Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 9

***Editor’s note: My apologies again for a late post. Parenthood does not take a day off. It doesn’t help that I need to re-watch the episode to screencap the scenes I need in order to convey my thoughts. Now, on to the show****

I enjoyed the episode, although it isn’t the same as before. I felt like some of the antics used to get me laugh is the same, and I need new material. There are some scenes that I can do without and I’m craving some seriousness as well aside from Gook Doo’s brooding moments, and the serious cops.

Bong Soon finally brought the Tak thugs down- literally. Although, I didn’t doubt one second that she would be in danger or lose. Now that’s done and over with, I wonder what’s next for this group. It’s not like they’re a threat to her at all, or will help in getting our main couple together. It’s already been revealed that the Tak thugs were hired by his brother. It’s been mentioned before by Min Hyuk’s dad that he wanted to make sure that his company is not affiliated in any way to this group. The remaining reason that they’re still relevant is because they need to get back at Bong Soon for humiliating them. I think that they’ve finished their comedic run

I looked forward to the interactions between this gang and Bong Soon because it does bring out laugh out loud scenes. However, after 9 episodes, I don’t think seeing these men get beat up over and over again is funny anymore. It’s a little bit repetitive and I did find myself not paying attention to their hospital scenes.The only other way I could think of to keep this gang into the rest of the show is if for whatever reason, they decide to turn over a new leaf and they’d struggle in leading an honest life. But, I don’t see how that’ll be related to Bong Soon, because she needs to showcase her strength surrounding them somehow.

Finally! Gook Doo puts two and two together. He’s supposed to be a detective you know. Especially if you’re supposedly having a one sided love since forever and a day ago, you should’ve used your detective skills in knowing more about your crush. I still need convincing that he really likes her aside from him brooding all the time, and worrying about her, but not actually there for her. I swear every time I see him [aside from his epic drunken business], he’s brooding. I get that he’s the more serious character to the opposite of Min Hyuk’s upbeat personality, but they’ve got to make him lighten up a bit.

Bong Soon’s mom is getting a little too overboard for me lately. I know she wants Bong Soon to live a good life, but she’s forcing her on Min Hyuk a bit too much. She’s actually lucky that Min Hyuk is already head over heels for her daughter before she met him. She’ll be twice as lucky when Bong Soon starts reciprocating his feelings.

Imagine how annoying it would be if she’s both forcing them to be together, and they both don’t like each other? I’d be really mad if she tries to get credit for them actually ending up together. I get that it’s written to get a good laugh out of it, and I’m not going to deny that I laughed out loud. It was funny, but I think her character needs to tone down a bit into being the overexcited mom who wants to marry off her daughter to the first handsome rich guy she sees. I think it’s about time that Bong Soon’s dad steps up and puts his foot down and claim his family, and put her into place.

I don’t know if Hee Ji is confident or desperate. I’m all for women taking initiative, but she’s looking too easy for me trying to convince Bong Ki that they should date. Then again, this is the contrast to our shy Bong Soon. So, I’ll move on.

I’m getting mixed signals from his dad. Does he really care about Min Hyuk or it’s just for show? One minute he shows his concern by beating up the big boss and then the next he’s ready to beat his own injured son up. Now that Min Hyuk’s dad mentioned it, I’m dying to know what happened to Min Hyuk’s mom. Why can’t he talk about his mother?

Our kidnapper is really smart. Which makes him a little bit more scary for me. So, in the end Bong Soon’s battle isn’t just about strength, but brains too. Hee Ji is a target now, but I think it’s because he’s main target is Gook Doo. He must’ve done something to this guy that makes him want to take revenge. I mean, all his victims are in the boundaries of their precinct.

Every hero needs a costume; Bong Soon’s is her pink hoodie. It makes sense, not just because Min Hyuk needs confirmation that she’s the girl who pulled the bus to a stop, but because this is the same hoodie where she used her powers for others. It doesn’t necessarily define her strength, so it’s fitting to use that hoodie here when she’s controlled her power, and have learned other skills to fight evil. The hoodie completes it. It would be cool to see if she starts using her powers out in public wearing this hoodie, all she needs is a mask.

Min Hyuk sure does know how to get Bong Soon to react. I don’t think he’s being manipulative towards her during his stint at the hospital. I think he’s gauging her reactions to see if his feelings for her is reciprocated, naturally – he’d be coaxing it out of her. I just felt bad that Secretary Kim was the collateral damage because he really was concerned for his boss. In the end, we know the feelings are mutual.

On a side note, there’s definitely no competition between Gook Doo and Min Hyuk for me. Hands down, I’m behind the Min Hyuk line since episode 1.

Now about that kiss or lack thereof, I’m kind of glad that it didn’t happen yet. Kudos for Min Hyuk in waiting a little bit longer. The hospital isn’t really the proper place for a first kiss, especially after a day of making the girl you like feel guilty all day.

I think that this is the episode where everything is getting clearer for Bong Soon. Despite Min Hyuk’s plea to stay behind, she’s resolute that she needs to use her powers to find our culprit. That’s bravery. This is also the episode that confirms that she let Min Hyuk step inside her heart.

Status Update: 3/30/17

My apologies for my lack of updates for the week of 3/20-25. I spent that week spending time with my daughter after work because she left for vacation this week. I binged on all the episodes that I needed to watch on 3/26 and have my thoughts/comments have been noted. This week, I’ve been enjoying some free time and I decided to “rest” a bit instead of going through my after dinner routine of going through my screencaps to make sure I didn’t miss a scene/thought I wanted to point out/cover, and I wanted pick the image[s] that would go with my reviews, and make collages. I also have my reviews drafted. I just need to upload and link the pictures before posting. Reviews will be up no later than 3/31, 4/2 for the following shows: RebelStrong Woman Do Bong SoonTunnel

Strong Woman Do Bong Soo -8

Just a few random thoughts before I rant about our characters today…

-What is Gook Doo’s mom’s role in this show aside from discussing books, and arguing with Bong Soon’s mom?
-I find it odd, that Secretary Kim didn’t know that it’s one of Min Hyuk’s brothers that has been stalking/blackmailing/assaulting him. I wonder if Bong Soon felt that way too?
-Bong Soon has a similarity with Min Hyuk when it comes to their gaming world. Min Hyuk would greet his robots as his kids, and Bong Soon would salute the main character of the game.

