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 Review: 1/29/17

I’m still reeling, and not quite over the Goblin syndrome. I am having a hard time starting a new drama after this show’s magnificent run But, somehow I need to move on, so I tried to keep up with what I had already started and try new shows.

As of this post, I’ve watched:

Missing 9: 3-4

In the present time, So Hee’s brother is very much intent on finding out who killed his sister. In the meantime, the Special Investigative Commissions agenda is to bury the whole thing and have the public forget. Politics play a role here although it hasn’t played out yet. It’s becoming a Making A Murderer vs Survivor inside the organization. The investigation continues on Bong Hee who still struggles to remember events they needed from her. She went under hypnotheraphy only to unconsciously confess to killing So Hee. Which was confirmed when Bong Hee returned to the island, and strolled through nice memories of her time there until she remembered So Hee’s death, and she was the last person with her.

We get to see more of what happened to our castaways on the island, that are not of Bong Hee’s recollections during the investigation. Our castaways are learning or should I say struggling to survive outside their natural element. Eventually, the survivor groups formed into one. Even though he was met with opposition, Joon Oh led our team inland to find better shelter while waiting for rescue, to find proof that there were others before them. They’ve been met both separately, and as a group with a few challenges aside from figuring out what to eat. They dealt with dangers of a storm, snake bite, landmines, finding a cure for Ji Ah’s injury, falling in bunkers, and a thief in the night who happens to be the pilot and he has a lifeboat that can only take four people.

The highlight of this week’s episodes were the comedic breaks during their time in the island. It’s a bit refreshing to see the lighter side of things in a survival situation. From the seniors bragging their military experience but still not doing any of the fishing – it is funny. Standing for hours on end on a landmine, that turns out to be dead, it would make me repent for my sins too. I have a fear of snakes, but the scene where the secretary was bit, and he was trying to be heroic by asking to be left behind, yet Bong Hee looks paler than him. Ha! How about Ki Joon hunting for bunnies, but can’t get the courage to turn them into meals because they’re so cute. Good thing too. I would’ve stopped watching the show if they had given the slightest impression that bunnies became dinner.

Character wise, there were some character contrasts: From Tae Jo wanting to survive alone and Joon Oh wanting everyone to survive, So Hee wanting to die and Bong Hee wanting to live as long as he can, Tae Jo taking credit for Ji Ah’s survival, and Ki Joon being the secret hero. There was one similarity which is Jae Hyun and So Hee’s death – both fell. Although it’s too early to say if So Hee’s was really murdered, or if Bong Hee was trying to stop her from jumping and ending up pushing her off the cliff anyway. As a group, the cast with the exception on Bong Hee still act privileged even though they know they’re stuck in an island. We have two strong characters here. Bong Hee is the obvious one since she’s the one mostly working to get them to somewhat settle in on their island life even temporary. Ji Ah is another one, there was a scene where she was weaving leaves, the defining scene was when she chose to go inland with Joon Oh instead of agreeing with Tae Jo’s opinion.

We were kind of given a hint of what the theme of this show – TRUST NO ONE. We saw it in So Hee’s dream right before Jae Hyun jumped – he said don’t trust people. Same goes for Tae Jo saying out lout towards Joon Oh that after Jae Hyun’s death, he doesn’t trust him.

I believe that Bong Hee remembers more than what she’s been revealing to the investigative team. I think that’s pretty smart of her. Until she knows who’s really on her side, it’s best only to reveal the happy-we-got-along somehow memories. But, I won’t be surprised if she does turn out to be the bad guy in the end because she is that kind of person that will do anything to survive.

I’m obviously tuning in to the next episodes. I don’t understand why So Hee didn’t say anything after witnessing Tae Jo commit actual murder. I need to know who was in that hospital with the CEO of Legend Entertainment. Where did Bong Hee find the necklace and how she ended up with it? What is Jae Hyun’s story? Did the hypnotherapist manipulate the session to make it look like Bong Hee killed So Hee? Is Bong Hee a survivor or murderer?

Chief Kim: 1

We only get to see the background of Seong Ryong’s life as an accountant and expert embezzler. First, he’s a math genius. His dad is/was friends with his now or would be previous  employer. He’s popular enough that other business owners come to him for advice on their tax returns, which he gives with something in return like free food, or extra money. Corruption is his game, and his goal is to profit from it. His life goal is to live in Denmark – which is why he embezzles from his boss, and his boss knows turns a blind eye due to the money he saves the company. But in the end, you can only embezzle from your employer for so long especially when jealousy creeps in, and the fear of losing your business to an expert is real. Then comes the opportunity for him to work for a reputable corporation which was to be his “last victim”.

Then we see the side of the corporate and corrupt world of TQ Group. From suicide attempts, to whistle blowing, and hierarchy within departments. It reminds me a little of Misaeng- but it’s definitely not the same story here.

First off, Nam Goong Min should do another historical for his next project. I would definitely watch him this time. As for this show, maybe because I’ve only seen him as a villain, and a single dad, I didn’t get to watch him in his other projects that I didn’t connect with him or any of the characters in this episode.I felt like the comedy part was overacted. It didn’t feel naturally funny to me, and I don’t think it’s Nam Goong Min’s fault, rather, it didn’t come out on screen the way the director had it in mind.

I’d still recommend this show if you’re looking for a comeafter watching Goblin, and not wanting suspense like Voice, or mystery like Missing 9. Who knows, you might connect to the show faster than I did. Personally,  I’m not in a huge rush to watch the next episode –yet. It usually takes me at least six to eight episodes for me to decide if I’m going all the way or just ending it here. There were other shows that premiered this month that I’m going to try.

Stay tuned.