Still Worth Watching? A Review: Episode 2 of Hyde, Jekyll, Me

Today we’re turning our attention back to Hyde, Jekyll, Me, the show that mixes all the classic tropes of K drama with all the mind-bending twists and turns of pop psychology. The result, as we see in episode two, is nothing short of addiction. Starring Hyun-Bin (Secret Garden) and Han Ji-Min (Rooftop Prince) this has fast become our new favorite show.

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Episode two returns with numerous exciting revelations that we guarantee will keep you on the edge of your seat. A secret lair is revealed, as well as a means of communication between Seo-Jin and his alter ego, Robin. We witness Seo-Jin’s difficult relationship with his father, and also receive hints of a past in which Seo-Jin grew up in Wonderland, including a previous relationship with Ha-Na when they were children. But most importantly, we get a much better glimpse of the character of Robin.

For a much longer period of time, in episode two, Seo-Jin becomes Robin. Again, the transformation occurs when Ha-Na is in danger, and this time we witness the fruition of Seo-Jin’s dream from episode one. Robin saves Ha-Na from being crushed by that falling disco ball (seriously), and his calm smile afterwards is a full 180-degree turn from the cold stares of Seo-Jin. The dichotomy between Seo-Jin and Robin will definitely make for an interesting romance with Ha-Na in future episodes.

Immediately following the saving act, the security forces of Wonderland (led by Yoon Tae-Joo) surround Robin and give chase. What has been hinted at for quite some time is finally revealed: the security around Seo-Jin is not for his protection, but for use against Robin, should he emerge.

The directive against Robin is now known to have come from Seo-Jin’s father. And herein lies one of the unanswered questions of the show so far. Why is Mr. Koo so against this iteration of his son? Is the son who saves damsels in distress a liability to the company? These acts of magnanimity are, after all, “in his nature,” according to a flashback. So far, this conflict has mainly served as a minor confusion, rather than an enjoyable plot element. The other unanswered question, however, of how Seo-Jin and Robin will interact once neither one has full control, has us begging for episode three.

Thankfully, Robin becomes a rounder character when he expresses genuine happiness at being released from his former imprisonment in Seo-Jin’s mind. Coupled with the secret lair and messaging system, we have all the makings of a classic duel between hero and villain contained within a single man! After witnessing Robin doing Parkour all over the set, though, our money is on the guy who doesn’t hide behind women and have a paralyzing fear of his heart condition! Sorry, Seo-Jin.

We’re a bit surprised to see that so much of Seo-Jin and Ha-Na’s past relationship has been revealed in episode two (although, to be fair, neither of them understands anything quite yet). It seems clear at this point that both Seo-Jin and Ha-Na were raised, at least partially, in Wonderland. We have a flashback of Robin saving Ha-Na from an icy river, as well as physical evidence in the necklace he wears. These revelations seem certain, though there is quite a bit of a gray area when it comes to the kind of relationship the children may have shared. A very brief flashback may point toward a forced separation of the two, or it may point toward a darker, repressed memory. If anything, Hyde, Jekyll, Me has already shown an affinity for using hypnosis to retrieve memories, so why not keep that up?

All in all, we’re pleasantly impressed with the new offering from SBS. If you haven’t yet given Hyde, Jekyll, Me a try, we highly recommend that you get started. This show delivers just the right amount of mystery, romance, and absurdity to keep you entertained. Other than some perplexing uncertainty over why Robin is so universally hated, we give this episode a strong:


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