Gook Doo shrugs off Bong Soon’s strength and didn’t realize it until later after the interrogation. Bummer. I kind of want a flashback of episode 1, where all the kids were cheering for her, and all the thugs were accusing her. Then again, if he did put the pieces together now, is he going to send her to jail for assault? He does come to realize that he likes Bong Soon. But, I’m still not convinced. When is he going to start making a move? He’s really not a second lead after Bong Soon’s heart. Sure he saved her from the gangster, but it’s not like she’s in real trouble to begin with.

I don’t know why Mom had a sudden change in attitude when dealing with Bong Soon after the kidnapper got away again in her watch, though not technically her responsibility. I think mom wants her to catch the culprit for instant fame. I look and feel the same as dad, and Bong Gi. But, it is nice to see that Mom can be tender towards her too, when necessary. BUT……they had to ruin that image and turned her into an abusive wife. I did not like that at all. I get that they’re trying to convey her toughness without her strength, but I think it went a little bit overboard when Bong Soon’s dad was given a black eye and forced to stay in the shop and bake. All the guy ever did was talk to Gook Doo’s mom. This was not okay for me at all.

Creepy kidnapper is now observing Bong Soon, she could be a future target, since we still have 3 more brides to go. He’s pretty smart bugging the police department. I’m really curious now as to what his story is. Is it just me, or the kidnapper resembles Gook Doo just a little bit? I know it’s NOT Gook Doo, but my head just went off imagining possible plot lines for this. What if they’re related, the unwanted, unknown half-brother? What if he wanted revenge, and just got an inspiration from the play?
Bong Soon is finally able to control her strength. I think this should’ve been done sooner though, but it makes sense because Bong Soon really didn’t know when to use her powers, and didn’t really resolve into using it for good until she met Min Hyuk, and the crimes in her neighborhood happened. Since that’s out of the way, she can sort out her feelings too. She’s already done that by her actions to both Min Hyuk and Gook Doo. She just needs to realize it.

If episode 7 was about Bong Soon and her dynamics with those around her, episode 8 is about Min Hyuk There are lot of things that makes Min Hyuk different from the rest of the CEO chaebols in kdramaland. He’s the one that left home, yet the doors are still open for him to come back at anytime, compared to others that have been forced out of the company, and family. Okay, his brother threatened him, but there never was actual intention to hurt him, or kill him. I don’t see him as a stuck up trying to conform into the “heirs” world, having flashy cars, this guy freaking goes around in his hoverboard, and takes the bus. He doesn’t even bother competing against his brothers or work so hard to convince them that he’s the rightful heir to their father’s company. He’s earned some respect to where he does have a say when it comes to his private life, and he doesn’t need to convince anyone, because well – it’s his life.

It’s always nice to see a contrast of how different Mn Hyuk’s “cold” household is compared to Bong Soon’s warm family.

Hyuk has been putting ALL the stops in giving Bong Soon signals that he likes her. He’s not afraid to show her his feelings, especially now it’s been established that he’s straight as an arrow. He has more reason to do so too since he needs to confess, propose, and marry her before the next board meeting. I like that he’s not pressuring her and just taking one step at a time and let her come to him. There’s no doubt that he liked Bong Soon from the beginning, but it means so much more that he let Bong Soon into a deeper part of his life, and introducing her to his mom. He really just got everything out of the way at this point. Bong Soon’s family and best friend approves of him, his dad approves of her. They just need to get creepy guy out the way and I can see a wedding.

I can’t wait for him to finally put the pieces together that the girl in his closet, the reason he stopped dating all of a sudden, the reason that no other can come close to that girl, that girl is Bong Soon. I must admit though that I don’t find Min Hyuk’s pain from being hurt by Bong Soon funny anymore. I’m now starting to feel bad for him. That this is what he signed up for- for the rest of his life.

I leave you with my favorite scenes from this episode.


Drama Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon – 7

***Editor’s note: Going forward, I’ll be posting my review for each episode. I find that I lose my thoughts when I combined the week’s episodes together, and/or I prove myself right or wrong before the second episode ends, and I have no content to write. Also, I’m trying something new by adding a few images as I review the episodes I watch. This was something that I had originally intended to do when I first started this blog. I think I have found a way to this now. I intend to slowly incorporate all my ideas into my reviews. I hope you don’t mind the changes, and if you have any suggestions, please do not hesitate to comment. Now, on to the show.

This show has not failed to make me laugh. A few minutes into the episode, my 10 year old, and I are already laughing like hyenas. According to my 14 year old son, we sounded like monkeys from his room.


So, Bong Soon is already dreaming about Min Hyuk! Subconciously, she wants to be his damsel in distress. Which means in real life, that this girl’s attached to him and she doesn’t even realize it. But, it’s not a typical Min Hyuk/Bong Soon interaction if he doesn’t somehow accidentally get hurt by her, both in dreams and reality. HILARIOUS. In reality, she can still be Min Hyuk’s damsel in distress despite her strength. He can still be there for her to support her, no, he’s already supporting her even when her own power hurts him physically.


Even though I didn’t want it be Min Hyuk’s trusted brother who was behind the scare tactics against Min Hyuk, everyone knew it was him, since he mostly defended in the script, and overlooked because his character looked so meek than the other brothers. There must be a reason the he did that to Min Hyuk. He had said that he’s protected him all his life, so maybe, just maybe – he’s protecting him from something bigger than being the CEO of Oseung Group. I don’t think that he really wants to be the CEO since he doesn’t look like a thug to begin with. That’s probably why Min Hyuk was quick to dismiss this because he must’ve also thought the same- that he’s still protecting him. From what exactly, well their father that’s watching them from the window can answer that if this is in even in one of the plot lines in the future. It’s nice to somewhat close this mystery, at least for now.


