Man To Man: 3


This episode is a little flat for me today. I was hoping for more action scenes, but I guess you can’t have any actions without building up the anticipation first. The only believable chemistry I see is that of Un Gwang, and Do Ha’s which was heavy enough for me to carry the show. That, and you’ll also have to justify the romance that’s supposed to bloom in the next few episodes.


I did get my backstory on how Do Ha and Un Gwang became close. I’m glad that it’s not one of those “crazy fan forced her way in his life in a dramatic way”. Instead, it was at a deeper level of connection. They had met at a time where they had no one else understanding what pain feels like. Un Gwang deep down has scars of his own, so does Do Ha, and that’s a bond that they only share with each other. I’m glad that I kept myself as open minded in both characters. This relationship works – even leveling up to a romantic potential. Un Gwang has a new side that I don’t think many people in his life has the privilege to see. His loyalty. Now that I know his history with Do Ha, and what Seol Woo did to save him, it’s only natural for him to overlook the petty things they throw his way. What they did to him was bigger than the tantrums


A new character showed up. Do Ha’s father. I’m not sure if it’s a one-time thing to establish roots in her emotional side – like what else makes Do Ha who she is. It’s obvious that she’s a filial daughter even though she acts as if she’s not. If her dad shows up in another episode, and happens to mention something vague, it would mean that Do Ha’s character is more than just Seol Woo’s love interest.


Sooooo, just who exactly is she? Was she an agent that quit, fell in love with Un Gwang, but was pulled back in for another mission? Her entire marriage is a mission???? What is the promise???


I’m beginning to wonder what Seol Woo’s history is. I mean, they showed us that he was a top soldier, sent back to Korea and now Agent K. I want to know the history before that. Did he take psychology classes? Or was his heart really broken? From the beginning of the show he puts “love” in a bad light. It makes for good quotes – for the brokenhearted. Sure, he’s played the part of a romantic in his missions. But let’s face it, as far as contrasts go, Seol Woo’s targets of “love” were high profile, and beautiful according to social standards. Then here’s Do Ha, a simple woman. His past missions, he was able to not feel anything for those women. But, Do Ha, she’s already chipping into Seol Woo’s wall the second he saw her in that gown. He saw the true beauty that was inside her. NOW IF THEY CAN JUST PULL OFF THE CHEMISTRY, I’d be really excited about this show.
Seol Woo is going to in for a rollercoaster ride, things are not going to go as he planned. One, because Do Ha is not charming on the outside, but her heart is sincere. That’s what’s going to throw him off.

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Chicago Typewriter: 2


Wow. Just wow. If I didn’t need to go to work in a few hours, I would’ve watched the next episode. I had to re-watch this episode twice just to make sense of everything I saw before I type. I think I’m going into a rabbit hole in this episode especially when tackling the supernatural parts of this show.

It would be interesting to see the following characters were in each other’s past life, but I prefer to keep them just in this timeline.


Secretary Kim – Ji Seok. Last episode, he struck as me a man who’d do anything that would translate to money. I still think he does, but in this episode, I’d like to think he has good intentions for Se Joo. He’s the man behind the ghostwriter idea. Now it makes me wonder if any of my favorite authors ever hired one……


Tae Min. I didn’t see in episode 1, but I saw it today. He seems to be this gentle person, but something inside me tells me, he’s up to no good. [Great! Another eye candy that’s a villain. I guess I do have a type]. From the looks of it, he’ll be Se Joo’s rival. Will he vie for Jeon Seol’s heart too? It makes me wonder if his first book wasn’t his but Se Joo’s. There’s a contrast in this character that caught my thoughts. He has a cat, and Jeon Seol [not technically] has a dog. It’s like telling me that they’ll be against each other like cats and dog.


Tae Min’s mom. You can’t have a show with the rich and famous without an evil stepmom. I can only imagine the schemes this woman will do.


Jeon Seol grew up a little in this episode when she realized that her idol isn’t perfect. But she hasn’t realized it yet- that Se Joo is just human just like her. I don’t know if this episode is what made her really quit being a fan girl. Which made me think, if this will mirror her past life. Meaning, she shot Se Joo in the past.


