Man to Man: 5

I didn’t see any character development as far as their interactions with each other. Un Gwang has always been fond of Seol Woo since his rescue on episode 2/3. I will admit that I was touched at his recollection of CEO Ji when he was starting out as an actor. So, I wasn’t surprised that it didn’t take long for him to CEO Ji back into the family. Do Ha is still undecided towards Seol Woo [until she kissed him], and Seol Woo is still dedicated to his mission. The baddies are still baddies with no intention of turning new leaves. Our agents well, there’s really nothing to develop when you’re supposed to be in a covert mission, although I appreciate that they find time for romance on the side. So – there’s not much to explore.

I got to see some action that I wanted. I will ignore the few lapses of logic with the mini action sequence that was offered today. Am I seriously the only one who wanted this show to be a true action drama? This would be so good if it focused on the action, with a side of romance, and the comedy is in the romance. I can do without the promised bromance.

As far as the romance goes, I am not convinced that both characters have gained true feelings for each other.  Sure, Seol Woo started to notice her during his Russia mission, but I don’t think that he’s on the level of “true love” yet. He’s still an android when it comes to romance, doing everything by the book. because he’s still in the mindset that this is a side mission, to his original mission. Do Ha too, she spent many years being on Un Gwang’s side. She can’t simply just like the first person to show affection. What about all those years she spent with Un Gwang? I think this would work more if Seol Woo has a competition for Do Ha’s heart to begin with. If Un Gwang was written as a second lead and showers he same affection to Do Ha, I think this would bring out Seol Woo’s feelings – but not on the 4th episode. You know what would be funny, if Seol Woo’s lair has a bookshelf of books dedicated to Romance, or self-help books on how to get the girl.  Needless to say, I was unaffected by their kiss last episode, and this episode.

Okay, I like Park Hae Jin as an actor. I’ve only watched him in Cheese In The Trap before this show. I hate to say this, but I can’t connect with him when he’s trying to be funny. I know, I know, I’ve stereotyped him playing serious roles, and this could be a break off of that mold – but – it’s not working for me. Maybe that’s probably why I am not convinced that Seol Woo really had feelings for Do Ha when he first kissed her, and again when Do Ha kissed him.

This is why I can’t connect with the bromance part of this show. I know the script calls for a funny scene, but I don’t feel it when they portray it. Believe me, I’m all for bromance scenes since BOF days, but this show is not cutting it for me.  I think the show can still pull off the comedic side of things if Seol Woo’s character isn’t written in. If need me, Seol Woo’s comedic antics could surface as he’s trying to woo Do Ha and falters But for Seol Woo to emulate facial expressions that are meant to be funny – it’s not.

We still have two more wood carvings to find, and I ‘m sure more sub plots will come out of the woodwork. The story will progress a little bit further. At this point, we’ve established on who’s on the good and evil side of things. So, it’s natural for a tiny stepback to lay more groundwork for the next arc. Mission: Romance.

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Man To Man: 4


I said last time that if Do Ha’s dad shows up again and says something vague, it means that Do Ha’s character is more than Seol Woo’s love interest. Well, he showed up in this episode, and asked if she still has the “gift” he gave her. Pretty good to have written a future mission for Seol Woo, and Do Ha will be his target, I would say. This will complicate things a tad bit for Seol Woo, and I can’t wait. As far as her dad’s character goes, I’m sure he’ll help in complicating things for everyone involved. Not a matter of if, but when.


It looks like Seol Woo will have time to fall in love because our baddies are busy playing double cross, It looks like they each have a role as a “team”, but each member has a different goal. Seung Jae’s goal is to get his father’s dirty money, and he is looking more like ghost money to Assemblyman Baek.  Assemblyman Baek seems to be a mastermind playing puppet, and we have an actual ghost agent who hasn’t done any of the dirty work yet. Meaning, they’re nowhere in this show, which is not good if we have a secret agent that lives for a mission.