A contrast between Bong Soon and her mom comes down to intention. She showed compassion even though he beat up the tresspassers in Min Hyuk’s room. The scene where the high school kids bow to her, they respect her – that’s because they know that she’s looking out after their wellbeing in life. Bong Soon has no intention of taking anything from them. That’s why sometime in the future these kids might be crucial in the event that Bong Soon loses her powers and will need help. Her mom back then, incited fear to control them. She used her power to gain for herself. Bong Soon has a really pure heart, while her mom is tough at heart.


Grandma was just visiting. I really wanted her to be a sidekick to Bong Soon. That would be really hilarious to see that a young woman and an elderly beating the bad guys up one thug corporation to another. But, it was a poignant reminder that at the end of the day, what matters most is that they are family with or without their strength. Love for each other is their strength. Mom has a lot of explaining to do though in the future why she treats Bong Soon like that. I defended her in a previous review that she does love her and it comes out wrong. I still don’t doubt that, but now that it’s been given a scene, it should be answered. Who knows, maybe if mom opens her heart to Bong Soon, her strength will come back? Maybe she could try doing that since she’s tried everything else.


Min Hyuk was this close to confessing, and I’m wondering why he held back. It looks to me that Bong Soon is already aware of her feelings but didn’t want to be the one to openly admit it first. I like how the writers are already placing Bong Soon’s markers piece by piece in Min Hyuk’s house. We started with his chopsticks on his table on a different episode, now on this episode, we have the frying pan [this reminded me of Tangled], and the stones on his furniture, and big screen. Not sure if that’s his private gym, but it’ll help him miss her more. I’m sure this will be helpful in future episodes when they go through their separation period, when one or both plays noble idiot. Can they dress up in their Romeo and Juliet costumes when they decide to do that?


Our kidnapper gets creepier by the episode. He’s so inspired by a small theater production that he decided to copy it in real life. WHO IS THIS GUY? He can’t be just some random fan who went psycho, the writers are putting in time for this mystery, and it can’t be just for Gook Doo to have scenes portraying his job. They could still create scenes and storylines for him interacting with Bong Soon as a police officer without having a big mystery thriller. But, they did. So, what’s the story? Is he going after Bong Soon sometime in the future? Is Bong Soon’s help going to be needed to catch this guy? Is this the part where Bong Soon’s strength will be outed in public?


It was a moving moment when Min Hyuk came to Bong Soon’s dad’s shop. He’s a smart CEO, I’m sure he knows what time they close, he didn’t come there for egg tarts and pie. That’s probably one of many reasons Min Hyuk hesitated from confessing earlier. He really is a pro at gaming and strategy! He figured he needed to get everyone’s blessings before he goes after her heart. He knows mom, and grandma practically gave her away, he doesn’t know about her dad yet. Bong Soon’s dad knows that too. That’s why he just gave his blessings right then and there. I’m sure part of him is relieved that he’s not the only one surrounded by strong women, and that he can share this secret with him in the future.


We’ve come the part of the show that Gook Doo sees Bong Soon for who she really is. Will he run away knowing her strength, or will he be in denial? Will Bong Soon try to convince him that he was imagining that moment she shoved him away?


The focus was on Bong Soon’s relationships in this episode. Her family [mom, grandma], brother, Gook Doo, and her blossoming friendship with Min Hyuk. It’s not strange to see a different Bong Soon when she’s with different people. For example, when she saw her grandma, she’s all childish like she was at the thought of Gook Doo. I think that’s because her own mother didn’t give her that chance to be doted upon. Her being protective towards Bong Gi like a big sister would. She’s all tough but endearing and she knows when to cross lines to get to protect him. She’s starting to drift away from Gook Doo. She didn’t even crumple like a withering flower when she answered his call, or didn’t become meek when he rushed to scold her. She’s not even aware of it yet. Her comfort level with Min Hyuk just skyrocketed to a whole new level. She’s able to open up about her and her mom’s treatment towards her, which some women would like to keep secret in order to preserve a relationship. Not her. She’s opening up to him to where she takes him to her stomping grounds, letting him in her life. This is something that she could be sharing with Gong Shim, but she let Min Hyuk in her private world.


I don’t know if anyone else has noticed, this episode focused a very itty bit on the fathers of Min Hyuk, and Bong Soon. It was really quick, but I wondered at those minute seconds why the camera panned at them. What were they thinking at that moment? It’s easier for Bong Soon’s dad. He looks like he’s the happiest husband/father in the world. When he was looking at his mother in law, he must be thinking that how can this strong woman be so gently loving to his child. He must be feeling thankful that she didn’t break him apart when he knocked up her daughter. As for Min Hyuk’s dad, I have more questions than analysis. Was he proud of Min Hyuk for being forgiving, or will he lecture him for being too easy on his brothers, and that’s why they bullied him so much growing up? Was he really intending on giving Min Hyuk the company no strings attached other than the intention of separating from gangster relations? Does he feel sorry that this has been happening to Min Hyuk all this time and he wasn’t there to protect him and/or discipline his brothers?


A thousand words later, I realized that I didn’t have anything to say about Gook Doo. Well that’s because he wasn’t written as someone that would give me a Second Lead Syndrome. I haven’t connected to his character yet. I’m hoping for a backstory as to why he didn’t tell Bong Soon he liked her just as long she liked him. If I knew that at the least, then maybe I’ll give him time for analyzing his character. But for now just enjoy his brooding scene.