If episode 1 focused on Jeon Seol, this episode is a little bit more about Se Joo. So, is he or is he not an orphan? Did he really have a family but he left home? I’m still confused because celebrities tend to fabricate their own backstories for better sympathy and empathy from fans. So I can’t really be sure of his family’s background, not that it matters anyway. It would only matter because that made him into the person that he is now…guarded, holed up in his castle, suspicious of anyone and everything. He’s thrown the “don’t even think about it” to anyone that might want to get close to him. It’s not because he doesn’t want them, but because he’s afraid that he’ll be left behind, or he’ll end up leaving.  He kind of, sorta reminds me of Go Dok Mi in Flower Boy Next Door – minus the never leaving the house part.

We have parallels in this episode, though some we’ve seen before. Their past life is slowly mirroring their present life. Although the past events shown in the present wasn’t in chronological order.  Now that I think of it, I should start compiling the scenes in the 1930s and figure out the entire scene chronologically.


Jeon Seol’s vision of Yoo Soo Yeon aiming a gun at someone. Did she know who she shot?


Jeon Seol/Soo Yeon typing for Se Joo to meet a deadline.This one though, wasn’t shown in the same scene, but it’s a parallel to me.


Se Joo lost control of his car – Jeon Seol was there. Se Joo lost control of his bike – Jeon Seol was there……both timelines.


I finally get to see the ghostwriter. As much as I like Yoo Ah In back from SKKS days, I am more excited to see Go Gyung Pyo. [Second Lead Syndrome is kicking in.] I just found it strange that he didn’t have his own laptop, and just decided to use the typewriter that’s available. I found it even stranger that he started typing without any notes from Se Joo.  So, great minds think alike?


I’m not too worried about Se Joo’s accident. This might be a wake up call for him, or maybe get more visions of his past life. Jeon Seol is there, and as much as she’d like to believe that her fangirling days are over, she’s not giving up on Se Joo. This can also be a connection to what Bang Shin’s mom said that two people will save him. She’s the first one, and ghostwriter Yoo is the other. Se Joo just doesn’t know it yet.


We have two symbolisms in this show. First, the  Moon/Moonlight. In this episode the moon wasn’t shown. What was mentioned, and what shown was the moonlight. To me, it’s the same as showing the Moon itself. The Moon is always represented as feminine. So, it would only make sense that the focus on this episode, if not the entire show is Jeon Seol. In literature, it is a symbol of the soul. This could mean that both our characters are undergoing a period of soul searching. Scientifically, it is also most often associated with tides. In this show, the tides are changing for Se Joo and Jeon Seol.  Now back to the moonlight. It’s a symbol of illumination. The darkest part of their souls are being illuminated. Their darkest past, which in this case is their past life – is being illuminated. For what reason, well – we have 14 more episodes to go. Basically, this episode starts their journey from the past.


Second, we have the earthquake. Some would call it a phantom earthquake, but I think it’s unheard of that two people experienced it at the same time and place. Earthquake is a symbolism for both characters. Something big is happening to both of them, aside from the representation of the quake to each character. For both, it characterizes their suppressed thoughts, and emotions that’s waking up. In this case, they’re not being awakened slowly, but forcefully like an earthquake. For Jeon Seol, it symbolizes that a major shift is happening, starting with the return of her visions from her former life. For Se Joo, he’s been facing a lot of chaos physically, mentally, pretty soon – emotionally. From his crazy fans, stalkers, busy schedule and still needs to meet a deadline. What finally made him “crack” recently his meeting with Jeon Seol, which also happens to be the girl in his dream visions. It’s not a matter of if, but when he breaks down. Everything has fallen into place causing the earthquake.

Well, I can’t wait what happens in the next episode. I’m curious to see how all three will meet in the present life, given that we’ve already seen their closeness in the past.

Stay tuned.

First Impression: Chicago Typewriter

This was one of the dramas I had wanted to watch when news about this show first came out. I didn’t read any news article that came out, and I haven’t checked the forums to read what’s been happening in this show, aside from the quotes that I see on the Kdrama Quotes Facebook page. Basically, I don’t know anything aside from who’s writing the show, and who are acting in it.I wanted to see how they can fuse a modern timeline with the theme of the past.  I am a firm believer of past lives, reincarnations, destiny, fate,…..etc. That’s why no matter how tired I am at the end of the day, I make the effort to watch this show. I tried at least twice, and was only able to reach halfway and I fell asleep. I [finally! ] was able to finish the episode in its entirety because I decided to watch where I left off the last time instead of starting over and I can’t wait to share my thoughts. I’m 6 episodes behind so you will obviously know that answer to my questions, indulge me.