I feel bad for Do Ha who’s confused at Seol Woo’s advances, then gets let down in a shocking way. That’s a big eye opener for a woman who’s been told somewhat of the truth. I feel for her though, a lot has happened to her since she met Seol Woo, dealing with Un Gwang’s accident, and her dad showing up all at the same time.


I know it’s Seol Woo’s tactic in order to accomplish his mission. He is still the same using logic and assessing every situation and reacts according to that. Seol Woo “wooing” Do Ha wasn’t part of his plan to begin with. In fact, I didn’t see that he tried to charm her at all. In the end, he must’ve been “What the heck, my mission is over anyway, so yeah let’s just tell her what she doesn’t want to hear, not thinking it’ll backfire. I think this is where he’ll reach a realization that he’s never experienced this before, and that’s where the “comedic” turn of events will ensue. I just think he went a little bit farther than what a car explosion. Maybe it’s just me, but I did see a pang of guilt when he was walking away compared to the woman he left behind in the first episode.


The show is stepping up on the action/suspense aspect, which I’m not going to get into detail. The action is there, but I want more. I think I’m going to keep saying this in every post. They spoiled me in episode 2, and I want to see more action scenes like that. They’ve been setting up the loveline between Seol Woo, and Do Ha. As far as the romance goes, I don’t see any chemistry suggesting that they’ve developed mutual feelings for each other outside the professional realm yet, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Seol Woo was a teeny tiny bit attracted to Do Ha in the last episode, but kept it at bay because he’s on a mission.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon Merchandise on Amazon

Can you believe that I haven’t bought this show’s OST yet? That’s because I have a music subscription so it’s on my phone. However, I do collect the OST’s as a hobby. Thankfully, Amazon has them [Amazon is my go to online store for Kdrama/Kpop merchandise aside from my daughter’s Ever After High Collection]. Below are the items I’ve found in Amazon for this show. I’m going to be ordering the shirt soon. Also, I cannot guarantee the quality of the subtitles on the dvd below. I am just linking this because it’s on the site in case you want to buy it.

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon OST + Folded Poster

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon DVD Eng Sub

Strong Woman Do Bong Soon T-Shirt

Goblin Merchandise on Amazon

It’s been months since this show ended and I’m still listening to their OST. Some of you might have bought merchandise as soon as it came out, some are still waiting to buy. Well, Amazon has Goblin[Guardian] Merchandise. If you haven’t purchased any of their items, here is what Amazon has to offer:

click on the image[s] to take you to Amazon.

OST

Dolls

Poster

Jewelry
Ji Eun Tak

Sunny

Chicago Typewriter: 11


Starting out with my rant. There was no need for Tae Min’s mom to be here, although it makes sense that she’s protecting Tae Min as a mother in her own sick, and twisted way. I do hope that Daddy Baek really follows through on his thoughts that he should at least try and stop her. What I want to see is that both Tae Min and his mom really get it in the end – like in the mental hospital or something. By now, some of you already know that I don’t like the idea of new characters joining in late in the show. But for progress’ sake, Jeon Seol’s mom is an exception [we only heard a voiceover] because she’s just as crucial to finding out what happened in the past. I’m sure we’ll see her again, she can’t run from her past forever. Time does catch up on a person. The other new character that showed up was Tae Min’s student[was she even a student or just sitting in the class], turns out she’s after Se Ju too because of her brother from episode 2/3. I don’t quite see where her character fits because if she’s blackmailing Tae Min, it will benefit Se Ju’s career, but if she’s also after Se Ju, doesn’t that negate her first motive? The only thing I could think of is that she’s also part of their past life, unbeknownst to everyone.


Bang Wol unintentionally burst JO’s bubble. NOOOOO!!! His heart is already broken as it is, then he gets told off about the pitfalls of being a ghost like he doesn’t know that. I hope this doesn’t deter him from actually calling out to Jeon Seol. I hope he doesn’t leave. Someone needs to tell Bang Shin she sees ghost, Stat! I couldn’t handle her crying over Jin Oh. I think that scene was unnecessary unless it’s connected in a future episode. Back to Bang Wol, I know she is protecting Bang Shin from a shaman’s fate, I can understand that, but she just caused misunderstandings that aren’t necessary. I’m not worried though, since she’s not in the know – it will get resolved somehow.