***I don’t know who the current Nation’s Son In Law is, but I’m naming Park Hyung Sik the International Son In Law. How can that pretty face of his bring so much emotion in a scene, that you know exactly what he’s feeling. I know a lot of people are weary of the idol-turned-actor thing, but sometimes when they enter the entertainment industry, they’re mostly told what to do, and don’t really find what they’re really good at until thrown into it. Hyung Sik is definitely an actor in my eyes.

Stay tuned for Episode 8 review.

Random Thoughts: Missing 9 – Sewol Tragedy

I’m a self confessed Kdrama addict. Someday, in a future post, I’ll open up and explain my story as to how Kdramas saved my life. As the years progressed, I was able to enjoy other things Korean: Kpop, politics, and other eye catching headlines.

One day, I came across a breaking news about Sewol. Something about me intrigued me where I followed, read every news article about this up to this day. I didn’t realize it until today during my daughter’s taekwondo class. I don’t know what made me search #Sewol on Twitter, and on google. I reread the Wikipedia article about it, and saw Missing 9.

 

Light bulb! What if Missing 9 was indirectly related to Sewol?. Now, I haven’t been following any news tidbits about the show. I didn’t read/watch any specials, behind the scenes, or anything about Missing 9. I just watched the drama as is, so I don’t know if it was mentioned or not that it’s reminded the citizens about the tragedy.

 

I’d like to say I’m sure it wasn’t written for that purpose, but it does hit similarly close to home. There were more people on the plane, but 9 survived, which is the missing count of Sewol. The committee conspired with Legend Entertainment to cover up the truth, Sewol on the other hand, there were news, and protests about it.

 

Please don’t take my word for it. It’s just a random thought.

Rebel-Thief Who Stole The People: 13-14

As of this post, I will no longer be doing mini summaries of each episode. I’m going to be mostly just offering my thoughts on the show.

Rebel: 13-14

You just have to know that Ah Mo Gae is at the end of his journey when he first asked to go back home to Ikwhari, then he handed down his beads to Gil Dong, then he made everyone his family by naming them Hong, and when he bid his goodbyes to everyone. The moment I saw those scenes, I knew that it’s not a matter of if, but when Ah Mo Gae will have to say goodbye. I’m just relieved that he didn’t die by the hands of Ho Tae Hak or Lord Jo’s wife. Although, I wished that he had seen Gil Hyun and Oh Ri Ni before he left to be with his wife. I don’t like this kind of foreshadowing, but it is necessary in order for Gil Dong’s character to do a 180. In the beginning, he wanted to avenge his father which we saw Gil Dong change, now that he’s changed, we needed another shift in the story.

He was such a central character to molding Gil Dong to who he is now. He was able to see Gil Dong use his strength and might, where he’s at peace leaving his tribe under his leadership. Ah Mo Gae’s passing opens up much more plots and answers, not to mention much needed screentime for Gil Hyun and Oh Ri Ni. He will be missed nonetheless.

Gil Dong was impressive in both episodes. He’s not just “beauty” and strength; he’s got brains that work, fitting for a leader. Now that his secret’s out, what will happen next? Part of me feels so sad that he’s kept his guilt for losing his sister this whole time, that it took Ga Ryung at the brink of being held captive in order for him to come out. Kudos to Yoon Kyun Sang’s acting on his part playing the fool, but when he smirks, oh man – you know someone’s going to pay for something.

Ga Ryung, I really feel for her that I even made a meme as soon as I saw the scene where Gil Dong told her that he’ll be his brother from now on.

That’s true love right there. Where she’ll stay by his side and just take what she can get from Gil Dong as long as it’s a form of love. I mean, we already know that she’ll end up shot by his arrow.

Nok Soo on the other hand, although I wished I saw a little bit more of her and Gil Dong’s romance, I believed that love was present in that relationship. Now, I do see sincerity that she likes the king. However, her grudge from that nobleman blindsided her that she’s intent on using him for power. Question is if the King will fall for her or will just use her to get information that he can use against those who are against him.

Eunuch, I have a feeling that he’s the one who will tell the king that Gil Dong is Nok Soo’s former flame. The question is when will it unfold? There is so much more to learn from this Eunuch aside from doing the king’s bidding. Questions abound from this character. Why was he pretending to be a mat peddler? Did he already realize Gil Dong IS the Mighty Child and didn’t say anything? Why? What change does he want to see by keeping that a secret? I’m sure he has a motive of his own.

Gil Hyeon, I wonder if he has the same mindset as Gil Dong in wanting to avenge his father , sister, and Gil Dong – but he has to do it secretively because 1. He’s living under an assumed identity, and 2. He’s working as a government official. He’s already warmed up to the king. I’m actually scared of his fate if in the end he does betray him which will get him killed in the process. Or maybe, he just wants to move on from everything. But that’s all going to change when he reunites with Gil Dong and Oh Ri Ni.

Oh Ri Ni, we all knew she was alive. I was wrong to think that it was Mo Ri who took her. I was so sure that he’s holding her as leverage against Gil Dong. Who found her and who brought her inside the palace? I hope that she gets as much screen time going forward. I’m sure she’ll play a bigger role other than being a palace maid. I can’t wait to see her in the next episodes.

Mo Ri, my heart broke for him when Ho Tae Hak disavowed him. At least I got to know a little bit of his backstory [yes, me and my backstories]. I don’t think we’ll see the end of him though. He’s mentioned he has contacts. I wonder who those contacts are, and how it will play out throughout the show. I wonder if he’ll conspire with Lord Jo’s wife, and the exiled prince?

Story wise, it looks like we ended a chapter that is Ah Mo Gae. Gil Dong’s revenge plans have worked in getting the prince exiled, Ho Tae Hak dead. Nok Soo got her revenge, but I’m sure the thirst for power doesn’t end just there. Ah Mo Gae has passed. So now, we still have to work up to the events leading to the beginning of episode 1.