Thanks to Bang Shin, we get a basic back story [I love back stories!], and I was able to know and like Im Soo Jung’s character. Jeon Sol. I found her character appealing right away. I’m curious because she’s the link, if not the main reason that we’ll be travelling back in time. I’d like to think that the episode, if not the show should center on her instead of our famous author. I’m thankful that she’s not an obsessed fan. It’s less complicated when you add that to the show. Right away I’ve been given a clue to her past life when she mused to herself that she must’ve been a traitor in her past life. So, does that mean that she’ll get to meet who she betrayed in this lifetime? If so, who is it? I’m actually not too worried because all that happened in the past, and whatever it is, she can put closure to that in this lifetime and move on. It’s interesting that a “legend” like her opted to live a life of part time jobs because of her visions of her past life. What visions did she see?

For now, her present is mirroring her past life. She was good at handling guns in the past – that’s why she’s a sharp shooter athlete in the present. She’s a writer/fan of a writer because in her past she was involved with one. Does her having a veterinarian knowledge have a connection in the past too?

I will admit that in the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I’m impressed or not at Yoo Ah In’s character Se Joo. I appreciated the fact that he’s willing to get dirty to play the part of a character he’s writing, but I kind of cringed at what it seemed like boasting that he was rich and famous living in mansion complete with a staff fit for a king, but then again, he’s nice enough to give them all a day off, oh and asking for a deer???. But after finding out that Se Joo is an orphan, that all changed. I absolutely LOVE stories about orphans who make a name for themselves – he definitely earned ALL of it. They probably went a little overboard with the mansion, but I’ll take it for what it is.

That’s the only back story I know of him, which is okay since I prefer to know his 1930s life and why it’s coming back for him now. If only Se Joo knows how true his words were about destiny and past lives. What was he writing in the past that a haunted typewriter made its way back to him.

Have I mentioned before that I love mystery and period/historically themed shows? Chicago Typewriter has both. It’s a no brainer that I’ll be sticking with this show and putting another in the back burner. So it’s not a literal time travelling story where our characters get sucked into the typewriter and will have to type their story as a way out to get back to the present. The 1930’s will be a flashback of their past lives. That would be really cool to see both parallels and contrast of their past and present and how this will affect their future.

So far, I like the set up of our characters, and it was a smooth transition between this time and their past, and going back. For now we’ve seen glimpses of Se Joo’s past connected with Jeon Sol’s. Se Joo’s link to his past is the typewriter, while Jeon Seol’s is a gun. We’ve been introduced to mostly everyone we need to know in their current life. I’ll get into more detail about our supporting characters in the future episodes.

Do they have a mirrored past with them? Will Se Joo have a recollection of his own past life? Will Jeon Seol see her visions again? We’ve heard the 3rd person’s “voice” from the past and I wonder how he will connect to them in the present. We still have to see Go Kyung Pyo’s character before their lives from their past connect to the present.

Let’s not forget that there’s a love story here too. Our couple have already met, and they’re already met with circumstances that led them to share a moment or two to connect. I’m just waiting for the second lead to come and break my heart, because I’m not rooting for the main couple as of today’s episode.

   

Man To Man: 2

This episode turns out to be a balance of hilarity and action. I was worried how that will play out, but seeing this episode, I can breathe a little sigh of relief. It’s still too early to tell because they’re going to be adding in two love triangles in addition to dangers towards Woon Gwang and Seol Woo’s actual mission. Park Hae Jin can most definitely pull off serious action scenes, and still get my heart to skip a beat. He’s got this secret agent role to a tee.

Seol Woo, he’s definitely taking his mission as a bodyguard seriously. He’s like an android in everything he does. Everything is calculated. Even I was impressed at what he can really do. I can see where the hijinks will come in when Woon Gwang, and Do Ha are both making it hard for him to fulfill his mission. I started to see him become a little bit human through his curiosity between Woon Gwang and Do Ha’s relationship. Does that mean that he never felt true love with all the women in his missions?  By the way, what does he mean he’ll die and disappear when his mission is over?

