The first three episodes of ‘Remember Me’ take us through the early lives of the six main characters: Gun, Em, Name, Nan, Champ, and Golf. In the first three episodes, we see them grow together and it’s as if we as the viewers are growing up right beside them.
We first meet the main friend group, consisting of the first five characters in their childhood, played by a charming cast of child actors. The story starts with a group of four youngsters hearing that a new kid moved into town and wants to befriend him, which is how Name, short for No Name, joins the group. He gained the nickname due to his inability to speak, which meant he could not properly introduce himself to his new friends, but it was clear from the start that they accepted him into the group all the same. Around the same time, Gun started exchanging letters with Golf, a student from another school, as part of an assignment. The two kept in touch long after said assignment, but Gun remained hesitant to meet up in person. The kids spent their days playing by the water, eating Champ’s grandfather’s pickled fish.
As the story progressed, we saw this group of kids grow up before our very eyes. They entered high school, and they dip their toes into the then-emerging world of online messaging, which allows for easier and more instant communication with Name as well as between Gun and Golf. Aside from that, however, it’s clear that not much has changed between them. They still spend their after-school hours together watching movies, being silly, and just enjoying each others’ company. We also see Gun and Golf’s story progress with Golf wanting to meet only for Gun to be unable to bring himself to walk up to his friend and say ‘hi’. The pair run into each other a few more times, unbeknownst to Golf, Gun feels nervous every time. This episode also treats us to heartwarming scenes where Name can finally communicate with his friends thanks to MSN, deepening his bond with Em, who teaches him to use it. It even ends with a lovely scene of Name whispering to Em that he would like to watch more movies with him, which hits even harder thanks to us knowing this character ever since his childhood and seeing his long silence now broken even if it was just by a little.