo Kyung takes Jin Yi to her place and it’s a total disaster, complete with puking and eating of said puke by dog. The next morning Soo Kyung wakes up to Barassi licking her face (yuck!) and Jin Yi passed out in her bathroom. Jin Yi thanks Soo Kyung for letting her stay the night, and she makes to toddle her way out, vomit in her hair. But Soo Kyung stops her when she sees her backless dress and gives her some rather prudish and frankly unhelpful advice, that since she’s a woman living in the world alone, she be more careful with her appearance as a way to avoid unwanted attention. Aka, don’t dress racily so as to avoid unwanted attention. Jin Yi doesn’t see anything wrong with what Soo Kyung’s said: she thanks and hugs her, vomit-haired and all, for being like an unni to her.
Soo Kyung works in administration at a law firm run by KIM HAK MOON, where she works with Kyu Shik (who we see sticking his hand down his backside and then pulling it out to sniff at it) and another lawyer, OH DO YEON. Kyu Shik compliments Do Yeon on her outfit, who basks in it and makes an aside about Soo Kyung taking better care of her own appearance, but it’s plain to everyone but Do Yeon that Kyu Shik isn’t very sincere. Lawyer Kim walks in and Kyu Shik sucks up to him too, praising him on his appearance on a television the the previous night. Soo Kyung does her best not to roll her eyes. Kim laps it all up when Do Yeon tells him he was the most handsome of all the panelists on the show, but he notes Soo Kyung’s silence. She tries to explain that she was busy, but he wonders how that can possibly be, since she lives alone, and complains that he doesn’t go on the show for his own benefit, but for that of the firm. He says Lawyer Oh can’t go on the show, and she mistakes this slight at her looks as concern for her wellbeing. The two men immediately start ridiculing her looks after she leaves, and Soo Kyung grabs a candy bar from her desk and sneaks off to the ladies room to chow down on it in frustration (where she spits it out when she sees another woman in there, and pops it back in when the woman leaves. Omg.).
Jin Yi runs into Dae Young stepping out from the cleaner’s dressed up in a suit, and he asks how she’s feeling after her hangover. He tells her about his encounter with Soo Kyung the night before (calling her an ajumma!) and they banter about Soo Kyung’s proper ways. Dae Young asks Jin Yi where she’s headed: to a furniture store in her old neighborhood where she’ll get a 10% discount because she’s a VIP member. Hmmm, neither Dae Young nor I know how useful getting 10% off something super expensive will be. But Dae Young’s not one to lecture, and so they head off in step to Gangnam.
Teehee, isn’t it amazing how something can look great before spying the price, and then all of a sudden the $5000 price tag makes it look like a hand-me-down barely worthy of your notice? Jin Yi isnsits that it’s reasonable since it’s European imported furniture, and Dae Young pshaws “Scandi Pandi,” ‘cause you can find the same things at the neighborhood recycling center, to which Jin Yi clarifies that there’s a difference between junk and vintage. Throughout their visit Jin Yi’s attracted to all the pretty comfortable furniture, but with each piece Dae Young points out their flaws: the bed is too big for the room, the sofa won’t be able to fit through the door. His solution? Don’t get any furniture at all! It’ll all be too much of a hassle anyway.
Back at the firm Do Yeon gets Soo Kyung to go listen to the verdict of one of her cases. She tells Hak Moon she isn’t going herself because she came in to work dressed inappropriately, but Hak Moon sees through her: he knows it’s because she knows she lost the case. Sure enough, Do Yeon’s defendant is livid and let’s her anger out on Soo Kyung, yelling, wagging her finger in Soo Kyung’s face, and even hitting her. Soo Kyung does her best to remain patient and reasonable. But the defendant calls Soo Kyung arrogant and berates her for being a mere employee and not a lawyer, and gives her a message for Do Yeon: bad fortune will befall her for ripping her off.
