‘He is Psychometric’ Episode 9-16 Review: The scars continue

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Who is the good guy and who is the bad guy? Sometimes, life doesn’t give us clear answers to those questions. The cost to know the truth may be too high for our team. The scars they live with create barriers they may not be able to get past. Can love provide forgiveness or will hate always rule the day? Join C.C. Farmer and I as we discuss the last half of “He’s a Psychometrist” and try to come to grips with this heart-wrenching and fascinating story.

C.C. Farmer: When a show causes you to ground your children from electronics for a week, you know that it is good. Guess what show that was? Yes, and this show was so thrilling with being hunted and hunting that I said no to the eight-year-old. And then they were ALL found very late, under a blanket, with this show. The hammer and the knives that were used were more than I wanted the youngest seeing. So glad I did because the last piece of the who-did-what puzzle would have really upset the kid. It upset me.

Nooooooooo why??!!!!!!!!!

Wendilynn: This show had my heart in knots, for sure. Just when you thought you knew what was black and white, they threw in a bunch of shades of gray that turned everything upside down. Good people doing bad things or bad people doing good things is never an easy story to write. I can’t tell you how much I didn’t want the truth to be real.

C.C. Farmer: When everyone was in the ghost tunnels I kept repeating over and over, “Don’t go there, Don’t go there!” and then the writers did. Proving Korean screenwriters are brilliant.

Wendilynn: The writing really was excellent. It felt a little cheesy in the beginning, but as the series progressed, I realized they did that deliberately to get you committed and make the bomb drop even harder at the end.

I am glad the police commissioner (Eom Hyo-seop) finally owned up to his own corruption. It took a huge loss for him to do that, but finally, he had nothing left to protect. In a way, I’m sort of glad Ji-Soo (Kim Da-som) didn’t learn the truth in the end. She would have been so brokenhearted. As it was, how everyone was going to cope after all they had been through still leaves me boggled.

C.C. Farmer: Every single character that walked on the screen was involved with the fire in some shape or form. The teacher (Ko Yoon-jung) was able to talk her dad into revisiting his thoughts, and that was healing for both of them. And the “Gas Guy” (Noh Jong-hyun) was finally able to be in her life. Sweet butterflies of happiness in the doom and gloom of all the higher-ups who were getting their comeuppance.

Wendilynn: The “Gas Guy” was such a neat contrast to our Psycho Stalker (Lee Seung-joon). “Gas Guy” could have easily ignored that he was bothering the girl and kept pushing it, but instead, he respected her feelings and backed off. We saw the results with Stalker, who imprisoned the girl he liked just so he couldn’t lose her. It really was a neat contrast between love stories.

C.C. Farmer: One of the occurrences we get in our romantic comedies is of a man fixated on his woman. “Boys over Flowers” is an example. With “Psychometric,” we see more of a realistic approach. Okay, so the basement of a factory doesn’t sound realistic, but look at what Ted Bundy left behind.

Wendilynn: Our Stalker wasn’t too far behind him. But I was amazed that even in the end, he was still doing whatever he could to get one last glimpse of the woman he loved. Even if it hurt him in the end. I mean, his desire to feel anything was almost sad … you know, if he wasn’t a murdering psycho because of it.

C.C. Farmer: I was tempted to put the blame on the system, but people have choices. Look at Yoon Jae-in (Shin Ye-eun), who strove to be the best at good choices, at work and school. Even though she was heavily criticized for being a convict’s daughter, she still kept finding good paths to tread. What would have happened if she had used Psycho Stalker’s mentality of “if this is what they think of me, then this is what I will give them”? Her good choices not only helped her but helped those around her. Lee Ahn (Jinyoung) was a loose cannon, but luckily he had Prosecutor Kang (Kim Kwon) and Yoon Jae-in to help him find his purpose.

Wendilynn: I don’t know if we can really blame the system in regards to our Stalker. He was an undocumented child who was trapped in the child slave trade. The fact that he couldn’t feel emotions meant he had no way to know right from wrong in that situation. So when he was finally saved and met Eun-joo, I don’t think he had any concept of what was right. He’d been taught that you enslave what you want to keep. He really did follow that example from his own slave days.

C.C. Farmer: At least we didn’t get the whole “He will change because I love him” backstory. I don’t think she had a choice, unlike Lee Ahn. He chose to stop slacking and work harder because he wanted to change because he loved Yoon Jae-in. What do you think of GOT7’s Jinyoung acting?

Wendilynn: I think Jinyoung did an excellent job. I was able to completely forget he was a member of GOT7 and just see him as his character. So for me, he was fantastic. Watching Lee Ahn take control as all the secrets were revealed was compelling. He stopped being the silly kid and had to face all the horror he never wanted to know. He was amazing. And they didn’t oversell the romance either. I liked that they never got overly lovey-dovey between Ahn and Jae-in. They stayed so much more balanced after everything they went through together.

C.C. Farmer: Great story. Great characters, down to the retiring officer who stepped up to support Jae-in and bring justice. There were so many good scenes and characters, I feel bad for not mentioning them all.

Wendilynn: What was the one takeaway you got from this story?

C.C. Farmer: It’s never too late to do the right thing. You?

Wendilynn: I loved the commentary about learning to live with our scars. Sometimes we never get over them, but we can learn to live with them.


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