There’s not much flashbacks in this episode, but the one we have was important, because it connects Jin Oh to Tae Min and our main couple. ae Min ended up being part of their past life after all. Not surprising since Jin Oh was keen to protect Jeon Seol from him in the episode where they were typing up their contracts. I didn’t quite figure out what or why until this episode. It does look like he doesn’t remember his past or has not been triggered yet even after seeing Jin Oh’s presence. I must admit, although it wasn’t meant to be hilarious, I was laughing at how he was reacting to see Shin Yul’s ghostly antics. I guess I’m enjoying the premise of a future punishment. I think he’s about to lose it and break down. It feels like his walls are closing in and he’s starting to push back starting with Jeon Seol, the one person he wants but can’t have. I wonder if he did want her in the past too? If he ended up being her man in the past and that’s why it’s contrasting here?


Not much progress with Jin Oh today in unraveling his past. We are closer though since he did figure out how he can make his presence known to the people in his past life. Which means he just needs to call out Jeon Seol, her mom, and anyone else connected in this lifetime, and this mystery can be solved. Thing is though – there will be consequences for the parties involved in Jin Oh’s murder in this lifetime. That effect could go either way. As for our characters, they can heal and move on, whereas for our villains yet to be confirmed, when the truth does come back for them, it’s something that they can’t run away from in this time. Is that something that Jin Oh would really want in order to move on? Is that the justice he seeks to those who wronged him decades ago?


I knew it. She was going to lie to Se Ju even after he had made it clear that she needs to tell him whenever she sees her visions. I knew she was going to be the noble idiot and try to run away from Se Ju. I can’t believe that even after what her mother did to her, she still let her words get in her head. I understand that she has so many questions when everything was happening to her at the same time. It didn’t help that Bang Wol unintentionally made it worse for her – making her feel like that she will be the cause of Se Ju’s future death. Thankfully, Se Ju has a different perspective in life that this didn’t last longer than this episode. It didn’t have to take an accident for her to change her mind about staying, though but – I’ll take it. It’s natural that she’s having doubts that she wants to know how their story ends. Quite understandable, especially when your memories aren’t everything. I do hope that this is not a hint that just like the past, the story was never finished.


Se Ju is definitely the hero of the show, if not this episode. He has grown so much since episode 1. From keeping everyone behind his wall, to accepting them as part of his life, both past and present. I like his outlook on life which is the opposite of how mostly everyone thinks as a society. It’s sad that he had to experience life differently for him to have a different view in life, but his logic is still beyond his years. As far as his relationship with Jeon Seol goes, even the way he says that Jeon Seol is shameless is even gentler than when they were first getting acquainted with each other. He’s a mand of his word. We knew that from the beginning, but back then was words, this episode, I saw actions. He gave Tae Min the draft of Fate, and he’s keeping his promise that he will finish the novel no matter what.

I saw one main theme in this episode: Protection. Some were shown in Tae Min, and Bang Wol’s mom. Some were underlying – Se Ju/Jeon Seol protecting each other’s feelings bye not ending the novel. One was mentioned in the end, when Se Ju told Jeon Seol that he’s been saving [protecting] him all this time.

As far as mirrors, and contrast goes, the only thing that I could see as a mirror which was Jeon Seol’s street date with Se Ju which mirrors Se Ju’s street date with her as their form of goodybye. I guess, I could add a second one, where Tae Min is still a scoundrel, but that’s still have to be proven in the present timeline. We all see and know it, but that still has to be played out in front of Jeon Seol and the literary world.