Seung Jae has always shown his evil side, but I think this is the beginning where he will be more aggressive towards his attacks against Woon Gwang and it’s only a matter of time before it starts to show, which will lead him into making mistakes, now that Seol Woo is present. I’m really hoping that they don’t mess with his character and keep him consistently evil.

I still haven’t connected to Do Ha and Woon Gwang, but I have a better understanding of their characters. Do Ha is ever the protective fan girl turned manager. Even though I’ve noticed that she is starting to show that she’s starting to sway by Seol Woo’s abilities, it’ll be a while before she accepts that fact to herself. Woon Gwang has a soft side despite him continually hitting his employee. It makes me wonder though what had transpired between the two of them that prompted him to trust her and she became her manager.

I’m not seeing the bromance thing yet. I don’t buy it even when they add the background music. It doesn’t make sense to use that to get Do Ha jealous. It worked on a recent show because the characters can pull it off. Seol Woo, and Woon Gwang are too serious of characters to add this description/rumors of them as a potential item.

The last five minutes of this show was epic. I want more of this.

First Impression: Man To Man

I thought I was hitting a slump since I’m way behind in catching up to the most recent episodes of Rebel – which is on the brink of being a dropped drama.  I keep falling asleep trying to watch the second episode of Tunnel, and I fell asleep halfway through the first episode of Chicago Typewriter. I chalked it up to the seasons changing since I mostly get depressed during Spring/Summer. Now that Strong Woman Do Bong Soon ended, I’m finding myself worried that I won’t have a show to carry me through at least one season. That is until I started to watch Man to Man. I thought for sure that I’d fall asleep since I’ve been sleeping way earlier than usual, but to my surprise, I stayed up during the entire show, and started to work on my draft for this post, and create fan arts.

I like how the background of our main characters were set up. We were given their intros as to who they are, but are still kept in the dark as to how they are related before Kim Seol Woo walked into their lives. Already in the first episode, if any of these characters were autonomous to each other, Seol Woo just connected them back in.

It is obvious that I took a liking into Park Hae Jin’s character, Kim Seol Woo. I mean, who wouldn’t favor a secret agent? I was given the impression that he just wants to do his job, and do it correctly regardless of how long it takes, or what the punishment would be if he breaks protocol. Image wise, they’re trying to portray him as blend of James Bond/Jason Bourne, but I’m hoping that this character will have its own unique traits. There’s room for this character to grow.

I’m most definitely looking forward to Yeon Jung Hoon’s character, Mo Seung Jae. I’m curious to see if he will be given enough screen time to give justice to his evil chaebol image who will do anything to bring his main rival down, which happens to be his wife’s ex, and a new enemy in Seol Woo.

Chae Jung Ahn as Song Mi Eun. I know she has a past with Park Sung Woong’s character, Yeon Woon Gwang – and it seemed pretty serious since she obviously still gets to him, and that she knows how to get to him. What makes it really interesting is that Mo Seung Jae seems to be in “control”[?] of Do Ha’s celebrity status somehow, or is it Mi Eun?. I don’t know to what extent exactly, but this would be a love triangle that I’d be interested in.

As soon as I saw Jang Hyun Sung, I immediately wondered if he’ll turn out to be a bad guy midway through the show. If so, this show is going to be really fun. I’m looking forward to a plot twist. IF it’s there for this character. Also, how is he connected to Mi Eun? It would be fun if she’s still an active agent, wouldn’t it?

I haven’t connected with Park Sung Woon’s character – Yeon Woon Gwang yet. I got the diva vibe, which did not sit well with me. I don’t like divas and I didn’t appreciate his actions that he blamed Yang Sand Shik for being late, and then stuck his tounge out at him in the end, that he got away with it. To me, that’s workplace bullying. That’s one of the many reasons I don’t have cable, because I don’t like wasting my time watching “reality” shows of celebs, socialites, and wannabes showing us one thing but really acting another when the camera is off. That’s just the first episode, and part of how his character was written. I’m sure I’ll be able to learn more about his history of being a stunt man to becoming an action star, how he worked from the ground up to be where he’s at right now. But, let’s not forget that his character is just part of Seol Woo’s mission to get information, and access to one of the items he needs to retrieve. I kind of feel sad the day he finds out that he’s being used in a covert mission, at the same time curious, if he’s going to be of any help since he’s a stunt man after all.