This felt like we’re beginning a new chapter now that Oh Ri Ni has showed up. Feelings, and emotions will change one’s heart and mind. Now that both Gil Hyeon, and Oh Ri Ni are alive, what will Gil Dong live for now that he doesn’t have to avenge them? What side will Gil Hyeon take when the time comes and his loyalty to the throne is pitted with his loyalty to his family? Is Oh Ri Ni the lady that will balance both scales?

Stay tuned.

Drama Review: 3/14/17

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon: 5-6

I actually finished watching this show the weekend that it aired. I had to re-watch this yesterday in order to remember what my thoughts are on this show.

5: Bong Soon had a mini encounter with our suspect but couldn’t catch him. Min Hyuk calls Gook Doo to let him know that Bong soon saw/heard her attacker. He teases him a little by letting him feel that he’s not doing enough to protect her as a cop. Bong Soon’s “pole dancing” becomes a viral video. With Min Hyuk’s help, he requests them deleted. The thugs in the hospital are planning their revenge on Bong Soo, her brother as a witness. Hee Ji waits for Bong Ki and makes plans with him.

Kyung Shim was attacked by our suspect, but Bong Soon was there to save the day. She gave a statement to Gook Doo that Bong Soon yelled and the suspect fled, keeping her secret. Gook Doo asks Min Hyuk to let Bong Soon stay in his house for the time being until the suspect is caught. Min Hyuk figures out that Bong Soon is not harboring a one sided love.

Bong Soon went walking around in her neighborhood and was followed by Min Hyuk. She tells him, she wants to use her strength for good. Good Doo arrives at Min Hyuk’s house declaring, he’ll be staying with them too.

6: Min Hyuk, Gook Doo, and Bong Soon each had their imaginations of what would happen if they sleep separately. So, they agreed to stay up all night. Min Hyuk, Gook Doo, and Bong Soon walk into a bar…..The boys have a competition at pool, darts, and finally a drinking game. Both passed out and Bong Soon carried them home, but not without her having to use her strength to get a couple of thieves to back off, and our gangster boss witnessing the whole scenario. At the breakfast table, Bong Soon reminded them of the events from the night before. Min Hyuk receives a call to which Gook Doo advised that he needs police protection, then asks him to protect Bong Soon. Bong Soon however, dismisses that and said she’ll protect Min Hyuk because she can protect herself.

Bong Soon is on a roll using her strength, this time against a man who was really rude to a woman during a minor car accident. Min Hyuk either looked impressed or scared. I’m betting scared when he backs away from Bong Soon and said “Yes Ma’am. As they’re watching the sunset, Bong Soon opened up a bit and disclosed her family history, to which Min Hyuk asked if he married her, their daughter would be strong. Naturally, he retracted that before Bong Soon caught on. He offered to help her use it by training her. In exchange for his help though, she has to help him on one thing….During his family dinner, Min Hyuk’s dad commands him to get married. He replied saying he already has a girlfriend and they live together. He said that he’ll marry her and give him a grandson, or two…..Bong Soon let him have it in the car.

Min Hyuk and Bong Soon were training – Bong Soon training and Min Hyuk couldn’t keep his mouth closed. Bong Soon gave her statement to the police and found out that Hee Ji dumped Gook Doo. She was supportive but Gook Doo wonders why they’re only friends.

Bong Soon’s grandma shows up, teaching the thugs a lesson. Meanwhile our suspect is now unmasked and had picked his next target at the pharmacy. Min Hyuk was awakened by an intruder.

***This show is so funny. I loved every minute of it. I kinda guessed that the witness from the second incident was the suspect. I didn’t get to point it out because I was raving and ranting on how hilarious this show is. That, and whenever I’m attempting to type my draft, my 14 year old teenage son interrupts me and makes me completely forget everything I wanted to say.

Anyway, I’m still having some doubts on how they’re going to close both criminal intents towards our heroes. I get that there has to be a crime in order for Gook Doo’s role to play a part, victims for Bong Ki’s character to play out, and Min Hyuk needs to have a reason to be Bong Soon’s damsel in distress. I feel bad that Bong Soon’s mom only puts her down. I think that’s because she regrets losing her powers. She doesn’t love her any less. She just wants the best for her. It comes out wrong. While everyone was ranting about the gay theme of the show, here I am getting annoyed that Bong Soon keeps mistreating Min Hyuk over Gook Doo. I think that needs to be toned down as well. As far as the gay theme, it makes for good laughs. I don’t think it’s written in the show to promote their orientation in a bad light. I think it was written to get Bong Soon, Min Hyuk, and Gook Doo under the same roof.

Here is one of my theories:

  1. His stepmom is the one that leaked the information that Min Hyuk’s gay.
  2. I hate to say it, but as much as I love Secretary Kim, he could be the mysterious caller – not the shooter.

My questions for the week are:

  1. Why does Min Hyuk personally hate the cops?
  2. Who’s side will grandma be on? Will she bring Bong Soon’s feelings down or offer her support?

I’m looking forward to this weekend’s episodes. I need more of these…..

Drama Review: 3/13/17

As of this post, I’ve watched:

Missing 9: 15-16 [Final]

15: Joon Oh managed to prevent Tae Ho from attending the press conference, and Prosecutor Yoon shares publicly that CEO Jang and Tae Ho are responsible for Jae Hyun’s death, therefore requesting So Hee’s murder investigation reopened. Tae Ho has another ally in a new character that’s introduced late in the game – Prosecutor Lee. The survivors provided their new statements to the prosecutor who in turn dismissed their claims for Joon Oh’s innocence. Tae Ho made a deal with CEO Jang, and was released from jail. Prosecutor Yoon was fired, and Bong Hee was charged for conspiracy. She was arrested and released when Joon Oh turned himself in. Joon Oh and Tae Young had already formulated a plan to get Prosecutor Lee to arrange a meeting between him and CEO Jang. Joon Oh manages to corner CEO Jang to tell him that Tae Ho had betrayed him without Prosecutor Lee hearing the conversation.

