Do Min Joon may be an alien in You From Another Star but I know him as an amalgamation of pop culture’s most memorable superheroes. It’s an embarrassment of riches. Is there anything he can’t do?
I use the term ‘superhero’ loosely, because Obi-Wan Kenobi is no mere superhero. Because in trying to figure out which superhero he most resembled it struck me that Jedi Knight might be the most accurate.
Min Joon lives somewhat like as ascetic, prizes discipline and knowledge, and seeks order and detachment. And he was dressed for the part when he arrived:
Or the Tolkien equivalent, an elf. Basically, he’s Legolas people–He’s got super senses; He’s really old, he’s haughty, and because he’s lived so long and knows so much, he has a tendency to patronise mere mortals.
And he’s also very pretty and lithe. Here’s a classic Legolas leap:
But lets see what else this alien can do:
One of his earliest powers revealed. Do Min Joon dreams of a threat to Soon Yi’s life. He only seems to be able to intuit danger however, and this apparently is a new power that is triggered by his impending departure from earth.
Or it could be that the dude’s in love and fate decided to activate his Soon Yi safety radar. He might have the power of psychometry (the ability to perceive the residual information of an object and/or person by using senses) too as indicated in Episode 8 with when he palmed Yoora’s thumbdrive. But the jury’s out on this one.
Where would Jedi Knights be without this ability to channel the Force into manipulating objects? Not forgetting that Darth Vader would actually have had to place his hands on his incompetent commanders instead of just using the more elegant Force Choke. Likewise, Do Min Joon can lift, push, and levitate objects, and even himself with his mind. He also uses this to pick his bed time reading material.
3. Super Strength
In his only display of super strength so far, Min Joon stopped a runaway car with his bare hands. The only earlier hints that he might have this ability is the many times he’s picked Soon Yi up without breaking a sweat (but then she weighs almost nothing anyway so that doesn’t count). But I suspect there will be more opportunities to display this power soon, if not some of that ample musculature we saw earlier in the show.
4. Super Senses: Sight and hearing
His heightened sight and hearing abilities were shown from the get-go and seem to be the powers he relies on the most. No hint of similar smell or touch abilities (unless he has a psychometric connection to objects but I doubt it). Like Superman, he can regulate the ability so he doesn’t go bonkers from sensory overload. Or when lazy, he just turns on some music.
Superhero corollary: Superman, of course. Also Spiderman.
Min Joon has done this several times, most notably to rescue Soon Yi on the cruise ship and then, later during his Superman moment. He is also has the ability to move in quick bursts of speed although this is likely a sub-set of his teleportation power. Unfortunately, he doesn’t seem to have quick reflexes or he’d saved himself the destruction of some priceless pottery:
6. Time Freeze
This one Min Joon loves. He uses it all the time, particularly to stare longingly at Soon Yi while she’s sleeping. He doesn’t seem to be able to manipulate time backwards or forwards, or else he could’ve pressed rewind and saved his precious pot.
But it seems that he’s not impervious to pain or wounds which means he is vulnerable, and these abilities are being slowly eroded although we’re not sure how or why. In any case, he has begun to use his superpowers for some good as befitting a proper superhero, even if he’s only willing to use these on Soon Yi. Will he start helping complete strangers and earn bonafide superhero cred?