Speaking of missions, I don’t see Kim Min Jung’s character, Cha Do Ha as the “woman” in Seol Woo’s assignment. Honestly, I prefer for him not to have a love line in this show. Like I mentioned earlier I’m more invested in the love triangle between Do Ha, Mi Eun, and Seung Jae. Having two love lines is a bit too much for 16 episodes. But, I’m not the writer so I’ll watch what’s given to me, I’ll just either rant about it here, or choose to not write about it.

Given that I have screencaps and a customized banner for this post, it is safe to say that I will continue to watch this series. I’ll also be making fan arts for this show and will post them separately.

Stay tuned.

First Impression: The Liar and His Lover

My daughter and I watched the first episode today. She still has to decide whether she wants to watch the next episode tomorrow, or if she’s going to start on the new season of Pretty Little Liars. She mentioned that she’s confused at who’s who, and what’s going on, unlike her first ever kdrama Strong Woman Do Bong Soon. It’s safe to say that SWDBS set the bar too high for her as far as kdramas go, sadly, this show seemed to have let her down somewhat. But, I’ll never know! She might change her mind.

As for me, The soundtrack sure is catchy, which is a given since the show is centered around music. I’m not going to lie, I didn’t connect to the story, and any of the characters at least for now. But, that doesn’t mean I’m giving up on the show just yet. Some shows I’ll know by the second episode if I’m hooked, some by episode 6 – 8 at the most, then I’ll just read recaps from there just so I at least know what happened. The OST already got me, I would only need the right script, and setting, and I’ll be in it for the long haul. I just need to take another look back, wait, and see if it reaches me at any level. For now, I’ll hold off on saving images from their official site, and making a banner for the show. If I do decide to stick with the show, then you can expect some new quotes/edits here and on the Korean Drama Quotes Facebook page.

 

 

Final Review: Strong Woman Do Bong Soon

It has been a while since I saw a finale that actually ended where everything was tied up nicely. I couldn’t ask for anything more. I got everything I want to happen for this show to close. I really do appreciate a fan service ending that still ties in loose ends and completes the series.

The show in its entirety isn’t flawless, at least for me.  There were characters/scenes that I’d rather not have been written in, but it did not ruin the entire episode/show as a whole. If anything, some of them was a relief from plots that are getting too serious. Some was given closure in the end though. Not a lot of shows do that. There were scenes that I wished were written in too…like showing us Gook Doo being a true second lead with scenes that makes Bong Soon flutter even though he doesn’t realize he likes her back then, and I would’ve like to have seen more of Grandma.

Below are the characters that I think would still make the show as great as it is without them:

Hee Ji. She wasn’t a threat to either Bong Soon/Min Hyuk or Bong Soon/Gok Do love line. I didn’t like the fact that she was written in as a persistent, if not desperate to get a boyfriend. They could’ve just highlighted her musical skills, and could’ve still remained a target for Jang Hyuk, just like Gong Shim, but her character wasn’t meant for a love line at all. She could’ve been an idol that Min Hyuk attends a concert with Bong Soon inciting jealousy or something.

Gook Doo’s mom. Was she written in to purposely annoy Bong Soon’s mom, to get her jealous? If so, there’s a lot of other things that can annoy a mother. She wasn’t necessary. Her character didn’t contribute to anything useful, even for her own son. I didn’t see her bring him lunch, or anything. Speaking of mom, I’m glad that they cleared it up that she did not hit her husband. If that was the case, why did the writers lead me to believe that she was an abusive wife this whole time?

I probably will be the only one that had some questions left unanswered like: What happened to Min Hyuk’s mom and why can’t he talk about her in front of his dad? Why is Min Hyuk distrusting of the police? Where is Min Hyuk’s dad, or at least his brother during the wedding? Where is Bong Soon’s grandma?

Did anyone else think that Jang Hyuk looked similar to Im Si Wan? Boy, did I really wish that they spent a quarter of an episode diving into his childhood/teenage years so we can see what triggered him, instead of being mentioned during an investigation. They could’ve made it where he was the weak one in contrast to Bong Soon’s strength growing up, therefore he tried to get even by kidnapping women who are weaker than him.