16: Prosecutor Jo defends Joon Oh as his lawyer. Chairwoman Jo forfeits from the election. She was asked by the prosecution to testify since she was the first one to choose Tae Ho over Joon Oh. CEO Jang thinks back to his agreement with Tae Ho that he will kill the assassin now his driver??, and the day that Joon Oh told him that they’ve become chummy with each other. Tae Ho stands witness against Joon Oh but Lawyer Jo was able to confuse him and make his statements inconsistent. CEO Hwang shows up to testify claiming Joon Oh is innocent, that he’s the one who helped all of them. Chairwoman Jo did not testify. During Tae Ho’s visit to CEO Jang, he lied to him that he’d found their accomplice, and the CEO Hwang’s health was deteriorating. CEO Jang seemed to just agree, but he’d already known he’s lying because CEO Hwang was just there to visit him to make a deal to testify for Joon Oh. Tae Ho and his driver/accomplished hatched a plan to eliminate CEO Jang before he gets to court. As Tae Ho was about to commit his final murder, Joon Oh manages to convince him otherwise promising that he’ll support him. Prosecutor Lee was arrested for the cover up, along with everyone that is related to the crimes. Flash forward – the survivors, plus Bong Hee’s mom, Tae Yong, Lawyer Jo, Investigator Oh, and Tae Ho gather together seemingly having fun and enjoying each other’s company despite recent events.

Read my final review for this show here.

Final Review: Voice


We did have some characters that didn’t get utilized aside from their own experience in either getting them to join Golden Time Team, or create speculations on who the mole is. But, their side conversations that help the storyline go along, so I’m no going to comment further than that.

Chairman Mo took the easy way out just like a gangster would. I thought that it would be Dae Shik taking that route because he already knows that he’s a no name detective and with this behind him, he won’t have any career as a cop. I’m still not sure how I feel about just leaving him in a coma. A part or me wishes that he’d be alive working a different job, or a volunteer in a welfare center or something.

Below is a screencap of my review for episode 15 on a facebook discussion group.

I was right that Tae Gu ended up in a hospital instead of jail. What I didn’t expect is that he met the same fate he gave to his victims. He deserved it though, and much more. I’m sure if he had been sent to jail, he’d end up with the same fate – the difference could be that it’s ordered by other rival corporations who’s eager to their place as the new thugs in town.

Tae Gu was the star of this show. The second he was introduced, I knew that this show will be about him. I just wanted to know more about him, what makes him tick. I wanted to get in his head and play his games with him. He’s like a kid playing a game, but his game is called Murder with a touch of Hide and Seek, and his dad enables him by playing his own game of Monopoly. I LOVE IT. His character was written flawlessly, and I couldn’t think of any other actor who could play this better than Kim Jae Wook did.

I’m happy for Kwon Joo that she’s been vindicated that her dad was murdered along with Jin Hyuk’s wife. It’s a comfort that she has use for her skills now, it would’ve been more useful if she has been promoted to detective and work alongside Jin Hyuk. As for Jin Hyuk, he’s finally able to let go of look forward to living life.

Maybe because I always wanted to be in the law enforcement field growing up, [I read every Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys book – my favorite author is Agatha Christie], but this show wrapped up nicely for me. I got the ending I wanted, if not expected, from the writers. From episode one to the end, I was on the edge of my seat. It was brilliantly written, directing, and editing. Not to mention the cast portraying their characters….reaching out to me to root for them to win, and some to die. There was not an episode, and please correct me if I’m wrong that there wasn’t a Golden Time call that they didn’t solve. Best part is that somehow they managed to connect all the webs back to Tae Gu. Sure it didn’t have my criteria for a “trifecta” but I rarely need it for psychological thrillers anyway. I’m in it for the gore, OCN gave that to me. I’m in it for the handsome devil god, OCN gave me that too. I’m in it to bring down the corrupt government officials, and OCN gave me that. So I don’t need a bubblegum OST, to go with the script, and a love line. But, it wouldn’t hurt to show one 20 second clip of Jin Hyuk waiting for Kwon Joo leaving work and have drinks together, would it?

Final Review: Missing 9

Missing 9: 15-16 [Final]

Final Comments:

Honestly, I gave up on the show after watching episode 9. The plot got stuck with Bong Hee and the other survivors are still struggling to survive even after coming back to Seoul. It was hard to watch on how they were close to going home, only for Tae Ho to snap and turn into a horror movie killer in order to cover up his original crime – Jae Hyun’s murder. Part of me wanted to see Joon Oh clear his name, which is why I watched each episode, read the subtitles word per word to get a better understanding of where this show is headed. They lost me halfway when they kept repeating the same theme – evil wins again. Different episode, different scenario, same result. Tae Ho wins, Bong Hee loses.

My opinion is, that they probably thought that it’d be a big hit since it’s not a common theme for a show, that it might get extended. If the show was extended to probably 20 episodes total, I think that all of our loose ends will be tied up neatly. They’d have more time to come up with clearing Joon Oh’s name not just by CEO Hwang’s testimony, but from outside sources as well. Can’t those Chinese doctors testify? What about the crew that saved them from the island? Or Reporter Kim could have back up files.

It had been nice if Tae Young was given his prosecutor job back. Chairwoman Jo was an accomplice in the cover up, why wasn’t she arrested? Oh, and Investigator Oh is her nephew? We’re just finding that out in the last episode? AAAANNNNDDDD he likes Bong Hee??? I don’t get it.

What I really wanted to see what everyone paying for their crimes. I wanted to see them behind bars as Bong Hee narrated it. I wanted to see the assassin, CEO Jang, and Tae Ho “surviving” their time in jail.

I was disappointed that I didn’t get to see Joon Oh clearing his name in public. I wanted to see him walking in the airport and all his fans both past and present flocking towards him, paparazzis, and news reporters trying to get his attention to capture his photo, a reversal from the beginning when he was trying to get their attention.