Soo Kyung whips out her trusty chocolate bar and rips into it, then calls Kyung Mi to asks that they go out to eat so she can let out some of her stress. Unfortunately Kyung Mi can’t because she has to cater to her in-laws. But then Soo Kyung gets a call from someone else, and she ends up at King of Cheonghae with her date from the other day. They both apologize for being unmannerly, and her date tells her she can go ahead and eat all the shellfish she wants; he’ll just eat the rice and the side dishes. The food comes out and Soo Kyung digs in. She’s so lost in her rapturous food experience it’s like she forgets someone else is there with her: she leaves her utensils aside and eats with her fingers, and both they and her mouth become covered in sauce. It’s only when he stares at her, flabbergasted at her prodigious chow down capabilities that she speaks to him. But it’s ok, because he thinks she eats deliciously.
Soo Kyung’s date drives her home. When she bids him farewell he suddenly says he doesn’t feel well, and would like to use her restroom. Soo Kyung agrees to let him use it. But when they get in her apartment he miraculously feels better, well enough to comment on her decor and make himself comfortable on her bed. He reminds her how on their previous date she’d said she only wanted to be friends, and he explains how he’d thought she wanted to keep her distance, but with further thought had come to the conclusion that what she’d really meant was that she wanted a casual sexual relationship. He muses, “When a girl brings a man up to her room, what else can she mean?” Right. It’s not like you’re the one who lied about having you to use her bathroom cause you felt sick. Soo Kyung points this out, but in this guy’s twisted logic the only reason she let him up was because she coyly wanted to sleep with him. And then he winks. Soo Kyung is thoroughly skeeved out, as am I. He makes as if to kiss her, placing his hands on her shoulders, and Soo Kyung recoils and throws him off her, but he still can’t take a hint. He insists that she knows the only reason they’re their is to have sex, and he forces her down onto her bed and climbs on top of her. Thankfully she’s able to throw him off onto the floor. Soo Kyung shouts at him:
This is sexual harassment! According to Article 298 of the Constitutional Law, for sexual harassment, you can get up to 10 years of imprisonment or a fine of $15000. And from this May, the offense subject to complaint has been abolished, even if I settle, you can still get punished. And if I just testify well at the police station, I can get you in for attempted rape. How’s that? Do you want to go to jail?
She threatens him with a small stuffed toy and he scurries out, calling her a divorced psycho. Soo Kyung immediately calls up Kyu Shik to demand how he could set her up with such a person, and she ends up downing soju at a bar with him, reflecting on the irony of having told Jin Yi to dress more carefully and then being assaulted herself. Kyu Shik can’t figure out why his friend would act in such a way and says he’ll apologize to her for him instead. His advice? “Just act like you stepped in poop and forget it.” Right.
Soo Kyung insists she’s going to sue her assailant, cause if she doesn’t he’ll likely end up doing it to another woman. Her head falls down and her hair falls into the sink behind the counter, and she starts ranting about how she avoids socializing for this very reason, and because she knows society looks down on her for being a divorced woman. She swears she’s going to get back at all the people who’ve ever mistreated her. When Kyu Shik and a waiter try to help her with her hair, she loses it and accuses them both of trying to assault her. She starts screaming that she’s going to sue everyone in the bar.
Back at the officetel Dae Young is cleaning up the stain he trailed on the floor while Jin Yi “helps” and snaps pictures. That’s when Soo Kyung staggers in, grumbling about suing people and puking in front of her door before snarling at them and stumbling into her apartment. Dae Young’s incredulous, but Jin Yi thinks they should just clean up for her, since they’re her neighbor and she’s in no state to do it herself. They clean up Soo Kyung’s mess while she sleeps on the floor in her apartment, blissfully unaware of Barassi licking the sick off her face.
In a flashback, we see CCTV footage of Dae Young stepping into Soo Kyung’s now deceased neighbor’s apartment just hours before she died.
Shout out to the awesome team at Viki for the subs!
A Short Reflection
Food is the real star of this show. In this and all following episodes so far we get uninterrupted minutes of our leads eating accompanied by music and no dialogue. 6 episodes have aired so far, and I’ve actually noticed a way in which food and eating have significance in the story that’s more than just an opportunity for bonding between our three singletons.