For the contrast, fist is Jeon Seol’s belief that she’s ill fated with Se Ju [no thanks to Bang Wol adding to her worries], but he thinks she’s his savior. Although it’s not shown here but we’ve seen their past kiss before, that kiss is a contrast to their present kiss. I kept saying it before that I wasn’t convinced that he likes her. I somewhat saw it today, I still must feel it though. The feelings are there but it’s somewhat contrasting from their past. And, I think I like it. I like that Se Ju does have feelings for Jeon Seol, and it’s not an extension of his past life nor hers. I like that she just grew on him and he didn’t even know it, until he started caring for her well being. I didn’t see it before, because it was a gradual process for Se Ju breaking down his wall, and changing the sources of his motivation in life. He had to let go of his internal fears and beliefs first, before he can express his feelings to anyone around him. Contrasting that to the past, I think that with what Hwi Young had with Soo Hyun, their kiss was more passionate because it has been suppressed due to their mission, it wasn’t unrequited at all – it was just ill timed. At least, they won’t have to repeat that in this lifetime, at least I hope.

Until then.

   

Chicago Typewriter: 10

Secrets are not always taken to the grave. Sometimes, they transcend in time and reveals itself right when things are going good. If the last episode is about Se Ju learning from his past life, this episode is about Jeon Seol having to deal with the consequences. As a bonus, someone else knows Tae Min’s secret.

Well, I’ve been asking who else in the present is connected in the past, and I got my answer. We’ve know our trio are the heroes, and we’ve had plenty of time to get to know them in both timelines. So, it’s time to introduce a couple of villains: Jeon Seol’ mom, and Tae Min.

I’m a little disappointed about the reveal of Jeon Seol’ mom’s connection with her Soo Hyun. I was kind of hoping that Jeon Seol would remember her first, and that trauma carried on in this life. Makes for a better strained mother-daughter relationship. Deeply strained, but healable. Instead what I got is a coward mom who had memories of her past life with Soo Hyun, and didn’t even remotely try to correct that in this lifetime with Jeon Seol. I think she’s still stringing Jeon Seol along because she’s a dutiful daughter who all she ever wanted was a mother. I’m not even questioning the validity of her villainess, no mother abandons her child and can still call herself a hero.

Then there’s Tae Min. I don’t have much to say because I’m still waiting for this pot to boil over. I’m waiting for that one trigger for him to lose it. I thought it was his student [which may or may not play a role in future episodes], but when he saw Jin Oh, I think that might be his snapping point. I’m a little worried though. This can go either way. One, he can use Jin Oh as a source of Se Ju’s downfall. He can run to mommy and say Se Ju really has a ghostwriter, and there goes Se Ju’s career. Two, Tae Min will snap, remember his past and cause more harm to Se Ju, and Jeon Seol – and Jin Oh won’t be able to do anything about it.

Jin Oh keeps breaking my heart. You guys all heard that he can’t be too far away, and be away for a long period of time from his typewriter. Lines like that are always ominous. It means that when Se Ju, and/or Jeon Seol is in trouble in the hands of let’s say, Tae Min, he won’t be able to do anything about it.

Se Ju is remembering more of his past life. I am still not convinced that he’s really attracted to Jeon Seol. I think those are his feelings for Soo Hyun that he’s subconscious and his instinct is following through. Their dates, it’s like he’s making up for the past that he[Hwi Young] couldn’t tell her [Jeon Seol] his feelings for her, and now he can. Why else would he encourage Jeon Seol to remember him? I do think part of him is attached to Jeon Seol because she did rescue him at the cabin, and has been somewhat a pillar when he was facing controversies, and the fact that there really is no other women vying for his affection. So yes, he genuinely cares for her, is it love? Yes but from Hwi Young to Soo Hyun through Se Ju to Jeon Seol. Wow – this is more tragic than Romeo and Juliet.

The past is a different story now that a little bit more light has been shed in their past life. There’s definitely an unspoken love, and passion between Se Ju and Jeon Seol. It wouldn’t be wise for the leader of the resistance to break his own secret agent rule. So as much as he wanted to say “Yeah, I saved you, and I grew to love you”, he can’t. The contrast in this episode is Soo Hyun, and Shin Yul’s bike ride to Jeon Seol, and Se Ju’s bike ride in the present. I want more their 1930s loveline please.