I was even more disappointed that they completely wrote Yeol off. I understand that out of the missing 9, there had to be a few casualties. But why did he have to die? He’s the most innocent one in the group. He’s probably the one person whose only crime was wanting to release Jae Hyun’s music. There was no closure.

I’ve said it before in my previous review last week, that Joon Oh and everyone else was able to forgive him the first time in the island, they’ll be able to forgive him again. I just didn’t think that he’d be in the same group goofing around with everyone. To me, that just made everyone emotionally numb.

How about an ending where everyone gathers together because Joon Oh finally released his album in memory of Jae Hyun and Yeol, while Ji Ah’s movie is a tribute to So Hee, and Bong Hee opens her own style management company of some sort.

Overall, the show had its good points. It kept me on the edge of my seat wanting answers on what happened to the island, from the start I was curious about Jae Hyun’s backstory because this is what connects the castaways to begin with. The story just got lost when everyone came back home and readjust to their city life.

 

Drama Review: 3/6/17

As of this post, I’ve watched:

Missing 9: 9-14

I finally caught up with this show! I thought that this will be a new addition to my dropped dramas for 2017. Thank goodness I forced myself to get to this point.

Ho Hang, Ki Joon, and Ji Ah are the next survivors to have made it back to Seoul, but they were all threatened by CEO Jang/Tae Ho to pin all the murders to Joon Oh. Chairwoman Jo publicly announced that Joon Oh is responsible for the crimes, and closed the case. She also had some guts to run for Congress.

As Joon Oh quietly came back to Korea, Prosecutor Yoon and his team are already on the hunt for So Hee’s phone, but so is CEO Jang, and Tae Ho. Thanks to Joon Oh, he was able to get the evidence they need, and come up with a plan to distract Tae Ho’s attention while Prosecutor Yoon hold his press conference that CEO Jang was Jae Hyun’s murderer, and Tae Ho is his accomplish. 

***Watching this show is like opening a new grab box with tons of little presents inside in every episode. It was a long, and frustrating wait for me to get here, and I ALMOST gave up on the show, and I’m glad that I took the time to catch up and endure every defeat, but I tell you, it’s definitely worth the exasperating wait. I can only stand for so much conspiracy and corruption in six hours.

We were given contrasts between Joon Oh and Tae Ho. They survived without nothing in the island together, but were all banded- even enjoying happy moments together under Joon Oh’s leadership in the island even though they lost So Hee, and Yeol. It became a real survivor show under Tae Ho as their leader, ghost leader since being controlled by CEO Jang to begin with. They’re together for show but divided in private. 

It was frustrating to watch Bong Hee gets railroaded in each episode since Tae Ho came back. It was disturbing that Ho Hang, Ki Joon, and Ji Ah had to betray Bong Hee because they had no choice but to survive. They were rendered powerless under Legend Entertainment even though Ji Ah was kicking ass in the hospital. It was annoying to know that a prosecutor cannot do anything about it, at least not at the moment. He was too gentle to be a prosecutor. It was really infuriating to watch Tae Ho, CEO Jang, and the Chairwoman to just manipulate this entire investigation to their own advantage. My God, this show was written to get these emotions out of me, and it worked! I didn’t want to stop watching because I wanted so much for Tae Ho and CEO Jang sent to jail.

Now that Joon Oh is back, our team is back together [in secret] with their new recruit Prosecutor. It’s sad because I felt that he’s a stand in for So Hee. I love that their camaraderie and teamwork still prevailed outside the island. Who knew that it would take CEO Hwang to get them back together like this? It took FOREVER [and I counted!] to get here. Hey, better late than never. Joon Oh gets to be the forgiving saint of the year for understanding Ho Hang, Ki Joon, and Ji Ah in agreeing to pin the murders in the island on him. Gotta love him for that! 

Jae Hyun’s entire story is finally revealed. To summarize, he’s the voice of Tae Ho. Without him, there is no Dreamers. Tae Ho of course knew that too, it’ll be a big scandal. He was led to believe that he killed him by CEO Jang who was the real murderer. So Hee however, knew this and used this against both of them while trying not to lose it mentally when she disclosed the information to Reporter Kim. This plane crash is all about burying Jae Hyun’s murder and everyone that’s involved in it, albeit with a few innocent ones just to make this plot look like a tragedy. Who knew that it would be So Hee to do that in the end for him? It did come full circle for her.

It’s bittersweet knowing that the Missing 9 is now the Magnificent 7, but a few had to pay the price in order for Jae Hyun to get the justice he deserves, and for Joon Oh to clear his innocence since the beginning. It’s not time for closure yet since we still have two more episodes left, and anything can still happen. 

Now that everything’s out in the open, I’m curious how this play out in the finale week. Will CEO Jang have more under his sleeve?  As for Tae Ho, we were given a glimpse of his true self in the past. He was willing to turn himself in. Will he turn himself in, or is he in too deep and go all out? He better not kill himself – that’d be too bad for the show if the writers do write him off that way. Either way, he still committed crimes, which is one too many, but if everyone was able to forgive him the first time in the island, they can still be there for him when this all ends. I haven’t given up hope that Yeol is alive with amnesia but if he isn’t, it’d be nice if they recover his body at least. 

Rebel: 9-10 

Gil Dong’s plan for revenge is slowly but efficiently rolling. Eop San returned with sad news about Gil Hyeon, and Oh Ri Ni. Ah Mo Gae pleads with Gil Dong to abandon his revenge after realizing that he got his strength back. Gil Hyeon decided to study for the state exam after learning his family’s fate. Ho Tae Hak is forced to work with Gil Dong. The King is still unable to control his court. Nok Soo misses opportunities to get close to the King, but got one chance that captured his heart. 

***I forgot everything I was going to write after watching Nok Soo’s dance. It was magnificent.

Gil Dong sure has both the brains and the strength to get his revenge. He’s almost psychopathic at his approach, the way he was able to get to Ho Tae Hak by messing with him mentally. Nok Soo’s plan at getting her own power is also underway. It’s a nice parallel, I wonder what will happen when those lines meet, and they face each other?