I love Soo Kyung. There isn’t anything particularly extraordinary about her, except for her love of eating, which is something most people can appreciate, if not identify with. She’s intimately relatable: she has a crappy job, her joys are simply watching TV and eating, she’s self-righteous, superior, distrustful, and can be standoffish. But she’s also lonely and frustrated with the circumstances of her life. I see her in many a big city singleton, walking along with their pets and investing them with the time and care they would usually invest in a relationship with a person. Soo Kyung is concerned with maintaining her dignity, and we can see how she spends much of her time outright lying to make it seem like her life is other than what it is; it’s almost like she’s apologizing for what she wants and how she chooses to live. She’s happiest and most honest when she’s stuffing her face with great food; that’s when she’s most liberated and at her most optimistic, and I can’t wait to see her sharing that with more people.
I also love the dynamic between Soo Kyung and Dae Young. Soo Kyung’s a little haughty with Dae Young, and he just smiles and agrees with whatever she proposes, which always backfires on her and leaves her fuming. They both are stubborn in their own ways, and they both have grown accustomed to living on their own. Jin Yi’s the only truly honest one in our awesome threesome, with Soo Kyung and Dae Young both lying to maintain certain outward presentations to the world. While Soo Kyung’s a stickler for the rules (both in terms of law and in terms of social interactions) and gets her power from knowing exactly what they are and making sure other people stick to them, Dae Young is a charmer who weaves his way around the rules and manages to get off scott-free; he can undermine any situation and turn it to his advantage.
Let’s Eat is a show about living on your own and the habits you form in doing so, and what it takes to form a community and the ways being part of a group can help you. In these aspects it succeeds, and it’s delightful to watch unfold.
On Comedy and Violence
The show has some serious flaws. The first is the running joke about Do Yeon’s looks. It’s not funny, and it’s not cute. It’s malicious and entirely narratively and tonally unnecessary. The show is invested in mocking each of it’s characters (Soo Kyung is repeatedly proven wrong and undermined, Kyu Shik has disgusting manners, Hak Moon has an inflated ego and sense of self importance, Jin Yi is exaggeratedly naive, and Dae Young chic public presentation clashes with his cheap pockets), but Do Yeon’s looks aren’t something she can change, which makes the mocking of her take on a certain bullying undertone. Even worse, it feeds into a nasty narrative that prizes women’s looks above anything else they may accomplish, that puts an unfair, preposterous, and ultimately damaging social value on their appearance. The show invites us to laugh at Do Yeon the way we laugh at the peccadillos of the other characters, but with her it seems unable to tell the difference between poking fun at someone’s flaws and just being mean. It’s not surprising, considering the crew behind this show are the same folks behind Rude Miss Young Ae. I watched a few episodes of the show last year, and while I was taken with our heroine and her loving boyfriend, I was turned off by how the comedy was exclusively dependent on mocking her for her weight, her appearance, and the supposed incongruity of a good-looking man being in love with her and wanting to date her.
My other issue with the show lies in its treatment of sexual assault and rape. First our heroine suggests that the way to avoid them lies in how women dress, which is a classic “blame the victim” approach to rape. I’m willing to accept this as just something about her character I don’t like, even if the narrative hadn’t then undercut her by having her suffer sexual assault even as she sticks to her “appropriate” rules; I’m not very invested in having characters that are without fault. The real problem comes in the execution of the assault scene, which is played for laughs, and it’s aftermath, which razes Soo Kyung down to the ground after she’s just stood up to her assailant. It gives him credibility, while calling attention to her reaction of her assault in its aftermath, as if anything she does afterwards can change the reality of what happened there in her apartment.
It’s a very cruel trick, to first play her assault for shits and giggles and then distort it even further by making her out to be an overreacting killjoy who thinks any interaction with a man is him trying to rape her. It’s a deeply misogynistic myth, that it’s women who misconstrue situations and men’s intentions, that they’re too hysterical to actually be able to honestly and appropriately asses their own realities.
For me recapping is much easier than writing up reflections. Instead of making myself figure out what is actually happening on the screen and how it works narratively or trying to find some signification to it all, I just have to find the words to describe the characters’ actions. It comes with it’s own challenges, of course–it’s time consuming (though it takes me much longer to write a reflection), and there are only so many ways to describe people just talking to one another. And, of course, you have to find a voice that can narrate the events of the episode while investing it with your own thoughts without actually interrupting the action of the show.
I could never recap a show I didn’t like, so it’s good that I’m smitten with Let’s Eat!, despite its glaring flaws.
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