Watch this Show! A Review: Episode 1 of Hyde, Jekyll, Me

Hyde, Jekyll, Me Episode 1

This is the show you should be watching right now. Hyde, Jekyll, Me might not be politically correct, scientifically accurate, or, in any real sense, a quality show, but we stand by that first statement: You should be watching this show. Right. Now.

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Let's get the basic premise out of the way right now: Hyun Bin plays Gu Seo-jin, a director of the theme park, Wonderland (no, not Disney World, why would you even think that?!). You might remember Hyun Bin from such hit K-Dramas like Secret Garden, which had its own body-swapping twist. Here, the swapping is all internal, and follows the basic premise of, as the name implies, Jekyll and Hyde. VERY. LOOSELY.

From what we've heard of the show, this would be a love triangle between the two sides of Seo-Jin and Ha-Na (played by Han Ji-min). We were expecting a melodramatic romance with Ha-Na at the center, forcing herself to choose between the two sides. We were also expecting Girl's Day's Hyeri, who wasn't in the first episode but was the whole reason we started watching this show (Remember: Critical Kpop). Boy, were we surprised. Right from the beginning.

The show opens with a dream sequence, Seo-Jin being at his worst, slapping a kid's red balloon away because he's just the worst. And then it happens: a giant disco light begins to fall ontop of a woman (is it Ha-Na? Is this a prophecy?), who Seo-Jin saves at the very last minute.

Hyde, Jekyll, Me

The dream sequence ending abruptly, we're introduced to Seo-Jin's world. For one, he wears glasses that keep track of his blood pressure, or MSP, in a very Dragon Ball Z fashion. He also has a nice little (secret) garden and meditation routine. Surely, this must be the heroic Jekyll of the program, right?

You are wrong! At least with the heroic part, friend.

The episode makes a big deal out of watching Seo-Jin's blood pressure, otherwise he will return again. Everyone in his team knows about this. They fear it. It's been five years since he awoke. What bothers Seo-Jin the most is that he wasn't himself in the dream. He asks his sycophantic assistant: Would I actually put myself in danger for someone else? A gorilla answers this question.

Yes, this show has an angry gorilla. A computer generated gorilla that goes on a rampage and immediately assures the viewer that absolutely anything can happen in this show. It's an amazing sequence, it's a ridiculous sequence, it's an abrupt where-the-hell-did-this-come-from sequence. It will turn you away if you take television and life too seriously.

But maybe you've already turned away form the show at Seo-Jin's cartoonish villainy, banishing balloons from Disney World Wonderland (to stop his dream from happening) and wanting to make children cry (also dream = definitely coming true in this world). In any case, it's your loss if you stop watching. Because this show has a computer generated gorilla and it's out for blood.

Seo-Jin's reaction is priceless, as he cowers, pushes a woman pleading for help (biting her!) directly in the gorilla's path, almost guaranteeing her gruesome demise, before climbing to safety, protected by his security detail (as all theme park directors are want to do). Seo-Jin is downright irremediable. Is he a Hyde, but one that is cowardly instead of savage? Or a Jekyll that is hiding heroism instead of terror?

When tranquilizers fail, there is only one person who can save the day. Ha-Na, who the gorilla jumps towards, but, to our surprise, in love and not in terror. Proving once again that everyone needs love, even gorillas.

I know we're writing too much about this gorilla. We know that we have to skip over important details now, like how Seo-Jin and his assistant talk extensively (and absurdly) about his damn MSP again, and how it spiked when Ha-Na was in danger (HE LOVES HER). Or how Ha-Na is the leader of the last remaining circus in Korea, Wonder Circus, and how Seo-Jin and her have a strange first encounter, where grabs Ha-Na without a word and pulls her close to him, making it the strangest meet-cute ever, summed up by this picture:

Seo-Jin and Ha-Na Meet

But you really have to see it for yourself. It will make you think: Do humans behave this way? Is this Earth?

There's even a blackmailing scheme (on Seo-Jin, remember biting that women?) that erupts and just as quickly backfires on Ha-Na, who is trying to save the circus from closing. But all that's filler. Because when Dr. Kang comes calling with a possibility of a cure for Seo-Jin's fractured mental state, the show takes another leap and we're talking literally.

Circus-raised Ha-Na ziplines over to his doctor's office before he can, in an attempt to talk to him in private. What she finds is...wait for it...

Dr. Kang Hyde, Jekyll, Me

And the killer is still there. Does Seo-Jin redeem himself? Not yet. He has to push Ha-Na at the killer and save his own skin, and we're left screaming: You fiend! You scumbag! And we're about to turn away from the damn show ourselves, except the one person that Seo-Jin fears the most returns though a spike in his MSP. Robin. We've been waiting for the whole episode for his appearance. Our savior, our heroic Hyde, our superhero.

Seo-Jin Superhero

Unbuttoning his shirt and removing his glasses, we know that the transformation is complete. The Superman to his Clark Kent. His um Robin to his Batman (it doesn't fit, but there has to be a connection here, right?). He kicks some major murderer ass before grabbing Ha-Na MIDAIR as she falls into the river(?), saving her life, cradling her in his arms, deep in that water. Now there's a meet-cute worth writing home about.

Hyde, Jekyll, Me Underwater

This show completely forfeits reason. It reminds us of the make-believe games we all used to play when in elementary school, always with a few friends. We'd start as knights and then it would become a cop drama just because one of us said so. We've all done that, right? This is like make-believe all over again. Saying, yes, why not do that in our show? Okay, let's have a gorilla. Let's leap from a building and have our lovers embrace under water. With Hyde, Jekyll, Me, the only thing the cast and crew truly cared about with the first episode was entertaining you, the viewer. Will this show win any awards? No, if there is a God, no. Is this even the best K-Drama we've seen this year? No, no. Were we entertained? Every minute. Seeing so much reckless abandonment of basic logic and narrative was exhilarating. And now, addicting. Which is why you should be watching this show. Like, now. You'll thank us later.


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