Ga Ryung proved to be helpful, and I feel bad that Gil Dong can’t reciprocate her feelings. I understand Gil Dong’s side. She reminds him of his sister that he was responsible for, and lost her. I’m sure he thinks it’s best if he kept her at a distance to keep her safe. But we already know since the beginning, that Ga Ryung will do anything for Gil Dong, even if it kills her.

Gil Hyeon is set to become a government official. Will he able to get on the King’s good side? If he does, does this mean that the two brothers will be at odds with each other?

Mo Ri is a character I’m closely watching since I don’t know yet if he’s going to join Gil Dong, or end up going against Ho Tae Hak. He does look like he’s sick and tired of the way the Prince is treating his boss, but I don’t know yet how he’d react once he realizes that the same boss joined hands with their former enemy. I’m still holding on to the idea that he has Oh Ri Ni.

Do Bong Soon: 3-4 

Our partners for justice is getting closer by the hour. Min Hyuk is falling ever deeper in love for Bong Soon, and he doesn’t even deny it anymore. Min Hyuk was attacked and asked for help from the only half brother he trusts. Bong Soon is having a hard time controlling both her feelings and her strength. There’s not much progress in Gook Du’s case, as their criminal took another victim to his lair. 

***It’s finally time to say goodbye to Goblin. This show will forever be in my kdrama heart and soul. 

I luv luv luv this show! I can’t stop laughing. I’m enjoying this show so much, that I couldn’t properly concentrate/think/analyze what’s going on. I’d have to re-watch this just to see any inconsistencies in the sequencing, editing of the show like the last few minutes of episode 1. But either way, I’m not complaining. I’m not even going to begin how the writers are going to put all the serious plots together, add romance, and the hijinks of comedy.

Not much happened in episode 3, but I still loved every interaction between our couple. I swear I get a kick out of Min Hyuk every time he gets hurt by Bong Soon. I also just melt each time he lets loose around her. If only he knew that the woman in his closet is her. I can’t wait for that reveal.  I just empathize with Bong Soon at how annoyed she gets at her boss. I can watch these two all day. 

So, it looks like our show has three separate “cases” to solve. 1. Gook Du’s kidnapper/murderer who Bong Soon recognizes by voice. 2. Ahn Min Hyuk’s stalker[s]/mastermind, and 3. The gangster boss who’s after Bong Soon, and Min Hyuk. Unless, they are all connected anyway. 

Don’t’ forget the loveliness: 1. Min Hyuk/Bong Soon 2. Gook Du/Bong Soon 3. Gook Du/Ji Hee 4. Bong Gi/Ji Hee. We already know that Min Hyuk is smitten with Bong Soon, we can foretell that Ji Hee and Gook Du’s relationship is headed for an ice berg. It’s only a matter of time Gook Do will realize his true feelings for Bong Soon, which will lead Ji Hee towards Bong Gi 

Park Hyung Sik as Min Hyuk is perfect. I really couldn’t imagine any other actor playing this role. He’s so charismatic as a man, yet so gently gay. He’s perfect. He’s got this character down to a tee! I’m still trying to connect to Ji Soo’s character as Gook Do. Hopefully, we get to see some sort of emotional backstory about him [yes, I love backstories], and maybe I can understand why he’s the way he is. I’m already cheering for Park Bo Yong since the show started. Everything about her Bong Soon character is so intriguingly lovable. 

Voice: 13-14 

What a week! I swear OCN is the go to network for crime thrillers. 

Kwon Joo reveals to Jin Hyeok that his wife was involved with GP Development. Nam Sang Tae is Tae Gu’s latest victim after wanting to make a deal with Jin Hyeok. We saw a glimpse of Tae Gu’s childhood. He’s a psycho since then! Commissioner Bae pulled the plug on the Golden Time Team, but that won’t stop Kwon Joo, and Jin Hyuk from investigating their three year old case. Kwon Joo, and Jin Hyuk finally meets Tae Gu. 

***The narration of Eun Soo, she said, “from the thrilling vibration he feels every time he strikes the iron ball, the fishy scent of blood that pumps the heart, and the police chase that leads them to a different place as he wants…..all of these things excited him”. He’s a natural born psycho. He pretty much got away with everything because his father let him. The fault lies in the father because he enabled it. I won’t be surprised that Tae Gu will kill him in the end. I have a feeling that there’s more to this than what we were given. Who/What/Why/When does these triggers these psychopathic rampages? From what I’ve gathered, everything that he killed, “bit” him back. 

Was I the only one that feels that Tae Gu is turned on by Kwon Joo? 

I have to give it to the writers in bringing all their 112 calls almost closely related to GP/Sungwon Express. We can still have one last plot twist before the finale….will there be another victim? Will Dae Shik change his mind and reveal Tae Gu’s evil plot? Will Tae Gu’s father finally turn his son in?
Thank you to the cameraman who steadily shot his scenes for this episode. I didn’t get dizzy at all.

Stay tuned.

 

Drama Premiere: February

Another month has passed, which means another set of dramas premiered that we’re already watching, or planning to watch. Here’s a rundown of what premiered in February.

109 Strange Things Have Happened
109 별일 다 있네
2/1/2017
Wednesday & Thursday
Naver TV Cast

Tomorrow with You
내일 그대와
2/3/2017
Fri/Sat
tvN

Three Color Fantasy
생동성 연애
2/16/2017
Thursdays
MBC

Strong Family
초인가족 2017
2/20/2017
Mondays
SBS

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon
힘쎈여자 도봉순
2/24/2017
Fri/Sat
JTBC

Perfect Wife
완벽한 아내
2/27/2017
Mon/Tue
KBS

The Woman’s Ocean
2/27/2017
Weekdays
KBS