****STOP READING HERE UNLESS YOU WANT MY THOUGHTS ON WHAT COULD HAPPEN IN THE NEXT EPISODES*****

I normally end my episodes without watching the previews, because I don’t want my questions answered before my post gets published. But,the last scene really got to me especially the part where Jeon Seol’s moms’ words are getting in her head. I had to know what happens next. Well, this is why I don’t watch previews.

Based on what I saw, I’m more convinced now that she killed Shin Yul- but, by accident. Her target could’ve been Hwi Young, but Shin Yul took the bullet for the mission. Would make sense because Se Ju is their leader, when their leader fall, the mission fails.

Jeon Seol is going to mirror Se Ju’s attempt at a farewell. She’s going to have one last date with him then ghost him. I mean, I’m expecting a separation, that’s inevitable in a kdrama. I just think that she’s stronger than her guilt, which is really not even hers but an extension of her past.

   

Chicago Typewriter: 9

Who else cried in this episode? Well, I’m sad for Jin Oh who knew that there’s nothing he can do in this lifetime to win Jeon Seol’s heart. That, and that a lot has changed since his death, that what he once knew then doesn’t exist now. But he’s wrong. There’s something that exist now: his dream of freeing Joseon to what Korea is now. Sadly, he can’t really experience it as a live human being, but being able to see the change should be consolation enough, if that was his unfinished business. It got to me when he put his arms around Jeon Seol, I was yelling see him, feel him, something!!!! What made it worse? When he didn’t even show up in the photo, not even as an orb, mist, or a glow.

There’s very little time to dislike any characters in this episode since Tae Min’s mom got burned when her plan to bring Se Ju burst into a humiliating flame. Tae Min’s dad failed to get Tae Min to his copycat crime. Tae Min looked ever determined to stay afloat. At this point, this family will go down together, either Tae Min loses what’s left of his sanity first, then mom loses it, or dad just throws everything out in the open. Either way, I cannot wait. I still have to see thought if any of these family members is part of Se Ju’s life in the past.

Se Ju had a transformation in this episode. He’s more accepting of Jeon Seol and Jin Oh. Dare I say he softened up a bit. It was touching that he finally offered Jin Oh a meal, and found a friend even though he’s in denial about it. He’s not resisting to Jin Oh’s presence and persistence like when they first met. I think as he’s re-writing his novel from 80 years ago, he’s realizing that he’s living this lifetime similar to Hwi Young and wants to change that. Although he hasn’t said it out loud. His intentions are clear though especially when it comes to Jeon Seol.

We finally meet Jeon Seol’s mom even though it’s only through Jeon Seol’s recollections. And, wow! Who knew that she’s connected to her past life. This was a new revelation through Jin Oh’s recollection as well. I sm always iffy about new characters entering shows past its halfway mark, but I welcome this one because, there’s still so much more to know about what happened in the 1930s. There’s still a lot more webs to untangle, and cords to connect to this present timeline. I wonder if Jeon Seol hasn’t recollected much of her memories that she failed to recognize her mother in her past visions. I wonder if her mom knows of her past life too. Gosh, this just opened up more doors to the past that we needed to connect the trio together.

We’re getting more information from the events of the past. That’s been something I wanted to do with the little snippets they provide us each episode. Se Ju was the leader of the resistance. Everyone else probably figured that out, but I didn’t. I thought that it was Shin Yul. I guess it makes sense that it’s Se Ju because he’s clever enough to pass coded messages through his “third rate” novels. Which brings me to the question, why did Soo Hyun delay him when Hwi Young fell off his bike? I had a bad feeling about it.

OMG if that was not the most passionate kiss I’ve watched in 2017. That was intense even if for a minute. Yes, Hwi Young delivered for his country if not the world.