Boss Tak. I feel that the Tak group story ended after Bong Soon defeated them in the warehouse. I don’t see why we keep coming back to the hospital to see their recovery process or lack thereof. There was no lesson to be learned there. I can see that in the end, Boss Tak somewhat redeemed himself and helped a bit in getting information against Jang Hyuk. As far as the high school kids go, I’m not sure where their PC room adventures is of any use during the episodes they aired in. In the end, they were useful to Bong Soon which eventually made sense as a whole show.

Other than that, everything else was peachy for me! The following characters have never ceased to make me laugh. Just their expressions alone gets me smiling. Line or no line, their presence on a scene makes the show enjoyable.

I’m glad that they cleared it up that she did not hit her husband. If that was the case, why did the writers lead me to believe that she was an abusive wife this whole time?

Who wouldn’t love Bong Soon’s dad? He cherishes her the most! He’s supportive of her when mom isn’t. #fathergoals

Secretary Gong. There would be no CEO without a trustworthy secretary. I swear, whenever I see him in a scene, I knew I would be busting out a laugh or two. There were times I felt bad for him, watching him with his dumbfounded face.

Leader Oh. Whoever wrote this character in is a genius! There was not a moment that this character made me stop laughing. Kudos to the actor who played this character. He nailed it!
I love anything with Ahn Min Hyuk and Park Bo Young together. Ahn Min Hyuk’s character was consistent throughout. He knows what he wants and goes for it. He thinks life is a game and he plans like a gamer. He likes Bong Soon, and there isn’t anything he wouldn’t do to be with her. His character need not any development. That is one consistency that I appreciated with him. That’s what I like to see in a leading man. Not someone who still has to figure out in 6 or 7 episodes if he likes the girl or not.

This was possible because of his alter, Park Hyung Sik. There was not an episode where I didn’t ask why is he so handsome? How can he gaze like that in real life and expect the receiver not to melt? They really wrote all the #boyfriendgoals and #husbandgoals into his character, and he played it out perfectly. Makes me wonder if he’s really a player in real life.

Bong Soon’s character on the other hand, I appreciated her growth from the time he met Min Hyuk till her happy ever after. She wasn’t forced to grow up. She knew that she needed to and she took steps to eventually use her strength for good. I liked that every challenge for her is on an emotional level. She doesn’t like the way it feels and she lets it known. If she’s sad, she’s sad. If she’s frustrated, she is – then she moves on. I like that she was able to rely on Min Hyuk with the exception of her sidelining him to rescue Gong Shim. She was able to be honest with him from the get go.

Do Bong Soon is a character I get to love because of Park Bo Young. Her innocent look just makes me want to save her, although I know she didn’t need to be. She’s so charming that even I melt when she acts all cutesy patootie.

Her paired with Park Hyun Sik’s sleekness is a perfect fit. I can watch this two forever, and that’s a long time. Both their acting even if they’re alone on a scene, always moves me. I can’t picture anyone else portraying these characters. The supporting characters certainly helped in the comedic aspect of the show. From Secretary Gong, Boss Tak, to Leader Oh, it was a nice blend adding them with the romantic and suspense plots of the show.One of many things that kept me coming back each episode is because I look forward to Min Hyuk and Bong Soon’s interaction with each other. Its so natural, that I can’t help but cheer them on.

Major kudos to the writers of this show! I’m thankful that 1) they managed to write in natural connections/ skinships (holding hands, gym training, bandaging Min Hyuk’s arm, sleepovers, and many more), 2) for allowing us to wait with Min Hyuk as Bong Soon finds her true feelings for him. Most dramas, both leads don’t realize they like each other and get thrown into cliché’s. Not this one, here we were all Min Hyuk who’s head over heels for Bong Soon and not afraid to show it, 3) For writing in Bong Soon as smart as she is strong. Not too many people see it, but I do. She’s brainy in her own sassy way, and that adds up to her strength, 4) That they didn’t put me through a week of angst when Bong Soon decided to stop a relationship before it started,  5) I’m thankful that they didn’t end the rooftop scene in a cliffhanger, and 6) They gave me a finale full of lovey dovey scenes fit for a romcom.

It’s safe to say that Do Bong Soon is my kdrama hero.

FIGHTING!