Review: “Tell Me What To Do” Music Video

I definitely procrastinated with this one! 😄 I did my best to try and explain this plot. There are several theories thrown around (some a bit far-fetched), so you can choose to interpret this any way you want. Of course, SHINee will never explain to us the story exactly…so… 😄

First off, let me explain what S1+1Nee means. The + is a symbol that means “divided”, I had to correct those who thought it symbolized a cross 😄 “S1” would mean a member from SHINee being divided from the other four “1Nee” and the two ones with the + (1+1) equals two–which symbolizes the member and the girl. The member and the girl “S1” divided from the other four members “1Nee”. Did I explain that well?

SHINee are like outcasts and live on their own together in what looks like some abandoned building. At some points in the video, you see the girl with a lit match in her mouth–that symbolizes her sparking a flame among the members. The boys were like family and happy (as happy as can be) when it was just them. Things went all wrong, of course, when the girl showed up.

It’s evident by the way Taemin looks at the girl in the car that he likes her and very evident when he looks heartbroken after seeing her kiss Minho. This is where things get messy. Now Taemin held a lighter a lot throughout the video and drops it at one point. He could have dropped it from his pocket when they get out of the car or he could have just dropped it on the street purposely. Who knows? What we do know is that the car was parked directly underneath the lighter. More on that later! Let’s move onto the fight.

Taemin was fighting Minho because of the girl and how he shouldn’t go with her. It could be jealousy and the cliche “fighting over the girl type thing” but I think it’s more of protection for Minho. Like he was warning her that he shouldn’t go with her and they should stay together–the five of them. It’s like they all knew the girl was ruining them, except Minho.

Minho doesn’t listen and goes with the girl in the car to leave. This is where the lighter and car comes back into play. The car is leaking gasoline and that with the lighter caused the car to explode. I was a bit confued by that, honestly! I was like, “How is a car going to explode by a lighter and gasoline?”. Well, after some research, I found out that it is possible. It’s vapors! If it were anything other than gasoline–it wouldn’t be possible. However, gasoline doesn’t need a high temperature to ignite a flame–in fact, the very opposite! All it needed was a few drops of the leaking gasoline on the lighter to cause vapors and ignite the flame. So that’s how that happened!

Now you see the SHINee members running over to the flaming car in hopes of Minho being alive but knowing he isn’t, of course. The main purpose of the video is focusing on all the members’ guilt. Taemin feels the most guilt because of how he fought with Minho and caused Minho to want to run away. He also feels guilty because it was his lighter. Hence, all the guns pointing at him.

Onew feels guilty because he never said anything. The chained gun represents how he was unable to express his feelings and regrets it. He feels he should have kept them all together.

Jonghyun throughout the music video was pretty much caught up in his own world, his struggles, depression, and feels guilty for not doing enough to keep them together.

Key feels guilt because it was his car. His car that exploded and killed them.

I didn’t explain it too well but I hope you understand enough! Again, it’s up for you to interpret 🙂

I already said in the album review how it’s one of my favorite Korean title tracks from them recently ❤

I never had a problem with any of the clothes during this era. The only problem I had was that this era was too short!

The hairstyles are all on point. I actually like that color on Minho. The only one I’m not crazy about is Key…the color is…meh!

The dance…is…good? I still feel like the cameras never really focused on it enough. From what I saw, it looked good, though! Choreographer Lee Taemin! 😀 😀 😀 😀 I like how the silk sheets represents bound by guilt and such. It’s nicely done! I just want to see more!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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