If I were to describe the first episode of Hotel King – it would be…fast and precise. That’s what I felt from the first episode. It seems like they want to tell us the backstory of the characters, but they didn’t want to waste a lot of time – so they just shoved us with all the information in one episode.
It’s not exactly a good or bad thing – but for me, I didn’t really like how they go about giving us all the information so early. But putting that aside, the story itself seems interesting enough, and the characters look complicated enough for me to be interested in the drama.
There seems to be a little bit of humour too – and that’s really good and important because I don’t want to spend hours and episodes just seeing people dead and plotting against each other.
THOUGHTS & DISCUSSION
Cha Jae Wan had a younger brother who he wanted to protect when they were young. However, his younger brother was beaten up badly (he may have died, or might have survived) and he killed his attacker with a gun. He wakes up in Lee Joong Goo house who tells him that his father is Ah Seung Won. Joong Goo tells him that his father is a chairman of a Hotel, and had killed Joong Goo’s beloved woman (who is Jae Wan’s mother) and had abandoned them both.
He gives Jae Wan a choice – to either grab his hand and he will make him the best, or for him to go back to his original life.
Okay – firstly, we don’t know if his brother died, or where did he go to. He didn’t mention his brother when he woke up, and his brother didn’t disappear into air, so most probably, drama’s not telling us yet about his brother.
Second – why and how did Joong Goo actually ended up being where Jae Wan was, and what is his motive.
All of a sudden, we see Jae Wan confronting Seung Won and asking him to acknowledge him as his son. Seung Won knows his mother, but he denies being the cause of her death or he is his son. Jae Wan tells him to admit it in a few hours time.
But in a middle of a party, Seung Won falls from above and lands in the middle of the pool in blood. Everyone started screaming and running – and Jae Wan stands in front of the body – not exactly feeling sad, but rather sort of angry because he couldn’t get the answer he wanted.
Joong Goo is annoyed that Jae Wan went to confront Seung Woo. He mentions that Seung Won’s daughter is inheriting everything, and will probably arrive in Korea soon, and ask if Jae Wan is going to give up the hotel to her. Jae Wan mentions that he is not letting anyone take anything from him again, irregardless who.
She seems nonchalant about her father’s death and didn’t even went to her father’s funeral, because a group of men was chasing her. She tells Joong Goo that some people probably doesn’t want her to return to Korea.
The next day, an audio of the late CEO was played, and his room had warm coffee prepared – as though someone was there. People are scared, and Jae Wan suspects Mo Ne and rushes to her room to check on her. But Woo Hyun, who is in the room as well, mentioned that he has been with her for 3 hours already as she plays her game.
Jae Wan is quick – and smart and he is a no-nonsense kind of person. Mo Ne seems like a cheerful, bimbo, rich spoilt brat from the outside – but we can see that she is hiding a lot of emotions and things to herself, and she’s probably a lot smarter than people think she is.
Okay – they’re supposedly siblings – which is probably not true, because I don’t believe Seung Won is Jae Wan’s dad. I mean – come on, this is not a sibling love melo, so chances of them being siblings are really low.
But it’s really weird for Jae Wan to just blindly believe Joong Goo and grow up thinking Seung Won is his dad. However, we also see that Jae Wan and Joong Goo’s relationship is not really as smooth as we would have thought it would be. I mean, since technically, Joong Goo brought Jae Wan up.
Jae Wan feels indebted towards Joong Goo – but it’s difficult to draw the line on whether his actions is because Joong Goo told him to do so, or he is doing so, out of his own will.
And lastly, Seung Won is most probably murdered – we all know that, right?
Okay – that’s it for Episode 1 🙂