Sky Castle (2018)
Faced with a miniature pyramid that’s supposed to symbolize the social hierarchy, the young Soo-han is asked by his parents which part of the pyramid he aspires to be part of.
“The top”, he says at first; his parents reassured. It’s supposed to be the correct answer. But Soo-han quickly retracts what he said and points out that Egyptians don’t place the mummy at the top of the pyramid, but rather, the middle, as it is the center of mass, and therefore the most stable.
“The middle is the best spot”, he points out.
And that, my friends, is my key takeaway from this drama.
Speaking from my own experiences as a middle child, a middle class citizen, and one who always finds herself in the middle of everything, I believe that the middle, by nature of its being in between two opposing extremes, can be quite chaotic—but it can be the most fun, unpredictable, and stable spot, too.
On another note, I must admit I loved Sky Castle because the cast were the best-looking and everyone were oh-so-chic! Well, except for U-ju’s family, but then to be shabby-chic seems to be their raison d'être. Even Coach Kim looked chic in her prison suit! And therefore my second key takeaway is this: whatever life throws at you, one must stay chic. Stay chic.
Likewise, I fell in love with the rich housewives’ house slippers, their full midi skirts, pussy bows and relaxed sleeves, blunt hair cuts and blunt words, Nespresso makers, and fine tea sets. I also fell madly in love with the twins.
Fashion and looks aside, the K-drama reminded me of how incredibly difficult the education system in Korea can be, not to mention twisted, and I now recall why I ended up having Korean classmates back in university. I remember being told that Korean parents want to save their children from unhappy and stressful childhoods, brought about by the pressures of the education system and society as a whole, and so they send their children overseas to finish school. And while I have always been vaguely aware of this, seeing how Korean families really succumb to such standards in Sky Castle opened my eyes to the gravity of the issue. It’s as crazy as putting together a book club for the sole prestige of it, discussing one-sided ideologies, without really reading and understanding the books in order to broaden one’s mind.
A mix of heavy drama, suspense, mystery, a unique brand of humor, and social commentary all rolled into one, I’d say Sky Castle is a must-watch. It is engaging as it is unpredictable, it masterfully tackles important issues, and leaves a lasting impact, too. One won’t tire of the series for the cast members are rich in visual appeal, and I personally believe that’s always a plus.