K-Drama Couch Recap: “Memories Of The Alhambra” Episode 3
Locking the viewers to watching how the story unfolds seems to be the name of the game for Memories of the Alhambra
Continuing its mind-blowing premiere, third episode of Memories of the Alhambra picks up from the hero’s journey to acquire Hostel Bonita.
Back stories have also been revealed on how the heroine and her family ended up in Granada. Notably, it is the beguiling confrontation of the hero to his rival that ultimately takes away all the surprises.
Brace yourself for exciting future adventures of Memories of the Alhambra as these three key moments from episode three unveil a gripping sojourn to be tackled by the hero of the story.
1. 10 billion won proposal
Finding out that the patent to the VR game is developed by genius programmer, Jung Se Joo (Chanyeol) sets to Hostel Bonita. Yoo Jin Woo (Hyun Bin) moves quickly to set a deal in motion.
He meets Jung Hee Joo (Park Shin Hye), the owner of the hostel, and names 10 billion won as the price to acquire it. However, she has to make a decision right away or a billion will be deducted every 10 minutes if the agreement is left unsigned.
Pressed with time, she tries getting the opinion of her family members but to no avail. She also gets locked out inside the rest room. Luckily, Jin Woo checks on what’s taking her so long. He takes her to the hospital when she fainted while freeing herself from being locked inside the rest room.
With an offer she can’t refuse, Hee Joo accepts Jin Woo’s proposal to sell Hostel Bonita — unaware that their family’s rundown hostel holds the patent of the breakthrough VR game her brother created.
Jin Woo continuously discovers the amazing features of the game, like special effects, that is only present in the virtual world. He also chances upon a game character based on Hee Joo’s forgotten dream of playing classical guitar.
2. Back stories
Happy on the unexpected blessing, Hee Joo rushes to deliver the news to her family. All those hardships she suffered to make the ends meet in the last 12 years are finally coming to an end.
Meanwhile, Cha Hyung Suk (Park Hoon) receives the news that Se Joo is missing. He confronts his wife (Jin Woo’s first wife) about her chance encounter with her ex-husband. He then receives a phone call from Jin Woo to meet up to settle the challenge he initially refused when he was just a beginner in the game.
Exchanging icy remarks, the two engage in a sword fight. The story reveals that physical contact while on a game would mean deduction to the player’s level. After a few sword wielding and alternate hits between them, Jin Woo kills Hyung Suk’s character in the game, and walks out to catch his flight back to Barcelona.
3. The Unexpected Death
Hee Joo sends off Jin Woo since the latter fails to show up for the dinner she requested to thank him for buying the hostel. Physically drained, he sleeps like a log upon arriving in Barcelona.
He wakes up and finds a few missed calls from his secretary. When he returns the call, he receives a shocking news — Hyung Suk was found dead sitting on a bench in the place where they last had an AR game duel.
Memories of the Alhambra Episode 3 Afterthoughts
On its third serving, the thin line separating the game and reality kicked off the thrilling anticipation for Memories of the Alhambra. The series easily draws any viewer to zone in the two worlds being traversed by the hero.
At some point, Jin Woo feels like everyone’s avatar being cheered on as he explores the AR game along with how it is limned to connect to his own story.
Knowing to push and pull the cryptic and thrilling elements is a specialty of writer Song. So far, it is already evident in establishing where the narrative is going to. With director Ahn’s orchestration, I am honestly scared of how ambitious Memories of the Alhambra is, since it is so polished, surreal, and smartly written. If it falters, it will really break my heart, you see, so hopefully it will not.
I am already piqued on the mystery of how the game seems to be crossing the reality of the characters. If there will be a volunteer team to hunt down where Se Joo is, I am willing to become a tribute to do the job. *chuckles
Memories of the Alhambra is challenging the K-Drama landscape with how strong its goals are on the picture it is aiming to achieve. Hyun Bin and Park Shin Hye are expected to make the inventive plot soar with conviction.
Opening a whole new world means the explanation of the supernatural roles. Let’s wait and see how Memories of the Alhambra takes on the challenge.
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abbyinhallyuland reads and sleeps a lot when she is not traveling. Her calendar reminders are mostly K-Drama broadcast schedules and birthdays of her favorite Korean actors. Promoting K-Drama watching as stress therapy is her life advocacy. She is fond of Spencer Reid, Gregory House, Kenshin Himura, Starwars saga, Haruki Murakami and Hunter x Hunter.
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